North America

TST-Payne merger announced

TST Water®, LLC and sister company Payne USA® have been merged into one company. Mike Baird, President and Founder of TST Water® (2004), started the company by offering consulting services to the water industry, provided inline water filters and cartridges with various medias and configurations and had offshore manufacturing capabilities for custom and OEM products. Almost 10 years later, virtually all of TST Water’s manufacturing is done in the US. The company offers a wide range of refrigerator replacement filters, a variety of filter products for the beverage and food service industry, hollow-fiber, ultrafiltration membranes and with this merger, the full line of Payne USA products, including components for residential and light commercial RO and filtration systems. In order to transition this merger easily for customers, all contact information for Payne USA will remain the same.

New WaterGroup warehouse opened

WaterGroup announced a new warehouse location in San Antonio, TX. Located at 4321 Profit Drive, the new site currently holds stock ready to distribute to customers. This new location will become the main shipping point for many of the company’s Texas customers, saving regional customers freight and time. Additionally, the customer service team will arrange local pickup at customer request and automatically route regional customer orders to the best WaterGroup warehouse location, depending upon stock and availability.

CWA reporting to be modernized

US EPA has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. The proposed e-reporting rule would make facility-specific information, such as inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results and other data required by permits, accessible to the public through the agency’s website. US EPA estimates that once the rule is fully implemented, the 46 states and the Virgin Island Territory that are authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program will collectively save approximately $29 million each year as a result of switching from paper to electronic reporting.

Instrumentation market to rise

The established US water and waste- water analytical instrumentation market has high saturation levels along with very few recent technological innovations. Nonetheless, slow and steady growth is anticipated, driven mainly by federal and state level regulations. Continuous analytical instruments will increasingly replace laboratory instruments due to their reliability. According to Frost & Sullivan’s Analysis of the United States Water and Wastewater Analytical Instrumentation Market research, the water and wastewater analytical instrumentation market earned revenue of $275.3 million (USD) in 2012 and estimates this to reach $330.7 million in 2018. Falling prices and the increasing value for instruments will likely be a driver through the forecast period. The analysis covers pH/oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), conductivity, turbidity and total organic carbon (TOC) instrumentation.

GE plant in AZ honored

The Ak-Chin Indian Community’s surface water treatment plant, featuring GE’s ZeeWeed 500 advanced treatment technology, was recently honored with the 2013 Water Project of the Year Award from the AZ Water Association. The new plant, commissioned in 2012, has a capacity of 2.25 million gallons per day and provides drinking water to community members and Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. It also provides sufficient capacity to meet the needs of existing commercial operations as well as future expansions.

Water treatment equipment market growth anticipated

Demand for water treatment equipment in the US is forecast to grow 5.9 per- cent per year to $13.0 billion in 2017. Gains will be supported by increasing concerns about the health risks and environmental impacts of biological contaminants, chemicals and DBPs in supply water and wastewater, and by more stringent manufacturing requirements in process water, according to Water Treatment Equipment, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc. The commercial and residential markets for water treatment equipment are expected to continue to recover from the declines seen during the 2007-2009 economic recession, with demand boosted by greater consumer interest in drinking water quality, increased consumer confidence and expanded commercial and residential construction activities. POU membrane filtration, disinfection and deionization equipment is expected to benefit the most from rising demand.

Latin America

RWL acquistion of Unitek announced 

RWL Water Group has reached an agreement in principle pursuant to which Unitek S.A. will become a part of the RWL Water portfolio of companies. Headquartered in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Unitek brings great experience in water treatment in South America. The proposed acquisition is subject to certain customary closing conditions that both parties expect will to be satisfied soon. Following the closing, a majority of Unitek will be owned by RWL Water. Unitek’s founders will retain a minority equity interest and continue to grow the business as RWL Water partners in their current positions with Unitek. Over the next few months following closing, Unitek and its employees will be fully integrated into RWL Water Group.


Calgon European contract awarded 

Calgon Carbon Corporation and its European operating group, Chemviron Carbon, announced that Thames Water has awarded Chemviron a 10-year contract to reactivate spent activated carbon used to treat drinking water. The value of the contract is dependent upon the amount of carbon that is reactivated annually, which is expected to be approximately 11 million pounds (5,000 MT). Chemviron Carbon will reactivate the spent carbon at its Tipton plant near Birmingham, UK, following a $9.5-million (USD) renovation and expansion of the facility, which is expected to be completed in 2014. The plant’s production capacity will be increased from approximately 13 million to 18 million pounds (5,800 to 8,200 MT). Until the project is completed, Thames’s carbon will be reactivated at Chemviron Carbon’s facilities in Grays, UK and Feluy, Belgium.

LANXESS move announced

A new era is beginning for LANXESS: the specialty chemicals company is relocating its headquarters to Cologne, Germany and will officially manage its global operations from there as of August 1, 2013. The new domicile of the company is the LANXESS Tower in the city’s district of Deutz. Production is not affected by the move and will remain at the current locations you are familiar with. Kennedyplatz 1, 50569 Köln , Germany, Phone: +49 221 8885-0.

West Europe up to 2.78 million water coolers

The West Europe water cooler market climbed to a record 2.78 million units installed at the end of 2012, according to a new report from specialist consultancy Zenith International. Recent growth, how- ever, has slowed to one percent a year and there has been a major shift in the types of machine used. The market is still dominated by bottled water coolers, with a 58-percent share, but their number has fallen in each of the last five years to 1.6 million. In contrast, mains water POU coolers have gained share each year, rising by six percent in 2012 to 1.2 million. The UK and Italy remain the largest markets, with a combined 41-percent share. Switzerland achieved the greatest increase for POU units in 2012. Spain saw an overall decline, with POU gains falling short of bottled water cooler losses. Greece had the biggest increase for bottled water coolers last year. Zenith forecasts continued overall growth, increasing the total to 3.2 million in 2017. POU coolers are expected to reach 50 percent of the market by 2017.


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