New Blood Filter Provides Shelter From A “Cytokine Storm”

By Adrian Wilson, International Correspondent

While it has yet to receive FDA approval for use in the United States, a new blood filtration system is already being employed extensively in European intensive care units (ICUs) and those in many other countries around the world, with impressive results. CytoSorb, produced by New Jersey-based Cytosorbents, is a special filter cartridge designed to remove excess inflammatory cytokines from the blood, and in doing so prevent organ failure.…Continue Reading »

The Metal Advantage – Filtration in the Semiconductor Fabrication Process

By Tim Tritch, Valin Corporation

Semiconductors are the basis of most electronic circuits and exist in virtually all electronic devices. The manufacturing of these integrated circuits, also referred to as chips, is a multi-step process involving an intricate design system. The yield (chips or die) of these processes rely heavily on the effectiveness of point of use (POU) filters used in every step of wafer processing to capture particulate matter. Multiple forms of high purity gases are used to create and clean the numerous layers of a semiconductor chip. These gases pass through a delivery system and are transferred onto silicon wafers (the foundation of a semiconductor) through POU filters. …Continue Reading »

Acquisition of CLARCOR Extends Parker Filtration Market Reach

By Edward C. Gregor, Editorial Advisory Board Chairman, International Filtration News

The Filtration Group of Parker Hannifin Corporation acquired CLARCOR Inc. in March 2017 for $4.3 billion (17.4X EBITDA), a multiple on par with several of the filtration companies sold over the last few years. Does this change the paradigm of valuations for acquisitions of multiple divisional companies sold in the future, and what does this mean for the valuation of filtration companies? Only time will tell. It’s not too far-fetched to believe the landscape has changed in global filtration.

CLARCOR has had a highly diversified aftermarket product line, whereas Parker Filtration has been strong in industrial and transportation original equipment filtration with a larger global reach. As a result of combining these complementary positions, the Parker Hannifin Filtration Group may well be among the most diversified industrial filtration businesses in the world. …Continue Reading »