Industry gearing up for Oil, Gas and Chemicals Filtration & Separations Conference and Expo in Houston

The 2016 Oil, Gas and Chemicals Filtration & Separations Conference and Expo in Houston, Texas is scheduled from May 9 – 11 at the Houston Marriott Westchase. The dates of the conference were intentionally set to immediately follow the Offshore Technology Conference.  In the ever increasing demand for energy and hydrocarbon-based products, process separation plays a critical role in enabling operations to run at higher capacities with low operational cost and reduced environmental impact.  This conference will gather presentations on a variety of separation methods available to the industry; from filters and coalescers to membranes and cyclones, and many more.

Anyone involved in the oil and gas or chemical processing industry are encouraged to attend.  Specialists and process engineers looking to understand specific separation methodologies, research and development scientists who want to present their innovations and young engineers looking for a primer in this exceptionally important area would all benefit from the knowledge being presented. The conference will include not only talks on technologies, but also on key subject areas such as, filtration, coalescing, produced water treatment and natural gas processing as well as a variety of other relative topics. The conference and expo will focus on both mechanical and chemical means to promote process separations. The conference will be preceded by specialized training courses and accompanied by industry leading experts as plenary speakers and technical session presenters.  This conference is primarily technical; however this year the conference will have an expo pavilion. The Expo will allow for a select number of technology and service suppliers to show their new products and services.  There is a fee to attend the conference and presentations, but expo only badges are available at no cost but advanced registration is required.

The venue is conveniently located in energy corridor of Houston, a city that is the heart of the hydrocarbon and chemical processing world. This conference will help engineers, technicians and managers to understand best-in-class practices for their filtration and separation questions, and help them to build their professional network to include some of the foremost authorities in the world on these processes.

A dynamic conference leadership team has been selected from various companies and industry experts. The objective is to assemble an exciting and educational program that includes several industry leaders along with the latest technical presentations in the field.  This year the conference will also feature a Q & A session, student and academics poster completion, and a unique initiative in the form of presentations related to the latest technological innovations in the field.

Information about the technical program and the exhibits will be available early 2016.


For more information contact: American Filtration & Separations Society
Tel: 615-250-7784
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Phifer to acquire some assets of Wire Company Holdings

Phifer Incorporated announced early December 2015 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the USA assets of Wire Company Holdings, Inc. currently – Hanover, Pa. (“Wire Company”), a leading supplier of woven mesh to consumer, automotive and industrial filtration markets. The APA transaction is structured as a cash purchase at an undisclosed value and subject to customary closing conditions. Closing is expected by December 18, 2015. Wire Company operations will constitute a stand-alone business unit as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phifer Incorporated and will do business under another trade name after the transaction is closed. Phifer did not acquire the rights to the New York Wire trade name, trademarks or domain name. Those assets were acquired by Saint-Gobain Adfors America, Inc. several years ago.

The acquisition combines the complementary strengths of two leading companies in the woven filtration mesh industries.

Phifer President Brad Cork, stated, “We are excited about the addition of Wire Company, a strong organization with dedicated employees positioned in similar markets as Phifer. Phifer is fully committed to support and accelerate our growth and innovation on an international scale both organically and through acquisitions. We believe Wire Company is a perfect fit to meet our objectives.”

“Our current plan is for Wire Company’s management team and market strategies will remain intact as we work with Phifer to build our businesses. We look forward to sharing and leveraging both companies’ experience, expertise and, most important, keeping our commitments to customers during this transition,” said Guy Fritz, President & CEO of Wire Company.

Phifer Incorporated, founded in 1952 by J. Reese Phifer, is a family-owned, diversified manufacturer of woven wire, fiberglass and polyester mesh for insect and solar screening, sling and cushion furniture fabrics, drawn metal wire and engineered products used in a variety of industrial applications.


INDA Wraps Up Successful Filtration 2015 Conference & Exposition

The educational seminar drew the highest attendee count in recent years, at Filtration 2015 in Chicago.

The educational seminar at Filtration 2015 drew the highest attendee count in recent years.

The strong response to INDA’s recently completed Filtration® 2015 Conference & Exposition confirmed the high importance of the growing segment of nonwoven media for air and liquid filtration. Some 1,500 delegates attended the premier global filtration event, Nov. 17-19 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The educational seminar drew the highest attendee count in recent years, demonstrating the industry’s interest in learning more about the latest in filtration.

Among the highlights was the keynote presentation by Executive Vice President Armando Brunetti, Camfil Americas. Mr, Brunetti spoke to a standing-room only audience about business trends in a presentation on Who Are Our Customers and What Do They Really Need?

More than 140 exhibitors participated in the event and reported high-quality business connections were made between customers and suppliers from around the world – all in one location.

“Filtration 2015 was the first time Sterling Nonwovens exhibited in the U.S., and in particular at a focused filtration exhibition. In the first four hours of the exhibit, we were inundated with visitors to our booth, who at this stage appears to be genuine enquiries and opportunities to further our business aspirations in the U.S.,” said Julian Bickford, managing director, Sterling Nonwovens.

Speakers at the Conference also included leaders from DuPont Protection Technologies; GE Water and Process Technologies; Nederman LLC; Mann+Hummel Innenraumfilter GmbH & Co. KG; and W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., among others. Conference topics focused on Cutting Edge Technologies, Industrial Air Filtration, Filtration Solutions and Filtration Trends and Statistics.

INDA also announced Filtration® 2016 will be held Nov. 8-10, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Penn. For information, visit

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate, and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.

INDA’s Filtration International Conference & Exposition to Feature View of Future Filter Media Requirements

All-in-One Event Offering “Pure Opportunity” Returns to Chicago Nov. 17-19

INDA’s Filtration International Conference & Exposition will feature a view of future filter media requirements by a leading industry expert when the industry’s premier event makes its return to Chicago’s Navy Pier Nov. 17-19, 2015.

Filter media products offer companies growing potential in this market segment valued at $15.4 billion in North American sales to end users. Keynote speaker Executive Vice President Armando Brunetti, Camfil Americas, will share his perspectives on customers’ needs based on the realities of the North American market and global business trends.

Focused on the theme of “Pure Opportunity,” Filtration 2015 will bring together high-quality educational program content, training, product displays, and connection opportunities in one location to advance the success of filtration professionals. The full program and event details are now available at the newly launched website at

INDA expects more than 130 exhibitors and 1,500 attendees to attend this singular event for professionals involved in the air and liquid filtration business. Among the topics that will be discussed by leading industry experts at the newly formatted one-day conference on Nov. 17 are: North American filtration forecasts, statistics, and recent mergers and acquisitions; cabin air filtration; water-purification; electrospun membrane filter media; and particulate matter 2.5 removal.

New program highlights include: Nanofibers in Filtration: Beyond F9, Beyond MERV 15, Beyond Surface-Load and Pulsing by Fred Lybrand, CEO of ELMARCO, Inc.;  and Pleated Filter Media as a Direct Replacement for Filter Bags by Jack Clements, Principal, SF Air Filtration.

In addition, INDA is offering premium educational content with the colocation of its Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course, Nov. 17-18. Led by Christine Sun, Ph.D., Principal, Filtration Technologies International, Inc., the one and a half day training course will cover everything from the principles of filtration to market and technology trends.

A welcome reception will be held the evening of Nov. 18 after the first day of the exposition. The networking exposition will be held Nov. 18-19, providing industry participants from around the world and across the supply chain the opportunity to connect with decision makers.

Registration is open for both the Filtration International Conference & Exposition and Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course, at the new website at


Filtration Specialist Manufactures Key Assemblies for Major South African Refinery

An international leader in filtration and separation is manufacturing key assemblies for the world’s first gas-to-liquid (GTL) refinery in South Africa, further enhancing its highly efficient operation.

PetroSA, South Africa’s national oil company, situated in Mossel Bay, is the world’s third largest GTL facility and produces some of the cleanest fuels on the market by using leading environmentally friendly processes.

UK-based Porvair Filtration Group was engaged to supply highly efficient and durable sintered metal powder Triple Element Filters (TEFs) to PetroSA through its Johannesburg-based agents, Sagisa Process Engineering (Pty) Ltd.

Porvair’s scope of supply included innovative 2.4 meter-long TEF assemblies, manufactured in the UK as well as sintered metal mesh fuse assemblies manufactured in tandem at the filtration specialist’s US factory in Ashland, Virginia.

The TEFs and mesh fuses were fitted into tube sheets and installed into five vessels, manufactured and supplied locally by Sagisa.

The complete vessels were then shipped to the PetroSA refinery and are now helping to clean up catalyst fines – very small particles used in the Fluid Catalytic Cracking process (FCC) of most large, modern oil refineries and in the hydrogen process stream at Mossel Bay.

The assemblies were selected by PetroSA for their ability to operate reliably at temperatures in excess of 400°C and at a pressure of around 25bar.

The vessels are located above the Catalyst Reduction Reactor (CRR), enabling the TEF assemblies to be cleanable in situ; therefore operating in a cyclic back flush operation to remove the catalyst cake from the filter surface of the TEFs. The disengaged catalyst then falls into the CRR.

As a consequence, the TEFs are able to operate for a prolonged period in an aggressive environment, only periodically requiring to be removed and chemically cleaned before then being re-installed and operating once more at the same high performance level.

PetroSA engaged Sagisa and Porvair to execute this project based on their previous reliable performance for the TEF quality and service provided. The project was completed exactly on schedule and within cost.

Market Manager, Andrew Fairlie said: “Porvair is proud to be manufacturing components for one of the world’s most environmentally friendly oil companies. We believe that our filtration expertise can help drive further efficiency and cost reductions at the Mossel Bay refinery, in turn providing sustainable growth.

“PetroSA already produces some of the cleanest fuels available, and we are certain that the provision of our TEF and mesh fuse assemblies, with their high performance capabilities, will only enhance that reputation by ensuring security and continuity of supply.”

Porvair – a supplier to the process industry with performance-driven filtration equipment for over 30 years – prides itself on being able to offer high quality, cost effective filters for all stages of the purification or separation process.

Sagisa improves their customers’ existing purification and filtration processes by applying their knowledge excellence and by using the best products available to achieve cost effective and precise outcomes.