Berry Global Group, Inc. Announces Specialty Meltblown CapacityInvestment

Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:  BERY) announced in November that they are to invest in a specialty meltblown asset to produce high efficiency filtration media serving the Asia markets, as previously announced. Current projections are for commercial production to start in 2019.

This investment, which will be a part of the Company’s Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division, is targeted to meet forecasted market and customer growth, and will be focused on premium applications in the Room Air Purification, Industrial Face Mask and Cabin Air Filtration markets.

“The filtration market is growing rapidly and we are excited to expand our capacity to accommodate the growing markets and increased demand. Our commitment is strong to this market and the entire nonwovens space. Our investment in meltblown capacity is the next step in advancing our market leading position in filtration solutions,” said Scott Tracey, President of Berry’s Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division.

About Berry

Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY), headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, is committed to its mission of ‘Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important,’ and proudly partners with its customers to provide them with value-added protective solutions.  The Company is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative non-woven, flexible, and rigid products used every day within consumer and industrial end markets.  Berry, a Fortune 500 company, generated $7.1 billion of sales in fiscal 2017.  For additional information, visit Berry’s website at www.berryglobal.com.

Centrisys/CNP Enhances Lab Services with Advanced Equipment and Talent

In an industrial park located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a group of talented individuals are working together to continue the advancement of their solids handling technologies.These engineers work for one company, but different divisions: equipment manufacturing and biosolids treatment. By combining their efforts, the Centrisys/CNP process and R&D teams are raising the bar to tackle even the most difficult sludge handling and optimization challenges.

Hiroko Yoshida, R&D Director, oversees Amanda Eness, Lab Technician, conduct a sludge volume index (SVI) measurement for sludge thickening.

Since 1987, Centrisys has been a manufacturer of decanter centrifuge technology for dewatering and thickening in municipal and industrial applications. The company recently added to its equipment portfolio with the award winning THK SludgeThickener and the SP Series Screw press. The CNP division, acquired in 2014, offers Airprex® and CalPrex™, nutrient recovery process technologies, and PONDUS™, aThermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process (TCHP) for sludge optimization. Working together, Centrisys/CNP can offer customers sludge testing and analysis necessary to problem solve above and beyond the normal capabilities of atypical manufacturer.

TheCentrisys/CNPlab and testingservices is headed by Hiroko Yoshida, Centrisys R&D Director. Yoshidaearned her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, a Masters in Water Resources Management and a Masters in Civil andEnvironmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Yoshi,” as she is called by the team, began working for Centrisys just over two years ago. She is a key developer working with customized solutions using emerging, innovative equipment and processes. Yoshida is passionate about the advantages of incorporating testing and analysis services from the very beginning of every job.

PatrickMullen, a CNP Project Manager and Process Engineer, first joined the group in2015. As an undergraduate at Marquette University in Civil Engineering he went on to receive his masters of science in Environmental Engineering fromMarquette studying nutrient removal and recovery from municipal waste waters. Mullen has worked in both Centrisys and CNP process groups primarily pilot testing the combined benefits of CNP’s AirPrex technology with Centrisys dewatering centrifuges. Yoshida and Mullen find working together as a team serves the clients best in determining which equipment and/or environmental technologies will fit treatment plants goals or help to solve a customer’s environmental problem.

Initially, Centrisys and CNP had individual process engineer departments; these are the engineers that are onsite for pilot testing and/or R&D analysis. But the company quickly came to the conclusion that merging these two teams allows for customers to benefit from stronger more comprehensive lab and pilot testing services.

It’s this cohesive layer, a combination of mechanical, chemical and environmental experience that benefits the Centrisys/CNP lab; having a broad understanding of not only the equipment, but the complete process and the treatment plant. It’s the synchronization between these departments, and divisions that ensure the Centrisys/CNP customers are buying the right equipment for their plant or process.

Centrisys/CNP has a true advantage in understanding the more difficult sludge application and how to balance the biosolids process along with the equipment. They have years of experience with environmental equipment and know how the equipment handles all different types of sludge. For example, some types of sludge require pre-treatment and conditioning prior to entering a centrifuge to achieve optimal results. According to Yoshi this is critical, as she explains,“Our process engineers need to know what is being fed into the equipment in order to provide a quote, determine the size or recommend other options. In the case of a centrifuge, it’s mainly limited by flow, the solids loading and nature of how well it compacts. In the case of CNP, however it can be more complicated.”

“Asutilities look to push the limits of the wastewater treatment process by adding energy and nutrient recovery to their systems, such as AirPrex, CalPrex, andPondus, we know that these processes may change the sludge characteristics going  into the centrifuge and affect conditioning strategies,” Mullen says. “By combining Centrisys and CNP lab testing protocols we can anticipate what benefits or changes we might see at full scale.”

Centrisys/CNP also offers pilot testing for the THK Sludge Thickener, another part of the biosolids process which thickens sludge. The nutrient recovery technologies AirPrex and CalPrex, especially important when dealing with industrial and digested biosolids, each have pilot testing units. We’re more than an OEM provider,” Yoshida says. “Today, in order to sell environmental technologies you have to offer more. You need to get your hands dirty to turn innovation into reality, or help customers solve their environmental challenges.”

Centrisys/CNP will introduce the CS6-4 centrifuge atWEFTEC 2018 on October 1-3, 2018 in New Orleans. The Centrisys CS6-4 bridges the gap between bench top studies and full scale installations. The CS6-4continuously treats flows from 4-10 gpm, making this centrifuge a preferred alternative to a conventional laboratory centrifuge, which processes samples in batches. The CS6-4 provides scalable solid-liquid separation data to moveR&D projects forward.

“Making continuous improvements in our lab and process departments are paramount to the success of Centrisys/CNP”according to Michael Kopper, CEO/Founder Centrisys/CNP. “Quality doesn’t just start in engineering or on the manufacturing floor. It starts at the very beginning and that’s in the lab or on a pilot test.”

Centrisys Corporation is a U.S.A.manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges, sludge thickeners and complete dewatering systems for municipal and industrial wastewater. The company’s focus is centrifuge equipment, including the award winning THK sludge thickener. Centrisys provides global service, repair and parts for all brands of centrifuges. CNP – Technology Water and Biosolids designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems. CNP’s key technologies are: AirPrex® and CalPrex™, phosphorus recovery technologies, and PONDUS™, aThermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process (TCHP). CNP is a division of Centrisys Corporation.

For more information, please contact:
CentrisysCorporation
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
Tel: 1-262-654-6006
Email: Jessie.jones@centrisys.us
Website:www.centrisys.com

INDA Purchases Leading Filtration and Fiber Industry Publications: International Filtration News and International Fiber Journal

Cary, NC, Oct. 2, 2018 – INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, today announced the acquisition of two leading industry publications: International Filtration News and International Fiber Journal.

The association purchased the publications from International Media Group, Inc., based in Tempe, Arizona. The purchase price and terms were not disclosed.

Under leadership of the Publisher Klaas De Waal the well-respected industry publications have circulations of 8,000-plus domestic and international readers and have each served their readers for over three decades. Both are published six times a year in print and digital formats.

The acquisitions will expand INDA’s reach and relevance in the key markets the print and digital publications serve with a particular emphasis on the filtration and separation segment as INDA launches its new FiltXpo event to be held in Chicago every 18 months starting February 26-28, 2020.

International Filtration News is a global communicator to the greater filtration industry and we will capitalize on its reach to expand INDA’s services to this fast-growing sector, as well as the visibility of INDA’s newly transformed FiltXpo events. IFN broadens our international reach into the filtration and separation space. We will invest and strengthen this platform as an influential communicator to the larger audience FiltXpo will appeal to,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President.

International Fiber Journal spotlights innovation and market successes in the areas of manmade fibers, technical textiles and nonwovens.  It informs and unites engineered material producers, suppliers of machinery and equipment, and the buyers and end-users of fibers and yarns in more than 90 countries.

“Our IFJ growth plan aligns with the momentum of nonwovens in the wipes, geotextile and transportation vehicle sectors, and is well positioned to increase in value. These two publications together serve two of the largest and fastest growing sectors of INDA’s membership. Merging these into INDA enables us to provide an even greater value to our members and the overall industry,” said Rousse.

INDA will maintain the current editorial, journalist and sales staffs operating the two publications. De Waal will continue as publisher during an extended transition phase as INDA launches a search for a new, fulltime publisher for both publications.

“The natural progression for International Fiber Journal and International Filtration News is to continue to serve the industry.  I’m proud of the contributions we’ve made to the industry over the last 38 years.  We’re pleased to pass ownership of these two publications to INDA as it serves the best interests of the industry and its future growth,” said De Waal.

International Filtration News (IFN) reports on trends and changes within the filtration and separations industry, covering research and development, and commercialization of manufacturing technologies to producers and end-users. It is available in both print and digital form at http://www.filtnews.com/subscription/

International Fiber Journal (IFJ) is an information source for global executive management, scientists, engineers and technical personnel within the manmade fiber, technical textile and nonwovens industries. It is available in both print and digital form at http://fiberjournal.com/subscription/

About INDA

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 www.inda.org, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.

Consumer Water Treatment System Sales in Asia/Pacific to Grow 9% Annually  

Key trends in the global consumer water treatment system market.

Demand for consumer water treatment systems in the Asia/Pacific region is expected to show gains of 9.0% per year through 2022 to $10.3 billion. Driven by advances in China and India, the growth rate is the second fastest of any region in the world after the Africa/Mideast region. These and other trends are presented in Global Consumer Water Treatment Systems, 3rd Edition, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Gains will be supported by continued market penetration in the emerging regions as a result of:

  • Increasing incomes and an overall strong economic outlook
  • Gains in new housing construction and residential building expenditures
  • Growing availability of consumer water treatment systems
  • Increased awareness of pollution issues, such as industrial waste, and the benefits of drinking clean water
  • Concern over lacking or inadequate municipal water systems

However, widespread poverty in many of these countries will limit potential gains. Additionally, competition from other low-cost methods of treatment like boiling water, which often reassures people that they are drinking clean water, will limit growth as well. Efforts to educate consumers on the limitations of this practice will aid gains going forward.

Sales gains in more developed countries will result from consumers upgrading to new, higher level treatment systems. Systems with advanced electronics and features will entice previous customers to upgrade to new systems. Markets like South Korea benefit from a large rental market for consumer water treatment systems, which allows consumers to access more expensive systems and spread out their cost over time.

Global Consumer Water Treatment Systems, 3rd Edition (published 7/2018, 448 pages) is available from The Freedonia Group. For further details or to arrange an interview with the analyst, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600 or email crg@freedoniagroup.com.

About The Freedonia Group, a division of MarketResearch.com – The Freedonia Group is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985, we have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Additional Consumer Goods studies can be purchased at https://www.freedoniagroup.com, www.marketresearch.com and www.profound.com.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India awards filtration leader supplier accreditation

Nuclear power station

Porvair Filtration Group has achieved status as an accredited supplier to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), after qualifying and supplying its polymeric filter cartridges.

Initially being recognised as a supplier in 2013 to the Tarapur Atomic Power Station, Porvair was again invited to bid for a similar project at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPP) and the Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant (RAPP) in 2017.

Porvair’s Microfil™ polymeric filter cartridges were selected for the filtration of cooling water in the plant’s moderator line. The installation of the filter was critical to prevent the build-up of radioactive particles in the system and consequentially the development of areas of high radioactivity, also known as hotspots.

As part of the qualification process, Porvair’s Microfil™ filter cartridges were tested in the presence of an independent witness from a leading regulatory body, in accordance with the NPCIL criteria to meet their Quality Assurance Plan.

This product testing confirmed the filter’s efficiency and compatibility with the process conditions encountered. The results demonstrated a significant safety margin that was above the recommended operating parameters of the process specifications.

In addition, tests confirmed the filter’s ability to resist the aggressive process conditions, including: high pH, high temperatures and deformation under pressure. What’s more, installation in heavy water applications has resulted in no reported degradation of the filter media due to radiation.

Working in Partnership

Working in partnership, Porvair’s dedicated test, development and laboratory teams offer a wide range of services to support customer requirements, from design and development through to product verification and performance evaluation.

In-house capabilities include filtration characterisation, environmental testing and analysis. Porvair Filtration Group has a policy of continuous improvement across all areas of the business; listening to customer’s requirements and working together to drive change.

Kevin Ward, Business Manager, Nuclear Services, stated: “We are delighted to be awarded accredited supplier status to the NPCIL, which is testimony to our tailored approach to problem solving. We are also pleased to be able to continue to build on our relationships within the Indian Nuclear Industry.

“Working alongside customers in order to help achieve performance requirements is a key feature of technical service offering.

“We are committed to providing the best products and services to our customers. It is only by forming multidisciplinary teams and working together, that we are able to design, engineer and validate the optimum solution according to end-user specification”.

MicrofilTM absolute rated pleated glass fiber cartridge filters

Porvair’s validated Microfil™ cartridge filters, manufactured in an ISO cleanroom, are constructed from robust glass fiber and polypropylene filtration layers, offering removal ratings from 0.5 to 5 micron absolute in a single pass test. Their epoxy-bonded construction ensures high dirt holding capacity and excellent chemical compatibility.

These cartridges display a natural, positive electrostatic charge, which when used in aqueous solutions, results in the enhanced removal of submicronic particles, smaller than the designated micron rating.

Porvair Filtration Group

Porvair Filtration Group is an international leader in the development and supply of high performance, innovative materials and solutions for applications in filtration and separation.

Porvair manufactures in both the UK and USA and has an extensive network of sales offices and distribution channels throughout the world. Its expertise in a wide range of media and the dedication of its design, manufacturing, sales, test and research teams ensure it is at the forefront of filtration technology.

For over 50 years Porvair has delivered world class performance to the most demanding of environments, including Aerospace and Defence, Nuclear, Energy, Chemical Process, Industrial Process and Water Treatment.