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.

EO Johnson and Sterling Water Culligan Announce Strategic Business Deal

EO Johnson Business Technologies, a leading business technologies company, and Sterling Water Culligan, provider of quality water treatment, announce the sale of EO Johnson’s Pure Water® Technology Division to Sterling Water. Finalized August 1, 2015, the sale fits both companies’ strategic plans for growth. The deal allows Sterling Water to provide more extensive point-of-use water system product offerings, and aids EO Johnson in focusing on its core business technologies offerings and IT services.

“Sterling Water is the right company to take care of our former Pure Water Technology customers,” said EO Johnson CEO and Owner Mary Jo Johnson. “That is very important to us as we value each and every one of our customers.”

Since completion of the sale, both companies have focused on notifying customers and transitioning the business. As part of the transition, Sterling Water welcomes Pure Water Technology’s three employees – Division Manager Pat Brogan and water installers Mike Fox and Randy Boneske – to its team.

“As the water treatment industry continues to grow, it’s wonderful that the Pure Water Technology business can remain local,” said Sterling Water President and Owner Bret Tangley.

According to Wells Fargo, the water treatment industry is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 percent to reach $18.80 billion by 2020. The strength of the industry coupled with the strength in local markets signal opportunity for small businesses like Sterling Water and EO Johnson to grow through sales and acquisitions.

“We are thrilled to welcome the customers of EO Johnson’s Pure Water Technology division to the Sterling Water Culligan family,” said Mr. Tangley. “Our approach to business is to not only exceed our customer’s expectations in products and service, but to treat our customers as we would our own family – with kindness and respect.”

Sterling Water Culligan is a third-generation family owned company that provides quality water solutions for residential, business, and commercial water treatment needs. Started in 1949, the company has offices in Eau Claire, Rothschild and Waupaca, Wisc., as well as Sauk Centre and Willmar, Minn.

“This sale is a great fit for both our companies,” said EO Johnson Vice President – Sales/Branch Operations Dave Johnson. “Bret Tangley and his team at Sterling Water have a very similar culture to EO Johnson.”

EO Johnson Business Technologies is a leading business technologies company, providing managed IT services, managed print and document management systems, and print and document equipment.  Started in 1957 the company has offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and La Crosse, Wisc., Minneapolis and Rochester, Minn., and Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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Affinia Group To Be Sold To MANN+HUMMEL

Affinia Group, an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, announced August 17, 2015 that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which Affinia Group, including its global filtration operations (but excluding its Affinia South America (“ASA”) operations), will be sold to MANN+HUMMEL.

Based in Ludwigsburg, Germany, MANN+HUMMEL is a privately-held global filtration expert offering filtration solutions to original equipment and aftermarket customers in both the automotive and industrial sectors.

“Our agreement with MANN+HUMMEL continues us along a path that has guided us for 75 years – a commitment to innovative solutions and high-quality filtration products,” said Keith Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Affinia Group. “We are excited to align our technologies and capabilities to provide our customers, employees and partners with unparalleled excellence and opportunity.”

“We believe that this partnership with MANN+HUMMEL will accelerate our growth potential, provide access to new technologies and capabilities, and enhance our financial strength and global scale to excel in the global marketplace. We couldn’t be more thrilled about the potential this brings to our global brands, and most importantly, our dedicated people that have helped build our legacy of leadership and innovation.”

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

Affinia Group’s financial advisor on this transaction is Robert W. Baird & Co and legal advisor is Hogan Lovells.

Affinia Group is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $1.4 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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