INDA Unveils New Timing, Established Location and Expanded Focus for Filtration Event

Responding to the strong growth and established cycle in the filtration industry, INDA has announced plans for its largest-ever event dedicated to an expanded Filtration International Conference & Exposition coming Feb. 25-27, 2020 to Navy Pier in Chicago.

“We are expanding our vision for the future of our important Filtration Expo by providing industry participants from around the world with great new potential to exhibit, learn and meet with others in the industry at a global event in North America,” said INDA President Dave Rousse.

INDA announced the following enhancements to further energize the powerful event:

• New Timing: The Filtration International Conference & Exposition will be held every 18 months, instead of once a year, for greater appeal to the global market and complement the timing of the major European filtration event. This means that after Filtration 2018 in Philadelphia this October 2-4, there will be no Filtration Expo in the fall of 2019, as it will jump to February 2020.

• Established Location: The event will be held exclusively at the Navy Pier in Chicago rather than rotating locations.

• Expanded Focus: Filtration Expo will expand its focus beyond nonwovens and fully embrace the broad cross section of engineered media, filtration & separation technologies, filter making equipment, and other equipment related to the manufacture, testing and monitoring of filters and their environment.

“We believe these changes will position this event as a “must attend” for global filtration industry companies needing a focal point in North America,” Rousse said. “While filtration is a part of many industry shows, there is no other show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to filtration. Filtration Expo will appeal across a broader spectrum of the filtration market, going beyond nonwoven media.”

Filtration 2018 Not to Be Missed

More than 1,400 attendees and 140-plus exhibitors attended Filtration 2017 and INDA is expecting another strong turnout across all industry segments for Filtration 2018, Oct. 2-4, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Online registration is now open at:

Both the 2018 and the 2020 Filtration Expo’s will provide valuable conference and educational program content and create a vibrant forum for exhibitors to highlight innovative products and services serving all filtration sectors and to create business connections on the exposition floor. The one-and-a-half day acclaimed Nonwoven Filter Media Training Course prior to the exposition will be offered at the 2018 Filtration Expo.

“This change in cycle timing and event scope will support the establishment of a more practical rhythm for the two major events supporting this important industry on each continent,” said Rousse. “We will now be in sync with the European event, not overlapping, with plenty of time between for exhibitors to display at both and for attendees to revisit meeting needs.”

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.

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Filtration leader expands in Southern Europe

Porvair Filtration Group has announced the appointment of a new Business Development Manager for Southern Europe. Roberto Malagoli,

Roberto Malagoli

who has over 25 years’ experience in the filtration and process sectors, will drive growth by developing new and existing customers  in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta and Sicily.

Roberto brings a wealth of filtration and applications experience to the European sales team. His appointment underlines Porvair’s commitment to its expanding operations in Europe. Roberto will support customers in the following market sectors: Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), chemical process, printing, pharmaceutical and food & beverage.

Roberto commented: “My primary objective is to build upon existing partnerships and identify new business opportunities. I will also be spending a lot of time looking at new products and services to better meet the needs of current markets.”

“It’s a significant and exciting opportunity for me personally as I look to further enhance my knowledge of filtration within the OEM and process industries. Porvair’s wide range of products and capabilities give us a significant opportunity for growth.”

Divisional Sales Manager, Nish Thakrar added: “We’re delighted to welcome Roberto on board.

“Appointing Roberto as Business Development Manager is part of our strategy to expand our capabilities in Europe. His proven track record, market knowledge and fresh ideas will help to establish and strengthen our activities in the region”.

About Porvair

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 OEM, Aerospace and Defence, Nuclear, Energy, Chemical and Industrial Process.

LANXESS Highlights Its High Water Permeability ULP Membrane Elements at AMTA 2018

Lewabrane ULP

LANXESS’ Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit—operating in the United States as LANXESS Sybron Chemicals—enables customers in a wide variety of industries to meet their water purification challenges with a broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, reverse osmosis membranes and other specialized technologies and services.  The company will be putting the spotlight on its high water permeability ULP (Ultra Low Pressure) Lewabrane® brand membrane elements at AMTA’s 2018 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition in West Palm Beach, Florida, from March 12 – 16.

The new Lewabrane ULP line is available in both four-inch and eight-inch diameter by 40-inch long membrane elements. The eight-inch ULP elements are available with a 400 square foot membrane with an innovative 34mil spacer using ASD (Alternating Strand Design) geometry known for improved performance in biofouling environments. The eight-inch ULP line is also available with a 440 square foot membrane with a 28mil spacer. All Lewabrane ULP membranes are wet tested, and supported with a signed CoA.

The new Lewabrane Ultra Low Pressure (ULP) line offers high- water permeability and high micro pollutant rejection at low operating pressures. This is especially important in potable water applications where high flow productivity and good salt passage are important process parameters that determine the cost efficiency of the RO process. High water permeability means lower feed pressures, which means less power consumption per 1000 gallons (or 44 m3) of product water. Lewabrane ULP membranes typically require 40% less operational pressure than standard pressure membranes (typically tested at 225 psi and 2000 ppm NaCl). Additionally, these membranes are an excellent option for reducing micro contaminants in drinking water supplies.

The typical applications of Lewabrane ULP RO membranes are the filtration of drinking water and wastewater. Drinking water and wastewater plants often process large quantities of raw water daily. A membrane with a higher flux or water permeability can process large quantities of water at lower feed pressures, and hence, at lower power consumption, and lower operational costs than standard pressure membranes. This is particularly important in municipal water treatment applications where power consumption is usually the largest single cost for an operating facility.

Lewabrane ULP membrane elements are supported in LANXESS’ innovative LewaPlus® design software. It allows for the combined simulation and design of reverse osmosis (RO) and ion exchange (IX) processes for water treatment. LewaPlus allows users to design highly complex water treatment systems, and develop accurate projections operating performance as well as detailed calculations for capital and operating costs. This innovative design software is supported in 11 languages and is a free download at

More information on LANXESS’ Lewabrane® reverse osmosis membranes and downloadable brochures are available at

Shelco Filters Completes Expansion

In order to meet increased demand for its ultra-premium MicroVantage line of filters and cartridges, Shelco Filters has expanded its manufacturing facility by more than 20,000 square feet.  The expansion, which was completed late in 2017, will be dedicated to the production and testing of the company’s pleating operation for the popular MicroVantage filter cartridges and other Shelco products.

Shelco’s MicroVantage pleated cartridges, membrane cartridges and high-purity cartridges are designed to meet and exceed the demanding specifications of a wide spectrum of today’s industries – from food and beverage to chemicals, gases and paints. The line, which is sold directly through Shelco as well as in all major distribution outlets, includes sanitary filter housings and high-purity housings for critical and demanding applications that require maximum durability, ease-of-use and value.

“By focusing on developing cost-effective and efficient filters that meet the demands of today’s growing economy, we were able to increase our business to such an extent that we outgrew our existing space,” said Robert LeConche, president and CEO of Shelco.  “We were fortunate that we could expand at our current location to create the additional manufacturing space and we look forward to a strong future making the best filters on the market.”

Founded in 1973, Shelco ( offers one of the most extensive lines of filters and cartridges, distributed and sold throughout the world.  The company’s product lines meet the needs of countless industrial and high-purity applications, including water and other in-plant liquids, gases, foods, beverages, chemical, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, photographic solutions, fuels, lubricants, paints and coatings, plating solutions and more.  Additionally, Shelco offers a complete line of industrial cartridge and bag housing along with a complete line of disposable bags.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö acquires land next to its Louveira plant in Brazil

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced in December 2017 that it is taking the first step towards a potential capacity expansion plan at its Louveira plant in Brazil.

“Demand for filtration media in South America is expected to continue to grow in the coming years and we clearly foresee the need to increase capacity in the future to support the growing demand for filtration media in the region,” said Executive Vice President of the Business Area Filtration & Performance, Fulvio Capussotti.

“The acquisition of this land constitutes an important step towards our overall ambition to further develop an industrial platform in South America that will enable us to continue to support our filtration customers in the region for the years to come,” he added.

The Louveira plant is located in the San Paolo region in Brazil, employs around 110 people and manufactures filtration media for transportation and industrial applications.