Movers & Shakers – April 2021: NXTNano to add three nanofiber lines; expanding production capacity to meet strong demand expected through 2023

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In the dynamic and global filtration industry, news and information is breaking on a daily basis. International Filtration News is tracking stories relevant to our industry from air and gas filtration to liquid filtration and the various end-uses for filtration technology. Here we will post news stories relevant to filtration and its downstream applications on an ongoing basis. Please check back for regular updates. Please check back for regular updates. If you have news that you feel should be added to this summary report, please email it to Matt Migliore at

Most recent update: April 12, 2021

NXTNano to add three nanofiber lines; expanding production capacity to meet strong demand expected through 2023

NXTNano, LLC, has begun to install three additional HYPR-Spun Nanofiber production lines, with the first of the lines expected to be operational in June, and all three within the 2021 calendar year. The new lines will take NXTNano’s total line count to six, supporting the production of high-volume nanofiber manufacturing up to a maximum roll width of 2.15 meters.

“2020 was an incredible year for NXTNano,” said Andrew McDowell, NXTNano, LLC’s Director of Sales. “We saw rapid adoption of the technology into a number of new markets, and more importantly we have a social obligation to continue serving our mask, respirator, and indoor air purification customers who have taken up the fight against COVID. In existing markets we expected COVID to produce a pronounced slowdown, but that never materialized.  As a result of the growth and new projects moving to commercial sales, the time has arrived for us to add capacity”

The number of markets commercially consuming nanofiber has continued to exhibit strong growth, with forecasts for CAGR above 36% though 2023.

“I’ve spent nearly my entire career in nonwovens and filtration, over 30 years now, and the last nine months have been unique to anything I’ve seen before,” said Alan Smithies, NxtNano’s vice president of technology. “The growth has not been without challenges, but I firmly believe we as a company have stepped forward and embraced them. Our head count is now over 80 people, more than two and a halftimes what it was in 2019, and we are putting out full truck loads of material every day.”


AFS FiltCon 2021 registration is open for virtual conference

The AFS FiltCon 2021 Conference, taking place from April 19-21, 2021, will feature two plenary presentations, 42 technical presentations and an expo. New Product Awards for 2019 and 2020 and Honorific Awards for 2020 will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 20. A student poster competition will take place on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 am.

The plenary presentations are How Global Mega Trends, Particularly the ‘Race to Zero Emissions’, and COVID are Impacting the Filtration Industry from Brian Lane of Parker Hannifin’s Global Filtration Business on Monday, April 19 and Impacts on Filtration Market Growth with Josh Ayer, vice president and managing direction at Hollingsworth & Vose, Americas, on Wednesday, April 21.

Presentations will be available to all participants, either live or on-demand for up to two weeks post conference. Registration is now open.

View the full conference schedule at: 

NX Filtration to pilot hollow-fiber nanofiltration membrane for sustainable drinking water production

PWN, responsible for the production and supply of drinking water in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland, selected NX Filtration, specialist in innovative membrane solutions, to start a pilot for the sustainable production of drinking water based on hollow fiber nanofiltration membranes.

The NX Filtration pilot installation will first be deployed at PWN’s testing and technology center in Andijk, the Netherlands. Filtration’s hollow-fiber nanofiltration technology can provide substantial benefits over a conventional set-up that combines ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis. Benefits include the water quality that can be obtained in just a single filtration step. There are also substantial sustainability benefits, as it is expected that energy consumption can be reduced and the use of pre-treatment and remineralization chemicals can be avoided, according to the company.

Erik Roesink, founder of NX Filtration, said “We have already implemented our technology on IJsselmeer water, the same source that PWN is using for its Heemskerk plant, in a small installation on the island of Pampus. Here, we demonstrated to significantly reduce the number of filtration steps, energy consumption and use of chemicals to reach a similar water quality as in a traditional process. We are proud that PWN is now testing and researching the benefits that our unique hollow fiber nanofiltration technology can bring.”


Glanris raises $2 million to produce first green hybrid water filtration media

Glanris announced that the company has raised a $2 million Series A round from investors Riceland, Pittco Capital, Innovaand Sage for the world’s first green, hybrid water filtration media, bringing total investment to $2.8 million. Glanris’ patented manufacturing process and technology for removing contaminants turns rice hulls into a customized filtration media. The Glanris 901x media has better performance at a lower cost than traditional filtration media, removing organic contaminants faster than activated carbon and removing dissolved metals as effectively as ion exchange resins, at a fraction of the cost.

Glanris also announced the opening of a new 60,000 square foot production facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi, where it plans to produce up to three tons of Glanris 901x media per day with its patented kiln for processing rice hulls.

“We are currently testing Glanris in five different vertical markets today with great results,” said Max Khan, President of BioPipe, a global provider of wastewater treatment systems. “Glanris gives water treatment companies like ours a win-win when it comes to pre- and post-treatment of industrial wastewater. Not only is it fast, effective, and a fraction of the costs of ion exchange resins, but also green. It has the potential of removing CO2 through carbon sequestration.”

Glanris cleans water for use and reuse in industrial, municipal, and residential applications. It currently works with a variety of industrial customers, from HVAC manufacturers to automobile makers. Glanris will be selling into the residential market once it completes its full NSF 61 certification this summer.

Glanris’ media addresses several pain points in the water filtration process, providing:

  • Same filtration capabilities as activated carbon and ion exchange resins at a fraction of the cost
  • Faster kinetics for maximum filtration in a shorter period of time
  • Easy water evaporation after the media is exhausted, resulting in lower disposal costs
  • Green media that will continue to filter contaminants even at the landfill

“We set out to create sustainable solutions for water filtration and reuse that can immediately impact our global use of water,” said Bryan M. Eagle III, CEO of Glanris. “We also wanted to create a media that would lower the cost for companies wanting peak filtration performance and at the same time wanting to do something better for the planet. We have taken the world’s largest agricultural waste product and converted it into a sustainable solution for solving the world’s water needs.”


ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force releases ‘unequivocal statement’ on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in buildings

ASHRAE has released the following statement:

“Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is significant and should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.”


It replaces the April 2020 statement that said airborne transmission was “sufficiently likely” that airborne precautions should be taken. At that time both, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC), contended that transmission of SARS-CoV2 was by droplet and fomite modes, not airborne. Subsequently, both have acknowledged the risk of airborne transmission indoors.

“This may seem like a small step, but we feel it is important to leave no doubt about our position, given the muted support for ventilation and filtration as important tools in the effort to stop the pandemic, from some organizations that should be leading more strongly,” said William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force chair.

The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has been developing and disseminating guidance for the control of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 since its formation in March 2020.

“ASHRAE volunteers have played a huge role in evaluating evidence and developing detailed guidance to improve indoor environmental quality,” said Bahnfleth. “The public, globally, is benefitting from the volunteer efforts of some of the most knowledgeable scientists and engineers in our field and this updated guidance is proof of it.”

To view the complete airborne transmission statement and other COVID-19 resources, visit Questions specific to Epidemic Task Force guidance can be emailed to


GEMCO Medical signs exclusive distribution deal with AG Industries, Filtration Group

GEMCO Medical, a leading NABP-accredited medical supply wholesaler and third-party logistics provider of innovative diabetes supplies and other medical products, announced today it has entered into an agreement with AG Industries (AGI), Filtration Group, to be the exclusive master distributor of the company’s respiratory portfolio for the Eastern region of the United States.

Under the terms of the agreement, GEMCO Medical will employ its sales, marketing, and e-commerce expertise to promote and distribute AGI respiratory products and service AGI’s East Coast customer base beginning today. The distribution agreement includes all geographies east of Mississippi for the United States. AGI will continue to service the Western region via its own channels.

With AGI’s manufacturing base in California and Mexico and the spread of COVID-19, the company has seen an unprecedented demand for its products nationwide. By partnering with GEMCO Medical, AGI will stock their entire product portfolio at GEMCO Medical’s Midwest distribution hub, allowing service levels and shipping times to the Eastern region of the U.S. to improve significantly. Additionally, AGI customers will have immediate access to a broader range of products offered by GEMCO Medical and additional programs such as private label, drop-ship, and third-party fulfillment services.

“AGI is a great manufacturing partner of ours. We look forward to building deep relationships with their customers and making the account transition as seamless as possible,” said Matthew Edwards, GEMCORE’s CEO, parent company to GEMCO Medical. “Through the support of our dedicated sales efforts, competitive pricing, extensive industry knowledge, and faster delivery times, we are committed to meeting and exceeding the level of service that customers have grown to expect from AGI.”

John Smits, president of AG Industries Filtration Group, added, “AGI is excited to add GEMCO Medical as a critical part of our North American channel strategy. GEMCO Medical has the scale, infrastructure, reputation, clinical expertise, and a complementary product portfolio that will bolster sales and expand support for our customers.”


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