Movers & Shakers May 2024: Bluewater Bio Wins Contract in Bahrain

From the signing of the contract between Bluewater Bio and Kingdom of Bahrain.
From the signing of the contract between Bluewater Bio and Kingdom of Bahrain.

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. If you have news that you feel should be added to this summary report, please email it to Ken Norberg:

Most recent update: May 13, 2024

INDA and AFS Announce Partnership for the FiltXPO™ 2025 Conference Program

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and AFS, the American Filtration & Separations Society, announced they are entering into a strategic partnership to create the FiltXPO™ 2025 Conference Program. FiltXPO, the International Filtration Conference & Exhibition, will co-locate with IDEA®25 from April 29 to May 1, 2025, in the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida.

FiltXpo 2025

The theme for FiltXPO 2025 is “The Future of Filtration: Advancing Technology, Performance & Sustainability.” The two-day FiltXPO conference program will feature technical insights into filtration innovations and technologies from industry professionals worldwide. INDA and AFS will issue a call for abstracts in the next few weeks.

“The INDA and AFS partnership is an exciting combination. AFS’ expertise in the filtration market sector is key to producing a world-class FiltXPO conference program. We appreciate their technical insights and ability to bring together a diverse slate of speakers discussing filtration research and science. We look forward to working with AFS,” said Tony Fragnito, INDA President and CEO.

“We feel this is a great opportunity to provide premium content and expand AFS’ reach. AFS’ ability to plan a first-rate conference, combined with INDA’s ability to organize a well-respected show like FiltXPO, will create an exceptional experience for filtration professionals. We are pleased to partner with INDA and will release more information about the program in the coming months,” said Connie Rhea, Executive Director, AFS.

To reserve a booth, register, or sign up for sponsorships, visit

Bluewater Bio Wins Contract in Bahrain

Bluewater Bio’s has won a £33 million contract to upgrade the North Sitra wastewater treatment works in Bahrain. This follows previous significant upgrades that are now treating over 50% of the wastewater generated in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

From the signing of the contract between Bluewater Bio and Kingdom of Bahrain.
From the signing of the contract between Bluewater Bio and Kingdom of Bahrain.

Continually recognized by external parties as the fastest growing water technology company in Europe over the years, expansion in the Middle East is an important aspect to their growth strategy.

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. In attendance were senior representatives from both UK and Bahraini Governments.

Bluewater Bio will be responsible for all aspects of engineering, acting as EPC contractor and technology supplier, through the provision of their advanced treatment technologies, HYBACS® and FilterClear®. As the result of population and industrial expansion, additional and enhanced treatment capacity is required to continue to produce treated water suitable for reuse.

Contract duration will be 24 months and, once completed, the works will have a new capacity of 30 MLD, doubling the current volume.

Mann+Hummel Appoints New Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Géraldine Tenten
Géraldine Tenten

Mann+Hummel has appointed Géraldine Tenten as chief marketing & communications officer (CMO).

As chief marketing & communications officer, Tenten will be responsible for strategic objectives in the areas of branding, marketing and communications. Her areas of responsibility also include the implementation of digital platforms for customer relationship management. Tenten has more than two decades of experience in developing marketing and communications strategies implementing brand to demand engagement models, most recently serving as vice president and CMO for Europe, Middle East and Africa at IBM.

DuPont’s Caleb Funk, Ph.D., Named 2024 Gordon E. Moore Medalist

Caleb Funk
Caleb Funk

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America announced that Caleb Funk, Ph.D. is this year’s recipient of the 21st annual Gordon E. Moore medal. SCI established the Gordon E. Moore medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life.

Funk, Lead R&D Scientist at DuPont, will be presented the award at Innovation Day, hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute, on September 9, 2024, at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

New Product Enables Ceramic Membranes to Achieve Performance Breakthroughs

CERAFILTEC, the global leader in ceramic flat membrane (CFM) technology, eagerly anticipates the introduction at IFAT of a new product that promises to redefine the performance standards of ceramic membranes in Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) applications. These advancements will drive reduction of costs and improve MBR plant operations. This patented technology, exclusively available from CERAFILTEC, is expected to accelerate the already growing adoption of ceramic membranes in wastewater treatment, replacing polymeric membranes.

The new product will be unveiled at CERAFILTEC’s booth at IFAT, May 13-17 in Munich, Germany. Dr. Martin Kaschek, Chief Science Officer at CERAFILTEC, remarked, “We have been dedicated to this development for over two years and are thrilled to announce another significant milestone for our company. Since our inception, the expertise and dedication of our team members have been pivotal in our technology advancements, starting with the visionary invention of the ceramic flat membrane in 1993.”

Previous Laser Perforation Disrupts the Filter Industry
Next Does Staying Indoors Protect Against Wildfire Smoke?