Koch Membrane Systems expands operations in Asia

Membrane filtration systems developer and manufacturer adds offices and staff to its Asia/Pacific operations in response to increased demand for products and services. It opens a new office in Beijing, China, and moves to larger facilities in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India, as well as appointing new regional manager for Australasia in Sydney...

WILMINGTON, MA, March 10, 2005 -- Koch Membrane Systems Inc. (KMS), a world-class developer and manufacturer of innovative membrane filtration systems, is expanding its Asia/Pacific operations in response to increased demand for its products and services. KMS has opened a new office in Beijing, China, and moved to larger facilities in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India. The following new personnel have also been added to offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Sydney, Australia:

-- Mr. Feng Zhang joins the Beijing office as sales manager. He has over 15 years of industry experience, including service as a chemical engineer at the North China Electric Power Research Institute and as project manager of Beijing Metito Water Company, a Sino-USA joint venture. Zhang holds a master's degree in water treatment science from Wuhan University in China.

-- Ms. Yanhua Xia joins the KMS Shanghai office as technical sales engineer, assisting in system commissioning and customer training. Xia has nine years of water treatment systems experience and is a graduate of Wuhan University in China. She also holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from the National University of Singapore.

-- Mr. Hongwei Zeng joins the KMS China team as sales engineer in Beijing. Zeng is skilled in working with reverse osmosis and other water treatment systems, particularly in system commissioning and troubleshooting. He was a professional engineer in North China Electric Power Groups and a site engineer for North China Electric Power Research Institute. He holds a master's degree in corrosion protection of thermal power equipment from Wuhan University in China.

-- Mark Forbes joins the company as the new regional manager for Australasia. Based at the Koch Australia Pty. Ltd. office in Sydney, Forbes will manage membrane business for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the South Pacific Islands. A research and development chemist by training, he holds an applied science diploma from Preston Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Deakin University. He has held positions of increasing responsibility with major worldwide membrane technology companies throughout his career, including general management positions with USFilter, SA Water, and most recently with Environmental Waste Technologies in Australia.

In addition to the offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai and Sydney, KMS also maintains offices in Singapore and eight other countries around the world. More information can be obtained by contacting the Managers at each location:

Samir Chaubal, Regional Sales Manager
Koch Membrane Systems Inc.
(A Division of Koch Glitsch India Limited)
301, Vyom Arcade
Veer Bajiprabhu Marg
Off. Subhash Road
Vile Parle (East), Mumbai 400 057
India
Tel: +91-22-28362154; Fax: +91-22-28360826
Email: schaubal@kochmembrane.com

Ruming Pang, Regional Sales Manager
Koch Membrane Systems Inc.
Shanghai Representative Office
No. 580 Nan Jin Road (W),
#42-08/10, Nan Zheng Building,
Shanghai 200041
China
Tel: +86-21-62674846, 62674847
Fax: +86-21-62674743
Email: rpang@kochmembrane.com

Feng Zhang, Sales Manager
Koch Membrane Systems Inc.
Room 301, No. 43 LiangMaQiao Road
Chao Yang District
Beijing 100016
China
Tel: (86-10)65327551, 65327552
Fax: (86-10)65327553
Email: fzhang@kochmembrane.com

Mark Forbes, Regional Manager
Koch Membrane Systems Inc.
(A Division of Koch Australia PTY Ltd.)
Ste. 6, Level 1, 186-190 Church Street
Parramatta, NSW 2150
Australia
Tel: 61-2-8833-4650; Fax: 61-2-9689-3615
Email: Mark.Forbes@kochmembrane.com

For over 30 years, Koch Membrane Systems Inc. (www.kochmembrane.com) has been a global leader in the development, manufacturing, distribution, and service of state-of-the-art membranes and systems for large-scale uses in a broad range of industries. KMS membrane filtration and separation products are installed in more than 15,000 systems around the world, serving the food processing, life sciences, general manufacturing, water purification and wastewater treatment needs of various industries and municipalities. Standard industrial uses of KMS innovative products include whey processing, juice clarification, paint and pigment recovery, potable and bottled water filtration, ultrapure water production, enzyme concentration, pulp and paper treatment and oil/water separation processes. Based in Wilmington, Mass., the company is a member of Koch Chemical Technology Group LLC.

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