Infilco Degremont, Hydroxyl form strategic alliance

IDI becomes exclusive licensee of Hydroxyl's iFAS (integrated fixed film activated sludge) and iMBR (integrated moving bed bioreactors) systems for design, supply and installation in U.S. municipal plants over 0.5 MGD. Both processes employ unique Hydroxyl iPAC media, which are fluidized biomass carriers to increase capacity, enhance the treatment process via BOD and COD reduction, and improve removal of ammonia and nitrogen...

RICHMOND, VA, Sept. 7, 2005 -- Infilco Degremont Inc. (IDI) has become the exclusive licensee of Hydroxyl's iFAS™ (integrated fixed film activated sludge) and iMBR™ (integrated moving bed bioreactors) systems for design, supply and installation in U.S. municipal plants over 0.5 MGD. Both processes employ unique Hydroxyl iPAC™ media, which are fluidized biomass carriers that increase capacity, enhance the treatment process via BOD and COD reduction, and improve removal of ammonia and nitrogen -- all without costly physical plant expansion. Incorporating the now-named IDI Hydroxyl iPAC™ technology, in most cases iFAS and iMBR systems can be upgraded by utilizing existing basins.

Ilan Wilf, Infilco Degremont vice president of municipal sales and marketing, remarks that he's very excited about the partnership with Hydroxyl, and that the Hydroxyl technology adds a great deal of flexibility and innovation to IDI's biological product offering. Adds Wilf, "After an extensive market survey to find the best available Hybrid technology, we concluded that the Hydroxyl iPAC technology was unparalleled in the field of media-based solutions that increase the performance and capacity of municipal wastewater treatment plants." Wilf continues, "Combining the know-how, expertise, and strong brand recognition of both companies, we are ready to enhance wastewater treatment plant operations nationwide."

Infilco Degremont will provide complete in-house design, engineering, project management, and marketing for municipal systems utilizing IDI's Hydroxyl iPAC technology in the United States. "With IDI's advanced biological treatment knowledge, diverse engineering and production staff, piloting program, and extensive manufacturer's representative network, they were the perfect choice for this strategic alliance," said Gord Hannigan, CEO of Hydroxyl Systems Incorporated. Headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Hydroxyl Systems Inc. specializes in comprehensive advanced water treatment solutions for industrial, municipal, marine, and domestic applications.

Infilco Degremont Inc. is a member of the Degremont Group, S.A. Degremont employs more than 4,000 people in over 70 countries and is part of SUEZ Environment, the premier environmental specialist in advanced water and waste services. SUEZ is an international multi-utility provider that employs over 190,000 people and had sales in excess of $40 billion in 2004.

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