Severn Trent Services to market inge UF membrane products

Severn Trent Services has signed an agreement with inge Americas Inc. to market the company's patented Multibore technology in the United States and abroad. Multibore fiber technology seen as a key for enhancing Severn Trent's capabilities in the filtration market, which is predicted to grow at a double-digit rate globally...

FORT WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2005 -- Severn Trent Services has signed an agreement with inge Americas Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of inge AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of ultrafiltration (UF) membrane products, to market its patented Multibore® technology worldwide. Severn Trent Services will incorporate inge UF membranes into its existing line of UF systems.

inge AG's Multibore product line is among the strongest UF fiber technologies in the water and wastewater industry today. The company's UF technology is broadly applied for the production of high purity drinking water and for the treatment of a variety of process and wastewater applications in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, power generation and manufacturing sectors.

inge products are certified by the California Department of Health Services for the treatment of drinking water from surface water, are NSF Standard 61 certified and are manufactured under stringent ISO 9001 quality standards.

The ultrafiltration market is growing rapidly. According to two recent reports by McIlvaine Company (www.mcilvainecompany.com/water.html) and Frost & Sullivan (www.frost.com), the global filtration market can expect healthy sales growth for the foreseeable future. In its study, McIlvaine expects the global filtration market for membranes and related equipment to continue growing at a minimum of 15% per year for both the municipal and industrial markets through 2020.

Len Graziano, president and CEO of Severn Trent Services, said, "This agreement is an important development for Severn Trent's service to the fast-growing membrane filtration market. inge is known throughout the world for its product innovation and leadership in this market. Together, Severn Trent and inge represent a powerful resource for the global industrial and municipal water and wastewater markets."

"I am extremely excited about our relationship with Severn Trent Services," said Michael Hank, CEO of inge AG. "With its global reach, wide range of products and services and strong reputation for quality, Severn Trent Services is an ideal partner for inge. This relationship gives us the ability to gain wider distribution for our leadership products with an exceptionally strong, industry-leading partner."

Based in Greifenberg, Germany, inge AG (www.inge.ag) is a leading manufacturer of ultrafiltration membrane products. The company's technology reliably removes bacteria, viruses and microorganisms from water. In order to meet the highest technological standards, inge also invests heavily in research and development. The company focuses exclusively on development, manufacture and application of advanced ultrafiltration membrane products. The company distributes its leading edge products through highly qualified system manufacturers. inge Americas Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, has headquarters in Clovis, Calif.

Severn Trent Services (www.severntrentservices.com), based in Fort Washington, Pa., is a leading supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions. The company's broad range of products and services is concentrated around disinfection, instrumentation, and filtration technologies, pipeline analysis, rehabilitation and repair services, contract operating services and state-of-the-art residential metering products and services. Our international management services business provides support in all aspects of water and wastewater utility development and transformation. Severn Trent Services is a member of the Severn Trent Plc group of companies.

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