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Bayer-spinoff Lanxess AG announced will cease production of ion exchange resins and related products at its U.

Lanxess halts U.S. ion exchange production, expands Indian facility

Bayer-spinoff Lanxess AG announced will cease production of ion exchange resins and related products at its U.S. subsidiary Lanxess Sybron Chemicals Inc. in Birmingham, NJ, effective May 2 for a loss of about 90 jobs. The company plans to meet customers’ needs with ion exchange production sites in Leverkusen and Bitterfeld, Germany, and a planned new facility in the state of Gujarat, India. The NJ facility will continue to serve NAFTA customers as a sales, technical service, laboratory, and warehousing facility for the LEWATIT® and IONAC® resins. It also announced a EUR 50 million expansion at its Jhagadia, India, facility, where rubber chemicals production is being relocated from Thane, India. Start-up of the facility will coincide with launch of a new ion exchange plant at the same spot to supply products for generation of ultra-pure water for the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries and for industrial water treatment. Both moves will make it Lanxess’ largest facility in India. The Ion Exchange Resins and Rubber Chemicals business units belong to the Performance Chemicals segment. It achieved sales of EUR 1.514 billion between January and September 2007.

Ecovation, Breyers Yogurt receive environmental award

Ecovation received a 2007 Environmental Excellence Award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for its dairy waste stream management solution for Breyers Yogurt Co., North Lawrence Dairy. Both companies were recognized for a system that treats dairy plant waste in an innovative biogas recovery system to offset energy costs. An article on the project was in Industrial WaterWorld’s July/August 2007 issue and is available at the magazine website. In other news, Ecovation expands on a licensing agreement with purchase of anaerobic treatment technologies of Waterleau unit Biotim targeted at breweries, pulp & paper and other high waste flow industries.

IWC issues call for papers

With attendance at the 2007 event up 10% over 2005 – the last time it was held in Orlando – and up 25% from 2006, organizers of the International Water Conference announced a call for papers for the 69th annual event, which will take place for the first time in San Antonio, TX, on Oct. 26-28. “The 2008 IWC will expand its resources to address refinery wastewater treatment issue, encouraging personnel in the area and nationally to find a niche at this conference for future participation,” said Bechtel’s Kumar Sinha, event general chairperson. For details, see: www.eswp.com/water

Flowserve wins honors for facilities

Pump and flow control specialist Flowserve Corp. was chosen by automation professionals as a 2007 Readers’ Choice Award winner in the January 2008 issue of Control magazine in the category for electric valve actuation. Flowserve, which has won the award for five consecutive years, produces the Limitorque brand of electric actuators. The company also was recognized by the Carroll County (Md.) Department of Economic Development with its Business Expansion Award for Flowserve’s Motor Center of Excellence (MCOE) expansion project in Taneytown, MD. Maryland Secretary of Business & Economic Development David Edgerly presented the award at a recent Business Awards Dinner.

WEF seeks award nominees

The Water Environment Federation’s Industrial Wastes Committee wants nominees by April 1 from WEF members for awards to be presented at WEFTEC.08 in Chicago. Ideal for industrial wastewater professionals: Hazardous Wastes Management Award, Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award; McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration & Sustainable Use Medal; and Rudolfs Industrial Wastewater Management Medal. For more, contact committee liaison Rob Schweinfurth, 703-684-2400.

Pilgrim’s Pride earns GE ecomagination award

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the largest U.S. chicken company, received a 2008 ecomagination leadership award from GE Water & Process Technologies, for achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, waste solids, and water usage at its El Dorado, AR, facility. Presented at a general meeting of Pilgrim’s Pride executives in Atlanta in January, the ecomagination award honors the company for achieving nearly $500,000 in annual operational savings and numerous environmental benefits. In other news, GE Water announced a $8.9 million investment to expand its advanced water and process manufacturing facility located in Wuxi, China.


Water Headlines

Among other recent subheads at www.industrialww.com, see:

• Koch Membrane recognized as water recycling, reuse system leader
• Datamatic, Fluid Conservation Systems partner for leak detection
• Industrial Defender, RuggedCom join on industrial cybersecurity
• Hydranautics SWC5 desalination membrane wins Nikkei award
•American Industrial Partners acquires Emerson’s Brooks Instrument
• Severn Trent Services to build Baja California desalination plant
• MFG FRP troughs key to Marchand Mine metals recovery
• Schneider Electric unveils Relay Competency Center
• Wescorp Energy acquires FEP Services’ produced water technology
• Dominion cuts power station water use, thermal impact on bay
• Siemens system to treat FGD scrubber wastewater at Pa. power station
• Eco-Tec wins contract for Quebec landfill leachate biogas purification
• FuelCell Energy helps Pleasanton WWTP cut emissions via biogas reuse
• IOA-PAG’s Paul Overbeck to lead IUVA as well
• MIOX names Sanchez engineering, product development VP
• GF Piping’s Signet 2552 metal magmeter wins magazine award
• SPX Cooling Technologies to reduce NM power plant water use 20%
• Intel, Frito-Lay among EPA Water Efficiency Leader award winners
• Layne Christensen acquires SolmeteX
• Analytical Technology Inc. selects Krohne DK800 flowmeters
• Alco Chemical receives NSF 60 approvals for specialty polymers
• Watergy wins contract to treat Western Slope produced water
• Tetra Tech wins EPA watershed management program contract
• Genoil, Aquamation form global alliance for oil & gas, refinery markets
• AMEC acquires Hydrosphere Resource Consultants Inc.
• American Leak Detection, Environmental Biotech form alliance
• TORR Canada units win oil & gas deals in Norway, Turkey
• IDEX Corp. to acquire Nova Technologies, ADS LLC unit
• Fluid Components International named San Diego’s Exporter of the Year
• Mitsubishi Electric to provide wastewater ozone systems in North America
• Industrial Nanotech lands project with pipeline coating firm
• Doosan Hydro Technology continues to grow in U.S. market
• Envirosight, Vivax form strategic pipeline inspection alliance
• BCC Research: Global desalination market to grow 13.4% through 2012
• Frost & Sullivan: U.S. biological wastewater market to nearly double by 2013
• Industrial boiler market in North America to grow 11% by 2012
• Flow Research study finds strong growth for pressure transmitter market
• ‘Smart Metering’ to grow 24% a year through 2013, ABI Research says
• Wallingford Software, Telog Instruments enter joint development
• Siemens installs ZLD system at DaimlerChrysler Toluca, Mexico, plant
• AquaSensors names Emerson’s Schilz as sales, marketing director

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