GE, Pall form new global strategic alliance to provide innovative water solutions

GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric, and Pall Corporation announced an expansion of their strategic alliance to bring innovative water technologies to the global marketplace. They'll combine their advanced membrane technologies and separation solutions to cover more applications and markets, including desalination, water reuse and municipal water...


TREVOSE, PA, & EAST HILLS, NY, June 13, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric, and Pall Corporation announced an expansion of their strategic alliance to bring innovative water technologies to the global marketplace. They'll combine their advanced membrane technologies and separation solutions to cover more applications and markets, including desalination, water reuse and municipal water. This extensive range of technologies and services will focus on meeting the world's rapidly increasing demand for clean water for drinking, irrigation and industrial uses.

"As the population grows and water scarcity increases, so does the world's need for clean water," said George Oliver, CEO, GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies. "This strategic alliance enhances our ability to answer the world's most pressing water needs with energy-efficient, cost-effective, customized solutions."

Building upon a January 2004 agreement -- which integrated GE's advanced design reverse osmosis/nanofiltration systems and services with Pall's high performance microfiltration/ultrafiltration technologies -- the new alliance paves the way for collaboration on the development and sale of proprietary technologies focused on bringing innovative water technology solutions to the world.

"We are very excited about the prospects of this enhanced alliance," said Don Stevens, Chief Operating Officer, Pall Corporation. "Its expanded scope not only creates more opportunity in the industrial markets but also allows our companies to jointly develop and deploy advanced membrane, filtration, and separation technologies for the very large and growing municipal, water reuse, and desalination markets."

The alliance draws upon GE and Pall's complementary strengths in materials development, applications and process engineering; as well as a broad array of filtration and separation products and services. It will allow customers in the industrial, municipal and desalination marketplace to reduce energy use and costs while increasing efficiency in the production of pure water.

GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies (www.gewater.com) is an industry leader in solving the world's most pressing water reuse, industrial, irrigation, municipal, and drinking water needs. Specializing in desalination, advanced membrane, separation solutions, and water reuse and wastewater management and process technologies, the GE unit is a leading global supplier of water, wastewater and process systems solutions. It offers customers a variety of ways to improve performance and product quality, reduce operating costs and extend equipment life. These products and services are used to optimize total water/process system performance, safeguard customer assets from corrosion, fouling and scaling, and protect the environment through water and energy conservation.

Pall Corporation (www.pall.com) is the global leader in the rapidly growing field of filtration, separations and purification. Pall's business is organized around two broad markets: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Company provides leading-edge products to meet the demanding needs of customers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, transfusion medicine, semiconductors, water purification, aerospace and broad industrial markets. Total revenues for fiscal 2004 were $1.8 billion. The Company headquarters are in East Hills, New York with extensive operations throughout the world.

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