Koch announces centralization of PURON product manufacturing at MA headquarters
Koch Membrane Systems recently announced the centralization of its PURON product manufacturing at the company's headquarters in Wilmington, Mass., where it develops and manufactures its many membrane products.
WILMINGTON, MA, Sept. 23, 2015 -- Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS), a specialist in water treatment and industrial water filtration systems, recently announced the centralization of its PURON® product manufacturing at the company's headquarters in Wilmington, Mass., where it develops and manufactures its many membrane products.
The consolidation will result in significant expansion of KMS's existing production capacity in Wilmington. As an outgrowth of this consolidation effort, KMS has announced the start of a consultation process between its subsidiary, Koch Membrane Systems GmbH, and its Works Council on a proposal to close its Aachen manufacturing site.
Because KMS already manufactures some of its PURON product in Wilmington and is in the process of expanding its capacity there, there will be no impact on its ability to meet current and future orders if the Aachen manufacturing facility is closed at the conclusion of the consultation process.
"The demand for these products is growing at double-digit rates," said Mark Farrell, Vice President of Global Membrane Manufacturing and Systems Engineering. "Our Wilmington campus was the natural location to add the capacity we needed. We own the campus and have an excellent relationship with the Town of Wilmington, where we have been located for almost 40 years."
He continued, "We have increased capacity at the Aachen factory in the past, but the size and layout limitations of the facility we lease there do not lend themselves to further expansion or to the implementation of additional lean manufacturing practices. Ultimately, it simply makes more sense to invest in a property we own as opposed to one we rent."
About Koch Membrane Systems
For five decades, Koch Membrane Systems has led the way in developing innovative membrane technologies that serve a diverse range of industries and applications around the globe. KMS provides solutions to markets including industrial and municipal water and wastewater, food and life sciences and industrial processes, helping thousands of industries reduce their water footprint, increase productivity, and reduce costs. For more information, visit www.kochmembrane.com.