WATER BRIEFS

Suppliers of air and water pollution control equipment along with manufacturers of pumps and valves will experience only slight decreases in sales in 2009 ...

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Despite recession, some gains predicted in water industry

Suppliers of air and water pollution control equipment along with manufacturers of pumps and valves will experience only slight decreases in sales in 2009, concluded the McIlvaine Company in “World Market for Your Products,” a continually updated global market forecast. But the revision of over 50,000 individual forecasts reveals big variances among products, industries and countries.

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New corporate offices of Kathabar Dehumidification Systems Inc., a unit of Niagara Blower, opened in Somerset, NJ, in November 2008.
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Among other recent releases, McIlvaine reported the market for cartridge filters to purify liquids will rise in 2009 to $13.4 billion, up 1% from 2008 despite the recession – as opposed to the 6% it had been projecting worldwide and double-digit growth in China. The picture, however, is mixed with some geographical regions and some industrial segments showing revenue shrinkage due to retrenched manufacturing and postponed capital investment.

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Bertrand Camus succeeds Tony Harding as head of SUEZ Environnement North America and its subsidiary United Water
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It also reported industrial pumps sales in 2009 will be flat at the $32.5 billion level achieved in 2008, with growth of 2.5% forecast for 2010. Some industry sectors such as electronics and mining will be down as much as 10%. Municipal water and wastewater markets will be up modestly. Pump sales to the food industry will grow 4%. Power will be the leading growth segment at a 7% gain. Recent ash pond problems will also generate pump sales as solutions are found.


Vacon expands in USA, extends Eaton agreement

With a foundation stone laid by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell a year after founding its U.S. subsidiary, global AC drives manufacturer Vacon Plc. announced it will build a new office and factory in Chambersburg, PA, by the end of 2009. The Finnish company also extended its supplier agreement with Eaton Corp. on variable speed AC drive technology, a strategic alliance since 1998. Eaton will promote Vacon's variable frequency drive offering via its global organization, including the recently acquired Moeller business.


Iwaki buys Walchem, VP to head Hydraulic Institute

Iwaki Company Ltd., of Japan, acquired Walchem Corp., of Holliston, MA, including majority ownership that Walchem has in Iwaki America. The new consolidated entity, Iwaki America Inc. will operate with two groups – Iwaki Pumps and Walchem Controllers. Both groups will report to CEO and president Ron Yates and chairman Rick Jewett. In addition, Iwaki America executive vice president John Miersma recently was picked as president of the Hydraulic Institute and the company received ISO 9001-2000 certification.


Aquatech wins ZLD contract at Calif. power plant

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Aquatech nickel sulphate evaporator
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Canonsburg, PA's Aquatech International won a zero liquid discharge (ZLD) order from Gemma Power Systems for the 640-MW combined cycle Colusa Power Station, in Maxwell, CA, owned by PG&E. It will design, manufacture and supply potable UF, wastewater UF, RO and a wastewater forced circulation crystallizer to generate 300 gpm of treated process water from surface water canal feed and treat 500 gpm of wastewater to achieve ZLD. It also landed similar jobs at a Madagascar nickel-cobalt mining operation and four Italian power plants.


Insituform re-organizes, wins contracts, settles lawsuit

Insituform Technologies Inc. expects to save $4.2 million a year via reorganization of its North America business unit, eliminating layers of management to reduce administrative and overhead costs. Half of the 35 jobs lost will be at its Chesterfield, MO, headquarters.

The company also won a $10.3 million sewer line contract in Hartford, CT, and a $4.4 million piping rehab contract from Victoria, Canada, using its PuraGuard polyethylene water pipe renewal technology. And it settled a lawsuit pending against Per Aarsleff A/S, a joint venture partner in Germany and the UK and a former licensee of its CIPP process in Europe, Russia and South Africa, for $8.5 million.


Emerson LANDS Bay-Tec, PA. CONTRACT

Process control and industrial technical services consultant Bay-Tec Engineering of Napa, CA, became part of Emerson Process Management after being acquired by Emerson. Emerson's Smart Wireless technology also proved cost-effective for continuous performance data on boiler feed pumps at Montour power station in Pennsylvania as well as feed water and air heaters at the Brunner Island Unit 1 of PPL Corp. And it won a contract to automate the Philadelphia Water Department's 200-mgd Baxter Water Treatment Plant. Lastly, Fluor Corp. named it a preferred supplier.


Siemens buys Portacel, WINS CBM DEAL

Siemens Water Technologies won the exclusive license for global manufacture and supply of ITT Corp.'s Portacel product line, including OEM, service and replacement parts. Along with a significant installed base of equipment in about 20 countries, the deal involves monitoring and dosing equipment for potable water disinfection, in particular vacuum dosing of gaseous and liquid chlorine. Siemens also will provide coal-bed-methane produced water treatment for Petro-Canada at the Mitchell Draw CBM Project near Gillette, WY.


WATER HEADLINES

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  • QuantumSphere files patent for energy-efficient water desalination
  • Soleno picks HydroLogic stormwater solutions as eastern Canada distributor
  • Constellation Energy fly ash, class action settlement in Md. wins court approval
  • RG Global inks MOU with Texas consortium on CBM discharge water treatment
  • AWWA publishes booklet on PPCPs in water
  • ADA, NACWA, EPA to help build awareness about dental amalgam discharges
  • John Rapanos agrees to pay for CWA violations, wetlands mitigation
  • ExxonMobil inks $6.1 million plea deal in Boston Harbor oil spill
  • Survey reports 75% of L.A. area residents support ocean-water desalination
  • Water, sanitation projects get funding from Coca-Cola Foundation
  • In-Pipe, PMC Biotec alliance to help reduce sludge handling, disposal costs
  • Foster Wheeler awarded contract for steam generators by Chevron Products Co.
  • EPA allows optical gas imaging for faster leak detection at industrial facilities
  • WWEMA, WEF, WRA join U.S. in launching China ‘eco-partnership'
  • Reclaimed water for CPV power project earns cash, protects Potomac River
  • Hydro International signs Ga.'s Southeast Culvert Inc. for stormwater distribution
  • MIOX adds Newton as VP industrial markets, former USFilter exec as board member
  • Preparedness exercise for EPA's Water Laboratory Alliance draws 60 labs in 42 states
  • Ultrasonic flowmeter sales to pass $700 million by 2012, Flow Research study finds
  • UtiliPoint report calls aging workforce, asset trends tsunami for utility industry
  • Sensus ships 2 millionth AMI SmartPoint unit
  • Parkson announces turnkey aftermarket solutions
  • New business manager to direct Koch's RO, nanofiltration growth
  • Graver technology enables Dominion Nuclear to receive award
  • ATL joins Linko Data Systems, iCD for total data management, LIMS solutions
  • Glenmount buys Crown ESA, names ex-FluidIQs, Rockwell Automation exec as VP
  • JWC Environmental mourns Dave McCulloch
  • McElroy launches new pipe solution website
  • Cutting joins Parsons as senior VP, water & infrastructure
  • Watts Water Technologies appoints new president of North America, Asia
  • Shell pays $1M+ for Puerto Rico pollution

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