WaterBriefs: GL&V acquires Metso Paper's chemical systems unit

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-- Invensys asset management solution named 'Breakthrough Product of the Year'
-- Novazone targets ozone disinfection solution at NW Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo
-- Ernst & Young says real estate capital likely to relieve infrastructure woes
-- Uganda gets major grant from African Development Bank
-- ADF grants Ethiopia $62 million to finance rural water supply and sanitation
-- ICC Institute focuses on architectural, engineering aspects of International Building Code
-- AquaCell signs agreement with Winn-Dixie for water cooler installations

GL&V expands presence in water treatment market by acquiring new technologies
MONTREAL, Jan. 9, 2006 (CNW Telbec) Management of Groupe LaPerrierre & Verreault Inc. (GL&V) is pleased to announce that the company has acquired certain assets of the Paper Chemical Systems Unit of Metso Paper Inc., located in Raisio, Finland. The acquisition primarily covers the intellectual property rights associated with a number of products in the wastewater treatment field, including two new-generation technologies, i.e the dissolved air microflotation system and the FlooBed® bioreactor, more than 500 units of which have been installed thus far.

Focusing on its core pulp and paper equipment manufacturing business, Metso Paper, Inc. decided to divest this portion of its operations and selected an industrial partner specializing in water treatment - GL&V's Water Treatment Group - capable of leveraging these technologies' full potential and ensuring their support, after-sales service and marketing worldwide.

Richard Verreault, president and Chief Operating Officer of GL&V, indicated that this is the Water Treatment Group's third acquisition since the beginning of the current fiscal year after those, in April and November 2005 respectively, of the business of Jones & Attwood Ltd. and of Brackett Green Ltd., specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of municipal and industrial water treatment equipment. On an annualized basis, these acquisitions have almost doubled the size of the Water Treatment Group, set up in 2004.

"Like the two previous acquisitions, our latest acquisition is consistent with GL&V's determination to integrate state-of-the-art technologies in the industrial and municipal water treatment sector, one of the principal spearheads of its international growth strategy. "By completing our technological portfolio, the acquisition of the cutting-edge, high-performance and competitive dissolved air micro flotation system and FlooBed process brings a host of advantages to our Water Treatment Group.

First, it strengthens our positioning not only in the pulp and paper industry, but also in various other sectors where such technologies might be applied, including municipal water treatment. Secondly, the transaction with Metso Paper, Inc. consolidates our presence in certain geographical regions, including in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and gives us access to some types of industrial infrastructure construction or upgrading projects where we had little presence until now. What's more, it enables us to integrate a highly qualified team who will focus on optimizing these technologies' potential through our international sales, engineering and outsourcing networks."

Founded in 1975, GL&V (www.glv.com) is a world leader in liquid/solid separation technologies used in a large number of industrial, municipal and environmental processes. Its Process Group (Dorr-Oliver Eimco) offers a broad range of products and services intended for metal and ore processing, as well as industrial and environmental processes used in various other sectors such as chemicals and petrochemicals, food processing, pulp and paper and energy. The Water Treatment Group is focused on the development and worldwide marketing of process equipment in the treatment of drinking water and wastewater. Through its Pulp and Paper Group, GL&V also specializes in the design and marketing of equipment for various stages of pulp and paper production. Finally, GL&V Manufacturing specializes in the production of large custom-made parts for external customers involved mainly in the pulp and paper and energy sectors, as well as GL&V's other units. GL&V is present in 40 countries on six continents and has more than 1,700 employees.

Metso Paper Inc. (www.metsopaper.com) is a subsidiary of Metso Corporation (www.metso.com), a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, energy industry as well as in selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 23,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed in the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

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Among other recent headlines:

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Invensys to supply Foxboro automation network for Kuwait Oil Company infrastructure modernization project -- Oilfield gathering center plant expansion will employ new high speed fault-tolerant mesh technology to integrate multiple generations of I/A Series automation systems -- FOXBORO, MA, Jan. 9, 2006 -- Invensys Process Systems has been selected to supply a new I/A Series mesh network-based Foxboro (www.foxboro.com) automation system for updating and expansion at two Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) crude oil gathering centers in the Burgan fields of southeast Kuwait. KOC's goals for the modernization project are to increase production capacity, improve safety and environmental practices, enhance water treatment and decrease gas-flaring. The overall project also includes gathering centers at several other oil fields...
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Novazone targets environmentally friendly ozone disinfection solution for Northwest Food Manufacturing and Packaging Exposition -- LIVERMORE, CA, Jan. 9, 2006 -- Novazone, a leading provider of innovative ozone-based solutions to improve the freshness and safety of food and water, today announced it is scheduled to present at the Northwest Food Manufacturing and Packaging Exposition (www.nwfpa.org) in Portland, Ore., on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. PT. David Cope, chief marketing officer, will present Ozone Disinfection Solution for Fruits and Vegetables. In addition, Novazone will be exhibiting at the exposition to be held Jan. 16-18, 2006...

Ernst & Young says real estate capital likely to relieve infrastructure woes NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2006 -- Commercial real estate expertise -- and perhaps even U.S. institutional real estate capital -- may provide both capital and creative solutions for the growing global issue of infrastructure development and rebuilding, according to the global leader of Ernst & Young's real estate group. Dale Anne Reiss, New York-based leader of Ernst & Young's global real estate practice, says that infrastructure issues are so important in the U.S. and other major economies, they could end up dominating real estate planning and investment decision making for years to come. As evidence of this, she points to work now under way in New Orleans, as well as the $222 billion plan proposed last week by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to upgrade California's aging infrastructure over the next 10 years...

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