WaterBriefs: ITT Industries renames itself ITT Corp.

Also in this report: Petrobras selects Siemens for P-53 produced water treatment system; MECO wins government contracting 'Small Business of the Year' award; Global nanotechnology market in environmental applications worth $6.1B by 2010; VECO, The Banks Group honored with BE Awards; Studies show copper surfaces may help thwart 'Superbug' hospital infections; Study shows hemodiafiltration cuts mortality for chronic kidney disease patients by 35%...

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-- ITT Industries now ITT Corp.
-- Petrobras selects Siemens for P-53 produced water treatment system
-- Zimpro system chosen to treat ethylene spent caustic at plant in Kuwait
-- Siemens to support Bulleh Shah Paper Mill factory with wastewater technology
-- MECO wins government contracting 'Small Business of the Year' award
-- MECO patents another innovation in manufacture of pharmaceutical grade water
-- Baxter Laboratories awards MECO new WFI still for Maricao, Puerto Rico
-- Global nanotechnology market in environmental applications worth $6.1B by 2010
-- VECO, The Banks Group honored with BE Awards
-- Studies show copper surfaces may help thwart 'Superbug' hospital infections
-- Study shows hemodiafiltration cuts mortality for chronic kidney disease patients by 35%

ITT Industries now ITT Corp. -- In 11th annual shareholder meeting, shareholders re-elect board members, approve name change -- TARRYTOWN, NY, May 12, 2006 -- ITT Industries Inc. chairman, president and CEO Steve Loranger told shareholders that the company is well-positioned to continue its long-term growth trend around its Fluid Technology and Defense businesses. Loranger delivered his remarks this morning at the 11th annual meeting of ITT Industries shareholders at Tappan Hill, Tarrytown, NY. In other business, shareholders approved the selection of Deloitte & Touche as the corporation's outside auditors and re-elected all members of ITT Industries' Board of Directors. Shareholders also approved a proposal to change the company's name to ITT Corp. The name change will take effect on July 1. The company's stock ticker symbol "ITT" will not change. The company feels that the diverse range of businesses and markets it now serves is best reflected by the name 'ITT Corporation.' The company was incorporated under the name 'ITT Industries' in 1995 to distinguish itself from other entities which at the time had similar names...
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-- "ITT Board elects Sanjay Kothary as VP and chief information officer"
-- A HREF="http://ww.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?ARTICLE_ID=254548&p=41" target="_blank">"ITT awarded 2008 Beijing Olympic Kayaking course pumping station"

Petrobras selects Siemens Water Technologies for P-53 produced water treatment system -- BERLIN, Germany, May 12, 2006 -- The Water Technologies division of Siemens's Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Group was selected by Petrobras to provide a produced water treatment system to its P-53 Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit, located off the coast of Brazil. The produced water treatment system will include Monosep dissolved gas flotation (DGF) technology, which combines a patented floatation and DGF pump system. The pump uses a dual-sided impeller that pulls both water and gas into the pump, ultimately creating micro fine bubbles that increase the rate of oil droplet flotation...
Also see:
-- "Zimpro Wet Air Oxidation System chosen to treat ethylene spent caustic at plant in Kuwait"
-- "Siemens to support Bulleh Shah Paper Mill factory with wastewater technology"

MECO wins government contracting 'Small Business of the Year' award -- SUGAR LAND, TX, May 12, 2006 -- Mechanical Equipment Company Inc., (MECO) designer and manufacturer of the U.S. Army's latest Light Weight Water Purifier (LWP) units, announced today that it has been awarded the Excellence in Government Contracting Award as the Small Business of the Year. The Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a Department of Defense supported agency, presented the award to MECO for the LWP program. Following Hurricane Katrina, which devastated MECO's fabrication facilities in New Orleans, the company quickly re-established production facilities for the LWP in Covington, LA, and Sugar Land, TX. This allowed minimal disruption to the U.S. Army program to provide LWPs under a five (5) year contract. For example, the 10th Mountain Division, headquartered at Camp Liberty, Iraq is presently utilizing the LWP in a combat environment in Iraq...
Also see:
-- "MECO awarded Excellence in Government Contracting as the Small Business of the Year"
-- "MECO announces first shipments from new assembly plant in Sugar Land, TX"
-- "MECO patents another innovation in manufacture of pharmaceutical grade water"
-- "New lightweight water purifier contracts"
-- "Baxter Laboratories awards MECO new WFI still for Maricao, Puerto Rico"

Global nanotechnology market in environmental applications worth $6.1 billion by 2010 -- NORWALK, CT, May 12, 2006 -- According to a new technical market research report, "Nanotechnology in Environmental Applications" from BCC Research, the total market for nanotechnology-based environmental applications in 2005 was $374.9 million. By 2010, this market will have reached more than $6.1 billion, an astonishing average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 75.2%. The market is broken down into four sectors: remediation, protection, maintenance, and enhancement...

VECO honored with BE Award -- EXTON, PA, May 12, 2006 -- VECO, a leading provider of project services to the energy, resource, and process industries, used 3D modeling and laser scanning technology to save hundreds of thousands of dollars on a gas platform equipment retrofit in Alaska's North Cook Inlet field. The project -- Tyonek Production Separator -- won VECO a BE Award in the category "Plant: Technology for Retrofit." The BE Awards of Excellence, which are selected by an independent jury of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony during the annual BE Conference, honor extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world's infrastructure. This year's BE Awards of Excellence ceremony takes place May 22 in Charlotte, N.C...
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-- "The Banks Group distinguished with BE Award"
-- " Bentley announces Geospatial Research and Technology Seminar at BE Conference Europe 2006"
-- "Lord Coe to speak on critical importance of infrastructure for 2012 Olympics at BE Conference Europe"
-- "Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur selects Bentley's BE Careers Network Program"
-- "Bentley opens registration for BE Conference Europe 2006"

Studies show copper surfaces may help thwart 'Superbug' hospital infections, says Copper Development Association -- NEW YORK, NY, May 11, 2006 -- A 2000-year history of the antimicrobial applications of copper metals has given rise to current efforts to determine their effectiveness in stemming infectious disease in healthcare and other public facilities. Recent studies sponsored by the Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) and the International Copper Association, Ltd., have shown that uncoated copper and copper alloys can inactivate the more virulent strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections (HAI), such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...

Fresenius Medical Care 5008 Therapy System supports new study that shows hemodiafiltration reduces mortality for patients with chronic kidney disease by 35% -- BAD HOMBURG, Germany, May 11, 2006 -- Fresenius Medical Care offers online-hemodiafiltration (HDF) as standard treatment as part of its new 5008 Therapy System for the first time. Until now, increased costs made online-HDF viable for only a few patients. With the 5008, operating costs have been significantly reduced through simpler user-interfaces, lower maintenance effort and as much as 30% reduction in electricity and water usage. Now, more dialysis patients can be provided with online-HDF. Fresenius Medical Care was presented with the German Business Innovation Award at the start of the year for the 5008 Therapy System. The mortality rate among patients with kidney disease is significantly lower with hemodiafiltration than with conventional hemodialysis. This is the result of a new study conducted by specialists at the University Hospital in Lapeyronie in Montpellier and led by French nephrology professor Bernard Canaud. The study showed kidney patients treated with high-efficiency hemodiafiltration therapy had a 35% better chance of survival than those receiving traditional hemodialysis. The three-year Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) from five European countries involved 2,165 patients who received treatment an average of three times per week...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Rohm & Haas facility in Mass. recognized by EPA" -- Also in this report (May 10, 2006): Water treatment saves operating cost in paper & pulp industry, Siemens; GF helps outfit the world's largest cruise ship; Canadian court approves GE acquisition of Zenon; Jacobs selected as framework consultants for DRD Water Service in N. Ireland; P&G participates in largest household water treatment study ever; NJAWWA section meets legislators to discuss water issues; HMM engineer receives 2006 Next Generation Award...

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