Oct 11, 2019

Industry News Week 10/11/19

DuPont announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the Memcor business; LG Sonic becomes National Winner for the Netherlands in the Social Responsibility and Environmental Awareness Award category.

Industry News Week 10/11/19

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AHR Expo Announces the 2020 Innovation Award Winners

AHR Expo Show Management announced the winners of the 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition. Hosted annually by the AHR Expo, products in 10 industry categories are recognized for their innovative contribution to HVACR. The winning products, technologies and systems from each award  category will be formally recognized during the 2020 AHR Expo, Feb. 3 to 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Additionally, one of the category winners will be recognized as the most inventive and original product and will receive the 2020 Product of the Year Award. The ceremony is open to all show attendees and is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 1:00 pm EST.

“We had more entries submitted for the 2020 Innovation Awards than we’ve ever had,” said Mark Stevens, AHR Expo show manager. “This speaks volumes to the advancement and outstanding innovation happening within the HVACR industry at the moment. As in previous years, the technologies vying for a category award more than exceeded our expectations. We would like to congratulate each of our winners, finalists and all entrants for their leadership in advancing the future of our industry. We look forward to seeing these inventive solutions in action on the show floor in Orlando and to honor our winners in a special ceremony.”

The AHR Expo provides a forum for industry professionals to meet under one roof to share ideas, discover new products and technologies and find solutions to the industry’s technical problems. To register, visit the AHR registration website.

DuPont to Acquire Membrane Business from Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.

DuPont announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the Memcor business, including ultrafiltration and membrane biofiltration technologies from Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

"Our strategic intent for the Water Solutions business is to have a robust portfolio of technologies so that our talented global organization can leverage a broad range of solutions to solve our customers' most pressing challenges," said DuPont CEO Marc Doyle. "Recently, we announced the intended acquisition of BASF's ultrafiltration membrane business. This second announcement reinforces our commitment to invest in specialty solutions aligned with high growth, attractive end markets where our continued innovation and customer relationships add value."

The Evoqua ultrafiltration and membrane biofiltration (MBR) technologies add to DuPont's portfolio of water purification and separation capabilities, including ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and ion exchange resins. Together, with the intended acquisition of BASF's ultrafiltration business, which is also expected to close by the end of 2019 subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, DuPont will be even better positioned to provide the products, technology and geographic diversification needed to meet current and future customer demand.

LG Sonic a Winner of European Business Awards

LG Sonic became a National Winner for the Netherlands in the Social Responsibility and Environmental Awareness Award category. The judges recognized LG Sonic for its environmentally friendly technology, which is used to eliminate harmful algal blooms in more than 54 countries.

“This is a significant achievement and LG Sonic is an outstanding leader in their field,” said Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards. “To be chosen as a National Winner means you show great innovation, ethics, and success and are one of the best businesses in Europe.” 

The European Business Awards is now in its 12th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. This year it considered more than 120,000 businesses from 33 countries.

Xylem “Solving Water” Podcast Spotlights Trending Issues

With global concerns of water scarcity, lack of clean water access and efficient use of water in business and industry, a new Xylem podcast called “Solving Water” is a resource for water professionals to learn more about these vital issues.

“Solving Water: A Xylem Podcast” wades into the trending topics, technology and behind-the-scenes stories of Xylem’s work addressing water challenges around the world. In each episode, Xylem experts and industry thought leaders discuss water challenges and solutions as they apply to Xylem’s wide range of applications from residential, commercial building systems, rural and agriculture technology, water utilities and more. “Solving Water” will also discuss how Xylem is helping make water more efficient, safe and sustainable for all.

The first two series in the Xylem podcast library include “In the Field with Goulds Water Technology,” highlighting Xylem’s residential water market, and “The Bell & Gossett Podcast,” targeting the commercial buildings market.

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