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Kemira expands water treatment offer

Kemira has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Norit’s UK reactivation business from Purton Carbons, taking it into the activated carbon market for micropollutants removal. The deal is expected to close in Q3. Nine employees will transfer. The agreement includes the reactivation facility in Purton, UK, where spent granular or pelletised activated carbons are made ready for potable water and food-related applications (green reactivation) and others (amber reactivation).

MFG acquires testing firm

US custom manufacturing firm MFG Chemical has acquired Masters Company from private ownership. Terms were not disclosed and the deal has already been completed. Masters is based in Chicago and is active in the water treatment market, mainly in North America, though it has some international customers. It supplies reagents and test kits, carries out custom blending and manufacturing, makes private label products and offers analytical services for industrial water treatment.

Feature article - Testing for halogens in wastewater

Matt Allen, product manager for elemental analysers at SciMed, explains why testing water for halogen species will be a serious consideration in the near future

Industry has come a long way towards sustainability in the last century. Gone are the days when processing plants would belch unfiltered arsenic and sulphurous fumes into the skies and pour black, smoking waste into rivers.

Solenis completes Peru buy

Solenis has completed the acquisition of Lima-based Grand Invest Group, including all its production assets. This is the fifth add-on acquisition since Platinum Equity acquired Solenis itself in 2021, with more potentially to come. Terms were not disclosed.

Feature article - Why low accuracy chemical dosing is money down the drain

Adeel Hassan, product manager at Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions, shares some examples of how accurate chemical dosing can save costs in multiple industries

Companies in the process industries sector — from wastewater treatment providers to metal and mining or pulp and paper plants — face an extremely challenging operating climate in 2022 and beyond. Around the world, authorities are tightening the environmental regulations that govern chemical usage and disposal in process and wastewater treatment.

Lygos-FSI merger progresses

A registration statement has been filed with the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning the previously announced merger of two North American biotechs, Lygos and Flexible Solutions International (FSI). The two announced a definitive merger agreement in April to form “a leading sustainable specialty ingredient company for agricultural, industrial, and consumer applications”.

Kurita establishes R&D base

Kurita has established a new R&D base called the Kurita Innovation Hub (KIH) at Akishima city in Tokyo. Covering about 38,400 m2 and employing 400, this comprises two buildings: the Technology Innovation Centre and the Technical Education Centre.

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