Koch Membrane Systems named “Water Technology Company of the Year”

Posted: Wednesday 16th June 2010

Top honours for large diameter reverse osmosis elements and recognition for ultrafiltration membrane.

Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. a world-class developer and manufacturer of innovative membranes and membrane filtration systems, was honoured as the Water Technology Company of the Year-2010 by the International Desalination Association.

KMS was recognized for its ongoing commitment to innovation in the membrane industry as demonstrated by its large diameter MegaMagnum® reverse osmosis (RO) products, and PURON® ultrafiltration (UF) membranes, used for membrane bioreactors.

“We are very pleased to accept this award, which recognizes our success and the difficult task of driving technology change in this market,” said David H. Koch, president of Koch Membrane Systems. “Our commitment to MegaMagnum elements, pressure vessels, and systems allowed KMS to truly revolutionize RO and drive overall installed costs down. We have invested heavily over the last 10 years, developing outstanding technologies, improving our manufacturing capabilities and hiring world-class talent in all areas to create a company of enormous potential.”

The award recognizes the company that has made the most significant contribution in the field of water technology over the past year. It was presented at the Global Water Awards in Paris and voted on by International Desalination Association subscribers and members.

KMS received top honours for its commitment in the design, manufacturing, and commercialization of large diameter MegaMagnum elements and pressure vessels. The MegaMagnum elements greatly reduce the costs for RO systems by reducing building footprints, and increasing membrane area. Introduced to the market in 2004, MegaMagnum RO elements have become the industry standard, with more installed large diameter sites than any other membrane manufacturer. KMS’ newly designed pressure vessels (patents pending) help make large diameter elements more economically attractive than the older 8 inch elements. To secure supply for the increasing demand in its large diameter RO, KMS invested in a new state-of-the-art, highly automated production line at its Wilmington, Mass., headquarters.

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