Ultrafiltration, bio-membrane reactors, reverse osmosis - MANN+HUMMEL at IFAT

Filtration specialist MANN+HUMMEL presents its solutions in the field of water filtration at IFAT in Munich. Industries and organisations with a demand for high quality solutions and products for water and wastewater treatment are in the company’s focus. The company group plans to use its product portfolio to open up new application areas and customer groups.

Assembly of a Klar-series water filtration system at MANN+HUMMEL Singapore

Ludwigsburg, 7th May 2012 – In Munich, MANN+HUMMEL presents solutions for water filtration. A modular skid design integrates up to fifty filter modules. The newly developed modular design with improved flow geometry is compact and has a highly integrated design. This reduces material costs, saves space, reduces energy consumption, and increases the throughput volume, leading to a higher filtration performance. The timing of the module cleaning process with efficient back/forward flush and air scouring is fine-tuned to the specific application and reduces energy consumption and use of chemical cleaning agents used to regenerate the membrane.

MANN+HUMMEL has expanded its product portfolio with a membrane made from polyether sulfon (PES). The filtration specialist thereby opens up new application areas in water filtration which have higher requirements regarding temperature and chemical stability, e.g. the food and beverages industry and the field of biotechnology. In combination with an improved flow geometry and new modular design, the membrane offers a longer service life under standard and extreme operating conditions. Depending on the specific requirements with regard to lifetime and operating conditions, membranes made from PES and PAN (polyacrylnitril) find application.

MANN+HUMMEL runs two R&D sites to develop membranes for water treatment: at its Ludwigsburg (Germany) corporate headquarters and in Singapore, at the headquarters of the water filtration division. The team in Germany focuses on new filtration membranes and technologies and the team in Asia takes care of application development. Overall development goals are to further increase ultrafiltration performance, expand the product portfolio through use of new materials for additional application areas, and simultaneously to reduce energy consumption.

The MANN+HUMMEL water division is based in Singapore where key business functions support regional and global activities including optimisation of system designs. In Brasil MANN+HUMMEL has taken over system supplier Fluid Brasil. Fluid Brasil is specialised in reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration solutions used in the treatment of water and wastewater.

The filtration market has a worldwide volume of around 40 billion euros, of which automotive and non-automotive related applications account for only approximately 23%. Machine and power plant construction account for around 9%. Water treatment amounts to almost a quarter of the total market volume, with this showing a strong upward trend. MANN+HUMMEL plans to turn that potential into business and also to explore new fields of application.

MANN+HUMMEL plans to increase its sales to at least 3.4 billion euros (2011: approx. 2.5 billion euros) by 2018. The percentage of sales for the non-automotive business is expected to grow more than the equivalent figure for the automotive business . The automotive series production, the automotive aftermarket and the non automotive sectors are each set to account for a third of the group turnover.

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The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing approx. 14,400 people at more than 40 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of about 2.5 billion euros in 2011. The group’s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and cylinder head covers made of plastic with many integrated functions for the automotive industry, as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors the company’s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration, filter systems and complete lines as well as units for conveying, dosing and drying of free flowing plastics. Further information about MANN+HUMMEL can be found under http://www.mann-hummel.com.

The group’s water filtration division has its headquarters in Singapore. Further information is available at http://www.mannhummel-water.com.