ProFood Tech brings together 9,500 food & beverage professionals
The first-ever ProFood Tech, showcasing cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions within the food and beverage industry, welcomed more than 6,500 attendees with buying power and 3,000 exhibitors in Chicago. Powered by three trade show producers – PACK EXPO, Amiga and the International Dairy Foods Association – the biennial show brought the industry together and addressed key issues facing food and beverage processing operators in North America. The three-day event featured 447 of processing suppliers, 144,000 net square feet of exhibit floor space and 45 hours of educational programming.
Axine signs wastewater services agreement
Axine Water Technologies signed a wastewater services agreement with a supplier of computer storage technologies and solutions. Under the multi-year agreement, Axine will install, monitor and service a wastewater system at the customer’s manufacturing facility in California. The Axine system will electrochemically treat toxic wastewater contaminated with organic solvents generated during the manufacturing process. Currently, the wastewater is transported off-site for incineration.
Hydraulic Institute creates new rating label for consumers
Because power pumps use more than a quarter of the electricity in the U.S., the Hydraulic Institute (HI) developed the HI Energy Rating (ER) Label program to help manufacturers differentiate their higher efficiency products and provide ways for commercial and industrial customers to save energy. The rating label identifies energy-efficient pumps and provides a tool for the developers of energy efficiency programs, electric utilities, distributors and customers to identify energy-saving products. The pumps with the higher ER rating will provide higher energy savings.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Pall Water announces new alignment with Danaher Corporation
Pall Water, a division of Pall Corporation, announced its new alignment within the family of operating companies owned by Danaher Corporation, a global science and technology innovator. Pall Water, while remaining a division of Pall Corporation, will operate in affiliation with the operating companies of Danaher’s water quality platform, which includes Hach, Trojan Technologies and ChemTreat.
University of California, Davis, and Pentair support World Water Day commitment
On World Water Day 2017, Pentair announced its collaboration with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis (UC-Davis), to advance water stewardship in food and beverage processing. The effort is the first deliverable of the commitment Pentair made at the White House Water Summit, held last year on World Water Day 2016. Pentair’s collaboration with UC-Davis will establish a learning laboratory to identify new technologies and applications in dairy and beer processing.
IDEC acquires APEM
IDEC Corporation acquired APEM, a move that improves its capacity as a manufacturer of human machine interface (HMI) components, panels and systems. Together, the companies have more than $500 million in total sales, a portfolio of industrial automation and HMI products, and access to markets in Europe, North America and Asia.
The McLean Group advises Seaport Environmental on sale to PSC
PSC Industrial Outsourcing LP (PSC) acquired non-hazardous water recycling facility Seaport Environmental. The McLean Group’s Water, Wastewater and Environmental division served as the exclusive transaction advisor to Seaport. PSC is a national provider of industrial cleaning and environmentally sensitive services to America’s energy infrastructure. The acquisition adds regional, facility-based water treatment to existing mobile capabilities, giving PSC’s customers the ability to meet treatment and recycling requirements.
CNP acquires pre-digestion phosphorus recovery technology
CNP – Technology Water and Bio solids Corporation, a division of Centrisys Corporation, expanded its nutrient recovery technology portfolio by acquiring an exclusive worldwide license for CalPrex™, a calcium phosphate (brushite) recovery technology, from Nutrient Recovery & Upscaling LLC (NRU) of Madison, Wisconsin. The CalPrex technology investment allows CNP to gain global market share as the need for sustainable nutrient management solutions for wastewater increase. Calprex™ is a calcium phosphate recovery technology that solubilizes sludge’s phosphorus and recovers it as brushite, a plant ready fertilizer that can be used without further processing.
The industrial lamp manufacturer Victory acquired the U.K.-based ultraviolet (UV) lamp manufacturer Blue UV. With production facilities in the U.K. and Far East, the deal enables Victory to respond quickly to customers’ requirements, regardless of their location. Victory Lighting Ltd. is based in Hemel Hempstead, U.K., and manufactures UV and infrared lamps for industrial heating and curing applications. It has offices and distribution centers worldwide.