Koch Membrane Systems, a developer and manufacturer of membrane filtration technology, acquired Eco-Tec Inc., an ion exchange systems manufacturer. The addition of Eco-Tec is part of a total transformation that will allow Koch to provide full-scale separation solutions to its customers. As part of that total transformation, the company will now operate under the name Koch Separation Solutions (KSS).
Glenn Towe, P. Eng., president and CEO of Eco-Tec, said, “Eco-Tec has been a proven leader in ion exchange technology for decades and joining KSS is testament to our hard work and innovative vision. We look forward to being part of the KSS team, leading Eco-Tec in pursuit of KSS’s vision, and working with them to provide our customers with unparalleled full separation solutions as their preferred partner.”
Eco-Tec provides ion exchange-based and other process technology solutions for a wide range of industries, including chemical recovery and purification, hydrometallurgy, electroplating, biogas treatment, produced water and amine purification. Membrane and ion exchange technology are complementary to each other and the synergy between each technology occurs over a variety of business verticals important to KSS’s customers, such as juice debittering and pulp removal, separating protein from whey or milk and recovering lactoferrin, properly regenerating and recovering caustic soda, and successfully addressing the problem of suspended solids and organics removal in water filtration. By using KSS’s and Eco-Tec’s market knowledge and competitive advantages in these areas, KSS can better tailor optimal solutions for its customers’ separation needs.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the last 50 years and I’m thrilled that Eco-Tec will be joining KSS and the Koch Industries family,” said Phillip “Rocky” Simmons, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE, chairman, Eco-Tec Inc. “Eco-Tec is in capable hands at KSS, and this new and exciting chapter positions both Eco-Tec and KSS for continued growth and success.”