Ovivo Partners with Cembrane for Patented Silicon Carbide Membrane Technology
Montréal, Canada, September 27, 2018
Ovivo Inc. (“Ovivo”), a global provider of water and wastewater treatment equipment, technology and systems, is pleased to announce the signing of a new licensing and investment agreement with Cembrane A/S (“Cembrane”) for their Silicon Carbide (“SiC”) Flat Plate Membrane technology. Under the license agreement, Ovivo is granted exclusive rights to market the SiC technology to the electronics market globally and to the North American municipal and industrial water and wastewater markets, with the exception of certain specific niches. In addition to this license agreement, Ovivo has invested and taken a minority participation in Cembrane to strengthen the partnership between the two companies and to participate in future value creation.
Over the past two years, Ovivo has successfully integrated SiC flat plate membranes into its wastewater solutions for the electronics market, its MicroBLOX® packaged plants and its sludge thickening applications. The new partnership will not only enhance growth in Ovivo’s existing markets, but it will also create opportunities with new solutions that are aligned to its customers’ need for durability, highest performance and sustainability in both the municipal and industrial sectors.
“This new partnership with Cembrane is clearly aligned with our mission to provide sustainable and efficient water treatment solutions to our customers through expertise and innovation,’’ says Marc Barbeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ovivo. ‘’Water reuse and recycling are central to our strategy of helping our customers achieve the highest standard in their production with the lowest energy and chemical consumption, and the Ovivo® SiC Membrane is the perfect product to deliver on that,’’ concluded M. Barbeau.
Silicon Carbide’s natural properties effortlessly attract water while repelling foulants. This results in extremely high sustainable fluxes and the ability to operate reliably in high solids and oils, as well as under other difficult conditions that polymeric membranes have shied away from. Silicon carbide is also one of the hardest materials in the world and forms membrane plates that are solid as a brick and able to withstand the broadest range of temperatures, pH, chemicals, and pressures. SiC membranes have achieved a new level of performance in some of the most demanding applications.
“By partnering with a world leader in water and wastewater treatment such as Ovivo, Cembrane has taken a major leap forward in expanding the application of this exciting technology. This partnership is an affirmation of the vast potential of the SiC membrane technology,” says Lasse Andreassen, Chief Executive Officer of Cembrane.
Ovivo is proud to be one of the first in the water industry to be expanding this technology. Ovivo’s investment in Cembrane’s sustainable and innovative technology will increase manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for reliable, efficient, high-quality water treatment with SiC membranes. For more information, please visit www.ovivowater.com/SiC or contact an Ovivo representative near you.
Come and see Ovivo at booth #4029 at WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, between October 1st and 3rd, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
About Ovivo Inc.
Ovivo is a global provider of equipment, technology and systems producing among the purest water and treating some of the most challenging wastewater in the industry. Ovivo is a powerful global brand with renowned trademarks, possessing more than 150 years of expertise and references in water treatment, supported by its proprietary products, advanced technologies and extensive system integration know-how. Ovivo delivers conventional to highly technological water treatment solutions for the industrial and municipal markets, and leverages its large installed base of equipment around the world to offer parts and services to its customers. Ovivo is dedicated to innovation in an industry that is in constant evolution and offers water treatment solutions that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable.
Ovivo is owned by SKion Water International GmbH and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. It operates an integrated global platform in over 15 countries, and employs over 850 worldwide experts in water treatment. For more information, visit our website at www.ovivowater.com.
Cembrane A/S produces a unique patented Silicon Carbide (SiC) ceramic flat sheet membrane from its facilities in Lynge, Denmark. Cembrane has provided membranes to OEM & System Integrators in more than 50 countries in a wide variety of applications including drinking water and wastewater reuse within both the industrial and municipal market. The founders of Cembrane pioneered the SiC membrane technology in the early 2000s. Cembrane was founded with the goal to transform ceramic membranes from a niche technology to a well-established solution for challenging drinking and wastewaters, by constantly striving to provide the market with durable and reliable products at competitive prices.
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