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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Freudenberg Acquires U.K. Water and Wastewater Filtration Specialist

The Freudenberg Group has acquired the British company Aquabio Ltd. Based in Hallow, Worcestershire, U.K., Aquabio is a leading specialist in water and wastewater reuse for large-scale industrial applications. Founded in 1997, the company has 16 employees and designs and supplies turnkey membrane filtration systems for water and wastewater recycling.

“With the acquisition of Aquabio, the Freudenberg Group now has additional know-how in water filtration. This represents a further strategic step in the development of Freudenberg Filtration Technologies,” stresses Dr. Mohsen Sohi, speaker of the Freudenberg Group’s management board. Customers include well-known companies such as Alpro, Muller, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever. “The aim of the Freudenberg Group is to expand our portfolio in the rapidly growing market of industrial water filtration,” Sohi explains.

Freudenberg logoSteve Goodwin, managing director of Aquabio, who will continue to lead the business, sees considerable market opportunities. As a global company, the Freudenberg Group will provide Aquabio with the opportunity to expand, especially internationally, in the food, beverage, paper, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

Dr. Andreas Kreuter, speaker of the management board of Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, explains: “Industrial companies are increasing their investment in water and wastewater filtration to preserve scarce resources and to fulfill exacting environmental regulations. Aquabio provides excellent cutting-edge filtration technology particularly for industrial wastewater recycling and reuse. The company fits perfectly to the portfolio of Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, which has been offering technically demanding filtration solutions for more than 60 years.”

Micro and ultrafiltration membranes for the removal of bacteria and solid particles form part of Aquabio’s product portfolio. Membrane bioreactor (MBR) filtration technology yields effluent of sufficient quality for reuse in industrial processes. Furthermore, wastewater can even be reused as drinking water through the application of high-performance membranes in combination with tertiary hyperfiltration and disinfection technologies. Further advantages of MBR filtration over conventional processes include a small footprint and easy retrofit and upgrade of existing wastewater treatment plants.

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies,, is part of the Freudenberg Group, a global entity comprising 35 locations and 16 production sites, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies in North America serves the industrial, liquid, and cabin air filtration markets under the Viledon and micronAir brands. A core part of Freudenberg’s liquid filtration business is to provide high-tech nonwoven media as support carriers to membrane applications. These membrane applications include water purification systems.

Freudenberg North America Limited Partnership is the North American holding company for Freudenberg & Co., of Weinheim, Germany, which owns a family of companies which operate 15 unique businesses at 58 locations in North America. Together, these companies provide innovative products and solutions to customers in industries ranging from automotive, aerospace, and medical to chemical, oil and gas, and construction.

The Freudenberg Group is a supplier specializing in seals and vibration control technology, nonwovens, filtration, lubricants, and release agents as well as mechatronic products. Last year, the group employed more than 37,000 people in 58 countries and generated sales of over $7.8 billion. For further information, visit


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