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GE and Osmoflo partner to expand water treatment solutions to Australian market

GE has unveiled a strategic alliance with Osmoflo, the largest Australian owned desalination and water recycling company. The agreement will enable Osmoflo to expand its product portfolio and allow GE to deepen its presence in the Australian water market.

The alliance will allow Osmoflo to focus on markets and applications where GE’s standard platform of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane plants and Electrodeionisation (EDI) skids provide a unique advantage in the sub-2.5 megaliters per day (ML/d) range.

GE packaged systems are ideally suited for non-complex applications involving the desalination of brackish water or seawater using reverse osmosis technology and EDI for high purity water requirements.

The agreement also will give Osmoflo access to the broad range of GE products such as cartridge filters, RO, ultrafiltration (UF) membranes and other technologies for water treatment systems.

Osmoflo will utilise GE technology and customise water treatment solutions to address customer specific applications and will provide on-going maintenance and operations support through their 24-hour national support service.

In Australia, GE will continue to focus on build-own-operate (BOO), mobile water services and providing comprehensive solutions for tough-to-treat waters including coal seam gas and wastewater reuse with advanced technologies including membrane bioreactors (MBRs) and zero liquid discharge systems using evaporators and crystallisers.

Irshaad Hakim, region sales leader, engineered systems at GE Power & Water, said: “The strategic agreement with Osmoflo is an important step in expanding our presence in the water sector, a vital concern in Australia.

"The combination of our global expertise in water and process technologies coupled with Osmoflo’s local market presence presents a powerful proposition in the market. The agreement plays to both our strengths and also allows us to tap into new market opportunities, getting closer to customers and providing the right set of solutions in ways that best suit their individual needs.”

Marc Fabig, managing director, Osmoflo adds: “This arrangement links world-leading capabilities to meet market needs in Australia, bringing together the design and manufacturing power of GE with the local market knowledge and ongoing support of Osmoflo.

"It means we and our customers gain from GE’s expertise in manufacturing and standardization, which provides a quality product in less time and less cost. Our manufacturing facilities will be freed up to concentrate on the larger, more complex projects."

In its 20 years Osmoflo has delivered 320 projects and currently operates 120 plants. Osmoflo is a water partner of Marubeni Corporation.

[Image courtesy GE.]

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