Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a unit of
The Dow Chemical Company
), has entered into an agreement with Ahlstrom, a global high
performance fiber-based materials company, to use Ahlstrom's
Disruptor technology in drinking water applications.
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Disruptor is equipped with unique nanoalumina technology that can
be used to filter wide range of tiny contaminants from water. It
virtually eliminates microorganisms from drinking water that can
cause sickness. Ahlstrom's Disruptor will cater to the need for
clean and safe drinking water.
Disruptor features a combination of large pore size and very high
electrical attraction potential, enabling efficient removal of
virus-sized particles from drinking water at a high flow rate and
very low pressure.
Dow Chemical will include this high performance, advanced
Disruptor filter medium into a set of drinking water purification
products that provide excellent pathogen rejection while
operating at high flow and low pressure.
The other features that make Ahlstrom Disruptor unique are that
it can be used in areas with no electricity, it requires no use
of chemicals, and does not generate waste water. Moreover,
Ahlstrom Disruptor can be used in a number of drinking water
applications, such as under-the-sink purification, tap water
filters and water pitcher filters.
Dow Chemical slipped to a bigger loss in fourth-quarter 2012,
thumped by a sizable restructuring charge and loss on goodwill
impairment in its Formulated Systems business. Weakness across
end markets, especially in China, and weak pricing also hurt the
Dow Chemical noted that it will focus on driving earnings,
leveraging its feedstock strength and strong momentum in the
agricultural sciences business. Dow Chemical will continue to
pursue its cost reduction and efficiency programs while
maximizing shareholder returns. Dow Chemical targets aggregate
cost savings of $2.5 billion with $1 billion expected this year.
Dow Chemical retains a short-term (1 to 3 months) Zacks Rank #3
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