InnoWa Membrane Acquired by MAHLE Industry

MAHLE Industry, an already established manufacturer of filtration solutions for a broad spectrum of industrial applications, recently acquired the ultrafiltration technology leader InnoWa Membrane.

Ultrafiltration is used, for example, as a process step in the treatment of drinking water from rivers, surface waters, or springs, and as a preliminary step in sea water desalination. This technology allows even minuscule particles such as germs, viruses, and bacteria to be filtered, opening up additional areas of application in home and building services engineering. Water purification is a life line in the Middle East for countries such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, and in Western Australia where new projects are combining desalination with solar power to lower costs.

"By acquiring InnoWa Membrane, we are opening up new areas of application for our company in the field of filtration, such as the increasingly important segment of water treatment,"says Dr. Michael Matros, Corporate Executive Vice President and General Manager of MAHLE Industry. "This acquisition also strengthens our core markets of Food & Beverage, Power Generation, and general industrial applications."

MAHLE Industry already has a globally active sales network and an excellent reputation in the market. The integration of InnoWa Membrane into the Industrial Filtration division creates a new platform within MAHLE Industry with a focus on water treatment.

About MAHLE Industry

The MAHLE Group is one of the 30 largest companies in the automotive supply industry worldwide. With its two business units Engine Systems and Components and Filtration and Engine Peripherals MAHLE ranks among the top three systems suppliers worldwide for piston systems and cylinder components, as well as valve train, air management, and liquid management systems. The Industry business unit bundles the MAHLE Group's industrial activities. These include the areas of large engines, industrial filtration, as well as cooling and air-conditioning systems. The Aftermarket business unit serves the independent spare parts market with MAHLE products in OE quality. In 2011, MAHLE expects sales of approximately EUR 6 billion; with more than 47,000 employees working at over 100 production plants and eight research and development centers.