AXEON Water Technologies was founded in 1989. AXEON has become one of the industry`s leading manufacturers of reverse osmosis (RO) systems, membranes and filtration products for the water treatment industry. By offering cost-effective solutions that yield high quality performance and dependability, AXEON has earned the trust and respect of industry professionals and customers in more than 80 countries around the globe. At AXEON, the customer comes first. We supply the RO membrane system you need or product - designed to meet your specific requirements - and provide exceptional customer and technical support. Our products are engineered to provide superior performance so you can be assured that your water treatment solution meets your filtration and purity standards.
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- Industry Type:
- Water and Wastewater - Water Filtration and Separation
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
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Augustin Pavel Sr.T founder of AXEON Water Technologies (formerly R.O. UltraTec) was destined to be a visionary in the water treatment industry. Born in the Czech Republic, Pavel was a young mechanical and chemical engineer with more creative ambition than post-war communism could accommodate.
He immigrated to the United Stated in 1967 and with a few dollars in his pocket he set off to better his life. His first job in water treatment was at the Caneel Bay Resort, created by philanthropist and early eco-tourism advocate Laurence S. Rockefeller. Pavel was hired to manage the resort's desalination plant. At first glance of the facility, Pavel told himself, 'This has got to be the future. The whole world will one day be using seawater for drinking water.'
We are not there yet, but that vision drew Pavel into a lifelong quest for advancing water treatment. He next worked for Los Angeles-based Envirogenics, where he designed and built one of the first casting machines for reverse osmosis, thin-film composite membranes, producing what has today become the most popular spiral-wound membrane.
As the water treatment industry evolved, occasionally stagnated, and progressed again, Pavel continued to develop his concepts at such companies as Hydranautics, Brunswick and Eastman Kodak. One of his larger projects was the designing and building of several membrane manufacturing plants for Iraq and China.
Through a series of success and failures, Pavel became motivated to take control of his own destiny and start his own business. In 1989, R.O. UltraTec USA, Inc. was founded. 'We started the company in our garage; our testing department was on the patio,' Pavel said. 'Our goal was to produce the highest quality membranes, while minimizing expenses and offering competitive pricing. And we did just that!'
Within two years, the company won its first large contract through a major OEM that sold through Price Club, Costco's predecessor. The company then moved to a commercial manufacturing location, and has since thrived, selling commercial and residential RO membranes, pressure vessels and systems.
Then, in November 2010, Pavel formally transitioned ownership to his son, Augustin R. Pavel Jr., thus promoting him from Vice President to CEO and President. 'My son complements me,' Pavel said. 'I like to design, engineer and create and he likes the business aspect of things—and he does it well! He has successfully grown the business while being in a leadership position, since I semi-retired in 2003. He has made great relationships and great decisions for the company and our partners. Talk about pride!'
As for the future of the industry, Pavel persisted, 'There is no question that we will be using seawater for drinking purposes on a larger scale in the future.' But in the meantime? 'AXEON is competing to provide the best quality systems and membranes backed by our superior customer and technical support, while offering the most competitive pricing.