3M Membrane Filtration (formerly Membrana)

Membrana Announces a New Agent in Malaysia for Liqui-Cel® Membrane Contactors

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Membrana is pleased to enter into an agency agreement with Nextech SDN BHD as the local sales agent responsible for selling and servicing Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors in Malaysia. Nextech has offices in Kuala Lumpur as well Penang which will offer Malaysian customers excellent access to Liqui-Cel® Products. Allen Pittman, Membrana’s VP of Sales and Marketing for Industrial Separations, says, “We are excited to add Nextech’s expertise and experience to our team. They will be a valuable addition to our current sales channels.” This agreement commences on January 2, 2007.

Liqui-Cel® Membrane Contactors are used around the world for adding or removing Oxygen (O2), Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Nitrogen (N2) to or from different liquids in the Semiconductor, Power, Pharmaceutical, Photographic, Food and Beverage, and many other industries. For example, it is known that O2 negatively impacts many processes, it is corrosive and can oxidize materials. In the power and industrial areas, piping and equipment are susceptible to corrosion. Specifically to the semiconductor market, high levels of O2 can cause lower wafer yields. Additionally, CO2 negatively impacts performance of EDI and Ion Exchange. The Liqui-Cel Contactors offer a modular solution for O2/CO2 removal before these processes without chemicals.

Liqui-Cel Contactors are also used to add gasses to liquids to enhance megasonic cleaning. The beverage industry looks to membrane contactors for carbonation, nitrogenation and O2 removal. These reflect only a few examples of the variety of applications where the Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors are used.

Membrana´s Industrial Membrane Group also manufactures a variety of membranes used for filtration in various industries and applications.

Membrana GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polypore Inc., a growing high technology filtration company specializing in microporous membranes. Polypore's flat sheet and hollow fiber membranes are used in specialized applications that require the removal or separation of various materials from liquids, primarily in the ultrafiltration and microfiltration markets. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Polypore is a global leader with manufacturing facilities or sales offices in ten countries serving five continents.”

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