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Officials at the launch of DuPont Water Solutions’ RO production line in Jubail.

Officials at the launch of DuPont Water Solutions’ RO production line in Jubail.

DuPont Water Solutions opens RO facility

January 2019

DuPont Water Solutions, a part of the DuPont Safety and Construction business, recently opened its new reverse osmosis (RO) production line in Saudi Arabia.

Located in Jubail Industrial City II, the facility will manufacture membrane technology and enhance production capabilities at the fully integrated Sadara Chemical Company complex, a joint venture developed by Dow and Saudi Aramco, said the company.

The new production line is expected to be operational in early 2019, it said.

Senior leaders from DuPont and Sadara, along with employees and industry professionals were present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony held on site to commemorate the new manufacturing line.

Marc Doyle, chief operating officer for the specialty products division at DowDuPont and chief executive officer-elect for future DuPont, who attended the event, said: “This new production line is providing game-changing innovation to help municipalities, businesses and people thrive by enabling sustainable access to clean, high-quality water.”

“The science and engineering applications coming out of the Jubail facility is the embodiment of the power of partnership and collaboration as a catalyst for innovation and advancement.”

The facility will manufacture, distribute and supply Filmtec reverse osmosis elements to the Saudi Arabian market and help meet aggressively growing demand for membranes in the Middle East and Africa regions, as well as emerging economies, including Eastern Europe, India, China and Southeast Asia.

RO technology is used to demineralise brackish water and desalinate seawater for a variety of applications, including industrial and municipal water treatment, power generation, food and beverage processing and water reuse.

The Jubail operations site is the first RO manufacturing facility built outside of the US by the Water Solutions business. The facility replicates and expands on the state-of-the-art production employed at its parent facility in Edina, Minnesota, US.

HP Nanda, global vice president and general manager, DuPont Water Solutions, said: “We remain committed to delivering solutions that help purify and reclaim water sources, especially in areas facing water scarcity and resource challenges.”

“The plant’s close proximity to customers allows for more direct access to essential, game-changing components,” he added.

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