DuPont opens RO production facility in Saudi Arabia

TRME SadaraROThe facility will manufacture membrane technology and enhance production capabilities at the fully integrated Sadara Chemical Company complex. (Image source: DuPont Water Solutions)Highlighting the importance of local water investment, DuPont Water Solutions, a part of the DuPont Safety & Construction business, recently opened its new reverse osmosis (RO) production line in Saudi Arabia

Situated in Jubail Industrial City II, it is the first RO manufacturing facility built outside of the United States 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, USA.

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

Marc Doyle, chief operating officer for the Specialty Products Division at DowDuPont and CEO-elect for future DuPont, 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 facility will manufacture, distribute and supply FILMTEC reverse osmosis elements to the Saudi Arabian market and help meet the 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.

“We remain committed to delivering solutions that help purify and reclaim water sources, especially in areas facing water scarcity and resource challenges,” explained HP Nanda, global V-P, DuPont Water Solutions.

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

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