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Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service Inc. (MZM) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp (MCC) to Merge for the Sales and Production of Zeolite Membranes

Japan: Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service (MZM), Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., is involved in the production and marketing of A-type zeolite membranes, while Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) is engaged in the development of CHA-type zeolite membranes. Both Tokyo based Companies, MZM and MCC have signed an agreement to merge for the manufacturing and sales of zeolite membranes. As per the agreement, MCC would buy MZM’s total output of zeolite membranes and control the sole rights for the sales in the US as well as the international market. The companies have already started joint marketing of a dehydration system utilizing ZEBREXTM zeolite membranes together with A-type and CHA-type zeolite membranes for the production processes of bioethanol in the U.S., along with Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.

TechSci Research depicts that MZM and MCC’s A-type and CHA-type zeolite membranes development technologies and the marketing abilities of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group’s are expected to strengthen the company’s position, and would lead to expansion of zeolite Membrane’s business in the US and other countries. This strategic business move will further improve the membranes market in Japan and globally.

According to the recent report published by TechSci Research,United States Membrane Market By Type (Microfiltration, Reverse Osmosis, Ultrafiltration and Others), By Application (Water and Wastewater Treatment, Haemodialysis, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, etc.), Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011 – 2021”, the country’s membrane market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8% during 2016 - 2021. Increasing government investments for setting up water treatment plants in the US is also expected to drive demand for membranes by water & waste water treatment industry over the next five years. With water deficient conditions prevalent across various parts of the country, implementation of water conservation and water recycling strategies to reuse the water has become a priority, which is augmenting demand for membranes in the country.

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