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                                January 6, 2003

            Volume 4, Issue 1 of the INDA e-FILTER Newsletter.

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In This Issue:

Filtration 2002 Report
  Show Braves Cold As Largest Filtration Event of the Year
  Donaldson Filter Named Product of the Year
  BBA, Crane Win Best Booth Awards

Lead Story
  Filter Man Making News In Sporting Goods

Industry News
  Oregon Businesses Oppose Filtration Project
  ITT Acquires PCI Membranes
  Ahlstrom To Add Personnel Following FiberMark Agreement
  International Absorbents Files For AMEX Listing
  Pall Purchases Whatman HemaSure
  SPX Filtration Awarded $10 Million Sourcing Contract
  Cummins Named Newsmaker of the Year
  EFP Receives Preliminary Mask Test Results
  Ahlstrom Names Murdock VP
  New Vita Facility To Make Filter Media
  EPA Announces Air Quality Measurement Method
  EPA Granting Exclusive Patent License To BHA
  SSWM Plans Initial Offering

International News
  Huge Canadian Water Project Funded By Government Agencies
  H2O Innovation Completes Private Placement
  Concert In Discussion With Canadian Lenders
  EPA Grants $10 Million To Puerto Rico For Water Filtration
  European Agency Cites Filtration As Key 2003 Trend
  Malaysia Constructing Huge Water Project This Year

Filter Patent Review

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                        FILTRATION 2002 REPORT

   SHOW BRAVES THE COLD AS LARGEST FILTRATION EVENT OF
                                 THE YEAR
Despite some unprecedented snow and cold weather in our Nation’s
Capital, the Filtration 2002 International Exposition and Conference still
attracted close to 2000 filtration industry executives to the Washington,
DC Convention Center in early December. With 128 exhibitors
showcasing the newest new materials, equipment and fabric, Filtration
2002 provided, as one attendee put it, a chance “to touch and feel the
products that are driving the filter business.”

An overriding theme of this year’s event was the role filter products are
playing in everyday personal and business life. Many of the products on
display during the two days of the Exposition were designed to protect
people from air- or waterborne contaminants. “The filtration industry is
playing a significant role in our everyday lives,” said Ted Wirtz, President
of INDA, organizers of Filtration 2002. “The products on display, from
raw materials through finished filters, are the products that are
protecting and improving the quality of our lives.”
        DONALDSON FILTER NAMED PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
The Filtration Product Of The Year was presented to the Downflo Oval 1
from Donaldson Co. during Filtration 2002. The award was part of the
2002 Product Achievement Awards sponsored by Filtration + Separation
magazine. The other winners:

         Best Service - www.filtraguide.com, FiltraGuide InsideActive
         Software Solutions GmbH
         Environmental Innovation - Solar Powered Ultrafiltration
         System, Rochem UF Systeme
         Best Website - www.bbafiltration.com, BBA Filtration
         Filter Media - Durapex, Polymer Group (PGI)
         Liquid Filters - HydroFluid, Filterwerk Mann+Hummel
         Liquid Separators - OSD 2, Westfalia Separator Mineraloil
         Systems
         Membrane Filters - ZeeWeed 1000, Zenon Environmental
         Air & Dust Filters - Downflo Oval 1, Donaldson
         Filter Applications - Orion, Vivendi Water Systems
         Testing & Monitoring - ESD differential pressure gauges, Walker
         Research

               BBA, CRANE WIN BEST BOOTH AWARDS
A panel of judges selected the Best Booths at Filtration 2002 and the
awards were presented at the booths of the winners during Day 2 of
Filtration 2002. The winners:

         First Place, Large Booth (more than 200 sq feet): BBA
         Nonwovens
         First Place, Small Booth: Crane & Co.
         First Place, First-Time Exhibitor: Mikropor (Turkey)
         Second Place, Large Booth: Chandler
         Second Place, Small Booth: Owens-Corning

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                                 LEAD STORY

          FILTER MAN MAKING NEWS IN SPORTING GOODS
Richard Heckmann, Chairman and Chief Executive of K2, a leading
sports equipment company, and the founder of U.S. Filter Corp., is
applying a strategy he used in the filtration business to make some news
in the sporting goods industry. K2 is making an aggressive move to
acquire Rawlings as part of its strategy to consolidate a number of
smaller companies under one corporate umbrella.
"Rawlings is such a great brand and a company with a great legacy," says
Heckmann. With $595 million in sales last year, Los Angeles-based K2
makes fishing equipment, snowboards, skis, in-line skates, mountain
bikes, scooters and other recreational equipment.

Heckmann, 59, said Rawlings is too small, despite its strong brand, and
needs a merger partner like K2, which is looking to roll up other
companies as the sports equipment market consolidates. "I think that
consolidation of the sporting goods industry is a natural," he said. After
starting up U.S. Filter, he acquired more than 150 businesses, such as
Culligan Water Technologies and Memtec.

When Vivendi Universal SA acquired the company for $6.2 billion three
years ago, Heckmann had grown U.S. Filter's sales to around $5 billion
from $16 million. After the acquisition, he became chairman of the new
subsidiary, Vivendi Water, but retired last year.

This kind of experience led the K2 board of directors to appoint him Chief
Executive when Richard Rodstein resigned two months ago, said
Heckmann, who has been K2's Chairman since 2000.

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                              INDUSTRY NEWS

        OREGON BUSINESSES OPPOSE FILTRATION PROJECT
Portland, OR’s $200 million proposal to filter Bull Run water is too
expensive and too risky, a coalition of Portland businesses charged
recently. The Portland Water Users Coalition, which includes 18
businesses and associations, wants the city to pursue a cheaper
alternative.

The membrane filtration plant would boost water rates by 12-30%, a city
consultant estimated. The city's combined water and sewer bill already
ranks second highest among 50 big cities, a fact not lost on business.
"Frankly, in a city that is trying to speak to being more business friendly,
this approach is the exact opposite," said Fred Sawyers, Manager of the
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. "Why is it we feel we need to go out
and buy this Cadillac?"

The Portland Water Bureau is planning for expected federal mandates on
controlling cryptosporidium, a potentially lethal parasite. In June, a 19-
member citizens' panel recommended running Bull Run water through a
$202 million membrane filter plant. The filters would remove both
microbes and the mud that can shut down the reservoirs near Mount
Hood after violent winter storms, the panel said. Filtering the water
would also remove mud created by construction of a third dam, allowing
for expansion of the system to serve the Portland region's growing water
needs.

The city panel rejected ultraviolet light treatment, projected to cost $55
million, saying it would kill microbes but accomplish little else. A City
Council discussion of the project is scheduled for this month, but a final
decision isn't needed for a year to 18 months. The deadline for switching
on the plant would likely be 2012, but it would need an eight- to nine-
year construction lead-time, bureau officials said.

                   ITT ACQUIRES PCI MEMBRANES
The past year ended with the announcement of the acquisition by ITT
Industries of PCI Membranes from Thames Water. The PCI Membrane
products complement ITT Industries Fluid Technology's pumps, mixers,
aeration equipment and wastewater process systems and will provide
expansion opportunities for ITT Industries' Sanitaire in the filtration and
disinfection segments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

PCI adds chlorination disinfection technology to the group through its
Portacel division, located in Winchester, England. In addition, PCI's
membrane technology and expertise will be leveraged within Sanitaire to
develop both Membrane Bio-Reactor and secondary effluent filtration
products.

     AHLSTROM TO ADD PERSONNEL FOLLOWING FIBERMARK
                               AGREEMENT
Also late last year, Ahlstrom Technical Specialties announced it will add
10 to 20 more jobs over the next six months as part of an agreement
between the firm's parent company and FiberMark Inc. of Brattleboro,
VT. The deal calls for Ahlstrom to acquire about $4.8 million in annual
sales from FiberMark's North American industrial filter media business
and $1.8 million from a European operation. Ahlstrom will sell about
$1.9 million of its global vacuum bag media business to FiberMark.

Ahlstrom's purchase of part of FiberMark's North American specialty
filtration business means a transfer to the Mount Holly Springs plant of
industrial and process filtration product lines and converting equipment.
The Mount Holly Springs plant employs about 120 people.

      INTERNATIONAL ABSORBENTS FILES FOR AMEX LISTING
International Absorbents, a developer and producer of environmentally
friendly industrial products, has filed for listing on the American Stock
Exchange. The application was sent to AMEX on December 19, 2002.
The timing on when a listing decision will be forthcoming has not yet
been determined. It is expected that the process could take between 30
and 90 days.

               PALL PURCHASES WHATMAN HEMASURE
Pall has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Whatman HemaSure,
a wholly owned subsidiary of Whatman plc. The parties further agreed to
settle all disputes between the companies concerning Pall's patents for
leukodepleting filters and systems and the Whatman HemaSure
LeukoNet and r\LS series of filters. This $5.9 million transaction is
expected to close this month.

The two companies were involved in ongoing litigation in New York and
Colorado, with Pall asserting infringement of claims from a number of its
patents. Whatman has acknowledged the validity and enforceability of
the asserted claims of those Pall patents, while Pall has consented to
dismiss all patent-related claims against the Whatman companies in
both the New York and Colorado cases.

  SPX FILTRATION AWARDED $10 MILLION SOURCING CONTRACT
SPX Corporation last month announced that its Filtran business was
awarded a $10 million filtration sourcing agreement for Ford's next
generation six-speed rear wheel drive transmission, referred to as the 6R
family. Production is scheduled to begin in 2006. Designed into the 6R
family is Filtran's Integrated Filtration Solution, implemented as a
transmission integrated plastic pan and filter assembly. This new
technology incorporates the pan and filter in one assembly as opposed to
the traditional stand-alone filter and pan, saving installation time. It also
reduces noise and weight and improves fluid flow.

           CUMMINS NAMED NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR
Cummins Inc. has been awarded the prestigious "Newsmaker of the
Year" award by Diesel Progress magazine. The award recognizes the top
newsmaker in the diesel power industry for 2002. Cummins was
recognized for its leadership in framing the emissions debate for on-
highway trucks, launching its new A Series engines and for its
technology leadership in meeting the future Tier III off-highway
standards.

        EFP RECEIVES PRELIMINARY MASK TASK RESULTS
Emergency Filtration Products (EFP) has received significantly favorable
preliminary test results from the testing of its nanotechnology-enhanced
2H Technology filtration system to be incorporated into an
Environmental Isolation Mask. Testing was conducted at Nelson
Laboratories, Salt Lake City.
                  AHLSTROM NAMES MURDOCK VP
Ahlstrom FiberComposites has named Scott Murdock VP&GM of engine
filtration North America. Murdock has worked for the company since
1974 and has held several senior management positions in product
development, quality, manufacturing, engineering and sales. He has
managed two operations at Ahlstrom, including plants in Windsor Locks,
CT and Stalldalen, Sweden.

           NEW VITA FACILITY TO MAKE FILTER MEDIA
Vita Nonwovens started production in November of a $5 million plant in
Schertz, TX, near San Antonio, to make technical and specialty
nonwovens for air filtration, automotive, industrial, furniture and
bedding markets.

     EPA ANNOUNCES AIR QUALITY MEASUREMENT METHOD
      Notice from the Environmental Protection Agency, 12/11/02:

Notice is hereby given that the EPA has designated, in accordance with
40 CFR part 53, a new equivalent method for measuring concentrations
of particulate matter as PM10 in the ambient air. The new equivalent
method for PM10 is an automated method (analyzer) that utilizes a
measurement principle based on sample collection by filtration and
analysis by beta-ray attenuation. For more information: Elizabeth
Hunike, Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (MD-
D205-03), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research
Triangle     Park,     North     Carolina    27711;     919-541-3737,
Hunike.Elizabeth@epa.gov.

       EPA GRANTING EXCLUSIVE PATENT LICENSES TO BHA
In a separate notice, EPA also announced its intent to grant an exclusive
patent license to two patent submissions to BHA Group, Inc., Kansas
City, MO. The patents are:

         U.S. Patent No. 5,217,511, entitled "Enhancement of
         Electrostatic Precipitation with Electrostatically Augmented
         Fabric Filtration," issued June 8, 1993.

         U.S. Patent No. 6,152,988, entitled "Enhancement of
         Electrostatic Precipitation with Precharged Particles and
         Electrostatically Augmented Fabric Filtration," issued November
         28, 2000.
                   SSWM PLANS INITIAL OFFERING
Sub-Surface Waste Management Inc. (SSWM), a subsidiary of U.S.
Microbics, has hired USM Capital Group Inc. to formulate plans to raise
$5 million for potential acquisitions, business development and working
capital for new and existing environmental cleanup projects. SSWM
plans to begin publicly trading this month, while USM Capital Group
hopes to complete the funding drive by March 31.

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                           INTERNATIONAL NEWS


    HUGE CANADIAN WATER PROJECT FUNDED BY GOVERNMENT
                                 AGENCIES
The Canadian federal and provincial governments are contributing $100
million (Can.) to the Greater Vancouver Water District to build a water
filtration plant at Seymour in North Vancouver under the $800 million
Canada/British Columbia Infrastructure Program. This project will
create the largest water filtration plant in Canada. More than 786,000
households currently connected to the municipal water system will
benefit directly from this project.

        H2O INNOVATION COMPLETES PRIVATE PLACEMENT
H2O Innovation has completed a private placement with the Fonds
d'investissement REA inc. and Corporation Waskahegen for $450,000.
The proceeds from the proposed private placement will be used for
working capital. The company says the placement was completed to
support the increase of the order backlog of the company. During the last
month, new sales of $700,000 were signed for the treatment of drinking
and wastewater in the industrial and tourist sectors.

        CONCERT IN DISCUSSION WITH CANADIAN LENDERS
Concert Industries has entered into discussions with its Canadian
lenders regarding possible amendments to the company's $145 million
(Can.) credit facility. In connection with the discussions, the lenders have
agreed to postpone a scheduled $3 million term loan repayment from
January 3, 2003 to January 31, 2003.

      EPA GRANTS $10 MILLION TO PUERTO RICO FOR WATER
                             FILTRATION
The U.S. EPA has granted the Puerto Rican Health Department $10.7
million to improve water filtration at the Sergio Cuevas plant, which
serves the metropolitan area of Trujillo Alto. The EPA grant brings the
total amount assigned to the health department, via the federal potable
water fund, to $66 million.
    EUROPEAN AGENCY CITES FILTRATION AS KEY 2003 TREND
Euro RSCG Worldwide recently released forecasts for the coming year,
focusing on global, youth, and European trends. Insights are drawn from
the ongoing research of the agency's Strategic Trendspotting and
Research team and from a global panel of Stargazers, colleagues who
report in regularly on local trends and information. Among the Top
Global Trends:

   People want to feel safe and they're willing to spend money for the
   privilege. There will be far more emphasis on defensive and
   preventative products, from tick detectors to "panic rooms," personal
   weaponry to water filtration.

   MALAYSIA CONSTRUCTING HUGE WATER PROJECT THIS YEAR
Construction of a 37 KM tunnel in Malaysia to channel water from
Pahang state to Selangor state in central Malaysia will start this year.
The tunnel will be constructed at a cost of about $1.5 billion provided by
Japan as a loan. As part of the huge project, a dam and water filtration
plant will also be built to enable treated water to be channeled to the
water catchment plants in Selangor where the capital city of Kuala
Lumpur is situated

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                         FILTER PATENT REVIEW

Process for purifying a liquid hydrocarbon product
Assignee: Shell Oil Company
Abstract: The invention relates to a process for purifying a liquid
hydrocarbon product consisting of 5% by weight or less of high molecular
weight contaminants having a molecular weight of at least 1000, wherein
the product stream is contacted with a hydrophobic non-porous or nano-
filtration membrane and the purified product stream is recovered as the
permeate. Various liquid hydrocarbon products can be treated including
process streams containing as the main product styrene, isoprene,
butadiene, pentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, piperylene, C.sub.2 -C.sub.5
mono-olefins or acrylates.
Patent Number: 6488856; Issue Date: 2002 12 03; Inventors: Cossee,
Robert Paul; Geus, Eduard Rudolf; Van Den Heuvel, Edward Jan; Weber,
Cornelis Everardus

Filtration
Assignee: Biovitrum AB
Abstract: Filtration methods comprise virus-filtering a solution
containing a least one macromolecule. In one embodiment, the total salt
content of the solution is within the range of from about 0.2 M to 2 M. In
another embodiment, the total salt content of the solution is within the
range of from about 0.2 M up to saturation with a salt, and the salt is
selected from the group consisting of sodium chloride, potassium
chloride, sodium acetate, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate, potassium
dyhydrophosphate and combinations thereof. In yet another
embodiment, the total salt content of the solution is within the range of
from about 0.2 M up to saturation with the salt and the macromolecule
is in solution during the virus filtering.
Patent Number: 6486306; Issue Date: 2002 11 26; Inventors: Winge,
Stefan

Method and device for the production of pure water
Assignee: Steris Europe
Abstract: Input water is preheated in a heat exchange, pumped through
another heat exchanger into a heating unit. The heating unit heats the
water to a temperature of above 100.degree. C., preferably 140-
150.degree. C., while maintaining the water in a liquid state without
vaporization. A pump feeds the heated water under sufficient pressure to
prevent vaporization to at least one crossflow filtration unit. A portion of
the heated water passes through a thermally stable filtration material
having a pore size of 1-20 nanometers for filtering endotoxins and
pyrogens, 4-10 nanometers for filtering viruses, or 100 nanometers-30
.mu.m for filtering bacteria. Heated water which has passed through the
filtration material is fed through a pure water product outlet of the
filtration unit to a pure water outlet. A retenate portion of the heated
water flows past the filtration material to carry filtered impurities
through a retenate output line. To conserve energy, the retenate output
line passes through the heat exchanger and the pure water product line
passes through the heat exchanger to preheat the incoming water. A
backflushing valve selectively passes pure water product backward
through the filtration material to backflush impurities trapped in the
filtration material.
Patent Number: 6485649; Issue Date: 2002 11 26; Inventors: Terava,
Jorma; Nurminen, Teppo

Rotating device for continuously filtering a liquid such as a solution
containing a precipitate
Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Matieres Nucleaires
Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotating device for
continuously filtering a liquid such as a solution containing a precipitate.
According to this invention, the device comprises a cylindrical,
horizontal-axis drum of revolution, rotated by a drive system, a plurality
of filtering elements each disposed axially, forming at least a part of the
cylindrical wall of the drum, said filtering elements each being connected
to a process conduit, a system for supplying liquid to be filtered, opening
via said opening inside said drum, a system for evacuating the cake, a
system for evacuating the filtrate passing through said process conduits,
a hydraulic supply assembly comprising a pulsed compressed air supply
and means forcing the passage of said liquid through the filtering
elements, said supply assembly being adapted to communicate with said
process conduits by a connecting system allowing an angular
distribution of the operations effected by said device, these operations
comprising at least the filtration of the liquid and the separation of the
cake from said filtering elements by cleaning.
Patent Number: 6488849; Issue Date: 2002 12 03; Inventors: Bertolotti,
Gerard; Lebiez, Yves

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