Asahi Kasei on ForwardOsmosisTech
Asahi Kasei is a multinational Japanese chemical company. The company’s main products span chemicals and materials science. Within water membrane technologies, Asahi Kasei specializes in hollow fiber membranes for ultrafiltration and microfiltration applications as well as ion-exchange membranes for caustic soda production & electrolysis.
Forward osmosis activities
On November 30th 2018, Asaha Kasei officially entered the FO market with a press release summarizing the company’s FO plans. Briefly, Asahi Kasei plans for a commercial launch of hollow fiber forward osmosis membranes in 2020. Target sectors include food, beverage, and pharmaceutical where liquids “are often concentrated to heighten the composition of aromas, flavors, or active ingredients, to reduce the costs of shipment and storage.” Forward osmosis membranes achieve high-level concentration of liquids without heating or pressurization.
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