Development of membrane and systems as well as processes on
the basis of this technique, today used in the food,
chemical and biotechnological industries. The process has
considerable potential, making it possible to separate
dissolved substances from liquids, a process which could
not be carried out on an industrial scale before. Both in
the USA and in JAPAN, considerable money is being spent on
the development, production and sale of these systems. In
the USA, especially the big multinational groups of
companies, such as MONSANTO, DOW CHEMICAL, DUPONT and
ALLIED WATER CORPORATION, are involved, whereas in JAPAN,
MITI is directly supporting the companies in their work.
MITI has described the area as "significant".
The process opens up very interesting perspectives, also to
European industry. In order for European companies to be
able to compete on this market, which requires intensive
development and heavy investments, it is essential that
collaboration be established between major European
companies in this field - not only with regard to
development, but also in respect of production and
Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.