MAY, 2021











$55 Billion Market for Pharmaceutical Air and Water Flow and Treat Products and Services 

The market for pharmaceutical air and water flow and treat products and services will grow to $55 billion in 2025 according to the latest forecast in Pharmaceutical Prospects.

2020 was an unusual year with big growth in vaccines but slowdown in many pharmaceutical projects. However, the industry is returning to normal, and the market has been strong in the first half of 2021. The pandemic surge in India and other countries without vaccines is likely to result in continued expansion of vaccination production for the next several years.

Certain segments of the market will grow more rapidly than others. Cell and gene therapy projects are a small portion of the total. But this segment is growing three times faster than the average.

The top ten purchasing countries in 2025 will account for 90% of the market.


The air and water flow and treat expenditure will equal 3.9% of the pharmaceutical revenues in 2025.  The volumes of air and water being treated are modest compared to the chemical or mining industry.  On the other hand the potency and sensitivity of the products result in very high investments per unit of fluid moved or treated. This ratio is at its highest in cell and gene therapy.  This potency and sensitivity has also resulted in single use systems which are converting one time into continual equipment investments

Here is a segmentation of the purchases by product.  The categories include associated flow control instruments, software and hardware.  Service and repair parts are also included.

The Number of Cleanroom Projects Increasing at a Double Digit Rates

Not only are the numbers of cleanroom projects increasing rapidly but the investment per project is increasing as well. 

All of these projects are tracked on a weekly basis in World Cleanroom Projects.

Many of the semiconductor, photovoltaic, and flat panel projects are in Asia while the pharmaceutical projects are in the U.S. and Europe.

Cleanrooms are increasingly needed for products relying on nanotechnology. But there are other growing markets such as Cannabis.

When a large semiconductor fab is built, there will be additional cleanrooms to supply the equipment for the fab and others built to provide the gowns, gloves, mops, filters, valves, instruments and products needed to operate the fab.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) is investing some $35 billion in a U.S. manufacturing facility, almost tripling the original $12 billion it originally committed. There will be very large cleanrooms on the site, but hundreds of additional cleanrooms built to service this Arizona operation.

The Coronavirus accelerated rather than slowed cleanroom construction. The world trend toward a digital economy was positively impacted by home bound businesspeople who needed better digital tools. There was a brief slowdown in automotive chip demand but now demand is exceeding supply.

The biopharmaceutical industry has been expanding to meet the vaccine and therapy needs created by the pandemic. A considerable increase in investment will be needed before India and many of the poorer countries have the biopharmaceuticals which they need.

Cell and gene therapy project growth is outstripping all other applications on a percentage basis but not in cleanroom area. Many of these projects involve extracting the cells from a patient and creating an injectable just for him. The result is the need for many small cleanrooms.

With weekly in depth reporting of the projects around the world plus the ability to easily search all projects in the last decade this service has great value for the local salesman as well as for management.  

For more information on World Cleanroom Projects click on http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/databases/80a-world-cleanroom-projects

Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions at 847 226 2391 or rmcilvaine@mcilvainecompany.com


P84 Bags Are Proving to Have Lower Total Cost of Ownership Results Than Alternatives

According to Nathan Schindler of Evonik writing in Power, three case studies illustrate the operating cost and reliability advantages of using P84 in baghouses installed on coal-fired power plants. They include Nebraska Public Power District’s 225-MW Sheldon Station in Hallam, Nebraska; and Eskom’s Arnot (2,100 MW) and Duvha (3,600 MW) power plants, both in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

The Sheldon Station consists of two Babcock & Wilcox cyclone boilers burning Powder River Basin coal. Baghouses for each unit were constructed in 1999 and 2000, respectively, replacing ESPs. The bags are built to operate at 310F with a 3.5:1 cfm/ft 2 gas-to-cloth ratio. The dust loading is 0.97 grains per actual cubic foot (gr/acf) at the inlet and 0.005 gr/acf at the outlet.

Several alternative media configurations were evaluated during the initial startup of the baghouses. After six months of testing, P84 and P84 scrim were determined to be the most cost-effective configuration based on the plant’s particle size distribution, temperature at the bag, and level of acid products in the exhaust gas. PPS (polyphenylene sulfide) filter bags were among those tested but filter bag life was only 24 months. Since the testing, the P84 bag life has averaged five years for Unit 1 and seven years for Unit 2 over the past 17 years. Over the operating life of the bags, average system pressure drop of 6 inches water column has been maintained with seven cleaning pulses of compressed air per hour.

Sheldon Station reports significant cost savings using P84 filter material in its baghouses over the past 17 years. The cost savings fall into two categories: increased energy sales and decreased replacement bag cost. Reduced pressure drop through the P84 media reduced ancillary loads, principally reducing induced draft fan power by 87,000 MWh, saving $6.1 million. Extended bag life when using P84 media also reduced the cost of replacement bags by $1.5 million.

South Africa’s Eskom owns and operates more than 40 GW of installed capacity and is the largest utility in Africa. The Arnot Power Station consists of six nominally rated 350-MW coal-fired units originally installed between 1968 and 1975. The station burns a relatively poor South African bituminous coal composed of 25% ash with a heating value of 26 to 27 megajoules per kilogram (MJ/kg). The plant has posted 92.07% average availability over the past three years.

Arnot Power Station was upgraded from ESPs to baghouses in the 1990s as part of a project to increase plant capacity. Phase 1 added baghouses to Boilers 4, 5, and 6 (each containing 11,000 bags) with a maximum gas-to-cloth ratio of 3.5 cfm/ft2. Phase 2 added baghouses (each with 14,000 bags) to the remaining three boilers with a maximum gas-to-cloth ration of 2.8 cfm/ft2.

Potential baghouse suppliers were invited to demonstrate their collection technology with a pilot project. PPS bags were initially specified due to the high temperature gradient after the air preheater. However, during operation of the pilot plants, the suppliers learned that the specified baghouse pressure drop could not be maintained. The flue gas contained fine dust with a smooth surface that characterizes South African coal.

This dust had penetrated the PPS filter material down to the scrim, which led to depth filtration and bag blinding. The problem was solved when a fabric supplier proposed using a P84 filter media with a fine-fiber P84 cap on top of the standard PPS substrate. The composite bags were then installed on Boilers 4, 5, and 6, followed by the remaining boilers as part of Phase 2 project. Since installation, filter bag life has ranged from 30,000 to 52,000 hours. The guaranteed filter life was 28,000 hours.

Eskom’s Duvha Power Station consists of six 600-MW units with once-through Benson boilers, built between 1975 and 1984. In 1993, Duvha was the first power station in the world to be retrofitted with pulse jet fabric filters, which were added to the first three of its units. Each baghouse has 26,928 bags, each with a 4.0 cfm/ft2 gas-to-cloth ratio. The coal burned is similar to that burned by Arnot Power Station, although with 30% ash. The filter bags used low temperature PAN (polyacrylonitrile) material with an upstream air attemperation system on each unit. The bag life was guaranteed for 28,000 hours.

Premature failure of the PAN bags began after 8,000 hours of operation due to acid degradation. The cause was determined to be the acid dew point of the 3% sulfur heavy oil used for boiler startup. Switching to a light oil reduced the rate of degradation but did require the pressure drop setpoint to be adjusted from 0.9 kilopascal (kPa) upward to 1.4 kPa. The majority of the PAN bags lasted about 18,500 hours, but some failed with less than 5,000 hours.

Because Duvha was Eskom’s first station with bag filters and Eskom was simultaneously occupied with fabric filter installation programs at other stations (including Arnot), the experience forced the company to establish an in-house capability of understanding polymers and filtration media, which led to the creation of a full-fledged textile laboratory. This eventually resulted in a switch to PPS bags, which extended bag life to 22,000 to 24,000 hours, although many bag failures after 15,000 hours of operation were experienced.

The PPS and PAN failure modes occurred because of the limited alkaline capacity of the coal dust to neutralize the sulfuric acid formed in the flue gas when cooled below the acid dewpoint. In addition, the attemperation air that was added to the air ducts upstream of each baghouse created localized SO3 condensation zones. The sulfuric acid formed from these two sources was not being totally neutralized by the alkaline dust cake and attacked the PAN and PPS filter fibers.

Once Eskom understood that blinding was the predominant bag failure mechanism across the various plants, it embarked on research aimed at retarding the blinding rate, hence extending bag life and performance. After a number of trials, and in collaborative effort with fiber and fabric suppliers (including the full-scale evaluation at Arnot), the solution chosen was to install composite bags with a P84 cap applied to a PPS substrate, which ensured the formation of a porous and stable dust cake that promoted complete acid neutralization and surface filtration. The service life of the latest sets of P84+PPS bags is more than 36,000 hours, with less than 10% failure of the 27,000 bags installed per unit.

The switch to P84+PPS bags has resulted in significant savings for Eskom, about $500,000 annually. That figure does not include reduced costs for labor, or production losses, which can be significant. In one instance, prior to the switch to P84+PPS bags, two boilers were shuttered for four months waiting for replacement bags.

User-led collaboration with suppliers has led to a proliferation of composite fabric constructions with fine denier surface layers, not only by Eskom, but also other utilities.

ESKOM Modifications Still Don’t Improve Bag Life to 3 Years

The Medupi and Kusile projects involve the construction of two 4,800 MW, coal-fired, direct dry-cooled power stations. The Medupi site is close to Eskom’s Matimba power station in the Lephalale district of Limpopo Province. The Kusile site is close to Eskom’s existing Kendal power station in the Nkangala District of Mpumalanga Province.

An article in Engineering News on February 1, 2019, summarized a number of technical defects identified by Eskom at Medupi and Kusile that were resulting in serious underperformance at the power stations. The generation units handed over for commercial service were unable to operate at full load and were experiencing frequent planned and unplanned outages.

Thereafter, an open letter written by Alex Ham, a former Eskom Chief Engineer: Power Station Design, and later, Director of Technology, who had worked for the utility for 30 years, was published by EE Publishers on May 12, 2019. The letter spelt out the background to the boiler and mill problems at Medupi and Kusile in further detail.

In order to rectify these defects, Eskom and the boiler works contractor, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPSA) are now undertaking significant rework of all 12 units at Medupi and Kusile. This requires that each unit be shut down for about 75 days in sequence to affect the necessary rework, with the associated costs shared 50/50 between Eskom and MHPSA, pending resolution of the contractual matters between them. The planned modifications required on each of the 12 units at Medupi and Kusile include:

Mills: Eleven modifications were agreed to be implemented – initially in a matrix across the five mills of Medupi Unit 3 in order to determine the performance of the modifications and their interdependencies.

Pulse jet fabric filter (PJFF) plant: The modifications include redirecting the flue gas inlet to the bag filter, and equipment changes to the pulsing systems used for cleaning the fabric filter bags during operation. A new set of fabric filter bags are also to be installed after the modification.

Gas air heater (GAH): Modifications to the gas air heaters include internal erosion protection and modifications to the pin rack driving the rotation of the gas air heaters.

Hot air duct erosion: Solutions for erosion protection in the various hot air ducts include fitting of ceramic tiles and combinations of ceramic tiles and wear-resistant metal plates in the hot air ducts.

The first unit of the six units at Medupi to be reworked was Unit 3 during a 10-week shut down from the last week in January 2020 to the first week in April 2020. Although Unit 3 at Medupi was intended as a “proof of concept”, work on the design modifications of further units at Medupi commenced even before performance testing of the modifications on Unit 3 was completed.

One of the five mills on Medupi Unit 3 was used as the reference mill without any modifications and one mill as the reference mill for all the modifications. Modifications on the other mills included combinations of items that could be manufactured quickly in combination with off-the-shelf equipment and long manufacturing lead-time items that needed to be cast.

Tests on Medupi Unit 3 indicated positive results for all mill modifications, and the implementation of the items with short manufacturing and procurement lead-times were rolled out. Manufacturing of the mill items with long manufacturing lead-times was started immediately after the rollout decision and will be rolled out during upcoming unit and mill outages.

A year after the project started, there is still a significant amount of modification work to be done on all the remaining five units at Medupi. These include the manufacturing of long lead-time items on the mills, the gas air heater operational modifications, and the boiler low load modifications. No work has yet commenced on the design modifications of the six units at Kusile.

However, the week-on-week EAF for Medupi Unit 3 is still erratic, with ongoing high levels of planned (PCLF – Planned Capability Loss Factor) and unplanned (UCLF- Unplanned Capacity Loss Factor) outages, and certainly not what one would expect from a properly functioning, relatively new, base-supply unit that underwent a major 10-week rework outage a year earlier. One may expect the average EAF in such a case to be more like 85% to 90%, which is still below the 92% “use requirement specification” target set for the units.

Eskom indicates that this continuing sub-par performance can either be due to sub-systems for which the design modifications were done, or due to other plant systems – of which there are many – on which no modifications were done. Eskom says that although the availability of the systems on which design modifications were done did improve, this improvement was negated by unforeseen once-off events in other unrelated sub-systems.

Furthermore, Eskom explains that the EAF of Unit 3 was pushed down by increased planned outages after the shutdown due to extra-ordinary planned maintenance in preparation for performance verification tests of the modifications done. “Typically, you would need a longer period to evaluate performance, in order to even out the impact of such unforeseen events”, says Eskom. 

However, Eskom has acknowledged that performance of the pulse jet fabric filter plant after the rework has been disappointing. The lifetime of the fabric filter bags before replacement has only increased from nine months to 13 months, instead of the 36 months expected in the “use requirement specification”.

What has become clear, though, is that there is still a long way to go before the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations will operate at the level of performance originally intended. Indeed, it is becoming apparent that this performance will likely never be achieved. 

The direct costs of the efforts to improve the performance of Medupi and Kusile, the indirect costs of their poor performance on lost production and lost sales, and the cost to the economy due to load shedding, is truly enormous and still to be calculated. 


The  year by year forecast for every country is included as part of Pharmaceutical Prospects

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Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions at 847 226 2391 or rmcilvaine@mcilvainecompany.com

 Most Indian coal plants won’t comply with pollution standards until 2024

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) estimates the latest Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change pollution compliance deadline will see 72 per cent of the coal capacity continue to pollute for another two to three years. CSE estimates 89,500 megawatts (MW) of coal capacity at 82 plants, accounting for 44 per cent of the country’s coal capacity, will not have to comply until 2024-2025. Another 28 per cent of capacity within 10 kilometres radius of critically polluted areas or cities in breach of air quality standards will not have to meet the standards until 2023. CSE researchers estimate only 28 per cent of total coal capacity is within the category requiring plants within 10 kilometre radius of Delhi’s National Capital Region (NCR) or cities with a population of over one million to meet the standards by December 2022. 

China Will Modify its Coal Expansion Plan

China, the world's biggest coal user, said that fossil fuel will play a less dominant role in its energy mix and that, despite plans to build new coal-fired power plants, the country won't use it on a wide scale.

The comments by Li Gao, the director general of the Department of Climate Change in China's Environment Ministry, follow pledges at last week's climate summit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to work with the United States in cutting emissions.

“In the past, it (coal) was the main source of power. In the future it will play the role of providing flexibility for the power grid,” Li said at a press conference.

And now we still need a certain amount of coal ... but we will not develop coal on a wide-scale basis, that's very clear and that's strictly regulated," he added.

Li acknowledged that China was still building new coal-fired power plants, but he emphasized that they were unlike traditional coal-fired power plants and would not emit as much as plants did previously. Climate experts have long advocated for a ban on new coal-fired power plants, which would be a significant step.

China obtains roughly 60% of its power from coal and is the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gases. During the Trump administration, the U.S. used China’s emissions as an excuse not to act, and in the past China pointed to U.S. historical emissions as a reason to resist action.

Beijing has previously set a target for non-fossil fuel energy to account for 20% of the country's total energy consumption by 2025, which will require further investment in solar and wind energy.

Germany and China agreed Monday to step up their cooperation in combating climate change, with the two discussing coal use and how to reduce it.

Xi announced last year that China would be carbon-neutral by 2060 and aims to reach a peak in its emissions by 2030.



Camfil Helps Customer Increase Power Output With a Lower Carbon Intensity


Several paper companies manage cogeneration factories where they operate 44-MW gas turbines with high availability requirements (8,500 hours/year). In an effort to increase the performance of the gas turbines, Camfil Power Systems was asked to optimize the existing filtration system for three paper factories. The aim of the collaboration was to decrease the total filtration system dP (pressure drop) to achieve the following:

         More power output for the same fuel consumption

         Extended filter lifetime

         Less time and effort required for filter replacement

         Higher engine protection and availability


The sites are located in coastal to land-based conditions, where air quality can be challenging. Relative humidity is moderate to high with an average of 73%, and Camfil ‘s Air Analysis team estimated 45μg/m3 PM10 dust concentrations. This is 77% higher than the recommended annual WHO standard.

Camfil conducted several site surveys to recommend the optimal air filter solution to enhance the performance of the engines. The shortest possible installation time during scheduled maintenance was a fundamental prerequisite. Based on environmental and operational conditions, the OEM and customer decided to upgrade the existing system to a 2-stage static filter solution.

This System Has The Following Advantages:

         Low and stable dP, even under wet and humid conditions: prefilter life time expectation > 1 year · final filter EPA Class

           life time expectation > 3 years    

         Greater engine protection due to EPA efficiency and efficient water drainage

         Flexible design This solution has produced additional savings for the end user in terms of maintenance and operating

           costs, as well as superior engine protection and air cleanliness.  

Additionally, since pressure drop and efficiency class has improved, fuel consumption has also decreased per megawatt hour produced. This means that the carbon intensity is impacted positively by approximately 2% as a result of filtration.


Valmet to deliver a multifuel boiler plant to Veolia Energie ČR in the Czech Republic

Valmet will deliver a multifuel boiler plant to Veolia Energie ČR, a.s. in Prerov in the Czech Republic. The new boiler will replace an old coal-fired unit and strengthen Veolia’s strategy to move toward more environmentally friendly production of district heat and electricity. 

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2021. Typically, the value of this kind of order is EUR 35-40 million. The boiler plant will be taken over by the customer in January 2023.

“We chose Valmet based on the criteria of public procurement, in other words, on the combination of price and operational costs for 15 years. Valmet has a high number of running references and long experience with boilers. That is why we trust Valmet and already cherish our future relationship,” says Jaromir Novak, Head of Technical Department, Veolia Energie ČR.

 “This is yet another great example of how Valmet can support decarbonization in the energy sector. We will even reuse the existing boiler house to help reduce not only CO2 emissions from energy production but also from constructing the power plant. With flexible use of biomass and waste in all possible mixtures, the plant is fit for the challenging energy transition,” says Jari Niemelä, Director, Boilers and Gasifiers, Valmet.
Valmet’s delivery scope includes a 40 MWth Valmet BFB Boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology. The boiler steam production is 52 t/h at 4.2 MPa(g) and 420°C. The multifuel boiler is designed to run from 0 to 100% on refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and/or biomass.

Additionally, the delivery includes a flue gas cleaning system, refurbishment of an existing steel structure and its modification, electrification and inst rumentation as well as an upgrade of an existing automation system.

Veolia Energie ČR, a.s. is one of the largest independent producers of electricity and district heat in cogeneration in the Czech Republic. The company is part of Veolia Group, the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 178,780 employees worldwide, the group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.


Chu Crew Orthodontics selects Nederman for innovative technology to address COVID-19

Chu Crew Orthodontics in Racine, WI decided to make the safety of their patients and staff a top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their investment in Nederman’s FX2 aerosol control solution helped them win an award through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), “We’re All Innovating Contest”, as a “Technology Innovation to Address COVID-19 Impacts on Health.”

Orthodontists at risk from aerosol generating procedures

Orthodontists, orthodontic assistants, technicians, and other staff members are frequently involved in aerosol generating procedures that require close contact with human mouths. For this reason, individuals within this practice setting are at increased risk of exposure to infectious diseases - not only COVID-19 but also the common cold and seasonal flu, all of which are viral-based infections that spread via respiratory droplets.

The risk of exposure within orthodontists' offices remains even with best-practice hygiene and social distance measures, simply as a consequence of the very nature of orthodontics. High-speed drilling, cleaning, grinding, polishing, and other techniques essential to quality care can easily produce and spread infectious aerosolized particles.

Clearly, a safe and long-term solution is essential for orthodontists who are looking to remain competitive. It was this very desire to keep his staff and patients safe that inspired Racine orthodontist Dr. Gary W. Chu to make a major investment in his practice this year: the FX2  Extraction Arm from Nederman. This industry-leading, innovative aerosol extraction technology is helping Dr. Chu and his staff serve their community safer than ever.

The FX2 Aerosol Control Solution for the Chu Crew

Dr. Chu heard about the FX2 solution through a colleague. He was so interested in its unique benefits that he applied for Wisconsin's We're All In Grant and used the funding to purchase an FX2 arm for his own practice.

The Nederman FX2 Extraction is currently used in dental settings, as well as other industries, such as manufacturing plants, cleanrooms and laboratories. Dr. Chu found many aspects of the FX2 solution appealing for his specific office needs.

For one, there is no air filter maintenance required. This means the impact on his office's workflow is minimal to none. Dr. Chu also worked with a certified Nederman dealer Summit Filtration who installed the FX2  equipment based on the Chu Crew's unique office layout. The professional support, Dr. Chu says, “Made the process even easier and more cost-effective.

The FX2  arm is designed to take up minimal space and is lightweight and ergonomic, making it easy to use for the staff. It's also quiet and blends in seamlessly with their existing equipment. This lends the FX2  a degree of aesthetic appeal that isn't frightening nor off-putting to patients—patients who already may be on edge due to the pandemic.

And unlike conventional HEPA/HVAC ambient air solutions found in most orthodontist settings, the FX2  captures and filters air directly at the source. This significantly reduces the number of aerosolized particles and other debris circulating into the air, thereby dramatically minimizing exposure to the people in the office. 


Babcock & Wilcox First Quarter Sales up 13%

·         Preliminary First Quarter 2021 Highlights:

·         Revenues of $168.2 million, a 13.3% improvement compared to first quarter 2020

·         Net loss of $(15.5) million, compared to $(31.5) million in first quarter 2020

·         Earnings per share of $(0.22), compared to $(0.68) in first quarter 2020

·         Consolidated adjusted EBITDA of $8.5 million, compared to $1.0 million in first quarter 2020

·         Strong bookings of $171 million

·         Minimum required pension funding contributions reduced by $26 million, in addition to the $107 million reduction

           previously disclosed

"Our preliminary results for the first quarter of 2021 reflect the ongoing positive impacts of our turnaround efforts and growth strategies, despite the adverse effects of COVID-19 across our segments," said Kenneth Young, B&W's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our first quarter performance positions us well to achieve our adjusted EBITDA targets of $70-$80 million and $95-$105 million, in 2021 and 2022, respectively, taking into account the typical seasonal impacts of cold weather and customers’ reduced maintenance outages on first quarter performance, and our normal cyclical performance increase from the first quarter through the fourth quarter each year. We ended the first quarter well, with roughly $171 million in bookings and about $538 million in backlog on March 31, 2021."

"Our strategic actions in the last year, including launching new segments, expanding internationally, implementing additional cost savings initiatives and significantly reducing our secured debt, have provided a strong foundation for the continued execution of our growth strategy," Young continued. "As we pursue a robust pipeline of more than $5 billion of identified project opportunities over the next three years, in addition to our high-margin parts and services business, our leading-edge waste-to-energy and carbon capture technologies are well-positioned to meet the critical global demand for carbon dioxide and methane reductions."

"We are also seeing a significant number of attractive targets for investments or acquisitions in both emerging technology and mature markets, including small add-ons and transformative opportunities," Young added. "We are establishing capital-raising mechanisms to enable us to pursue such opportunities as they arise, including our $150 million at-the-market ("ATM") senior note offering that commenced on April 1, 2021, and a $350 million universal shelf registration statement filed today. We are focused on opportunities that generate strong cash flow, leverage the strength of our proven management team to improve margins and generate synergies, or expand our clean energy technology portfolio, all of which we expect to drive shareholder value."

For the first quarter of 2021 net loss is expected to be $(15.5) million. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be $8.5 million. Bookings in the first quarter of 2021 are expected to be $171 million, with backlog of $538 million on March 31, 2021.

Camfil Expanding Chinese Operations

Camfil Group is expanding its operations globally and a new state-of-the-art facility in China is in construction. This advanced facility will be one of the largest Camfil Group’s manufactory in the world, built on a total area of 40,467 square meters in Taicang city, Jiangsu province, China. There is a growing demand for Camfil's air filtrations solutions to safeguard and protect the people, processes, and the environment from the impact of poor air quality. The new plant will meet this growing demand and will be fully operational in the year 2021.

This Taicang city facility will be loaded with a superior research & development center that will be equipped with advanced technology and have an ability to design custom specific products for the Asia Pacific market. A new laboratory in the R&D center will enable filter testing according to ISO 16890 that defines testing procedures and a classification system for air filters used in general ventilation equipment. This new facility is also the first integrated factory for Camfil Group that will include four production lines: general ventilation filter, turbomachinery filter, molecular contamination control filter, and a new series for air pollution control along with a metal works center for housing, air cleaner, dust collector and more.

Donaldson Adding Real-Time Monitoring Service as a Standard Feature to its Industrial Dust Collectors

 Donaldson Company, Inc. announced its iCue™ connected filtration service will be a standard feature on its most popular industrial dust collector models. Connected collectors allow maintenance teams, on-site or via a partner, to monitor and manage operational performance in real-time. 

The iCue service will be standard on specific Donaldson industrial dust collectors purchased after March 22, 2021, including DFO and DFE Cartridge Collector models and RP, LP and RF Baghouse models. Additional models will also be included later this year. The hardware, standard monitoring sensors and a free iCue service trial subscription are included with the purchase.

The subscription-based iCue service provides maintenance teams with automated reports, an online interface for more detailed analysis, and real-time alerts for assessment and action if the dust collection system shifts outside of set parameters. Teams can also purchase additional sensors to meet specific facility and industry needs for dust collection system performance and reporting, such as HEPA filter and outflow particulate emissions monitoring.

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