In response to increased demand for reverse osmosis (RO) treated bottled water, municipal water, seawater desalting and general industrial water treatment worldwide, Osmonics has announced a strategic initiative to build a dedicated, state-of-the-art RO membrane and spiral-wound element factory.
The new factory will encompass a 60,000-square-foot expansion of Osmonics’ existing Minnetonka, Minn., headquarters and manufacturing facility and increase the total size of the facility by almost 20 percent. The expansion, complete with new manufacturing equipment, is expected to be fully operational in 2004.
This state-of-the-art facility will provide Osmonics the flexibility to significantly expand production capacity and meet projected market growth.
The focused manufacturing facility to be located in the new space will produce RO, nanofiltration (NF) and ultrafiltration (UF) membranes and elements for water purification applications.
The expansion of the ISO 9001 registered Minnetonka manufacturing plant will leverage the benefits of Osmonics’ lean manufacturing initiative started in late 2001 with the goal to achieve Six Sigma-level quality practices. Also, the added space will allow for expansion of current cartridge filtration production in the existing Minnetonka facility. Osmonics’ Filtration and Separations Group, which represents 40 percent of Osmonics’ total revenue, will be responsible for managing the expansion project and eventual full-scale production.