Toray Membrane (Foshan) Commemorates Debut Shipment

Published : Friday, January 21, 2022, 6:25 pm
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Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that Toray Membrane (Foshan) Co., Ltd., held a ceremony on January 17 to commemorate its first shipment of reverse osmosis membranes. Toray established that water treatment membrane subsidiary in 2019.

The 68 attendees at the ceremony included Xia Zehong, director of the Economic Promotion Bureau of Nanhai District, and Deputy Chief Zijian Zhou, Jiujiang People’s Government, Nanhai District. Also attending were water treatment customers and Toray Group executives. Among them were Kazuhiko Shuto, chairman and president of Toray Industries (China) Co., Ltd., and Gao Zhiwen, vice president of that company.

Demand for water treatment membranes has surged in China in recent years, particularly for seawater desalination, industrial wastewater treatment, and ultra-pure water production. Toray has helped improve aquatic environments and resolve water shortages in that nation by supplying an array of water treatment membranes through two key local companies. One is Toray Bluestar Membrane Co., Ltd., a Beijing-based reverse osmosis membrane manufacturing joint venture and distributor of water treatment products. The other is Toray WBD Membrane Technology (JS) Co., Ltd., which manufactures membrane bioreactors in the Yancheng Environmental Protection District of Jiangsu Province.

Toray Membrane (Foshan) has lifted Toray’s reverse osmosis membrane production capacity in China. It will accelerate the expansion of Toray’s water treatment business in that nation by collaborating extensively with Toray Bluestar Membrane.

Providing access to clean water is pivotal to The Toray Group Sustainability Vision, representing a roadmap to the World as Envisioned by Toray Group in 2050 and embodying Toray Vision 2030, through which the Group seeks to achieve sound, sustainable growth. The Group will continue to develop its water treatment business worldwide and help resolve water resource issues as a leading comprehensive water treatment membrane manufacturer.

[Profile of Toray Membrane (Foshan) Co., Ltd.]

1. Business: Manufacturing water treatment membranes and products, developing related technologies, and providing technical services

2. Location: Nanhai District, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China

[Summaries of Debut Shipment Ceremony Remarks from Senior Toray Group Executives]

Speech by Kazuhiko Shuto, Chairman and President of Toray Industries (China) Co., Ltd.

Toray has contributed much to social and economic development since its establishment in 1926 by innovating advanced materials that generate new value. The Toray Group Sustainability Vision, formulated in 2018, represents a commitment to helping restore the environment by enabling everyone to access clean water and air by 2050. The Toray Group will prepare for that time, when water shortages and water pollution will be global issues. It will do so by focusing on developing world-leading technologies for seawater desalination and wastewater treatment applications to secure access to clean water, resolve water shortages, and alleviate environmental impacts.

In China, Toray Bluestar Membrane was established in Beijing in 2009 to manufacture and distribute water treatment membranes. That subsidiary has since maintained a high share of the local water treatment market. Toray Membrane (Foshan) was set up in 2019 in response to rapid rollouts of environmental regulations in the Chinese market at that time. We expect that subsidiary to cater to diversifying demand for water treatment membranes and play an important role in the nation’s pursuit of sustainable economic development.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the global economy since 2020, I expect demand for water treatment membranes to keep expanding over the medium through long terms. That said, market competition will likely intensify. We will accordingly draw on close collaboration between our water treatment membrane production and distribution units in Beijing and Foshan City and cocreation efforts with customers, business partners, and other stakeholders in China to build a robust supply chain.

Videogram from Hiroshi Otani, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Water Treatment & Environment Division, Toray Industries, Inc.

Toray has cultivated its Chinese water treatment business since establishing Toray Bluestar Membrane in 2009 by producing world-class reverse osmosis membranes there. We are honored to cater to China’s fast growing water demand as its industrialization progresses and to be able to help conserve energy and cut carbon dioxide emissions there.

Toray established Toray Membrane (Foshan) in June 2019 as its second Chinese water treatment membrane production unit to accommodate fast-rising demand for those products and help improve that nation’s environment. The efforts of all involved resulted in the satisfactory completion of plant construction and the initial shipment that we commemorate today. Toray Membrane (Foshan) will keep helping China to improve its environment and become carbon-neutral by providing water treatment membrane products based on Toray’s advanced technology to local customers.

Toray has supplied water treatment membranes to numerous projects to bolster water treatment in China. I would like to express my great gratitude to the many Chinese companies, including the customer to which Toray Membrane (Foshan) is making its first shipment today, for believing in the technical capabilities and reliability of Toray’s water treatment membranes. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with you to help improve the environment.

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