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Toray to establish water treatment R&D center at NTU in Singapore
Date:6/24/2009

Today, Toray Industries, Inc., a multinational corporation headquartered in Japan and the world's largest producer of carbon fiber, announced the establishment of Toray Water Technology Laboratory (TWTL) in Singapore to conduct research and development of water treatment technologies. Nanyang Technological University (NTU)'s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) is chosen as the choice partner for its research activities in Singapore.

"NTU welcomes TWTL as a partner for research activities. Such collaborative research is very much aligned with our efforts to promote and develop a strong research environment through interaction with industry partners. Collaboration with world-leading companies such as Toray also helps to enhance Singapore's position as a global water hub. Launched in 2008, NEWRI is the progression of NTU's efforts in environmental and water technologies (EWT) wherein these efforts are closely coordinated to provide a clearly defined window through which industry and research partners can access NTU's comprehensive EWT capabilities," says Professor Ng Wun Jern, Executive Director, NEWRI.

TWTL is part of Toray's vision to be a leading membrane manufacturer by 2010, particularly in the reverse osmosis membrane market for seawater desalination and reclamation of wastewater. TWTL, which will be housed in NTU's NEWRI, is supported by PUB Singapore's national water agency, the Economic Development Board (EDB), and NEWRI's R&D centres Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) and Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (iESE).

"Toray's corporate philosophy is to contribute to society through the creation of new value by innovative ideas, technologies and products. Toray began the R&D on reverse osmosis (RO) membrane in 1968, and as a result of the continuous R&D effort, its product line has been expanded to a full line up of water treatment membranes from RO to NF, UF, MF and MBR. This mean
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Contact: Esther Ang
estherang@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6804
Nanyang Technological University
Source:Eurekalert

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