In 1999, a R&D team was set up with the aim of manufacturing its own range of membranes. Having a proprietary technology would set Hydrochem apart from its competitors in the growing water industry. The first generation of Kristal? hollow-fibre ultrafiltration (UF) membranes was successfully produced in-house and proved their robustness when put to test in Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park wastewater recycling project.
Since then, several generations of Kristal? UF membranes have been produced and today, the brand is a market leader and have been installed in some of the world’s largest membrane-based desalination plants. Several membrane products, systems and applications have since been developed out of the R&D centre, currently one of Asia’s largest for membranes and materials technologies.