New high-tech centre in Sweden enhances Camfil Farr’s global R&D capability
In Sweden, Camfil Farr recently inaugurated one of the largest R&D centres in the world for the development of air filters, clean air solutions and filter production technology. The new facility – the Tech Centre – is located 70 km south of Stockholm in the Baltic coastal town of Trosa.
Simon Birkett (center) founder and Director of Clean Air in London takes a closer look at one of the test rigs during the guided tour. From the left David Moulton (Camfil UK), Isto Salonen (Camfil Finland) and Peter Dyment (Camfil UK) to the right.
The centre develops products with the latest laboratory and research equipment to meet a growing global need for air filtration solutions that safeguard health, satisfy stricter energy efficiency and sustainability standards, and meet emerging needs for high-tech filtration using the latest nano-fibre technology. The latter includes researching new polymer technology for developing new and more effective filter material, including hybrid media. Air filtration experts at the centre also analyse air quality and how it impacts human health and production processes.
The opening ceremony in Trosa, held in late October, was hosted by Anders Freyschuss, Managing Director of Camfil Sweden and Anders Sundvik, Camfil Farr’s Vice President for R&D. Per Westerberg, Speaker of the Swedish Riksdag, inaugurated the centre. Camfil Farr’s Road Show trailer was also on location in Trosa for the event. This unique travelling mobile lab and exhibition has been touring Europe to spread knowledge about the importance of filtration and filters, and the benefits for IAQ and health – all in line with Camfil Farr’s vision to make clean air a human right.
Six fully equipped labs
The Tech Centre’s facilities include a Molecular Lab for filtration systems to eliminate Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC); a Gas Turbine and Air Pollution Control Lab for turbine filters and dust collection solutions; a Process Development Workshop to design proprietary filter production equipment; two Particle Labs for comfort and HEPA filter research; and an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Lab with Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive Spectrometry equipment to assess filter performance and air quality. Other facilities include complete test benches, wind tunnels and mobile test systems for comfort air, gas turbine and molecular filtration applications.
Global R&D network
The new 2,500-square-metre Tech Centre is one of a number of initiatives to gradually build up the Group’s R&D capabilities globally. As the largest of four R&D units in the Group, the Tech Centre in Trosa is the hub of Camfil Farr’s global R&D network, which employs approximately 60 filtration experts and lab technicians at facilities in France, Germany, Sweden, India, Malaysia, China, Canada and the United States. This global R&D network ensures that the product portfolio is steadily maintained, improved and advanced across all Camfil Farr business areas. It also drives the development of new innovative filters and solutions.
These facilities research and develop a broad range of air filters and clean air solutions for comfort air; clean industrial processes; nuclear facilities and containment solutions; AMC; gas turbines, and air pollution control (dust collection).
“R&D on this scale maximizes value for customers,” commented Anders Sundvik, VP R&D, during the opening ceremony. “We collaborate and exchange our experience all over the world between research units. We develop the filter solutions and even design the process to make them.
“Our philosophy for the past 50 years is to use innovation and entrepreneurship to develop air filters that are more energy-efficient, greener and better for manufacturing processes, and for the health, life quality and well-being of people,” he ends.
For further information about the Tech Centre and Camfil Farr’s R&D focus, read the next issue of AirMail in November. The magazine, published in nine languages, is available at local Camfil Farr companies and can also be downloaded from www.camfilfarr.com
About Camfil Farr
Camfil Ltd is the UK subsidiary of Camfil AB which trades as Camfil Farr or the Camfil Farr Group. Camfil Farr is a world leader in the development and production of air filters and clean air solutions. Camfil Farr is also one of the most global air filtration specialists in the world with 23 production units and research and development centres in four countries in the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Camfil Farr, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, has approximately 3,350 employees and sales in the region of SEK 4.6 billion (c. £440 million). International markets account for almost 90% of sales. The company’s business is to provide customers with sustainable best-in class air filtration products and services within four main segments: Comfort Air; Clean Processes; Power Systems; and Safety and Protection.
With 49 years of experience in air filtration products and solutions, Camfil Farr delivers value to customers all over the world while contributing to something essential to everyone – clean air for health, wellbeing and performance.
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