1 July 2002 – Kennicott, a company that has been supplying specialist water treatment equipment for 100 years – in particular to the power industry – has been renamed Christ Kennicott, as part of its integration into the Christ water technology division of BWT.
Kennicott has been part of the Austrian-headquartered Best Water Technology (BWT) group of companies since 1998 and specializes in membrane technology, filtration, ultraviolet disinfection and ozonation among others.
Responsible for producing some of the first boiler water softening systems in the early 1900s, the company has since won an international reputation in industrial water treatment plant design, supply and installation for the chemical, pharmaceutical and microelectronics industries. Within the power industry alone, Kennicott treatment plants span the globe, with offices in China and South Korea supporting Far Eastern activities.
With the move into the Christ group, Christ Kennicott hopes to expand its international presence and assimilate a wider range of treatment technologies. A new MD, Bob Hook, was appointed earlier in the year and a number of other changes to the management team have been made. “This company is firmly rooted in the UK but will bring the benefits of international group membership to our existing clients,” says Hook.
A substantial addition to the new Christ Kennicott structure is a UV division, complementing an existing portfolio that includes reverse osmosis (RO), condensate polishing, ion exchange systems, electrodeionisation and pressure filtration.