Hollingsworth & Vose Introduces AquaSure and AquaSure Ag Pool & Spa Filtration Media - First Media with Built-In Antimicrobial Protection for Greater Filter Life

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Hollingsworth & Vose Company (H&V) today introduced its AquaSureTM and AquaSure Ag lines of pool and spa filter media. The new filtration media offers high water flow rates with minimal resistance, while exhibiting superior filtration efficiency and dirt holding capacity. In addition, AquaSure Ag is the first pool and spa media to integrate antimicrobial protection into the fiber for longer lasting effectiveness over the life of the filter.

Hollingsworth & Vose Company (H&V) today introduced its AquaSureTM and AquaSure Ag lines of pool and spa filter media at the National Spa and Pool Industry Expo 2004. The new filtration media offers high water flow rates with minimal resistance, while exhibiting superior filtration efficiency and dirt holding capacity. In addition, AquaSure Ag is the first pool and spa media to integrate antimicrobial protection into the fiber for longer lasting effectiveness over the life of the filter.

“AquaSure media exhibits superior dirt removal capability, so pool and spa owners and contractors may change filters less frequently,” said Dino Abelli, H&V’s director, liquid and respiratory products. “The material’s construction and fiber orientation allow water to circulate more freely through the filter cartridge than in other media designs, enhancing the filtration process and reducing strain on pump motors.”

H&V’s antimicrobial version, AquaSure Ag, is the first pool and spa filtration media with protection built into the fiber, not coated on. This patented breakthrough product incorporates silver-based Fosshield® Antimicrobial Technology from Foss Manufacturing Company, which is the most effective, all-natural antimicrobial agent ever developed. In laboratory tests, the technology has inhibited more than 650 strains of bacteria, yeast, fungi, and molds.

“Other antimicrobial filter media are only surface treated, and their thin protective coating can wear off,” said Abelli. “In our patented process, H&V integrates advanced Fosshield fibers into the AquaSure Ag material, ensuring effective antimicrobial performance throughout the lifetime of the filter.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that more Americans are getting sick from public swimming pools and spas. The agency’s latest statistics indicate that in 22,000 inspections conducted in 2002, 54% uncovered one or more pool safety violations that ranged from filtration to chlorine problems. Improperly treated and filtered pools and spas can be the source of a range of water-born illnesses, including giardia, E. coli, shigella, cryptosporidium, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (hot tub rash).

“The AquaSure Ag line is designed to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, reduce the effect of bacteria build-up on filter clogging, and reduce cleaning intervals,” he said. “It’s a highly durable media that is easy to clean and maintain.”

Both product lines are made of 100% polyester and demonstrate a high-tensile strength in all directions. They are available in 3-ounce and 4-ounce weights and are easily pleated to fit a variety of cartridges and applications. The material can be ordered in white or custom colors formulated to customer specifications.

“AquaSure’s unique web formation gives it outstanding composition uniformity and consistency that surpasses industry standards,” Abelli said. “This provides exceptional processing qualities and pleating characteristics in rotary, blade, or pusher-bar pleaters.”

AquaSure and AquaSure Ag media are ready for immediate shipment and the company is accepting orders from filter manufacturers. For more information, contact Dino Abelli at 508-850-2215 or visit http://www.hollingsworth-vose.com.

About Hollingsworth & Vose

Founded in 1843, U.S.-based Hollingsworth & Vose Company (H&V) is one of the world’s leading nonwovens and fibrous materials manufacturer. H&V, with its advanced R&D and pilot manufacturing facilities, drives value in customers' products by inventing next-generation materials with superior performance. The company's products are found in applications such as engine filtration, high efficiency air and liquid filtration, battery separators, gasket materials, and specialty industrial nonwovens. H&V’s expertise and process capabilities include wet-laid, dry-laid, melt-blown, and composite technologies. The company operates 12 manufacturing sites and 7 research centers in Europe and North America. For more information, visit http://www.hollingsworth-vose.com.

About Fosshield® Antimicrobial Technologies

Fosshield Antimicrobial Technology is the umbrella brand name for a suite of antimicrobial products from Foss Manufacturing and its strategic partners. Products incorporating Fosshield Antimicrobial Technology safely and effectively guard products against the growth of odor causing and destructive bacteria. Through intensive research and development, Foss produces the only all-natural antimicrobial technology designed specifically for products. From cleaning wipes to filtration systems to surgical scrubs, Foss and its partners are developing numerous types of products with Fosshield Antimicrobial Technology for the decorative, automotive, footwear, technical and retail industries. For more information about Fosshield Antimicrobial Technologies, please visit Foss’ Web site at http://www.fossmfg.com.

About Foss Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Established in 1954 and headquartered in Hampton, NH, Foss Manufacturing Company is a proven leader in the research and innovation of specialty synthetic fibers and nonwoven fabrics. With facilities in North America, Europe and Australia, Foss is a major supplier to the Automotive, Technical, Decorative, and Retail industries worldwide.

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