AAF International Inaugurates New Cleanroom Facility for HEPA Filter Manufacturing and Launches Impress Pleating Technology

AAF International Inaugurates New Cleanroom Facility for HEPA Filter 
Manufacturing and Launches Impress Pleating Technology 
LOUISVILLE, KY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/27/14 --  AAF International
held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 22, 2014 commemorating its new
ISO 4, 6, and 7 cleanroom for HEPA filter manufacturing in its
Columbia, Missouri facility. Hiroo Yoshioka, Senior Executive Officer
and board member of AAF's parent company Daikin Industries Ltd, Peter
Kurto, AAF Chief Executive Officer, and Bob McDavid, Mayor of
Columbia, were in attendance along with other state and local
government officials, to celebrate the inauguration. Peter Kurto
stated, "The official opening of the cleanroom and our exciting new
product launch highlight AAF's mission to be a world class air
filtration solution provider, innovative technology leader, and
supplier of choice. We thank the mayor and city of Columbia for their
support of this project as we build for AAF's and Columbia's future." 
Mayor McDavid commented, "I am so pleased that a high-tech company
such as AAF has decided to expand in Columbia. I believe the fact
that AAF has decided to expand here can be attributed to the
employees. Both a company and a city with momentum make me proud.
Let's keep the momentum going!" 
The new cleanroom will contain four core process steps: media
pleating, filter assembly, testing, and packaging. All cleanroom
areas are designed, constructed, and validated following the
international standards as defined in ISO 14644: Cleanrooms and
associated controlled environments.  
The quality of a HEPA filter directly affects process performance and
output quality of critical cleanroom environments, such as those
found in the pharmaceutical and microelectronic industries. Even the
smallest contamination can make the difference between success and
failure. This means that not only the efficiency of the HEPA filter
needs to comply with performance specifications, but also
contamination of the HEPA filter itself has to be eliminated. AAF
recognized the importance of this and constructed the new cleanroom
for its U.S. HEPA manufacturing facility. 
As a member of Daikin, AAF has the ambition to be the number one
preferred supplier of clean air solutions. Kurto stated, "The new
cleanroom is dedicated to Mr. 
Yoshioka, a Daikin board member, who
was instrumental in initiating this cleanroom. The new cleanroom
facility exemplifies the positive development of our organization and
strengthens AAF's leading position in the high-end air filtration
market." In addition to the Columbia, Missouri plant, AAF has also
implemented various improvements to its other manufacturing
locations. These improvements enable AAF to deliver the highest
quality levels in terms of process, product, and the environment. 
Additionally, AAF launched Impress Technology during the event.
Impress is the latest generation of embossing and pleating technology
delivering advantages not seen in other filters. Impress Technology
offers the most energy efficient, low pressure drop technology
available. Embossed, reinforced V-pleat geometry offers smoother
airflow, with higher dust holding capacity. Several products designed
with Impress Technology will be introduced in the upcoming months.  
AAF International, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has more than 3,000
employees, 22 manufacturing facilities, and 5 R&D centers worldwide.
AAF designs, develops, and manufactures air filtration solutions for
commercial, industrial, cleanroom, transportation, and nuclear power
applications. AAF also provides inlet air cooling and sound
attenuation solutions for high-speed rotating machinery. For more
information visit www.aafintl.com. 
For additional information, please contact:
Arun Tyagi
Vice President, Global Marketing and Product Development
AAF International
P.O. Box 35690
Louisville, KY 40232-5690
Phone: 502.637.0011 
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