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Ama Mundu Technologies sets up in Dudelange

Founded in 2015, the company specializing in water purification moved to the “Wolser II” industrial zone. Look, just a stone’s throw from the site where the Greek yogurt factory Fage is supposed to be established soon.

Founded in 2015, the company specializing in water purification moved to the “Wolser II” industrial zone. Look, just a stone’s throw from the site where the Greek yogurt factory Fage is supposed to be established soon.

(JFC, with Marco Meng) – In Cherokee language, “Ama Mundu” means “Clean water”. Created in 2015, the eponymous company initially based in Waldbillig develops innovative technologies for ecological and economical recycling of wastewater. Now, Ama Mundu Technologies moves its activity to the “Wolser II” industrial zone in Dudelange. Or in the immediate vicinity of the future Fage yoghurt factory. More than just a coincidence.

Indeed, the project of the Greek yoghurt maker is controversial precisely because of its huge need for drinking water and wastewater that would be discharged. “We could help solve this problem”, explains the civil engineer Marcel wilwert. Because if it is planned to cover Fage’s water consumption from the existing drinking water network, “on the other hand, we allow recycling management and, according to our calculations, we could economically keep up to 80% of water in circulation ”, continues the engineer. The supply of drinking water for the production of yoghurt would therefore be reduced.

Marcel Wilwert suggests that a first filter module, smaller and of less capacity, be installed in the Fage factory, even if it means increasing it in a second phase

Marcel Wilwert suggests that a first filter module, smaller and with a lower capacity, be installed in the Fage factory, even if it means increasing it in a second phase.

Photo: Lex Kleren

The analysis of water quality is the responsibility of the competent authorities of the State, the municipal councils concerned and the Syndicat des eaux du sud (SES), so that Fage has a guarantee of water quality. drinking water tested. But according to Marcel Wilwert, the yoghurt producer needs additional security. This is where the engineer comes in: “We suggest that a first filter module, smaller and of less capacity, be installed in the Fage factory. As our systems are modular, they could be gradually increased once we have proven our capacity ”.

“The advantage of our nanofiltration technology is that we can integrate our plant into existing systems and thus improve the performance and quality of wastewater treatment plants, for example”, specifies Marcel Wilwert, co-founder of the company with the entrepreneur Michel Reckinger, the agricultural expert Nico godart and the water purification specialist Emmanuel Found. “Now that we are technically consolidated, series production will be able to start in the near future at our new site”, adds Wilwert.

Currently, the nano-coating of the filter discs is manufactured in Germany, but Ama Mundu Technologies intends to produce a coating

Currently, the nano-coating of the filter discs is made in Germany, but Ama Mundu Technologies intends to produce a coating “Made in Luxembourg”

Photo: Lex Kleren

This investment will allow Ama Mundu Technologies to produce filtration systems in the Grand Duchy itself. Because until now, this production was carried out in the south of France. In Luxembourg, the water filtering company currently employs seven people, but it would be necessary “to recruit in the short term 30 to 40 new employees to ensure the production”, confesses Mr. Wilwert.

The peculiarity of Ama Mundu’s technology is, after coarse filtering, to squeeze the water through patented ceramic discs covered with a nano-coating. Purely mechanical, the process works without any chemicals. And if currently, the nano-coating of the discs is manufactured in Germany, the company intends to carry out a coating “Made in Luxembourg” in collaboration with the research institute LIST. A collaboration that would come within the framework of a project supported by the Ministry of the Economy.


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