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October 17, 2011

Kurita Concludes Joint Research Agreement on Future-Type Water Recycling System for Space Station
-- Joint Research with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) --

Kurita Water Industries Ltd. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President: Toshiyuki Nakai) has concluded a joint research agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to study a future-type water recycling system.

The joint research is aimed at undertaking a verification test for a future-type water recycling system inside the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station (ISS). The system is intended to be capable of collecting and treating moisture generated inside the ISS and reliably improving its quality to a drinkable level. As part of this research, the necessary basic technologies and treatment methods will be studied under the joint research.

The Kurita Group aims to achieve its corporate philosophy, "Study the properties of water, master them, and we will create an environment in which nature and man are in harmony." To achieve this goal, the Kurita Group will pursue further development of its advanced water technologies, fostered through the provision of solutions for industry, in the cutting-edge field of space technology development with the aim of creating a water recycling system from Japan that offers reliable performance over long periods.