BEIJING: A Malaysian company that specialises in air filtration and clean air technology has won the inaugural Bluetech Award from the Clean Air Alliance of China (CAAC).
MayAir Technology (China) Co Ltd impressed the judges with its patented double-stage filtration system to improve indoor air at industrial and commercial buildings.
Its sales director Ding Ming Dak said the system was a combination of electrostatic air filter and media air filter that could effectively trap over 90% of the airborne particulates that were smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5).
“Installed in the buildings’ air handling units, our technology is energy-efficient and cost-effective, with low ozone emission,” he said after the award-presentation ceremony here yesterday.
MayAir was one of the five recipients of the award. There were 56 contenders from eight countries.
Since entering the Chinese market in 2001, MayAir is now the second largest air filtration firm in China.
It was listed on the Alternative Investment Market, London’s junior stock exchange, in May.
Last Tuesday, the capital issued a red alert for air pollution for the first time. To combat the problem, the government ordered half the cars off the roads and construction sites to close for three days. The alert was lifted on Thursday.
The country has a goal to reduce the concentration of PM2.5 to 35 micrograms per cubic metre by 2030.
“It takes time for the government to solve the problem but in the meantime, building owners can turn to air filtration systems to ensure that their employees and tenants can enjoy clean air.
“We regard our systems as a tool to prevent illnesses caused by the filthy air,” Ding said.
CAAC was established in 2013 by 10 Chinese academic and technical institutions, including Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning and Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Studies.
The Bluetech Award seeks to identify the best clean air technologies for CAAC to leverage on their tools to help China combat air pollution.
Garlock Sealing Technologies (Shanghai) Co Ltd, another winner of the award, stood out with its valve stem packing products that could control and prevent the leakage of volatile organic compounds found in refineries, and petrochemical, chemical and other process industries.
Garlock’s principal applications engineer from its New York office, Jim Drago, said the company was excited to be part of the process to clean the air in China, with CACC leading the awareness of clear air.