Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc., and METAWATER Co., Ltd., Announce Merger under METAWATER USA


OCTOBER 28, 2015 – Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. (Loves Park, IL USA) and METAWATER Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), formally announced to their employees and shareholders a merger agreement. The merger will place Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc., including its subsidiary, Mecana Umwelttechnik (Reichenburg, Switzerland) under METAWATER USA, INC., (hereinafter referred to as MUSA), the company’s U.S. subsidiary with current operations in Rutherford, NJ.


Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc., with its primary base in the United States, is an applied engineering company specializing in total water management solutions in the areas of aeration/mixing, biological processes, cloth media filtration, membranes and process control. The privately-owned company operates from its corporate headquarters in Loves Park, IL where it currently employs 125 talented individuals in Administration, Engineering and R&D, Sales and Marketing, Operations and Customer Service.


Since 1969, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. has served the water and wastewater industry in both the municipal and industrial markets including drinking water, stormwater and reuse/recycle. It has built a strong and loyal customer base over the past four decades and continues to foster these relationships through a professional sales management team, dedicated customer service group and strong network of independent sales representatives.
Through cooperative partnerships, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. has successfully expanded it products and services geographically into other parts of the world including Australia, China, India and the United Kingdom. The company’s technical expertise, quality manufacturing and world-class customer service has positioned Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. as a recognizable and respected leader in the water and wastewater industry, domestically and internationally.
The METAWATER Group is a comprehensive engineering company engaged in the water and environmental business field with prominent presence in Japan’s water and wastewater market. The company was formed in 2008 as the first comprehensive engineering firm in the water and environment field through a merger of the water and environmental subsidiaries of NGK Insulators and Fuji Electric.

With unique and advanced technologies including ozone treatment systems, ceramic membranes and high rate filtration systems, the METAWATER Group has expanded business both in Japan and abroad by leveraging its capability to offer services from design and construction to operation and maintenance of water and wastewater facilities. METAWATER has supplied ozone generators to the USA market for over 17 years including the world’s largest facility in Texas and has recently introduced its ceramic membrane filtration technology.
Aligning with its growth strategy, the Group has positioned the overseas market as its growth field and aims to enhance its business platform and expand business scale within North America and Europe through strategic alliances while making efforts to build a business base in Asia and other regions through public and private partnerships.


Through this merger, MUSA will acquire additional Aqua-Aerobic Systems resources including additional established relationships with sales agents, consulting firms and contractors to support its growth strategy and strengthen its business through expansion into the U.S. and other markets. The collaboration provides Aqua-Aerobic Systems with a larger platform to expand internationally and enables Aqua-Aerobic Systems and the METAWATER Group to gain access to each company’s technologies that will enhance respective product offering portfolios.


Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. President and CEO, Robert J. Wimmer, stated, “With a shared vision of transforming the future of our world’s water, this merger will leverage the combined technical expertise and advanced technologies of each company to strengthen mutual strategies in product innovation, market growth and geographic expansion. I’m confident this merger will position the corporation as a global technology leader.”


METAWATER Co., Ltd. President, Tomoyasu Kida, said, “Our mission is to build, maintain and sustain the water infrastructure for the future. We will achieve this in close cooperation with water and wastewater facility operators, regional companies and our strategic partners. By combining and harmonizing the strengths of the two companies, the new METAWATER/Aqua-Aerobic Systems Group will create and enhance corporate value. The Group will contribute globally and in a meaningful way in achieving a sustainable and recycle-based society with water as its core.”


METAWATER USA, INC. President, Ichiro Fukushima, said, ”We are delighted we could bring Aqua Aerobic Systems, Inc. into the METAWATER Group as they provide the ideal platform for us to grow our business in the USA and key overseas markets. With the combination of strengths between the two companies established over many years and the synergies between the businesses that exist we will achieve our aim to become a new leader in the global market.”