We are celebrating 50 years in the air filtration industry. If you are a regular reader of AirMail, you will have already noticed that this issue has a new look and design. We hope you like it.
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Inside this issue we are making a landing in the particle world to describe the main air pollutants and their adverse health effects. We are also introducing some new content features, such as personal portraits and the Camfil Filter School. You can read about our CEO, who will tell you about his 30 years of experience from the air filtration industry, the road that led him to Camfil and why our company is different. The School article, prepared by our clean air experts, will be a regular series on filters and filtration technology.
This year is also extra special for us, as highlighted by the photo of our founder on the cover. His name was Gösta Larson and he started Camfil five decades ago. Continue reading
In 2000, Camfil acquired Farr, Inc. in the United States. Following this acquisition the official name of the company was also changed to Camfil Farr.
This year, Camfil will be celebrating 50 years in the clean air solutions business and the Camfil name is now well known in the U.S. Since the acquisition of Farr we have also expanded our operations in other parts of the world, mainly in Asia.
In conjunction with this 50th anniversary, we have therefore decided to return to our roots and change our official name back to Camfil.
From now on, the logotype will only display Camfil. With the exception of the name and the logo changes, it will be “business as usual” for Camfil.
Our mission remains steadfast: to manufacture, market and promote the best products within clean air solutions. Continue reading
The beginning of 2013 marks the start of the European Year of Air. At a high-level conference on the future of EU air policies in Europe ‘Blowing the Winds of Change into European Air Policy’, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) today called for tightening up EU air policies to protect human health and the environment.
A new Eurobarometer poll released today shows that air pollution is a key concern for EU citizens – 72% say that public authorities are not doing enough to promote good air quality and 87% think respiratory diseases are a serious problem. Poor air quality causes nearly half a million premature deaths in Europe each year  and is associated with high economic costs; hospital admissions, lost working days and damage to ecosystems.
Current EU standards  for ambient air quality are weaker than those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) which are intended to minimize the health effects of air pollutants. For fine particles (PM2.5), which is one of the pollutants with the highest impact on people’s health, the maximum concentration allowed is 25 µg/m3, currently 2,5 times weaker than what the WHO recommends for this pollutant, and will only enter into force in 2015. In comparison, the US Environmental Protection Agency is this year proposing an annual limit of 12 µg/m3 for PM2.5 which is much more ambitious than the EU standards. Weak as they are, the EU standards, some of which were agreed more than 10 years ago, are still breached by most EU Member States.
Jeremy Wates, EEB Secretary General, said:
Air pollution emanates from sources all around us, be they cars, industrial plants, shipping, agriculture or waste. The EU must propose ambitious legislation to address all of these sources if it is to tackle the grave public health consequences of air pollution.