ELGA delivers 75 years of technology and innovation firsts

75 years ago ELGA launched its first deionisers. Since then, ELGA has changed water purification with its introduction of innovative, award winning ultra-pure water systems.

ELGA LabWater, a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies company. ELGA is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1937 by Walter Lorch, ELGA originally manufactured domestic electrical appliances, but soon moved into water purification, driven by the problem of limescale in steam irons caused by hard water. Lorch developed a small deioniser to purify water and prevent limescale formation, and realised the technology had great potential in other applications, notably research laboratories.

From those first years as a family-run business, ELGA has become a global leader in water purification with a wide range of products for laboratory, healthcare & clinical applications. ELGA holds 18 patents worldwide, and has been awarded a number of international awards for Industrial Design.

ELGA philosophy of delivering customer excellence through global coverage but local service has meant the organisation has grown to operate in over 60 countries worldwide. ELGA have added North American and Asian manufacturing operations to the original manufacturing unit formed in 1959. ELGA have constantly sought to improve water purification through investment in R&D and testing facilities with development of the deionisation cartridges leading the way in sustainable solutions.

ELGA, now part of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, has developed a range of products, with environmental features as standard. Products are designed to have the lowest possible impact on the environment at all stages – manufacture, in service and at end of life.

“We have a responsibility as a trusted leader for 75 years in the water purification industry to innovate using environmentally sustainable technologies and product designs and to ensure our operations have the minimum climate impact. We look forward to building on that tradition” Says Nora Ikene, Managing Director of ELGA LabWater.

More information on ELGA can be found on the company website at www.elgalabwater.com.

Company Information

ELGA manufactures supplies and services water purification systems for use in laboratories, and which meet the water requirement specifications for general laboratory, healthcare and clinical grades of water. ELGA offices and distributors are located in more than 60 countries worldwide. ELGA is the global laboratory water brand name of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies. www.elgalabwater.com

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, a subsidiary of Veolia Water. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies is a leading design & build company and a specialized provider of technological solutions in water treatment. With 10,767 employees, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies recorded revenue of €2.315 billion in 2011. www.veoliawaterst.com

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world’s major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services. With 96,651 employees in 69 countries, Veolia Water provides water service to 103 million people and wastewater service to 73 million. Its 2011 revenue amounted to €12.617 billion.


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Natasha Zarach
ELGA Global Operations
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