Japanese water treatment solutions supplier Kurita Water Industries Ltd is acquiring San Marcos, California-headquartered Avista Technologies Inc together with its affiliate Avista Technologies (UK) Ltd.

Avista is a formulator and global supplier of reverse osmosis (RO) specialty chemicals. The company also provides technical support for membrane‐based water treatment systems including RO, microfiltration/ultrafiltration (MF/UF) and multimedia filtration (MMF).

Avista says that it will guide the expansion of Kurita’s RO chemicals lineup to offer a wider range of products to customers. Kurita plans to strengthen its technical services offering related to RO membranes through Avista’s technologies and know‐how.

“The substantial resources available under Kurita’s umbrella will allow Avista to more effectively reach its global potential and will provide the critical infrastructure needed to accelerate growth,” said Dave Walker, Avista president and CEO. “The acquisition will specifically enhance the regional availability of Avista products around the world and provide increased resources to expedite aggressive R&D efforts to formulate new products, identify new lab analysis techniques, and expand overall offerings.”

Avista will maintain its name as a Kurita company. Dave Walker will continue to lead Avista as CEO and president while Mike Jefferies will continue to head up the UK operations.