Meet our intern: Gleb Timbalari

With a great passion for the profession, Gleb Timbalari from Romania is doing his internship at Berghof Membranes since September 2017. Within our organization Gleb is part of our Technology Team, where he writes his BSc thesis. Are you  interested to know more about our intern and his enthusiasm for everything around filtration and separation of industrial process streams and wastewater? Read his story below.


Gleb, welcome to the Berghof Membranes family! We like to know more about you. Thank you! My name is Gleb Timbalari and I  grew up in the East part of Europe, namely Romania. There is a nice saying in the Romanian language, if you are asked how old you are, then you can mention  the  number of springs that you have lived. Therefore, I lived 23 springs now! In my free time I like to play football, listen to jazz music or just grab a book. I like to read classical novels.


What kind of study are you doing?

I am a last semester student of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (IE) at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany. IE is a combination of economics, business and engineering subjects. The language of teaching is English but in my spare time I have learnt a bit of German. This study takes about four years and I am in my final months and soon I will graduate.


Wow! You moved to Germany to do your education. Why did you choose for this study?

After graduating from the  secondary school, I decided to do my bachelor abroad. I had two options: Finland and Germany. At that time, there were many pros and cons for both countries. But the university in Germany appealed to me. The reason why I choose for this study is because I would like to do something with Industrial Engineering. One thing that I like about Industrial Engineering is flexibility. After my study, I can choose to work in many industries and  in different positions.


And how can you apply the learned theory within your internship at Berghof Membranes?

During my internship I am daily monitoring one of the company’s ultrafiltration systems. Based on the performance of the system  I search for optimization solutions. The main work and also my thesis work that I am doing at Berghof Membranes is called “Design of bench-top ultrafiltration system”. The customers are constantly asking, if Berghof Membranes and its products are suitable for their wastewater. Customers want to have quick results with low investment costs. This was the reason, why the company has set the goal to design this bench-top ultrafiltration system. Additionally, I write technical documents for Berghof Membranes.


Interesting! But what is the reason you choose to do your internship at Berghof Membranes?

Berghof Membranes gives me a great chance to contribute to ecologically sustainable water development. I knew that I will have a great opportunity to harness the latest technology and techniques of wastewater treatment to address the challenges that the industry faces. This is what makes the company so interesting for me and why I have gladly accepted this new challenge!


But what is it that attracts you in to the world of membranes, filtration, separation and wastewater?

For me it is magic behind, which are years of experiments and thousands of pages theory written. I would have never learnt about membranes and filtration process if I would not have taken some elective courses by the end of my studies at the university. My professor has inspired me to expand knowledge and understanding of membranes and membrane separation processes. When I think about a membrane, I imagine a flat sheet or a tube, that separates a fluid in high quality water and dirty water. As I said: it is magic!


Than you are at the right place! How do you experience your time so far at Berghof Membranes?

The working atmosphere in the company is really great. We are joking, sharing problems, discussing about our hobbies and many other stuff. I would say that family is Berghof Membranes and Berghof Membranes is family. Besides that, the accompaniment in my internship is really good. My supervisor helps me with every question that I have. But actually the whole Berghof Membranes team is friendly and always willing to help.


Thank you Gleb, for the warm words. Hope you will stay a member of the Berghof Membranes family! But what are your ambitions and aim for the future?

After my internship I want to progress further. Continuous personal growth is the key to success. I have a wide base of background knowledge and now I want to get more experienced in the industry. I am always looking for new opportunities, where I can apply my industrial engineer skills.



Want get in contact with Gleb Timbalari about his internship at Berghof Membranes?


Are you also interested in an internship at one of the leading manufacturers of tubular membrane products? Get in contact with us!






Visit the Industrial User Experience

Are you also involved in industrial water use and challenged to find solutions to re-use or reduce water within your companies processes? Berghof Membranes invites you to join the Industrial User Experience seminar during the Aquatech Amsterdam, where our end user Gert-Jan van Veen from Holland Malt will give a presentation. 


At this seminar Gert-Jan van Veen, Process Engineer of Holland Malt, will present new cutting edge MBR technology which allows Holland Malt to produce malt in a sustainable way.


Holland Malt, part of Bavaria N.V. – a famous beer producer from the Netherlands, is expanding its production of malt in Eemshaven (Groningen). Two additional towers are built, which resulted in double capacity.


Holland Malt Eemshaven has the mission to be the largest and most sustainable malting site in Europe. To succeed in this mission water management is crucial. During the malting process a lot of highly contaminated wastewater is generated. It is one of the most challenging industrial wastewater, with high COD and BOD values.


In order to achieve their goals in quality of discharged permeate and to reuse wastewater for process water, Holland Malt Eemshaven did choose for the external filtration solutions from Berghof Membranes. The intelligent and self-regulating Biopulse® membrane skids provide a major contribution to lowering the water consumption of the malting site.


Are you curious what benefits Holland Malt Eemshaven experience from external sidestream MBR filtration? Please feel free to visit the Industrial User Experience at Wednesday 1st of November from 15:00 hours till 16:30 hours at booth #07.272 (hall 7).



Meet Antonio Sempere, our new Regional Sales Manager EMEA

"Working for a company that has passion, innovation and professionalism mixed with a lot of experience and high quality products makes sure I will love my job at Berghof Membranes!’’

Berghof Membranes is very happy to introduce our new family member Antonio Sempere. Antonio will be managing our EMEA region.


After finishing his engineering education at the University in Spain and his Master in Business Process Management, Antonio was excited to enter the work field. "My career has been a slow consistent movement from technical jobs to sales and management. Twenty years ago I was a R&D guy, five years later I became a product manager and since 2010 I have been managing technical sales in the European water market’’.


Antonio worked in different positions in various companies, ranging from small University Spin-offs to multinationals. In 2010 Antonio was hired by an ultrafiltration membrane manufacturer as a sales manager. "The company had just started, so besides all the strategic and commercial tasks I had to participate in product definition, start-ups and many more. I even had to define the program logic and order the pumps of the first projects I sold for them. Certainly that was one of the best studies I followed. We were always working with the most challenging waters and I loved it’’.


Now Antonio became a member of the Berghof Membranes family. Asking him why he has chosen to work for Berghof Membranes, the answer is easy: "Berghof Membranes has passion, innovation and professionalism mixed with a lot of experience and a high quality manufacturing process. Chances for growth are extraordinary. I am sure I will love my work here’’


As sales manager you need to have a lot of technical knowledge, empathy, consistency and enthusiasm. "I always do everything to support our customers during the whole period of the projects. From covering the early stages of the projects, such as feasibility and design, to the last stages, such as replacements and upgrades. My aim is to make our customers experience a carefree process across all these stages. Customers and relationships can expect a trustworthy and a reliable partner in me. I will help them in every possible way to have a successful project!’’.


Want to know more about our new colleague Antonio Sempere? He would like to get in contact with you.

Phone:          +34 671 39 99 97


Meet Antonio during Aquatech Amsterdam 2017 | October 31 – November 3 | booth nr: 01.436





Berghof Membranes at International Conference on Membranes in Drinking and Industrial Water Production

From 6th till 8th February the eighth conference on Membranes in Drinking and Industrial Water Production (MDIW) took place in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. This event was hosted by the European Desalination Society (EDS) and Wetsus (centre of excellence for sustainable water technology).

The conference gives an overview of the most recent developments in membrane technology and membrane processes. During the MDIW a connection was made between scientists, engineers, operators, government departments, consulting firms and managers from the (waste)water industry.

Berghof Membranes is a leading membrane supplier with a strong focus on innovation and R&D and therefore was asked to present about commerlization of innovative membrane solutions.

Our new Head of Technology -Piotr Dlugolecki, PhD- gave a presentation about bringing innovations to the water market. The first part of the presentation was focused on engineering innovations such as the fully adaptable “Biopulse” system. This innovative product, which is already proven in the field was very well received by the audience. The Biopulse system shows that smart technologies can support wastewater plant operators and increase their efficiency. This self-regulating membrane system automatically adapts to changing wastewater conditions with the aim to operate at the lowest possible velocity, as result end-users save on their operational costs.

The second part of the presentation was focused on development of tubular forward osmosis (FO) membranes in partnership with Aquaporin Asia. Piotr Dlugolecki explained that, besides demand driven innovations, Berghof Membranes is focusing on a - technology push innovation. By developing tubular FO membranes the company is creating solutions to a demand that the market is yet unaware of. As a result of doing this, Berghof Membranes distinguish itself from competitors. The FO modules are already produced at pilot scale and initial test results are very promising. The next step in this development is to define sweet spots and applications for this highly innovative membrane technology.







Aquaporin Asia Pte. Ltd. and Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH announce game changing innovation during SIWW

Singapore, - Aquaporin Asia Pte. Ltd. (Aquaporin Asia) and Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH (Berghof Membranes) announce the joint development of a tubular based Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis Technology during the Singapore International Water Week.

Both companies have a rich history in treating industrial process streams and wastewater. A combined passion for innovation is what binds the companies. Aquaporin and Berghof Membranes both have an office in Singapore to support customers in the Asia-Pacific region. Their local presence and an ongoing forward osmosis R&D project with funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation and administered by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) makes the Singapore International Water Week an excellent platform to share this revolutionary news.

Unique selling proposition

The ultimate goal of the partners is to increase the profitability of end-users by lowering the costs of industrial water treatment. Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes aim to utilize the inherent low-fouling properties of the tubular membrane geometry to develop forward osmosis modules. Currently, high-fouling wastewater streams are treated at high costs for technology end-users; with this innovation Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes believe that they can provide the best solution for sustainable industrial growth. 

Pioneering Partnership

The successful partnership started when Aquaporin Asia and Berghof Membranes decided to initiate an R&D collaboration two years ago. Since then, the partners teamed closely to develop forward osmosis tubular modules with superior performance. 

 Starting November 3rd 2014, Aquaporin Asia commenced a 3-year R&D project (1301-IRIS-02) titled: "Aquaporin based biomimetic forward osmosis membranes: from lab scale production of membranes to pilot production and industrial test bedding of membrane modules". The 2.5 million $ SGD research grant is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation under its Environment & Water Research Programme and administered by PUB. The end goal of the project is to demonstrate the cost saving potential of the Aquaporin Inside™ Forward Osmosis Technology through industrial test bedding, which involves collaborations with numerous external industrial players, including Berghof Membranes.

More information
If you want to know more about the Forward Osmosis technology please visit the website of our R&D partner Aquaporin.