NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    MAY 2012

Asian Industrial Pump Sales to Reach $16 Billion This Year

Sales of industrial pumps in Asia will be close to $16 billion this year according to the newly updated online Pumps World Markets published by the McIlvaine Company.

Asian Industrial Pump Revenues ($ Millions)

Industry                                   2012

Chemical                                 1,033

Electronics                                109

Flood Control                            219

Food                                          202

Metals                                        316

Mining                                        384

Oil and Gas                                615

Other Industries                      2,376

Pharmaceutical                           174

Power                                      1,890

Pulp and Paper                           386

Refinery                                     887

Stone                                       1,151

Wastewater                             3,040

Water                                      3,182

Total                                     15,964

Asia will account for more than 40 percent of worldwide purchases on a purchasing parity basis. However, the prices for a pump of a given quality in China are about 65 percent of an equivalent pump in the U.S., Japan or Europe. Therefore, for international pump companies who are converting Asian profits into U.S. dollars, Asia represents only 30 percent of the world market potential in 2012.

There is a wide spread between the price differentials depending on the pump quality and the ability of local Asian companies to compete with international firms. API 674 pumps are sold at close to international pricing levels, whereas, low performance water pumps are sold at prices as low as 40 percent of the world average. Chinese manufacturers are expanding into the design and supply of some of the largest and most rugged pumps. One example is the flue gas desulfurization recycle slurry pumps. These pumps move 50,000 gpm of abrasive gypsum slurry. Only a few international suppliers have been able to deliver these pumps, but now there is Chinese competition.

Municipal water and wastewater will account for 37 percent of the pump purchases. The large infrastructure program in the region will continue for the foreseeable future. The lack of adequate water supplies results in substantial increases in pump investments for transport of water to arid areas. The high levels of pollution in the water supply also will result in increased purchases of pumps for the treatment systems.

Power is the next largest segment. China continues to build large numbers of coal-fired power plants. Vietnam, India and Indonesia are also expanding coal-fired electricity generation. The nuclear disaster in Japan is resulting in additional pump purchases as alternative energy sources are utilized.

For more information on Pumps World Markets, click on: