NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                       JUNE 2012

Liquid Macrofiltration Market to Exceed $6.6 Billion in 2013

The market for sand filters, belt presses, bag filters and other macrofiltration equipment separating particles from water and liquids will exceed $6.6 billion in 2013. This is the latest finding in the McIlvaine online Liquid Filtration and Media World Market.

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The largest purchasing segment will be municipal water treatment plants. Granular media filters are routinely utilized prior to chemical treatment. Alum sludges are dewatered using belt filter presses or recessed chamber filter presses. The mining industry uses drum filters for product separation. The brewing and pharmaceutical industries use leaf filters for product purification.

The power industry uses gravity media belt filters to separate gypsum from recycled scrubber liquor. The chemical industry uses bag filters and filter presses for product separation.

One of the biggest new markets is ballast water treatment. A 50 micron filter will be required on most of the 70,000 ships which will be subject to new international maritime rules. Another growing market will be in treating the fracturing flow-back water associated with shale gas extraction.

East Asia will be the largest regional market. Belt filter presses will be purchased to dewater sludge at many sewage treatment plants. The pulp and paper industry in the region will also be a major purchaser of macrofiltration equipment.

There are many suppliers of granular media filters and belt filter presses. On the other hand, there are only a handful of suppliers for the big vacuum belt filters used in the power industry. The amount of equipment now produced in Asia is larger than in any other region. This is in part due to the activity of Asian suppliers but also to the decision to locate regional manufacturing in Asia by international suppliers such as Andritz.

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