NEWS RELEASE                                                                                        SEPTEMBER 2012

East Asia Will Buy 36 Percent of the Scrubbers Next Year 

The market for scrubbers, adsorbers, absorbers and biofilters will reach $6.6 billion next year. Thirty-six percent of this revenue will be East Asia.  This is the latest forecast in the McIlvaine Scrubber/Adsorber/Biofilter World Markets.

Scrubber/Adsorber Revenues ($ Millions) 

World Region






 East Asia


 Eastern Europe


 Middle East




 South & Central America


 West Asia


 Western Europe





In East Asia, mining, chemical, iron and steel, waste incineration, pulp and paper and refining will be the major applications for the technology. Food and beverage, electronics and odor control for municipal wastewater plants will also be substantial applications.

Unlike the United States, countries in East Asia (as well as Europe) believe that burning trash in waste-to-energy plants is greener than burying it in landfills. China is expanding its capacity faster than any other country. Scrubbers are used at all the plants.

Scrubbers are used for both particulate control and gas absorption. Adsorbers are used mainly for gas treatment when the loadings are low.  Biofilters are used to capture organic emissions from municipal sewage treatment plants and food processing. Absorbers are used to capture gaseous emissions.

The report does not include absorbers used for process mass transfer in chemicals and refining. It does not include scrubbers used for flue gas desulfurization in power plants. The reason is that this is very large and is covered in a separate McIlvaine report.

The biggest growth market involves purifying the stack gases for ships burning bunker fuels. Wärtsilä Hamworthy, announced an agreement with Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, the global rolling cargo operator, to retrofit their vessel MV Tamesis with a Krystallon Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS). Alfa Laval also has some recent contracts and a successful operation on the DFDS’ Ficaria Seaways. This system treats the exhaust gas of a 21-MW MAN main engine and is currently the largest scrubber in operation in the market.

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