NEWS RELEASE                                                                                        OCTOBER 2012

25 Percent of the Cartridge Market is Now in East Asia

In 2013, sales of cartridges in East Asia to purify liquids will exceed $4.3 billion in 2013 and will account for more than 25 percent of total world sales. This is the latest forecast of the McIlvaine Company in its report, Cartridge Filters: World Market.  

Cartridge Filter Revenues, East Asia ($ Millions)

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The poor quality of municipal drinking water has led East Asian homeowners to utilize point-of-use filters in far greater numbers than residents of Europe and North America. In 2013, purchases of residential point-of-use and point-of-entry filters in East Asia will exceed $1.2 billion.

The pharmaceutical and chemical companies in East Asia will purchase substantial numbers of high price membrane cartridges. Sales of cartridges for these applications in the region will exceed $700 million.

Semiconductor and other electronic plants will also be major purchasers of the higher priced and more efficient membrane cartridges. The food industry will buy a range of cartridges including those made of ceramic and metal materials for processes where high temperature sterilization is necessary.

Cartridges compete with bag filters and automatic backwash filters. They can be constructed from a wide range of materials to achieve the efficiency and performance needed. The disadvantage is that they are not cleanable and must be replaced periodically.

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