NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                AUGUST 2013

62 Percent of $7 Billion Air Filtration Market Will Be In the Industrial Sector Next Year

Static and cartridge filters are used to clean indoor air and air being used in turbines and industrial processes.  The industrial market has been growing faster than the commercial and residential and will comprise 62 percent of the total market in 2014. This is the conclusion reached by the McIlvaine Company in Air Filtration and Purification World Markets.

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One of the biggest industrial sectors is power.  Air filters are used to purify the air used for combustion in gas turbines. Due to the fact that some ambient air quality rules are so stringent that the exhaust has to be cleaner than the ambient air, the filter must not only protect the turbine but also take out enough particles to meet the stack gas particulate limits.

Another growing application represented in the “other industries” category is “offshore oil and gas.”   Ambient air is contaminated by sea salt and requires treatment prior to exposure to equipment and controls.

The metals industry includes some small applications but most of this category is comprised of cabin air filters for automobiles. The electronics sector is divided into two main segments:

  • Filters to protect the final  product while in use
  • Filters to protect the product during manufacture

Filters are used to protect sensitive electronic equipment such as disk drives.   Semiconductor and flat panel manufacturers need ultrapure air surrounding their manufacturing processes.

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