NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                   DECEMBER 2013

More Than 50 Percent of the World’s Air Pollution Control Revenues Will Be In Asia By 2017

Sales of air pollution control equipment will exceed $47 billion in 2017. Fifty-three percent of the total will be in Asia with the bulk in Eastern Asia. This is the latest conclusion in Air Pollution Management published by the McIlvaine Company.

Revenues $ Millions

World Region








East Asia


Eastern Europe


Middle East




South & Central America


West Asia


Western Europe




This overview includes revenue totals generated in the detailed reports on scrubbers, fabric filters, DeNOx, FGD and air monitoring. It also includes consumables such as catalysts and filter bags. It does not include repair parts, service or reagents such as lime and ammonia. The broader definition doubles the market size and also reduces the percentage in Asia. The reason is that most of the new construction is in Asia, while most of the existing installations are outside of Asia.

The growth in Asia is so rapid that it will also be the leader in repair parts and consumables within a few years. The largest single use of air pollution control equipment is in coal-fired power plants. In 2020, the world will be operating coal-fired power plants with a capacity of 2,600 GW. The capacity in the U.S. will be 250 GW, whereas Asian capacity will be 1,800 GW or just under 70 percent of the total.

Cement is another big air pollution control application. By 2020, Asia will be operating more than 75 percent of the world’s cement plants. The third major application is industrial boilers. By 2020 most of the capacity for coal-fired boilers generating steam for industrial use will be in Asia.

This large generation of pollution in Asia is being accompanied by massive spending to reduce emissions. Whereas the U.S. is embroiled in lawsuits over less than 100,000 MW of power plants which may be required to install NOx control equipment, China just committed to adding 250,000 MW of new power plants with NOx control and retrofitting 450,000 MW over the next five years.

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