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Precision Mapping of Your Orders

It is possible to map the route to most of your orders with precision such as NASA generates on its space flights. What makes this possible is the synchronization of all the moons, planets and stars.

The same is true in the trillion-dollar Air, Water, Energy Universe.  The orders for one product are made predictable by mapping the orders for others in the same orbit.

The potential order is not some random meteorite which suddenly appears in a sales lead.  95% plus of the orders are either replacements or for greenfield sites being constructed by a purchaser with product experience.

Furthermore, that purchaser is buying all the products which are useful in the mapping. They include systems which use the product, devices connected to the product, and juxtaposed products.

Mcilvaine uses the equivalent of the James Webb space telescope to provide the orbits needed for the mapping.

Each million-dollar order can be viewed as a lunar landing.  A moon can have 10 or more successful landing sites. Q0 more moons can orbit a $100 million planet which in turn orbits a billion-dollar sun.


The markets for flow, measurement, treatment, separation and other physical and chemical processes for gases, liquids, and free flowing solids can be quantified by analyzing all the products involved.

Here is an analysis which shows many of the specific products and which are used by media type.

Air pollution control and CO2 recovery is a 100-billion-dollar galaxy which could grow to 170 billion dollars by 2034. The development of a 99% efficient CO2 absorber, up from 99%, is a better predicter of the future market than nearly any other factor.

There is a 20-billion-dollar market for solid/liquid separation which removes particles between one and two hundred microns. This involves products such as centrifuges and filter presses. The leading suppliers are not the same companies making cartridges and reverse osmosis products.

The Mcilvaine Most Profitable Market Program using the mapping technique can be implemented one planet at a time. It is a continuous process.  Step 1 is to rank the opportunities. Then individual opportunities are pursued sequentially.

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Industrial Pump Market to Reach $100 billion by 2034

Whether it's mixing drying evaporation or liquid treatment, pumps are a key element in the process.

The split in 2034 by pump type will be as follows. pic1

The market share for critical and severe service will increase while the market for general service will decrease.

The market for severe service pumps is increasing in a number of applications. One is hydraulic fracturing. This has taken over the oil and gas production in the United States and promises to be a big application in Argentina China, and other countries. The pumps wear out very quickly and parts are replaced sometimes, as often as every few weeks. So, hydraulic fracturing is at the very top of the list of severe service applications.

Critical service is also expanding at the expensive general service. Critical service includes the sanitary pumps that are used at hygienic applications in the food and pharmaceutical industry, where no contamination of the product can be tolerated.

There are some pumps that are classified under both severe service and critical service but are included for statistical purposes in the severe service category. One example would be pumps for chocolate. This is a very viscous liquid and is a severe service application but as a food it is also a critical application.

A new category is single use pumps in cell gene therapy. The cost of cleaning a pump between batches is significant and justifies the actual use of a pump with replaceable single use parts.

Pump use for hydrogen production is expanding. It has several aspects. One is using electrolyzers to generate electricity and converting water to hydrogen. This requires water to make the hydrogen provided by pumps which also need to overcome the pressure pressures of reverse osmosis.

Once the hydrogen is formed, it must be liquefied and transported, and this is a tough application for pumps and the need for very superior seals.

The mining industry uses a number of pumps for the processes, but also in many remote mines the ore is liquefied with a slurry and pumped to the ocean for transport.  So, there are very large pumps moving ore long distances.

The industry is changing in a number of ways distributors are making skids and shipping those skids to the end-user. Those skids contain the pumps and valves and save a great deal of time and expense for the end-user.

There is a trend towards synergistic product offerings. Ingersoll Rand and Atlas Copco are buying pump valve and compressor companies and are able to furnish all of the products together in a package.

The pump market is most accurately assessed by understanding the process equipment to which the pumps are applied.

Example, in large cofired power plants capturing CO2, limestone is the common reagent. Pumps circulating as much as 400,000 GPM of gypsum slurry are required. Alternatively, the power plant can elect to use lime rather than limestone. This cuts the size of the pumps in half. This is a very large application for repair parts and a database of all the power plants in the world is utilized to more accurately assess the size of the replacement market.

Another big pump application is desalination. The water needs of the earth keep increasing and desalination is increasingly being relied upon to provide the freshwater needed.

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Leveraging the Entire Universe of Process Equipment in Your Market Strategy

The Air, Water, Energy Universe generates revenues of $ 1 trillion for treatment of gases, liquids, and powders.

There are individual galaxies which generate revenues of more than $50 billion.  Examples would be filtration, pumps, valves, air pollution control, combustion, fans/compressors, and mixers/dryers/evaporators.

There are many stars within the galaxies with revenues of more than $1 billion. Each could have 10 planets generating revenues in excess of $100 million. Each planet could have 10 moons generating annual revenues of $10 million.


Suppliers can benefit by approaching the market as a universe for several reasons.

The market, like the universe, is interdependent. Just as planets revolve around stars, the market for pumps and valves revolves around the selection of filtration and separation equipment.

An FGD supplier can choose to use limestone and needs twice the number of pumps as needed if he chooses lime.

To reduce energy consumption, a large municipal wastewater plant operator in China chose to replace all the large compressors supplying aeration air and replaced them with a number of small units.

The Mcilvaine Company includes all the AWE products in its analyses and forecasts. Here are examples:


The advantages for clients are:

  • More accurate long-range forecasts
  • Forecasts for each lunar landing ($10 million niche)
  • Technology needs and trends
  • OEM prospects
  • Distributor collaboration
  • Acquisitions

These analyses are part of the Most Profitable Market Program

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Air Pollution Control Market Could Surge to $170 billion/yr.

There is presently a $100 billion market for air pollution control.  Investments are down in Europe and the U.S but growing steadily in Asia. As a result, It has not been viewed as a growth market. But that has suddenly changed. Absorbers are now available which can take out 99% of the CO2.

If power, cement and waste to energy plants were to follow the lead of the largest coal plant in Europe, the CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced and we would be talking about net negative and not net zero.

Sales of CO2 absorbers, compressors, and related products could rise to $40 billion per year in just ten years time.


Given this new development we are predicting the market could rise to $170 billion/yr. by 2034.

Air pollution control involves more than just the treatment of air. Most gypsum wall board originates as gypsum formed in SO2 scrubbers.  Most cement contains fly ash captured by precipitators. Power plants consume 10 times as much water as municipalities.

Air pollution control is needed in most industrial facilities.  Semiconductor plants capture toxic fumes at each tool.  Food plants use odor scrubbers to keep the neighbors happy.

In this dynamic market a game plan is a challenge. Suppliers and their market researchers should take the lead from distributors and juxtaposition the activities of each type of process equipment and the needed components.

Mcilvaine views air pollution control as a galaxy in the trillion-dollar air, water, energy universe. The galaxy has stars and planets involved in specific processes, industries, and locations. Each move in synchronization.

The Mcilvaine program starts with a space telescope to map out the program.

Here is a preview of the air pollution map.

Air Pollution Control Market Overview

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Continuous Solid Liquid Separation is a $20 Billion Market

Continuous filtration and separation involves products that can be cleaned. This includes centrifuges, filter presses belt filters, clarifiers, dissolved air flotation, and similar devices. The two main goals are either purification of liquids or recovery of solids. In both cases the product may be valuable, or it may be a function of waste treatment.

These devices are typically employed to remove particles from one to 200 µm.  Smaller particles are removed in reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration systems. Particles larger than 200 µm are re-removed by screens and other devices.

There is also a $20 billon cartridge filter market which is treated separately. Cartridges are not cleanable and therefore used when the particulate loading is low. Taste and odor can be impacted by addition of diatomaceous earth or activated carbon.

The filtration devices are separated by their ability to obtain dry solids, for example in municipal wastewater treatment.  Belt filter presses can bring the solids content up to 20% or so. Centrifuges can raise the solid content to 30%. Filter presses can raise the solids to a much higher level, the choice depends on how these sludges are going to be disposed. If the sludge is going to an incinerator, the drier, the solids, the more efficient the process will be.

There are two types of centrifuges, disk and decanter. The decanter centrifuges are a workhorse in wastewater treatment, but both types are heavily used in food processing. Alfa Laval and GEA are both large centrifuge manufacturers. But their primary revenue comes from food and chemical processing plants in which the centrifuges play a key role.

Minerals processing is essentially a series of separation steps using centrifuges clarifiers, and filters along with dryers and other process equipment. Mining is a $300 million market. Gold, lithium and copper extraction involve a series of filtration and separation processes.

This market is very international. Some of the biggest producers of ores are small countries such as Chile for copper and Australia for lithium, etc.

Food processing is also distributed around the world without regard to the GDP of the countries in which the products are produced. For example, Brazil and India would be major cane sugar producers.

The market is distinguished by a large number of unique applications such as in the food and chemical industries.  Each application requires its own value proposition. A filter for chocolate is unique because of the viscosity. It has to be pursued separately. Unique designs are required. Filter presses capture the product from many liquids in the chemical industry, but each is a unique application impacted by corrosion, particle characteristics and other factors. The opportunities should be addressed separately.

The continuous solid-liquid separation market can be viewed as a $20 billion combination of stars in the filtration galaxy. It includes hundred-million-dollar planets with $10 million moons. Each $10 million moon opportunity deserves its own value proposition. For example, the filter presses for copper mining in chili provide a very unique set of factors on which decisions will be made.


The $20 billion continuous filtration market includes stars representing, mining, chemicals, petrochemicals, food, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, iron and steel, municipal water, and municipal wastewater. The Mcilvaine Company contends that the most profitable market is an aggregation of the moons which can generate 30% EBITA and 40% market share.

The solid liquid separation market

The market for this equipment has been segmented by the individual products, each of which needs to be addressed separately and has a potential different growth rate. The present market is $26 billion and will grow to between $31 billion and $42 billion in 2034.


Companies are market leaders in one or two segments.  make large profits in one product area and others make large profits and other product areas, Alfa Laval and GEA are market leaders in centrifuges.

Andritz is a participant in the largest number of individual product areas.

The lunar landings for products in specific markets and locations have to be strategically analyzed. For example, to succeeded in FGD in India you need to be successful with NTPC.

The use of dissolved air, flotation results in recovery of paper and the avoidance of virgin product.

For success in the municipal wastewater treatment industry in the United States attention has to be paid to the consulting engineers, who are many cases making the decisions.

The Galactic strategy depends on the details such as the equivalent of lunar landings for the smaller opportunities.

A $1 million order may not be worthwhile pursuing in its own right, but if it can lead to successful installations and use by larger companies, it is a successful strategy.

Another opportunity is in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, where a lemon can be turned into lemonade, single use centrifuges and fillers, are being used for bio, bio pharmaceuticals, particularly cell and gene therapy.  An alternative is to supply a duplicate centrifuge or filter. One can be cleaned while the other is in operation.

Most companies are either in the solid liquid separation or they're in filtration with throwaway type filters.

One company that has expanded into the solid liquid separation is the filtration group with the acquisition of Amafilter.

The needs in municipal wastewater treatment are changing. The amount of municipal waste that is being used for fertilizer is being reduced. whereas the amount that's being converted to biogas or is used in waste to energy plants is increasing so this puts increased emphasis on dryer, filtration processes, such as the filter press.

Another growing application is dredging due to the fact that particularly in the United States there are a number of waterways which need to have the sediment removed, but in a manner that does not create additional pollution.

Zero liquid discharge is another growing opportunity where a plant recycles all the water rather than discharge wastewater and this requires final dewatering.

Synthetic sands for hydraulic fracturing are another growing market.  natural sands were used in the United States, but it was found that using local sands near the fracturing sites was a better option, and particularly since natural sands are running out. This opportunity is now expanded to Argentina and China and other areas that are pursuing hydraulic fracturing, including even Saudi Arabia, where you would think there was plenty of sand, but actually you need a synthetic sand rather than what's locally available.

Recommendations along with detailed forecast are available from the McIlvaine Company. For more information contact Bob Mcilvaine at 847-226-2391 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Stacy Hall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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