NEWS RELEASE April 2022
Fabric Filter Market Changing Faster Than Any Time Since 1960
In the 1960s pulse cleaned bags rapidly obsolesced shaker bags. New high temperature fabrics were introduced which allowed greater penetration into the power and other markets dominated by precipitators.
The 2020s is going to be equally dynamic in terms of the products, applications, and geographies.
Products: Previously the element designs were primarily bags and cartridges. The cartridges were pleated and mostly cellulose. They were applicable only to light and dry applications. Now new pleated designs with higher temperature fabrics have created a major new category. Because the pleated synthetic media filters are typically less than 8 inches in diameter (the typical paper cartridge is more than 8 inches in diameter), the new segmentation for the pleated filters is labeled “cartridges <8 inches diameter”.
Another development is the ceramic filter. It can operate at very high temperatures. If the gas has to be cooled to 500F in order to be filtered a large amount of energy is wasted. These filters can not only remove the fine particulate but with direct sorbent injection can also remove acid gases. The ceramic filter can also include an embedded catalyst. So one vessel can replace three: the particulate filter, acid gas scrubber and selective catalytic NOx control unit.
Applications: Biomass combustion followed by carbon sequestration is the most promising carbon negative technology. A coal plant like Drax which switches to this technology takes out as much CO2 from the atmosphere as it was previously adding. So this is a double digit growth potential for fabric filters.
Geographies: The Russian invasion is creating expanded markets for fabric filters in Europe. The growth of biomass combustion will offset use of natural gas. The agricultural disruption will create a spurt in fertilizer manufacturing plants in ROW. Russa and Belarus combined are the largest potash producer. Russia has large reserves of metals.
Chinese filter bag suppliers have a significant share of the international markets. The COVID shutdown creates a short term crisis. Longer term the autocratic Chinese-Russian coalition could permanently change the market.
The McIlvaine Company is making continuous changes to the Fabric Filter: World Market forecasts. More than 50,000 new forecasts by product type have been added. All the forecasts are being updated every few months in order to reflect the changes.
Information on the report is found at http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/air/n021-world-fabric-filter-and-element-market