NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    JANUARY 2015

Chinese Air Filter Sales Reach $1 Billion/yr.

Sales of HVAC air filters in China have reached $1 billion/yr. This does not include room air purifiers but only filters in ducts in commercial and residential buildings. It also includes the filters used in gas turbine intakes. This forecast as well as forecasts for all other countries are contained in the continually revised McIlvaine Air Filtration and Purification World Market.

With the construction boom and poor quality of ambient air, the market in China is potentially much larger than in any other country.  International suppliers of fibers and media have been present in the country and are among the industry leaders.  However, there has been rapid growth among domestic suppliers as well as an improvement in quality.  The local demand for medium efficiency filters (F5-9) is growing faster than for the less expensive less efficient (Gl-G4).

There has been accelerated growth in the high efficiency segment (H10-17).  The semiconductor industry in China is a major purchaser of the high efficiency filters (HEPA).  Many generic pharmaceutical plants are now operating in China. They are also major HEPA filter purchasers.

The ambient air in many Chinese cities contains dangerous levels of particles smaller than 2.5 microns. Citizens with asthma, pregnant women and those in other high risk categories are being advised to install high efficiency filters in their living space. The market is impacted by the increased price of high efficiency filters but also the fact that they need more frequent replacement in the higher pollution environment.

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