NEWS RELEASE                                   DECEMBER 2011

Cleanroom Consumables Market to Exceed $6.6 Billion in 2012

Standard gloves, gowns and wipes shed particles and contain compounds which can emit organic gases. These contaminants can cause substantial damage to semiconductor chips and many other products. As a result, a whole industry has been built around supply of consumables for ultrapure environments.  Total sales of these special consumables will exceed $6.6 billion in 2012. This forecast is part of the continuously updated World Cleanroom Markets published by the McIlvaine Company.


Industry                                 2012

Aerospace                                   79

Bioclean                                      56

Cleanroom Suppliers              215

Memory Storage                    1,231

Flat Panels                                 532

Food                                          165

Hospital                                     295

Medical Devices                       198

Other Electronics                      438

Other Industries                        316

Pharmaceutical                          726

Semiconductors                      2,421

Total                                           6,672

These forecasts include the laundering of reusable clothing.  Single use clothing sales exceed sales of reusables but, when laundering revenues are added, it is clear that the bulk of the investment is in reusable clothing.

The largest market in 2012 will be in the semiconductor industry where sales will exceed $2.4 billion. This includes the photovoltaic manufacturing plants which have manufacturing processes similar in nature to semiconductors. Memory storage is also a big market.

The largest markets, with the exception of pharmaceuticals, are all concentrated in Asia. Flat panel displays, memory storage, semiconductors and other electronics manufacturing in Asia represent a 2012 market of $3.1 billion.

Food, pharmaceuticals, bioclean and hospital cleanroom consumable sales will be higher in the Americas and Europe/Africa than in Asia. There is a big potential but untapped market in hospitals. Studies have shown that hospital infections could be substantially reduced with the use of cleanroom technology.

Cleanroom hardware sales including filters, walls, instruments, ceilings and mini environments will exceed $4.1 billion in 2012. The combined hardware/consumables market will approach $11 billion.

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NEWS RELEASE                                   DECEMBER 2011

Industrial Valve Market Will Top $53 Billion in 2012

Sales of industrial valves will exceed $53 billion in 2012 according to the latest updates in the McIlvaine report titled Industrial Valves: World Markets.  The oil and gas sector will be the largest purchaser with expenditures of $8.7 billion.

($ Millions)

Industry                     2012

Chemical                     5,903

Electronics                     449

Food                            1,106

Iron & Steel                2,223

Metals                            852

Mining                         1,054

Oil & Gas                    8,705

Other Electronics           342

Other Industries          6,031

Pharmaceutical            1,563

Power                          7,237

Pulp & Paper               3,207

Refining                      6,901

Wastewater                 4,189

Water                          3,427

Total                          53,189

The power industry will be the second largest purchaser with purchases exceeding $7.2 billion. The bulk of this expenditure will be for coal-fired power plants. Gas turbine and nuclear power plant operators will also be major purchasers. Operators of solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower plants will not be significant purchasers.

Special materials are required for the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries due to sanitary or corrosion concerns. Mining, iron and steel and wastewater include many applications where abrasion resistance is a requirement.

Municipalities will spend $7.6 billion for valves for water and wastewater treatment plants. Much of this investment will be made in Asia where the infrastructure needs are severe. Asia will also be the leading purchaser of valves for power and electronics. 

The Middle East is a fast growing region relative to valves for refining. It has special needs for combination desalination and power plants as well.

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NEWS RELEASE                                   DECEMBER 2011

Revenues for Scrubbers, Adsorbers and Biofilters to Exceed $6 Billion in 2012

Revenues for industrial scrubbers, adsorbers, and biofilters will reach $6.3 billion next year. This total excludes a market of equal size in the power industry segment. This is the latest conclusion in the McIlvaine online service Scrubber/Adsorber/Biofilter World Markets.

The largest purchasers of scrubbers include the following industries: pulp and paper, chemicals, metals, mining, waste incineration, refining, and wastewater plants. The latter used scrubbers to remove odors from sewage treatment. 

East Asia will be the biggest market with NAFTA a distant second.

Scrubber Revenues ($ Millions)

World Region                        2012

Africa                                         237

CIS                                             185

East Asia                               2,268

Eastern Europe                       236

 Middle East                               236

 NAFTA                                     1,190

South & Central America        459

West Asia                                  425

Western Europe                    1,074

Total                                        6,310

China is the largest producer of steel. Scrubbers are used to capture the dust emitted from basic oxygen furnaces, electric arc furnaces, sinter plants, coke ovens and other emission sources. China produces almost as much cement as the rest of the world combined.  Scrubbers are now starting to be applied to cement kilns to remove hydrogen chloride, SO2 and other acid gases.

The pulp and paper industry is a major purchaser of scrubbers. Indonesia is a major pulp producer. Many East Asian countries are expanding their pump capacity. East Asia is also the leading purchaser of scrubbers for semiconductor and flat panel applications. Waste-to-energy is now the preferred choice for disposing of garbage in East Asia.  All the new plants utilize scrubbers.

NAFTA is the next largest segment.  Pulp and paper production in Canada and the U.S. is very substantial.  Scrubbers are used on recovery furnaces, lime kilns and for H2S removal elsewhere in the processes. The new air toxic rules directed at the cement plants will require that scrubbers be installed at over 100 existing plants in the U.S.  The total investment will approach $1 billion. Both wet and dry scrubbers will be utilized.

NAFTA is the largest purchaser of biofilters for sewage plant odor control.  These biofilters are also used to capture odors from food plants.

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NEWS RELEASE                                   DECEMBER 2011

World Cartridge Market to Exceed $15 Billion in 2012

The market for cartridges to purify liquids will be just under $15.3 billion in 2012.  NAFTA will be the leading region with purchases of $4.5 billion.  This is the latest forecast in Cartridge Filters: World Markets published by the McIlvaine Company.

Cartridge Revenues ($ Millions)

World Region                        2012

Africa                                        428

CIS                                            441

East Asia                               3,787

Eastern Europe                       312

Middle East                              639

NAFTA                                    4,554

South & Central America        745

West Asia                                  549

Western Europe                     3,828

Total                                       15,285

Cartridges are utilized in a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential applications. They include tiny carbon block filters to purify the water in the ice making machine installed in a home refrigerator and the larger point-of-entry filter which may purify all the water entering the home.

Cartridges are used to purify products in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. They are used to purify juices and wines. Cartridges are used to assure ultrapure water in power and semiconductor plants. Cartridges are common in hospitals and medical devices.

The filtering media is classified into the following segments: carbon, nonwovens, membranes, string wound and metal.  Carbon is used to improve taste.  Membranes provide the most efficient removal of small particles.  Nonwovens provide a range of capabilities depending on fiber diameter and other parameters.  Metal cartridges are used where high temperatures are encountered.  Examples would be refining and petrochemical industries.

NAFTA is the leading regional purchaser due to its share of the residential, commercial and pharmaceutical segments.   Western Europe is the second largest market.  East Asia has surpassed NAFTA in semiconductor, chemicals and metals.

The markets in Africa and South America are relatively small but are weighted toward mining.

Thousands of companies make cartridges.  However, only four companies can claim sales of over $500 million annually.  The numbers of media manufacturers is much smaller.  Nonwoven media is typically supplied by companies who have larger sales in non filtration applications. Membrane suppliers have narrower markets.

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NEWS RELEASE                                   NOVEMBER 2011

Fracturing and Other Unconventional Gas Requirements Boost Fluid Treatments and Control Markets

The world supply of conventional natural gas is disappearing. However, large quantities of gas will now be extracted from shale, coal beds, coal conversion, landfills and other nonconventional gas sources. There will be substantial investments in liquid treatment equipment, pumps, valves, analyzers, chemicals, air pollution control systems and other products and services.  Forecasts for these products are included in Fluid/Gas Treatment and Control: World Markets, a continually updated report published by the McIlvaine Company.

In 2012, unconventional gas will boost the fluid treatment market by $5 billion. Pumps for hydraulic fracturing will account for nearly 20 percent of the increase. They must pump water, sand and chemicals down into the earth for two miles under pressures high enough to penetrate and fracture the shale deposits. The biggest growth segment will be Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) systems. Regulators in Pennsylvania as well as those in Washington are responding to potential environmental threats with new rules which will limit the discharge of the flow-back water. This water has ten times more chlorides and other salts as does seawater and also contains hazardous chemicals. ZLD systems evaporate and create distilled water while converting the solids into salable or easily disposable salts.

The conversion of coal to natural gas is very attractive for countries such as China where coal is plentiful and gas is scarce. A number of conversion projects are underway around the world with China leading the way.  However, the U.S. has been the site of one of the most successful coal conversion operations. Dakota gasification has been converting coal-to-gas and chemicals for decades. These plants require substantial investment in air pollution control systems. Cooling water flow and treatment requirements are also significant.

Landfills and various other biogas sources are very numerous, but each is small in size compared to coal conversion and shale gas. Nevertheless, in the aggregate they represent a growing market for fluid treatment and control.

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