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NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    July 2021

Soaring Market for High Efficiency Air Filters

The public views about air quality are changing and are creating a large long term market for high efficiency filters in HVAC systems. Celebrities are telling us in TV advertisements that you should enter buildings only if they have a Well Health Safety Seal.

Wildfires in Siberia and the Western U.S. are creating unhealthy air just at the time the medical profession is advising the intake of more outside air.

The Delta variant is wreaking havoc around the world. The latest thinking is that vaccinations alone are not going to be adequate. Better indoor air quality along with other measures will be needed.

Upgrades to HVAC systems will typically result in MERV 8 filters being replaced by MERV 13 or even MERV 16.  HEPA filters will be utilized in spaces where large numbers of people will be passing through or congregating.

The use of HEPA room air purifiers has grown rapidly and the trend is likely to continue.

The market for high efficiency filters is very strong in countries where there are large numbers of unvaccinated people. In Asia and Africa it will be years before there is any chance of herd immunity even for a virus less virulent than the Delta variant.

McIlvaine is continually revising air filter and media forecasts in four different efficiency ranges for each country and also segmented by commercial, residential, education, and various  industries. The report also includes forecasts for gas turbine intake filters which use the same media.

The excel based report has more than 20,000 forecasts and is available for $4,000. 

Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions and provide details.  His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also reach him at 847 226 2391.

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    July 2021

Forecasting Markets Based on EBITA Not Revenues

A valve, pump, or cartridge company can accurately forecast labor and material costs based on many millions of digital inputs, analyses and aggregations. The approach of first forecasting total cost and then segmenting by individual product is unworkable. But too often this is the market forecasting approach.

It is commonly assumed that there is a total market forecast number readily available. This can then be used to forecast a segment. The reality is that even present and past revenues have to be calculated at a granular level and then aggregated.  

Management relies on sophisticated cost forecasting for each product to make its projections. There would be benefits to do the same with markets.

Cost forecasting relies on supplier price assumptions. Market forecasting should be based on specific EBITA for each product. $300 billion per year is spent on flow and treat products and services based on performance. Higher performing products can achieve higher prices and EBITA.

Cost forecasting takes into account the production capability of each machine. Market forecasting should provide reliable targets for each salesman. These targets should be continually adjusted.

Here is a sample of the level of detail which can be incorporated.

Geography:  Indonesia

Application: Oil and gas pipelines – mid stream

Valve type:  Ball, sub type - trunnion

Size : 1”-12”,  14”-36”,  38”-54”

Competitor:   Market share, TCO factors

Price/unit:  Includes EBITA based on price/volume analysis 

Forecasts expanded based on already available excel spreadsheet


If the basic forecasts are available it is relatively easy to add segments such as support, size and even entry (top or side).

It should be noted that the market for high performance products depends on value based pricing.  The future market is partially determined by the supplier. The best example is single use valves, pumps, and filters in cell and gene therapy. A big increase in purchases is offset by productivity increases not deterred by cleaning downtime.

3M doubled the market for HVAC filters by inventing an electrostatically charged filter media and then validating the health benefits to home owners. But 30 years later this market is in flux with the advent of nanofibers. The validation status of this product and other flow and treat products is covered at http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/30-general/1658-holistic-content-marketing-program

McIlvaine market reports are a good starting point for the detailed analyses needed. There are reports in each of many areas of flow and treat. There are 685,000 valve forecasts which are continually updated and provided in excel format .  Details on these reports are found at www.mcilvainecompany.com  and then “Markets”

McIlvaine can also provide any level of further analysis. Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions at 847 226 2391 and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    July 2021

Complexities of Selling Flow and Treat Products to Food Processors

The food industry has thousands of market niches where there are unique cost of ownership factors for flow and treat products. Soft drink flow and treat product decisions would be different from those for sugar.

Cane sugar and beet sugar have processes which are unique.  However it is helpful to start with ten major segments and then move on to sub segments.


The major differences are in the process segments of the plants. There are less differences in treating utility water, wastewater and cooling.  Many food companies have their own power plants. The flow and treat product cost of ownership would be mostly tied into boiler fuel types rather than the type of food product.

The flow and treat market is $20 billion/yr and growing at a CAGR of 5%.


The food industry is moving toward extensive use of IIoT. McIlvaine has provided details at http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/images/Industry_End_Uses/Food.pdf

The type of flow and treat product needed can be determined by segmenting the market into utilities, waste treatment, cooling, and various general processes such as drying or purification.   The broad segmentation of flow and treat is filtration/separation; air pollution control, pumps, valves, and IIoT. This  includes instruments and controls for gases, air, water, liquids and free flowing solids.


See the chart below for explanation of these abbreviations

This has implications for flow and treat suppliers who want to sell products based on the lowest total cost ownership.

  • More solid evidence of the cost of ownership is available from the data analysis
  • The cost of ownership of an individual product is a function of how it operates in a system. A superior valve which cannot be as easily controlled as that of a competitor is at a disadvantage.
  • The routes to market are impacted. A system supplier with the ability to remotely monitor and advise the owner can be in a position to provide the replacement flow and treat products.

There are a relatively small number of companies with such a strong presence in the world wide food industry that they impact the market for all flow and treat products.

Alfa Laval and GEA were founded based on cream separators. Their food presence is strong compared their presence in other industries. Danaher and Andritz have moved into the food space but their greatest strength is in  other industries.

The company strengths regarding specific flow and treat products are indicated below. (1) indicates they are a market leader.  (2) indicates that they are in the top 10 and (3) indicates that they are in the top 20.


These four companies supply process equipment as well as flow and treat products. GEA is a leader in spray driers. Andritz offers several dryer types. Alfa Laval is a major heat exchanger supplier.

Their strengths relative to specific flow and treat products differ considerably. Danaher acquired Hach and is the only one of the four companies with a wide range of measurement devices.

Alfa Laval and GEA are by far the market leaders in food centrifuges. But their market share is less than 15%. This means that pump and valve suppliers still have 85% of the OEM market to pursue.  Also since much of the pump and valve market is replacement, there is opportunity  in the aftermarket.

McIlvaine offers flow and treat market forecasts for each of the products listed above. Details are found under markets at the top of the page at www.mcilvainecompany.com

Content Marketing support based on lowest total cost of ownership is available and explained at http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/30-general/1658-holistic-content-marketing-program

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    July 2021

The Merits of Indoor Mask Wearing

The chances of dying from COVID over the last year were 0.17%.  Your chances of dying in a car accident were 1/20 of that number or 0.008%.

We could avoid riding in cars but the quality of life benefits outweigh the risks. With a risk level of COVID continuing throughout your life you statistically will lose 14 years of life. In contrast avoiding automobile travel would only add 6 months to your statistical life. In principle people  could choose solitary confinement and a rigid health regime and live to be 100. But no one would choose this option compared to living to 80 and enjoying life.

Before the Delta variant became dominant and while we thought we could achieve the 70-80% totally vaccinated rate the expectation was that we would reduce the risks to less than 6 months of life reduction.

We now have to assess the situation in light of the variant and half the population not being vaccinated. There is one risk for vaccinated people and one for unvaccinated. For the unvaccinated the potency of the Delta variant offsets the benefits of the 50% vaccination rate. 

This means that in an indoor setting the unvaccinated will continue to face a statistical life reduction of 14 years. The vaccinated person has 90% protection so without masks he still faces a risk of 1.4 year life reduction.

Another way to look at this is by living a normal life rather than one in solitary you lose 20 years. Another 1.4 years is not an enormous amount. However, the 20 year sacrifice covers all the good food, social activity, and benefits of modern living.

It would be a small comparative reduction in life quality to wear a highly efficient mask in public indoor settings. This would add another 90% in protection and reduce the risk to 0.14 years.


Normal pleasures reduce life expectancy from 100 to 80. But this added risk for the unvaccinated  reduces expectancy to 66 years. On the other hand if you are vaccinated and wear a mask indoors and in public spaces you only reduce life expectancy by two months.

This is a minimal risk and should not impact  normal business and social activity for those who take the precautions.  For the unvaccinated it will be important to mandate masks which would also bring down risks to the 1.4 year loss level.

This comparison has been based on a whole life led at a given risk level. So the 20 years of normal life lost is an accumulation of thousands of desserts, years of driving, and many other hours of enjoyment.


If one focuses instead on whether to attend a single event such as a wedding or parade a different picture is created. The risk could be 800 times greater than that of a normal day. Some events are worth the high risk. Millions of soldiers have died with this belief. Astronauts willingly take high risks.

A complicating factor is risk to others. Small children cannot be vaccinated and are at risk if adults are not vaccinated. 

The risks of COVID are continually assessed in Coronavirus Technology Solutions. It covers the impact of masks and air filters  http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/databases/82ai-coronavirus-market-intelligence

Custom consulting is also available.  Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions at 847 226 2391.

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    July 2021

Pump Forecasts for Every Market Niche

Why has the Pump World Market Report expanded to include 272,000 individual forecasts and many hundreds of thousands of additional aggregates?

The reason is that each number represents a unique combination of total cost of ownership (TCO) factors. 


For each pump type, there are forecasts for 80 countries and sub regions further segmented by 17 applications. Forecasts are provided for future years through 2025 and historical revenues from 2016.


Now there is further segmentation by four performance factors.


The performance segments are general, severe, critical and unique.  Each has a different set of TCO factors.


Profit is maximized by focusing on the niches where the lowest TCO can be achieved. For most companies, these niches are even smaller than provided in the basic report.

The major pump  types can be further divided into many sub segments.

The 17 industries each have individual segments with unique TCO factors. Large countries such as the U.S. often need to be segmented by State or Province.

McIlvaine can provide these more detailed forecasts to supplement the basic report.

Details  on the basic report are found at: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/water-and-flow/n019-pumps-world-market

Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions at 847 226 2391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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