NEWS RELEASE                                                                                    November 2021

Detailed Forecasting of the Air, Water, Energy Opportunities in Pharma

The market for air, water, and energy products in the pharmaceutical industry exceeds $35 billion and will be growing in excess of 6% per year over the next decade.

Certain segments are growing at rates as high as 20% per year while others are shrinking. An example is cleanrooms where modular cleanroom revenues are growing robustly whereas stick built rooms are losing market share.

Some of the products are process equipment and influence the market for associated products. Every centrifuge needs feed and discharge pumps.  Every pump needs multiple valves.

The Most Profitable Market initiative is based on separate forecasts for each application with unique cost of ownership factors. There are hundreds of unique niches. Each needs to be evaluated.

Prior to a deep dive into a detailed niche it is necessary to determine the broader market. Millions of forecasts are available in each AWE sector.


 The market of $35 billion  can be segmented many ways. One is by function.


There is typically a need to purify significant quantities of intake water used for process and cooling. Process is the biggest segment. The waste segment includes treating wastewater. More elaborate treatment of solid waste is also being practiced. Utilities such as compressed air require valves and compressors.

Most large pharmaceutical plants generate electric power along with steam.

The total cost of ownership factors are impacted by the type of service. The four categories are general, critical, severe, and unique. If the operation of the plant depends on the product performance it is critical. If there are abrasive solids it is severe service. If it has to be specially designed it is unique.


Another aspect shaping the market is the form of the end product. It can be a solid tablet or a liquid. Within each product type there are specific drug types using this distribution mode.

Segmentation of the market by Therapy is also useful. Some therapies are growing more rapidly than others. The present AWE revenues also vary from therapy to therapy.

The market for air, water, energy products is directly proportional to the markets for the process equipment. Therefore the most accurate approach is to start with process equipment forecasts.


The market is also impacted by the type of pharmaceutical product which is manufactured, The monoclonal antibody market is over $160 billion whereas the gene and cell therapies markets are approximately $30 billion but are growing rapidly.

The most profitable market program involves determining the forecasts and cost of ownership factors in each niche. This necessitates an analysis of the market by service, function, and pharmaceutical product being manufactured.

This data is available in McIlvaine market reports. Supplemental consulting provides the balance of the MPM program.

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The Most Profitable Market Program is also linked from this home page

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