NEWS RELEASE                                                                                        NOVEMBER 2016

Market for Fabric Filter Resins Adhesives, Fibers, Coatings and Binders to Surge to more than $1 Billion by 2023

A switch from precipitators to fabric filters for the capture of dust from coal-fired boilers will boost sales of media and other components purchased by filter element suppliers to $2,250 million in 2023.  The resins, adhesives, fibers, coatings and binders purchased by media suppliers will generate revenues of $1,125 million.  This is the conclusion of the McIlvaine Company in World Fabric Filter & Elements Market.

The forecasts for components has been derived from the purchases at each level.  The filter element supplier purchases are calculated as a percentage of revenue.  The same approach is used in calculating the resins and other items purchased by the media manufacturers.

Fabric Filter Filtration Revenues 2023 $ Millions


All Industries

Replacement Bags
All Industries

Coal-fired Power
New Systems

Coal-fired Power Replacement Bags


Systems 13,000   4,000    
Equipment 6,000   2,500    
Filter Element 1,500 3,000 400 1,000 4,500
Filter Element Value Added 750 1,500 200 500 2,250

*Level 2

750 1,500 200 500 2,250

*Level 2
Value Added

375 750 100 250 1,125

**Level 1 Sales

375 750 100 250 1,125

* Level 2:  media, end caps, spacers, adhesives,

**Level 1:  resins, adhesives, fibers, coatings, binders


If all the coal-fired boilers in the world switched to fabric filters, the market for media, resins, etc. would double, much of the resin growth will be in PPS.

One recent market report emphasized that automotive growth would drive global polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) market demand from 80,000 tons in 2014 to 140,000 tons by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 7.3 percent from 2015 to 2022. This would result in revenue of $1.6 billion in 2022. This does not take into account the surge in coal-fired power plant use which would be hundreds of millions of dollars.  Several years ago, Lumena projected a Chinese market for PPS for hot gas applications at 50,000 tons per year. This assumed a substantial number of Chinese coal-fired power plants switched to fabric filtration. This has not yet happened.

Instead of starting with resins and media production and analyzing the growth in each industry, it is desirable to start with the end users and determine their demand requirements in the future.  McIlvaine is pursuing this approach in all its filtration market reports.

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