NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    JULY 2013

Sales of New Industrial Precipitators Will Exceed $7.6 Billion Next Year

Power plants and industrial facilities will spend $7.6 billion for new electrostatic precipitators next year. East Asia will account for 45 percent of the total. This is the conclusion reached by the McIlvaine Company in Electrostatic Precipitators: World Markets.

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 East Asia


 Eastern Europe


 Middle East




 South & Central America


 West Asia


 Western Europe


The market for repair parts and upgrades is slightly larger than the market for new units. The total market is in excess of $16 billion.

Electrostatic precipitators compete with fabric filters. In the 1970s all the power, cement, metal smelting and pulp and paper plant operators utilized precipitators. Today only the power industry buys more precipitators than fabric filters.

The future of precipitators depends on the ability to meet tougher and tougher particulate limits. A number of new power plants in the U.S. have opted for fabric filters. China has passed tough new particulate regulations. There is some concern whether the limits can be met with precipitators.

On the other hand, there are substantial improvements being made to make precipitators more efficient. There is also the issue of initial performance as opposed to average performance between maintenance outages. Some of the precipitator improvements are to make the units more reliable throughout the operating period.

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