NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                       NOVEMBER 2013

One Third of $10 Billion Cross-flow Membrane Market Will Be In East Asia Next Year

East Asia, where the rainfall per capita is far lower than North America, will be the leading purchaser in the $10.3 billion cross-flow membrane market in 2014. This is the conclusion reached in RO, UF, MF World Markets published by the McIlvaine Company.

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Revenues from the sale of new reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration and microfiltration equipment and replacement modules in East Asia will be over $3.l billion next year. Desalination will be the leading application, but there will be extensive purchases in many industries.

The pharmaceutical, semiconductor and power industry purchase cross-flow membranes for ultrapure water applications. Due to poor quality of city water in many East Asian countries, reverse osmosis point-of-entry units are used in residences and commercial buildings.

Microfiltration and ultrafiltration systems are used as a critical step in many biotechnology and chemical processes.

The industry continues to be served by both large and small participants. The merger activity has been steady. AEA Investors is acquiring the water and wastewater treatment operations and asset services of Siemens Water Technologies for €640 million ($865 million). Grundfos, Doosan and Pentair have made acquisitions in this area over the last two years.

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