NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                APRIL 2014

Air Filter Sales Will Exceed $2.5 Billion in the Americas Next Year

Sales of air filters for purifying ambient and indoor air will exceed $2.5 billion in the Americas next year. This is the latest forecast in Air Filtration and Purification World Market published by the McIlvaine Company.

The U.S. will be the largest purchaser with sales exceeding all the other countries in North and South America combined. However, the growth rate in Brazil and Mexico is exceeding that of the U.S.

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The biggest applications are residential and commercial buildings. Sales for these applications will exceed $1.3 billion. In the power industry, the big use is for filtration of the inlet air for gas turbines. These turbines are used for electricity generation and for combined steam and power in the oil and gas and other industries. The advantages of using highly efficient HEPA filters have been proven. As a result, the industry is slowly moving toward these more expensive filters for turbine intakes. This will create a double-digit revenue growth over the next few years.

Bioclean applications include hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. The hospital market is relatively small compared to its potential. A greater use of highly efficient filtration systems would substantially reduce transmission of disease among patients and staff.

Many industrial plants incur substantial filter costs because they have a very large intake of air. The reason is that they are discharging large quantities of air through dust collectors. This loss must be replaced by ambient air. Plants which have welding, woodworking, or machining operations are in this category.

Another application is the use of air filters following dust collectors. This combination is seen where the plant wants to return air for reuse in the plant. The air needs to be cleaner than achieved with the dust collector. Therefore, a HEPA filter is inserted in the recirculation duct.

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