NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    OCTOBER 2014

Granular Filter Market to Exceed $1.7 Billion Next Year

Sales of granular media filters to purify water will exceed $1.7 billion in 2015.  This is the latest forecast in Liquid Filtration and Media World Markets published by the McIlvaine Company.

Granular Filter Market ($ Millions)

World Region








 East   Asia


 Eastern   Europe


 Middle   East




 South   & Central America


 West   Asia


 Western   Europe



East Asia will be the largest purchaser due to the investment in drinking and wastewater facilities for the rapidly growing urban populations throughout the region. West Asia will be the second largest regional purchaser with NAFTA close behind.

Granular media filters are the first choice for drinking water plants around the world.  They are also used in wastewater plants.  They are loaded with sand to remove particulate.  They can also be loaded with activated carbon to remove contaminants which affect water taste. There is competition from membrane filtration but granular media filter suppliers have held market share despite the prediction that the more efficient membrane systems would greatly reduce the granular media filter sales.

One of the biggest growth areas is in the purification of water in the oil and gas industry. Conventional onshore oil and gas extraction requires much less filtration than unconventional onshore and offshore extraction.  One of the more challenging applications is aboard offshore oil platforms where space and low maintenance are of prime importance.

Another growing application is for tertiary filtration of wastewater being discharged from municipal treatment plants.  If this water is going to reused by power plants, filtration is required.  Large numbers of power plants are planning to use treated municipal wastewater in the future.

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