NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                APRIL 2015

Expenditures for Cleanrooms Will Exceed $5.6 Billion By 2020

Expenditures for modular and engineered cleanrooms will exceed $5.6 billion by 2020 according to the McIlvaine Company latest forecasts in World Cleanroom Markets.

Totals include walls, floors, ceilings, HVAC, filters and control systems installed in ultra clean space.  Cleanrooms are needed in the semiconductor, flat panel display, pharmaceutical, food and other industries where small particles could damage the product or micro-organisms could cause harm to human, plant or animal health.

The continued growing demand for electronic products in China continues to drive investment in expanding the nation’s domestic chip-making capabilities. Total world semiconductor unit shipments are forecast to top one trillion units for the first time in 2017.  The chip demand for mobile devices is predicted to grow robustly throughout the remainder of the decade.

One of the trends over the last decade is to remove the human from the cleanroom environment.  This requires expensive robots and automation systems to substitute for human labor.  This is possible in high volume semiconductor facilities and in some pharmaceutical and food operations.  However, it is not economic or possible to make this substitution for most operations.

Where automation is possible the expense of automation is offset by the smaller cleanroom size.  The amount of air filtered can be reduced by an order of magnitude.

The nano technology movement is creating new applications for cleanrooms.  Typically the smaller the product the more sensitive it is to harm from particles in the air.   In a world where miniaturization of electronic devices is a priority, the cleanroom market will continue to grow.

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