Cartridge Market Growth Driven by Membranes

Source: 
McIlvaine Co.

The market
for liquid cartridge filters will grow from just under $4.7 billion in 2003 to
over $6.3 billion in 2008, according to the latest forecast in the continually
updated online Cartridge Filters: World Markets published by the McIlvaine
Company.

The biggest
segment of the market is and will continue to be cartridges using membranes for
filtration.

 

Cartridge
Filters

($ Millions)
Subject
                       2003
               2008
Carbon
                           274
                358
Membrane
                  2,424
             3,337
Metal
                             145
                 182
Non-Woven
                1,707
              2,253
String Wound
                142
        
        181
Total
                           4,692
              6,311

 

Membranes provide efficient removal
of very small particles.  Non-woven cartridges are the second largest
segment.  Carbon cartridges are growing in popularity due to their ability
to adsorb contaminants and compounds that affect taste. String wound cartridges
are used for separating in production processes in the chemical and paint
manufacturing industries.  Metal cartridges are used when high
temperatures are encountered. An example of this type of application is polymer
filtration.

A resurging semiconductor industry,
growth in flat panel display production, steady expansion of the biotechnology
industry, Asian investment in chemicals and petrochemicals, and the commitment
to new coal-fired plants in China and the U.S. are growth sectors for cartridge
suppliers.

China will rise to become the fourth
largest cartridge purchaser by 2008. Assuming India continues on its present
high growth path, it will be the tenth largest purchaser by 2008. The top ten
as predicted in the report are as follows:

($ Millions)

 

Country
                               2008

United
States
                    
    937
Japan
              
                      339
China
              
                      231
Germany
                               169
France
                                   147
United Kingdom
               
    143
South Korea
                          120
Taiwan
                                    99
Italy
                                         99
India
                                        90

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