Water Market Insights

No. 117   September 24, 2014






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·       Industrial Valve Market to Exceed $70 Billion By 2019

·       Cross-flow Membrane Market to exceed $13 Billion In 2019

·       $2.9 Billion Market for Stainless Steel in Flow and Treatment Control Equipment In 2015

·       “Municipal Drinking Water Treatment” Hot Topic Hour October 16, 2014





Industrial Valve Market to Exceed $70 Billion By 2019

The sales of industrial valves will exceed $70 billion in 2019.  This is the latest prediction of the McIlvaine Company in Industrial Valves: World Market.  (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Industrial Valve Market ($ Millions)

Top of Form

World Region








 East Asia


 Eastern Europe


 Middle East




 South & Central America


 West Asia


 Western Europe


East Asia will account for 33 percent of the total market.  NAFTA will be a distant second with sales of less than $13 billion. The rapidly growing market in Asia is shaped by a number of factors.

·       Investment in coal to liquids and coal to syngas projects: China is building both direct liquefaction and indirect liquefaction plants.  End products are fuels and chemicals. Each plant has many valves to control water, products and treatment chemicals. Korea and Australia are also pursing these projects to convert coal to liquids and gases including LNG. Valve requirements are challenging due to the pressures and cryogenic temperatures.

·       Coal-fired power plants: East Asia is moving forward with coal-fired power plants.  China already consumes 3.3 billion tons of coal per year but is targeting 4.8 billion tons. Valves are used for intake water, cooling, boiler feedwater, flue gas desulfurization and wastewater treatment.

·       Municipal drinking water and wastewater treatment.  The migration of East Asians to cities and the infrastructure to meet their needs is ongoing.

·       Continuing growth in production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, foods, dairy products, and fish: China has the largest aquaculture industry in the world. In fact, fish production equals that of the ROW combined.

·       Mining: China is a leader in iron ore production as well as coal.

For more information on Industrial Valves: World Market, click on:    http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/2-uncategorised/115-n028.



Cross-flow Membrane Market to exceed $13 Billion In 2019

Sales of cross-flow membrane systems and modules will exceed $13 billion by 2019. This is the latest forecast in RO, UF, MF World Market published by the McIlvaine Company. (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Cross-flow Membrane Market ($ Millions)















 Oil & Gas


 Other Industries






 Pulp & Paper












The forecasts include reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration and microfiltration systems and replacement modules.  Nanofiltration revenues are included in the ultrafiltration segment.  Desalination is the largest single market.  The Middle East has been the largest purchaser but other areas are finding that seawater is an important resource. Municipalities will be spending $2.6 billion for cross-flow membrane systems by 2019.  Microfiltration and ultrafiltration membranes remove more micro organisms than the traditional gravity filter.  So for health reasons, cross-flow membranes are steadily gaining market share.

The power industry will be increasing its cross-flow membrane expenditures as it standardizes on zero liquid discharge systems.  These systems eliminate any wastewater discharges.  China is one of the country’s leading the way in this approach.

The pharmaceutical industry uses cross-flow membranes in processing.  Solids are removed from broths and liquid products. Water for injection into humans is treated in reverse osmosis systems to assure purity.

For more information on RO, UF, MF World Market, click on: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/2-uncategorised/120-n020.



$2.9 Billion Market for Stainless Steel in Flow and Treatment Control Equipment In 2015

Purchases of stainless steel by manufacturers of flow and treatment control equipment will be $2.9 billion next year. This forecast does not include storage tanks, piping, ductwork and other ancillary system components. These forecasts are part of Air/Gas/Water/Fluid Treatment and Control: World Market published by the McIlvaine Company.  (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Flow control including pumps and valves represent almost two thirds of the total.  Sales of these components will be $139 billion next year.  The suppliers will purchase stainless materials exceeding $1.9 billion.  In some cases, the purchases will be direct but often through suppliers of forgings, castings and fabrications.

2015 Market For Stainless Steel In Flow and Treatment Equipment


Stainless Steel

$ Millions


$ Billions

Flow Control



Liquid filtration and separation



Water and liquid treatment






Stack gases and compressed air










The vessels used to support liquid filtration devices are constructed of stainless steel where there are hygienic or corrosion considerations.  Centrifuge design includes the additional challenge of rotating parts. The scrolls and discs revolve at high speed.  Stainless disc type centrifuges are used for wine, food, dairy and chemical applications. The scroll type centrifuges are used for sludge dewatering and for many chemical applications.

Reverse Osmosis housings are frequently constructed of stainless steel.  Microfiltration and ultrafiltration housings used in desalination are also typically stainless steel.

Stainless steel will continue to gain market share in the flow and treatment market as operators seek higher performance and reliability.  For more information on Air/Gas/Water/Fluid Treatment and Control: World Market, click on: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/27-water/445-n064-air-gas-water-fluid-treatment

“Municipal Drinking Water Treatment” Hot Topic Hour October 16, 2014

McIlvaine has created a free website  Drinking Water Filtration - Continuous Analysis A series of webinars will serve to further populate this website and make it an important decision making too for municipalities.

The tried and true method for purifying drinking water has been the use of gravity media filters.  In the last decade, cross-flow membranes have been an alternative selected by municipalities seeking protection against small microorganisms.  Chemicals and ultraviolet disinfection are also widely used.  The webinar on October 16 will explore each of these technologies and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The devil is in the details.  With gravity media filters is air scour, water backwash, or a combination the best way to keep the unit clean?  What are the options regarding underdrains?  How do systems utilizing an intermediate layer of gravel between the treatment media and the underdrains compare to those which retain the media directly?  Should an online particle counter be used to monitor performance?  If cross-flow membranes are used, should the medium be microfiltration or ultrafiltration?  What about the tradeoffs between UV, onsite chemical generation and purchased chemicals?  How do chemicals aid the filtration process? 

We are asking viewers to submit data to populate this site and to review the posted data prior to the webinar.  This will ensure a high level discussion.  Contact: Bob McIlvaine at rmcilvaine@mcilvainecompany.com.


Headlines for Utility E-Alert –September 19, 2014       


#1192 – September 19, 2014                                   


Table of Contents



·       CMS undertaking $1 Billion Program to cut Emissions from Five Coal-fired Power Plants in Michigan

·       Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection intends to issue an Air Operating Permit to NRG Power Midwest




·       IGCC System for Tokyo Electric Power

·       Volta River Authority signs MOU for 1,200 MW Coal-fired Power Plant in Ghana






·       UK approves new 470 MW Gas-fired Power Plant at North Killingholme, England

·       Carlton Power to develop 1.8 GW Gas-fired Power Plant and also purchasing GE’s interest in 1,500 MW Thorpe Marsh Gas-fired Power Station in England

·       POSCO E&C wins $1.14 Billion Nigeria Power Plant Order

·       Lafarge, Wärtsilä, IFC to build 220 MW Gas-fired Power Plant in Nigeria

·       Sasol lets Services Contract to Foster Wheeler for Mozambique Gas Processing Plant









·       GDF SUEZ purchases Lahmeyer Engineering Company, Germany

·       Energy Future Holdings (TX) to auction stake in Oncor Power Distribution

·       STEAG now also successfully servicing Asia

·       Substantial Merger Activity in the Air Filtration Industry

·       Fuel Tech acquires Intellectual Property for Carbonite Fuel Conversion Process

·       Fuel Tech awarded Air Pollution Control Orders totaling $7.8 Million




·       Water Monitoring for Combined Cycle Power Plants was Hot Topic September 18, 2014

·       “Water Treatment Chemicals for Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Power Plants” - Hot Topic Webinar on September 25 at 10 a.m. Central

·       “Dry Scrubbing” will be the Hot Topic on October 23, 2014

·       Upcoming Hot Topic Hours



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October 2, 2014

Precipitator Improvements


October 16, 2014

Municipal Drinking Water Purification

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October 23, 2014

Dry Scrubbing

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October 30, 2014

Coal-fired Power Plant NOx Reduction Innovations


November 6, 2014

Power Plant Cooling


November 13, 2014

Boiler Feedwater Treatment


December 18, 2014

Power Plant Pump Innovations


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