Mcilvaine Insights


No. 133   February 13, 2020


Weekly selected highlights in flow control, treatment and combustion from the many McIlvaine publications.

·       Briefs

·       World Fabric Filter Market is Growing and Changing



The market for FGD systems can go up with the Opportunistic Biomass-CCS program or go down with a doomsday climate change.  Here is why the program is the perfect compromise and what the impact will be on the FGD industry  Will the $50 billion FGD Market Go Up or Down?

When it comes to the ambient and emissions monitoring market there has not been the typical industry consolidation.  A new McIlvaine analysis shows the growth and market shares in the industry  Air Pollution Monitoring Market is Growing but not Consolidating

The U.K and Japan are both relying on biomass combustion in existing coal plants coupled with CO2 sequestration as a climate change initiative which is not just neutral but results in negative CO2 emissions. They are “sucking the CO2 out of the air  Opportunistic Biomass - CCS Program is the Route chosen by the UK and Japan.

McIlvaine tracks valve company mergers and the impact on market share. Crane initially tried to buy all of Circor but ended up with just a small piece   Crane Valve Market Share Slightly Changed by CIRCOR Acquisition

World Fabric Filter Market is Growing and Changing

There are multiple uses of fabric filters. They can be classified into

·       Mechanically generated dust

·       Fume from combustion or melting operations

·       Capture of reacted acid gases and particles

Fabric filters are used to capture dust from grinding and conveying operations. An example of growth in this segment is their use at manufactured frac sand plants and then at the drilling sites.  There are new rules to protect workers which do not rely on masks but instead require that hoods and fabric filters capture any fugitive dust from conveying and storing sand. Developing countries are passing regulations to improve the dust capture at metal working, stone, and other operations which generate dust.

Fume from combustion of coal or biomass and from the melting of scrap steel or other metals is captured in fabric filters which require filter media which can capture sub-micron particles.  These same collectors are also now typically tasked with removing acid gases, vaporous metals such as mercury, and or volatile organic compounds. This is accomplished with the use of absorption or adsorption materials such as lime and activated carbon.

The McIlvaine Company tracks the markets for the systems, equipment, bags, and media in every industry in every country. The forecasts are continually adjusted to reflect the impact of improved technology such as pleated filter elements or low drag bags. Market shares are tabulated for suppliers at each level (systems, equipment, bags, and media).

The World Fabric Filter and Element market report is unique in that it also provides market and technology insights to expand the market.

It is contributing by identifying those features which reduce the total cost of ownership even though they increase initial cost. A major initiative is the analysis of a new solution for climate change which maximizes use of fabric filters:  Opportunistic Biomass - CCS Program is the Route chosen by the UK and Japan

Another initiative involves bag cleaning regimes which maximize the reaction of lime and other reagents with gas phase pollutants.

The report is continuously updated and includes the monthly Fabric Filter Newsletter and Knowledge Network.  Custom research is also available. 

Details on the report are provided at  market

Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions at 847 784 0013.  His email is