Carbon cartridge market to exceed $6 billion by 2009

Due to the booming residential market, the sales of carbon cartridges to purify drinking water will exceed $6 billion worldwide in 2009. This is the latest forecast in the online McIlvaine report, "Cartridge Filters: World Markets." The total cartridge market in 2009 will exceed $14 billion. Non-woven cartridges will account for $4 billion while membrane cartridge sales will be $3.5 billion. Metal and string-wound segments are relatively small...

NORTHFIELD, IL, Feb. 21, 2006 -- Due to the booming residential market, the sales of carbon cartridges to purify drinking water will exceed $6 billion worldwide in 2009. This is the latest forecast in the online McIlvaine report, "Cartridge Filters: World Markets."

The total cartridge market in 2009 will exceed $14 billion. Non-woven cartridges will account for $4 billion while membrane cartridge sales will be $3.5 billion. Metal and string-wound segments are relatively small.

The biggest use of carbon cartridges is at point-of-use in residences. Less than 20% are used for point-of-entry filtration. Residential is the largest application followed by the commercial and institutional. The pharmaceutical industry is a major purchaser. Healthcare is also a large segment. The chemical and food industries use large numbers of cartridges for process applications.

The two largest suppliers of cartridges, Pall and Millipore, concentrate on the higher value process applications and are not major players in the residential and commercial segments.

The leading purchasers of carbon filters by geographical region in 2009 will be the U.S and China.

The sizable Chinese market is a combination of poor drinking water quality and the rapid growth of a middle class with the ability to make the purchases.

Asia will be the fastest growing region. Sales of cartridges for semiconductor, flat panel display, and hard disk drive facilities will grow at double-digit rates in Asia over the next five years.

For more information on "Cartridge Filters: World Markets," click here.

The McIlvaine Co. (www.mcilvainecompany.com) is based in Northfield, IL. It provides a series of regional and global market research studies with strengths in, among other subjects, water and wastewater treatment technologies.

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