Global Ultrapure Water Market: Overview
Ultrapure water (UPW) is water that meets the highest standards of purity – an attribute achieved by eliminating all contaminants. Contaminants are present in the form of dissolved or particulate matter, inorganic or organic compounds, and various dissolved gases that may be reactive or inert. Also known as high-purity water, UPW is obtained as the result of a stringent purification process that entails multiple stages.
Typically, three stages are used to obtain ultrapure water: pretreatment stage, primary stage, and polishing stage. The pretreatment stage yields purified water, while the primary stage further purifies it and the polishing stage uses electrodeionization or ion exchange resins. The polishing stage requires the use of highly specialized and sophisticated equipment. This makes it the most expensive stage in the ultrapure water production process. Ultrafiltration is typically the penultimate process in ultrapure water production.
The usage of water that has been purified to adhere to exceptionally stringent specifications is the most common in the semiconductor industry. However, the demand for UPW is also high in clinical research laboratories, power generation facilities, and the solar PV manufacturing industry.
The ecosystem of the ultrapure water market is composed primarily of systems suppliers, ultrapure water manufacturers, dealers, and end users. For detailed study of the global ultrapure water market, the report segments the market on the basis of type of equipment used for ultrapure water production, end users, applications, and geography. From the regional standpoint, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World.
Global Ultrapure Water Market: Key Trends and Opportunities
The semiconductor industry, which is governed by stringent standards, is among the largest consumers of ultrapure water globally. An appreciable number of operations in the semiconductor industry are conducted in cleanroom environments, where the use of ultrapure water is necessary. UPW is an important part of processes such as wafer cleaning and itching. Significant expansion in the electronics and semiconductor industries is likely to act as a high-impact growth driver for the global UPW market.
The usage of ultrapure water in the power industry augurs well for the market growth. In supercritical coal-fired power plants, for instance, the use of ultrapure water is indispensable. With the mounting energy needs of developing economies and the resultant large-scale electrification initiatives, the power sector in countries such as China, India, and Brazil is expected to drive the consumption of UPW.
Accurate estimation of demand is a key challenge for the growth of the UPW market. The sluggish economic scenario in various countries over the last few years has disrupted investment plans in several industrial projects – a factor that has created a challenge for companies in the ultrapure water market.
Global Ultrapure Water Market: Region-wise Outlook
The market for ultrapure water in Asia Pacific is expected to record the highest compounded annual growth rate during the forecast period. The thriving electronics and power sectors in countries such as China, Taiwan, India, Japan, and South Korea can be credited for the strong projected performance of the UPW market in Asia Pacific. China, especially, is a lucrative market because of sustained investments by foreign and domestic players in its power industry. Likewise, the presence of major electronics contract manufacturers in China is likely to provide new growth opportunities for players in the ultrapure water market.
The U.S. and Canada account for the largest share of the consumption of ultrapure water in North America. Growth in Europe is expected to remain steady in the near future. Leading companies in the ultrapure water market include GE Water and Process Technologies Inc., Dow Water & Process Solutions, and Pall Corporation.
This research report analyzes this market on the basis of its market segments, major geographies, and current market trends. Geographies analyzed under this research report include
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa
- Latin America
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