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AFS Market Landscape Reports
AFS has secured five Market Landscape Reports for the AFS Corporate Sponsors. To gain access to the full reports you need to be a AFS Corporate Sponsor. For more information on how to become a corporate sponsor and all the benefits go to this web page:
Listed below are the five reports currently available.
Filters - United States
"US filter demand is expected to increase 7.1 percent annually to $12.6 billion in 2015. Gains will be driven in part by ongoing aftermarket sales and the growing penetration of motor vehicle cabin air filters, diesel emissions filters, and home air and water filters. Demand for filters in the industrial and manufacturing market and key motor vehicle market will be among the fastest growing.
This study analyzes the $8.9 billion US filter industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010, with forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by media (e.g., paper, fabric), product (e.g., fluid filter, internal combustion engine and related filter, air filter) and market (e.g., motor vehicles, utilities, consumer, industrial and manufacturing)."
Produced Water Market - Opportunities in the oil, shale, and gas sectors in North America
"The oil industry is effectively a water industry which delivers oil as a byproduct In North America onshore oil industry, on average nearly eight barrels of water are brought to the surface for every barrel of oil. This produced water is often highly saline and contaminated by hydrocarbons:
It is a hazardous waste which requires treatment, disposal and potentially recycling.
Handling this produced water is an integral part of the oil and gas industry. It is also big business - worth an estimated $2.5 billion a year."
U.S. Residential Water Treatment
"With two-thirds of the earth covered by the oceans, and with drinkable water supplies accounting for less than 3% of the total water available on the planet, the notion of finding a “drop to drink” is becoming less of a fable and more of a reality. Indeed, the freshwater supplies around the world are shrinking and becoming more contaminated even as the world’s population is rapidly increasing. Freshwater supplies are becoming stressed through the use of pesticides, the destruction of wetlands, wasteful human activity, and depletion of underground water sources, to name but a few causes. Even the normal daily process of trying to remain healthy can cause water-related problems; for example, the medicines people take are not completely absorbed in the body, so pharmaceutical remnants are excreted and find their way back into the water supply.
This report discusses these concerns and others in relationship to products that are available (or soon will be) for use in the home to clean and purify water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and other household needs."
Membrane Technology for Liquid and Gas Separation
"The combined U.S. market for membranes used in liquid and gas separating applications is estimated at $2.3 billion in 2008, and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% per year during the 5-year period from 2008 to 2013.
The U.S consumes approximately 40% of all the membrane modules produced worldwide. In 2008, conventional liquid separations: reverse osmosis (RO), nanofiltration (NF), ultrafiltration (UF), microfiltration (MF), and electrochemical processes such as electrodialysis (ED), account for 90% of U.S. demand..."
The world is rapidly depleting the easy to reach fossil fuel sources. New finds are smaller and more expensive to extract. In addition there is turmoil putting into question the reliability of these sources. The problem is exacerbated by the rapidly increasing needs in Asia and other developing regions. As a result much of the current investment is being directed toward unconventional fuel sources. There are large short term and long term filtration and separation opportunities in the following categories:
- Gas Shale
- Coal-bed Methane
- Heavy Oil
- Gas to Liquids
- Coal to Liquids
- Agrilectric Research
- Ahlstrom Filtration LLC
- Air Techniques International
- Albarrie Environmental Services
- APC Filtration Inc.
- Carolina Filters
- Cerex Advanced Fabrics
- Cim-Tek Filtration
- Cummins Filtration Inc.
- Delta Pure Filtration
- Dexmet Corporation
- Donaldson Company, Inc.
- Dorstener Wire Tech
- Edward C. Gregor & Associate
- E. Mayer Filtration Consulting
- Filtration & Separation Technology
- Filtrona Porous Technologies
- Flow Ezy Filters
- Franklin Adhesives & Polymers
- G Bopp USA Inc.
- GE Water Process and Technologies
- GKD-USA, Inc.
- Harrigan Solutions
- Hayward Flow Control
- Hollingsworth & Vose
- IBR Laboratories
- IFTS Testing & Research
- Industrial Netting
- International Filtration News
- Kavon Filter Products
- Kaydon Environmental Services Group
- Keystone Filters
- Lydall Filtration
- Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC
- Mott Corporation
- MyCelx Technologies
- Nexo Solutions
- Oberlin Filter
- Parker Hannifin Corp.
- Porex Filtration
- PROTEC-Professional Technical
- Puradyn Filter Technologies
- Purolator Advanced Filtration
- Quantachrome Instruments
- Rosedale Products, Inc.
- Sefar, Inc.
- Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc.
- W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
- Wire Tech, Inc.
- Zeus, Inc.