Sales of sedimentation and centrifugation equipment will rise to $7.3 billion in 2015, according to a McIlvaine Company report. A small but growing percentage of the sales will be achieved by international companies.

There have been many acquisitions over the years in this market.Evoqua Water Technologies, formerly Siemens Water Technologies, is a prime example. This company includes more than 100 acquisitions over the years. Most recently, Siemens sold its water and waste group to AEA Investors LP, New York, USA, for 640 million Euros.

In their continuing analysis in Sedimentation and Centrifugation World Markets, McIlvaine predicts that the international companies that will be most successful will be those who become leaders in the Chinese market. Asia will account for 55 percent of the market next year.

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China will account for more than 50 percent of the Asian market and more than 25 percent of the total market. 

International companies have made the most progress in gaining market share in the centrifuge segment, which will exceed $500 million next year.

Andritz is an example of an international company that has expanded through a combination of organic and acquisition growth. An early acquisition of a belt filter press manufacturer was complimented by acquisitions of centrifuge companies. The corporation saw the potential in China many years ago and has positioned itself well in that country, McIlvaine reports. As of the end of the first quarter 2014 Andritz had achieved a backlog order of 370 Meur and sales of 124 Meur.First quarter orders included:

  • Three high-performance centrifuges for a Texas municipal wastewater plant
  • Gypsum centrifuges for FGD system in Chinese power plant
  • Decanter centrifuge orders from a bisphenol A (BPA) producer in China
  • Decanter centrifuges for polyoxymethylene (PCM) manufacturer in Saudi Arabia
  • Separators for tea manufacturing facility in China

It is significant that three of five major orders in the first quarter were for Chinese plants, and demonstrates that Andritz is showing the way for international sedimentation and centrifugation suppliers, McIlvaine says.

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