The total market for ultrapure water (UPW) is forecast to rise from $3.5 billion this year to over $5 billion in 2010, according to a report by the McIlvaine Company (

The report, titled Ultrapure Water World Markets, predicts China will be a big contributor to UPW growth, as the country is already the largest purchaser of UPW for the power industry and the fifth largest purchaser for all industries. McIlvaine says these statistics are reflected in revenues of contractors installing UPW systems.

UPW Construction All Industries In 210 ($ Thousands)
Japan = 108,058
Taiwan = 102,888
United States = 91,887
South Korea = 88,802
China = 51,171
United Kingdom = 14,835
India = 14,384
Germany = 14,205
France = 9,626
Singapore = 7,670
* Mechanical and electrical contracts, but not equipment.

UPW Construction Rankings for Power Industry in 2010
1. China
2. United States
3. Germany
4. India
5. Japan
6. Russia
7. South Korea
8. Taiwan
9. Poland

The semiconductor industry is the largest purchaser of UPW systems, according to McIlvaine. Presently China is a small but rapidly growing player in chip manufacturing. However, since it is the biggest purchaser of chips, it is also in the position to become the largest supplier and will do so by 2020, the report predicts.

McIlvaine says the flat panel industry is one of the fastest growing markets for UPW systems. China is rapidly growing in this segment as well. And coal-fired power plants are also cited by McIlvaine as major users of UPW technology. Construction of such plants in on the rise in the United States and China, with China building more coal-fired plants than any other country.