East Asia, where the rainfall per capita is far lower than North America, will be the leading purchaser in the $10.3 billion cross-flow membrane market in 2014, according to the report RO, UF, MF World Markets by the McIlvaine Company

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McIlvaine says Revenues from the sale of new reverse-osmosis, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration equipment and replacement modules in East Asia are expected to be over $3.1 billion next year. Desalination will be the leading application, but there will be extensive purchases in many industries. 

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The pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and power industry purchase cross-flow membranes for ultrapure water applications. Due to poor quality of city water in many East Asian countries, McIlvaine says reverse-osmosis, point-of-entry units are used in residences and commercial buildings.

Microfiltration and ultrafiltration systems are used as a critical step in many biotechnology and chemical processes.

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