Suppliers of air pollution control equipment and consumables will achieve sales of $23.9 billion in China next year, according to the latest forecast in an aggregation of McIlvaine Company market reports.

* Includes bags
** includes catalyst but only industrial and not mobile

The emphasis is shifting toward reliable and consistent performance as well as to higher removal requirements even for existing facilities. Power plants in the vicinity of large cities will have to upgrade the efficiency of their installed FGD systems by 2014. This program, plus the expanding purchase of reagents such as limestone, lime and treatment chemicals, will raise the investment in FGD to $7.5 billion in 2013.

The repair and replacement costs for electrostatic precipitators are due to the very large installed base in China. In addition to purchases of catalysts operators of NOx, control systems are facing costs for failed systems and components.

McIlvaine says the chemical, iron and steel and mining industry will be major purchasers of scrubbers in the industrial category. The industrial market for thermal treatment will be small. These numbers do not reflect the very large and rapidly growing mobile market, which is addressed in another McIlvaine report.

The market for air monitoring instrumentation is growing robustly and will exceed $1.7 billion in 2013.

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