Japan”s trading houses, which made fortunes from heavy bets on coal and iron ore, see water as their next big investment target as industrialization and urbanization in emerging economies boost demand for clean water, according to a report by Reuters (www.reuters.com).

According to Reuters, Japan’s big trading companies are competing for water and sewage contracts in a market that could top $1 trillion by 2025. The companies are targeting markets such as China, Latin America and the Middle East.

Reuters reports some filter equipment companies that own technologies such ceramic microfiltration for desalination, are keen to tap into water markets as plant operators rather than as just parts suppliers.

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