The world market for equipment and services to produce ultrapure water for the power, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, and other industries worldwide will rise from $3.6 billion this year to $4.8 billion in 2010, according to a report by the McIlvaine Company (

The report, titled “Ultrapure Water World Markets,” predicts the market for ultrapure water will benefit from growth in semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing. In addition, the report says ultrapure water system and service sales to the power industry will exceed $1 billion by 2010, driven largely by the construction of new coal-fired boilers in China and the United States.

Reverse-osmosis systems are cited by the report as one of the biggest product segments in ultrapure water systems and are expected to exceed $400 million by 2010. Pumps and valves made of special materials are expected to see an uptick in demand as well. Storage and piping sales are expected to reach $250 million, while sales of instruments and controls for ultrapure water are expected to exceed $600 million.