US wastewater treatment markets become more competitive

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The project involves the supply of adistillation unit, all interconnectingpipework with existing facilities,the erection of the plant and thecivil works design. The plant isscheduled to be completed in about21 months.Weir Entropie is responsible forthe execution of the overall pro-ject, but will sub-contract theconstruction work to a localAlgerian company. Weir Entropiesays that this contract furtherstrengthens its position in theAlgerian market place.Contact:Weir Entropie SA, 18 chemin du fond duchne, F-78620 lEtang la Ville, France.Tel: + 33 1 3008 8282, Fax: + 33 1 30088220, Email:,www.entropie.comUS wastewatertreatment markets becomemore competitiveConsolidation and budget cutsin the US food industry are step-ping up competition in the waterand wastewater treatment mar-kets, claims Frost & Sullivan.According to the market researchfirm, the US food processingindustry has recently undergone awave of changes. It says that com-panies and organizations are nowfocusing on efficient multi-productlines as opposed to huge manufac-turing facilities. This is creatingopportunities for vendors of waterand wastewater treatment equip-ment, particularly in the repair andreplacement sector.New analysis from Frost &Sullivan, entitled US Markets forWater & Wastewater Treatment inthe Food & Beverage Industry AnEnd-User Study, reveals that rev-enue in this market totalled$248.2 million in 2004, and pro-jects it will grow to $373.6 millionby 2010.In a bid to exploit existing distribution systems and labormarkets, food processors are look-ing at expanding current plantsrather than building new sites, thestudy finds. With growing plantextensions and newer environmen-tal legislation, the replacementmarket is seeing demands forimproved upgrades and greaterprocess efficiencies.With increasing saturation,competition in the water andwastewater treatment market isintensifying, says Frost &Sullivan. Furthermore, because ofthe large number of suppliersthere is relatively less marketawareness, and on average, anyone supplier is recognized by lessthan half of the customers, claimsthe company. Nevertheless, themarket has ample potential foreven small participants to operateas local specialists.Overall, the water and waste-water treatment market appears tobe moving towards a mature stage,but suppliers can gain a competi-tive edge through customized services. Specific interests lie innewer technologies such as ultravi-olet disinfection, membranes and lower-cost sludge treatmenttechnologies.Contacts:North America: Frost & Sullivan, 7550West Interstate 10, Suite 400, San Antonio,TX 78229-5616, USA.Tel: +1 877 4637678. Fax: +1 888 690 3329,www.frost.comEurope: Frost & Sullivan, 4 GrosvenorGardens, London SW1W 0DH, UK.Tel: +4420 7730 3438, Fax: +44 20 7730 3343.UF cartridgereduces systemfootprint sizeNow available from Massachu-setts-based Koch MembraneSystems (KMS) is the PMPW-10ultrafiltration (UF) cartridge forpotable water treatment.Certified as NSF-61 compliant,the hollow-fiber cartridge is 25 cm(10 inches) in diameter and con-tains 60% more membrane areaand provides 60% more productwater than its 20 cm (8-inch) predecessor, resulting in signifi-cant cost savings for municipalwater treatment plants, says thecompany.The greater output of the cart-ridge enables systems with fewerskids to be created, reducing plantfloor space requirements by up to50%. For new plants, the smallerfootprint produces dramaticreductions in building and instal-lation costs. Existing plants canexpand capacity by converting from20 cm (8-inch) cartridges to thePMPW-10 cartridge, without hav-ing to extend buildings or constructnew ones, says KMS.The cartridges hollow-fiber UFmembranes have a nominal molec-ular weight cut-off of 100 000.Compliance with the SafeDrinking Water Act is assuredbecause the membranes consis-tently exceed 4-log removal ofCryptosporidium, Giardia andviruses. The fibers have alsodemonstrated the ability to reduceturbidity to