Despite considerable consolidation in the last decade the market for equipment and consumables to clarify and move liquids remains fractured.
No company enjoys more than a few percent of the total market. No company has more than 15 percent of any market segment. In each segment the market share of the top 5 companies ranges from 12 to 43 percent. Market shares for the top 30 companies range from 28 to 73 percent in the seven major segments. This is the conclusion reached by the McIlvaine Company through comparison of its analyses in a number of specific market reports it publishes.
GE is one of the few companies in most sectors. With its acquisition of Dresser, it gained considerable valve market share. The acquisition of Betz decades ago made it a top player in treatment chemicals. It has also purchased a number of companies making filtration equipment. Large pump players such as Xylem have small market shares in the other segments.
Dow chemical is the leading supplier of membranes for reverse osmosis systems but does not supply the systems. Dow is a major supplier of chemicals but not filtration equipment.
One reason for the lack of concentration is the diversity of product requirements. An inexpensive pump to handle 2 gpm of clear water bears little resemblance to a 50,000 gpm slurry pump used in a flue gas desulfurization system. The complex highly machined and balanced centrifuge is far different than a simple clarifier but both are included in the sedimentation and centrifugation category. Alfa Laval and GEA enjoy a large market share in the disk stack centrifuge sub sector but are not leaders in hydro-cyclones, clarifiers, or dissolved air flotation which is also included in the category.
Picture: Market Share, % (Image: McIlvaine Company)