World demand for water treatment equipment is expected to grow almost 7 percent per year through 2017, according to a report by Cleveland-based Freedonia Group Inc. Developing parts of the world —Asia/Pacific, Eastern Europe and Africa/Mideast regions — are expected to show strong growth, with gains supported by improved access to treated drinking water and sanitation facilities, particularly through greater use of filtration and membrane systems. Expanded manufacturing and industrial activities requiring the use of water treatment equipment such as membrane systems and disinfection equipment will also promote growth in these regions.

More modest gains are expected in mature markets for water treatment equipment —North America and Western Europe — with demand for membrane systems and disinfection equipment supported by continued efforts to reduce chemical use by replacing chlorine and other chemicals with water treatment equipment, and in the United States by an ongoing rebound in production output after the 2007 to 2009 recession.

The Freedonia industry study, World Water Treatment Equipment, presents historical demand data (2002, 2007, 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product, market and world region for 19 countries. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 35 industry competitors.