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Market Trends and Analysis The Column September 2008 Market Profile: Water Analysis and Testing Water is one of the most abundant compounds found in Yet another area of concern with regards to water is the nature. An estimated 1.4 billion cubic kilometres of water exists environment. With increasing populations there is an increasing on Earth and it covers 70% of our planet’s surface. Water is volume of wastewater, which, if discharged directly into the also a key element to life and makes up 70% of the fat free environment, can quickly wreak havoc on the ecosystem. Raw mass of the human body. It is not surprising then that water is wastewater and industrial effluent must be processed and used, at least to some extent, in nearly all industries and to treated before it can be sent back into our lakes, streams and quite a significant extent in most. The need to analyse water oceans. Therefore, it is an area that requires monitoring of both for contaminants, as well as its life supporting contaminants, as well as its ability to support life. characteristics, is nearly as wide. Such a diverse range of water usage and the When it comes to industrial process resulting variation in purity requirements, water, almost anything present in the have led to the development of a large water at varying levels can present a and incredibly varied market for water potential problem in some industries. analysis instrumentation. In 2007, the One of the biggest examples is the worldwide demand for laboratory semiconductor and electronics separations techniques such as high industry, which generally use performance liquid chromatography deionized (DI) water. This water is free (HPLC), ion chromatography (IC) and of practically anything down to the gas chromatography (GC) accounted parts-per-billion (ppb) level because of for about $800 million for the scale and resulting sensitivity of environmental analyses. Moreover, modern electronic devices to separation techniques represent contaminants. The pharmaceutical about a fifth of the water testing industry is another major industrial market. Overall annual growth has user of water. Although most final been somewhat modest during the last dosage forms of drugs are in solid form, few years, but demand for individual water is a key tool in the manufacturing methods and configurations in process of most instances. different geographical regions varies 2007 water analysis market demand Water for human consumption is considerably. by technology another area in which water must be The foregoing data was extracted constantly monitored, although humans are not nearly as sensitive and adapted from SDi's Market Analysis and Perspective report as electronic circuits might be to contamination. However, the on the Water Testing & Analysis Market: Lab & Process — global population is continuing to increase rapidly, while the Wastewater to Ultrapure Water. For more information, contact world’s supply of water holds steady. The increasing worldwide Glenn Cudiamat, vice president of Research Services, Strategic population density and the drive to provide water fit for Directions International Inc., 6242 Westchester Parkway, Suite consumption in developing regions of the world will contribute to 100, Los Angeles, California 90045, USA, the need to invest heavily in potable water infrastructure, as well tel. +1 310 641 4982, fax +1 310 641 8851, as the instrumentation needed to monitor it. e-mail: Author: Glenn Cudiamat E-mail: 6 Robert Decelis Ltd/Getty Images

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The Column - September 2008
Market Trends and Analysis: Water Analysis and Testing
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The Column - September 2008