Processing Magazine

New report provides perspective on water analysis instrumentation

June 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Strategic Directions International, Inc. announces the publication of Water Analysis Instrumentation: Essential Instruments for the Essential Element. The goal of this report is to provide a strategic perspective on the current situation and projected potential for analytical techniques used for water analysis applications across all industries. This includes handheld, bench top, in-field, portable and on-line instruments. The report identifies, in quantitative and qualitative terms, the structure and makeup of the entire worldwide market for such techniques and methods.

Water is the most abundant compound on Earth, and covers more than 70% of its surface. It is critical to sustaining life and to maintaining the global ecosystem. Despite having so much of it, less than 0.01% of all water on our planet is readily accessible for human use and consumption. However, exploding populations are putting increasing stress on water systems around the world, which is driving the need to monitor water quality now more than ever. This has been the primary factor helping to grow the market for water analysis instrumentation to more than $2.4 billion.

The range of analytical technologies widely employed to monitor water quality varies almost as greatly as the number of chemicals, compounds and other potential water contaminants with which there is concern. The market, which is expected to see mid-single-digit growth, includes everything from the most basic handheld pH meter to mass spectrometers that may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. While government regulation is the primary driver of demand from wastewater and drinking water applications, significant demand can be found in other areas, such as power generation, semiconductor manufacturing and elsewhere.

This report evaluates the demand for bench top, handheld, online, portable and in-field analytical instrumentation used for water analysis applications. Global demand for nearly two-dozen analytical technologies are evaluated in terms of product demand, regional demand, industrial demand and application demand and forecast through 2015. An extensive portion of the report is also dedicated to evaluating the vendor shares and competitive position of more than 50 companies that participate in the market.