Chart of the Month - BWRO and SWRO installations since 2007 with a capacity <10,000m3/d
- From: Vol 12, Issue 12 (December 2011)
- Category: Analysis
- Related Companies: AES, Culligan, Desalia, GE Water, Grupo Seta, ITT, Metito, Osmoflo, Veolia, Wetico and Xylem
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This month’s chart shows the market share in terms of companies supplying the smaller- scale membrane desalination plant market over the last five years.
It demonstrates that GE has managed to retain a significant share of the RO market, despite becoming less active in big plants. The data on contracted capacity was collected as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the global desalination market by GWI researchers. As manufacturing technology has improved, the cost of pre-engineered plants has come down, lowering the barriers to entry in the membrane desal business, and contributing to a fragmenting of the market – note the number of projects in the ‘others’ category. This trend is starting to leak out into larger plant contracts as well, with many new firms using pre-engineered solutions to chance their arm in the membrane market.