Pure water, semiconductors and the recession

Pure water is vital for the survival of the $250 billion global semiconductor industry. Cost pressures brought on by the recession are filtering through to water treatment equipment manufacturers, as Gord Cope finds out.

The manufacture of semiconductors represents one of the largest industrial sectors on Earth. In 2008, the industry had worldwide sales of approximately $249 billion, and KPMG estimates that when the effect on the whole electronics value chain is taken into account, the industry enables the generation of some $1.2 trillion in electronic systems business and $5 trillion in services, representing...

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