Ultrapure water also abbreviated as UPW is a type of water which meets the highest standards of purity. It is an attribute generally achieved by eliminating all the contaminants present in the water. Contaminants which are present in the form of particulate matter or dissolved impurities, organic or inorganic compounds as well as various dissolved gases which may be inert or reactive. Also, known by the name of high purity water, ultrapure water is achieved as the result of a strict and stringent purification process which includes multiple number of stages. Generally, three major stages are involved to obtain ultrapure water namely primary stage, pretreatment stage and polishing stage. The pretreatment stage supplies purified water whereas the primary stage further purifies it and in the end the polishing phase uses the process of electro-deionization or ion exchange resins to furnish the final ultrapure water.
The global semiconductor industry, which is basically governed by various stringent standards is one of the largest consumers of ultrapure water across the globe. A large number of operations in the global semiconductor industry are performed in clean room environments where the employment of ultrapure water is mandatory. Ultrapure water is a crucial part of all those processes such as itching and wafer cleaning. Significant expansions in the semiconductor and electronics industries are a key factor anticipated to act as a high impact growth factor in the global ultrapure water market. The increasing usage of ultrapure water especially in the power industry accounts for a significant demand for ultrapure water across the globe thus driving the growth of the global ultrapure water market. In addition, accurate estimation of the demand for ultrapure water is one of the key challenges hampering the growth of the global ultrapure water market. The sluggish economic scenario in several economies over the past few years has erupted the overall investment plans in various industrial projects which is another key factor creating challenges for the major companies operating in the global ultrapure water market across the globe.
The global market can be divided on the basis of equipment, application, end-use industry and region. By equipment, the global ultrapure water market can be segmented into filtration, consumables and aftermarket. Based on application, the global ultrapure water market can be segmented into washing fluid and process weed. By end-use industry, the global ultrapure water market can be segmented into semiconductors, coal fired powder, flat panel display, pharmaceuticals, gas turbine power and other. By region, the global ultrapure water market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific. The demand in Asia-Pacific is expected to be the major driving factor for the growth of the global ultrapure water market. China is anticipated to account for the largest share and lead the overall demand for ultrapure water owing to increasing industrial production over the last few years. The markets in other developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, Poland, Indonesia, New Zealand, Argentina and India among others are also anticipated to grow rapidly throughout the forecast period.
Major players operating in the global ultrapure water market are focusing on some key market strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to keep hold in the ever competitive market. Moreover, they are concentrating on collaborating with local players to increase their market reach as well as strengthen their goodwill in the global market. Some of the key players involved in the manufacture and supply of ultrapure water include Dow Water & Process Solutions, GE Water and Process Technologies Inc. and Pall Corporation among others.
The global ultrapure water market can be segmented
• Washing fluid
• Process weed
By End-Use Industry:
• Coal fired powder
• Flat panel display
• Gas turbine power
• North America
• Latin America
• Middle East & Africa
• Asia Pacific