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5 Hot Spots in the Water Industry in Asia-Pacific for 2014

  • November 2013
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 55 pages

Technological Advancements Must be Balanced with Need for Basic Water Supply and Sanitation

Participants in the water and wastewater treatment market in Asia-Pacific have begun to focus more on sustainable water treatment and management solutions. This market insight examines 5 hotspots for the water industry in this region. Trends considered include membrane technologies, wastewater reclamation, integrated water resource management systems, smart water, and industry development in frontier markets. The base year is 2012, and hot spots are highlighted for 2014.

Key Findings

•The 5 main areas for market participants in Asia-Pacific’s water industry to consider focusing on in 2014 include membrane technology, wastewater reclamation, integrated water resource management, and smart water development in frontier markets
•Driven by the need to explore cost-effective and high-performance water treatment processes, further development of membrane technology is expected in the water industry. Membranes are used in various water and wastewater treatment solutions, such as desalination and membrane bioreactors (MBRs).
•Wastewater reclamation outlines ways to reuse or recycle water for both potable and non-potable uses. Energy harvesting and other applications for biosolids produced in the treatment of wastewater sludge are other major highlights in wastewater management.
•The growing demand for fresh water is escalating the need for water conservation and water footprint reduction. Water safety and the sustainable management of water use will act as impetuses for integrated water resource management in cities and provinces.
•The convergence of information technology and automation systems is gaining attention in an effort to reduce water wastage and provide better monitoring and process optimization through smart water systems.
•Market focus will shift from developed and developing economies in Asia-Pacific to emerging markets such as Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. Rapid socio-economic development in these countries will require fast-paced growth in water and wastewater infrastructure.

Key Takeaways

1. Membrane technology will be extensively improved and used in desalination and wastewater recycling.
2. Wastewater reclamation in the form of recycling and wastewater sludge treatment for energy harvesting is expected to gain focus.
3. Integrated water resource management is inevitable in view of multi-faceted challenges such as increasing water demand, inefficient wastewater management, climate change, and water pollution.
4. Deployment of information and communications technology (ICT) is expected to drive the implementation of smart water grid systems.
5. The frontier markets of Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar will focus attention on the basic supply of clean and treated water and improved sanitation.


Water industry
The water industry includes water and wastewater treatment (WWWT) markets. The markets may encompass equipment markets (e.g., filtration and disinfection equipment) and/or services markets (e.g., design, construction, and operation services). The industry excludes equipment and services related to site remediation, environmental assessment, and water quality tests.

Average annual growth rate (AAGR) is the year-on-year growth rate of a market or investment over a specified period of time.

Market size
Unless otherwise indicated in this study, market size refers to sales revenue for equipment and/or services within the mentioned markets in this study. It excludes book revenue (uncollected revenue from current and future contracts).

Monetary unit
Unless otherwise indicated in this study, the monetary unit used is US dollars ($).

Unless otherwise indicated in this study, Asia-Pacific refers to Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Importance of this Study

Working with the Authorities to Achieve Green Growth
•Private sector participation is needed in government projects that promote green growth in sectors such as water resource sustainability and wastewater reuse.
•New business opportunities may stem from new regulations and policies.

Identifying New Trends in Technology and Innovation
•WWWT is evolving continuously. The industry is focused on treatment efficiencies with minimal environmental impacts..
•Technology advancement changes the way water and wastewater is treated and managed.

Staying Ahead in Competition
•Non-competitors in the past are expanding their business into the water industry (e.g., with membrane technologies).
•Industry convergence is inevitable. Companies need to stay ahead in identifying business areas beyond their core competencies.

Table Of Contents

5 Hot Spots in the Water Industry in Asia-Pacific for 2014
Table of Contents

Executive Summary 4
Introduction 7
Industry Overview 12
Trends—Key Highlights in 2013 17
Overview of 5 Hot Spots 23
Hot Spots to Focus on in 2014 26
Conclusion 46
The Frost and Sullivan Story 51

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