Pharmaceutical Industry Water Business Trends
By Robert McIlvaine
T he technology and markets for high-purity water for use in pharmaceutical applications are dynamic. There are continuous technology improvements and the markets are growing faster in developing countries than in the developed ones. The pharmaceutical industry is a major user of high-purity water systems and consumables. In 2014, the industryﾒs high-purity water purchases will exceed $440 million. Table A shows the different major high-purity water treatment markets. This comparison also indicates how the pharmaceutical water business compares to the other markets. These high-purity water markets have different treatment concerns. For example, the pharmaceutical industry is highly concerned with microbiological contamination, while the semiconductor industry pays greater attention to particle removal. Unique approaches are needed to minimize microbiological contamination at pharma plants. In addition, to the pharmaceutical industry, medical device manufacturing, hospital compounding, food and beverage, and animal research also need water with minimal microbiological contamination.
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