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ARC says Process Electrochemical Systems Market to grow

Dedham, Massachusetts; December 19, 2007: The market for Process Electrochemical Systems (PES) is being driven largely by regulatory compliance issues and manufacturers' desire for a deeper understanding of manufacturing processes. The worldwide market for PES is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% over the next five years. The market was slightly greater than $535 million in 2007 and is forecasted to reach nearly $725 million by 2012, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.

Compared to other field measurements, electrochemical measurements are not as well understood by operators due to the chemistry involved. “Suppliers have made great strides in removing some of the mystery from electrochemical measurements by offering easier to use, more reliable sensors. Newer, more intelligent sensors constructed of corrosion resistant materials with digital outputs, including relevant Plant Asset Management (PAM) information, are getting closer to fulfilling the end user holy grail of fit and forget instrumentation,” according to Sr. Analyst Paula Hollywood, principal author of ARC’s “Process Electrochemical Systems Worldwide Outlook.“

Reducing Costs and Improving Efficiency
High value type sensors such as those found in process electrochemical systems can make a significant contribution to improving operational efficiency. With energy costs soaring, use of PES in boilers, condensers, and steam turbines to detect corrosion and solid deposits can help reduce energy consumption. Detecting corrosion in real-time can also minimize unscheduled downtime and increase asset life. In addition, PES can assist manufacturers in building quality control into the manufacturing process as opposed to post-production laboratory testing thus reducing the need for product rework and minimizing waste.

Select Industries Present Opportunities
New markets, such as ethanol and biofuel production, are hot and currently well funded as the price of oil continues to set new records. PES can also play a role in fuel cell development in detecting cathode current. The recent spate of recalls in the food & beverage industry will more than likely trigger more stringent regulatory testing and reporting requirements which could be a boon for PES. The extensive use of PES in the power industry is an indication that these systems will benefit from increased capital spending here as well.

Emerging Countries Becoming Environmentally Aware
Environmental pollution is frequently a byproduct of urbanization and industrialization. Emerging nations are experiencing this phenomenon on a grand scale as they seek to build their respective industrial bases and infrastructure. China, for example, is currently home to 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities. Healthy growth in process electrochemical systems is expected as emerging nations become more environmentally aware.

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