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MARKET INTELLIGENCE: INTENSIFIED REGULATION, PORTABILITY, TO DOUBLE WASTEWATER ANALYSIS MARKET, APPROACHING $900 MILLION

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Spurred by tightening regulations and paced by more portable instruments, U.S. wastewater analytical instrument sales will double from $444 million in 1992 to $890 million in 1998, growing at a 12 percent compound annual rate, projects a new study just issued by Market Intelligence.
 Portable instruments will increase their share of the overall market, from 29 percent in 1992 to 39 in 1998, while sensors decline in share from 59 to 47 percent in the same period. Continuous on-line monitoring devices will raise their share from 12 to 14 percent, forecasts the report, "Field/On-Site Wastewater Analytical Instrumentation Markets: Era of Portability Dawns, Regulations Tighten."
 Governments at various levels are intensifying their regulation of wastewater processing, defining and limiting new pollutants and tightening standards as penalties are increased. Environmental control will become a heightened government priority with election of a new Democratic national administration.
 As regulation increases, purchases of wastewater analytical equipment will rise correspondingly in efforts to stay in compliance. The high costs of both litigation and lab analysis are pressing industry and public institutions to monitor and analyze wastewater in the field or on-site.
 Dissolved oxygen and turbidity wastewater analysis technologies will grow the most rapidly, both maintaining nearly 17 percent compound annual growth through 1998. Multiparameter analysis will grow at a slightly slower 15.6 percent compound annual rate.
 Connectivity and pH analysis equipment, the more mature segments, will grow at projected compound annual rates of 11.7 and 8.5 percent, respectively.
 The wastewater analysis industry has moved increasingly from being a component of the process control market to its own distinct industry. Process control equipment manufacturers have expanded their instrument and sensor offerings targeted specifically at the wastewater market, as have manufacturers of laboratory and other scientific equipment.
 The wastewater industry has prevailed on vendors to offer lower- priced equipment with simplified operation and measurement parameters tailored to wastewater regulations. New low-cost instrument and sensors have been recently introduced, primarily for pH(acidity) and conductivity measurement and, to a lesser extent, for ion-specific measures. The more successful mid-sized wastewater instrumentation vendors will be increasingly attractive takeover prospects during the 1990s as conglomerates try to diversify their environmental instrument holdings.
 Market Intelligence is an international high-technology research firm specializing in industrial electronics and instrumentation. All Market Intelligence reports are based on extensive interviews with marketing and technical experts from selected companies in each market segment. Primary research is validated by thorough analysis of available secondary research. Since 1982, Market Intelligence has emerged as one of the leading publishers of high-technology market research reports.
 Total Wastewater Analysis/Monitoring Instrumentation Market:
 Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecasts (U.S.), 1988-1998
 Revenue
 Units Revenues Growth Rate
 (000) ($ Million) (percent)
 1988 755.2 280.2 ---
 1989 816.4 314.7 12.3
 1990 888.7 353.9 12.4
 1991 976.1 396.6 12.1
 1992 1,080.3 444.3 12.0
 1993 1,197.8 498.1 12.1
 1994 1,332.7 559.6 12.4
 1995 1,485.6 629.1 12.4
 1996 1,655.7 706.4 12.3
 1997 1,850.7 792.4 12.2
 1998 2,073.9 890.1 12.3
 Compound annual growth rate (1991-1998): 12.2 percent
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