The sales of valves to meet the rigid requirements of the pharmaceutical, food and other life science industries in 2015 will exceed $3.4 billion worldwide. This is the last forecast in Industrial Valves World Market published by the McIlvaine Company.
The market for valves for municipal drinking water plants in 2015 will be more than $3.8 billion. However, these valves are not designed to the high sanitary levels required of valves in the life sciences. One reason is that disinfection is a common method of protection of drinking water, but is not acceptable as a way to treat fluids processed in the life sciences.