Revenues for suppliers of cleanroom hardware and consumables will exceed $10.3 billion in 2011. This is the latest forecast in the McIlvaine continuously updated Cleanroom World Markets report. www.mcilvainecompany.com. The hardware revenues will be smaller than the consumables.
Consumables revenues are steadily increasing, but hardware revenues follow the same peaks and valleys as do semiconductor, flat panel and medical device equipment revenues. The pharmaceutical industry is the one major hardware purchaser which steadily increases purchases.
Gloves are the single biggest consumable purchase. Wipes are the second. Reusable and disposable garments are equal in revenues but not in unit sales. Far more disposable garments are purchased. There are many unique products manufactured for cleanroom operators and combined in the supplies category. They include disinfection and cleaning chemicals, mops, and even specially made pens suitable for cleanroom use.