Malaysia Industrial Water and Waste Water Treatment Market Research Report-Ken Research


Research Methodology – Market Definitions

Malaysia Industrial Water and Waste Water Treatment market: It is defined as the total value of projects announced for construction of industrial water and waste water treatment. It includes the EPC contracts, Operation and maintenance, capacity addition and upgradation and equipment sales. It excludes the revenue generated by Malaysian firms executing overseas contracts as well as sewage treatment and municipal water treatment.

Malaysia Operation and Maintenance Market: It is defined as th revenue generated by providing third party operation and maintenance service for water and waste water treatment in various private and government industry. It includes the cost of labour supply, chemicals and others. It excludes the cost of treatment done by companies themselves.

Malaysia EPC market for Industrial water and Waste Water Treatment: It includes the total value of projects allocated in a particular year for construction of new plants, upgradation of existing plants and capacity addition. It includes the cost of engineering, construction, material supply and commissioning. It excludes the water treatment projects for municipal and sewage treatment.

Malaysia Industrial Water Treatment Equipment Market: It is defines as the total price paid by EPC contractors to OEMs and material suppliers in industrial water and waste water treatment for supply of equipments to be installed and consumed while construction of ETPs and WTPs.

North:  Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak

Kuala Lampur : Bukit Bintang, Titiwangsa, Setiawangsa,Wangsa,MajuBatu,Kepong,Lembah Pantai

South and East Coast:  Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Negeri

Sabah and Sarawak:  Interior, Kudat, Sandakan,Tawau

Research Methodology – Consolidated Research Approach

Hypothesis Creation: The research team has first framed a hypothesis about the market through analysis of existing industry factors obtained from magazines, journals, broker reports, investor presentations and annual reports of major companies, Ministry of Green Technology and Water, Water Services Board, Department of Statistics, Sub units of the Ministry of Finance and other government agencies.

Hypothesis Testing: The research team conducted computer assisted telephonic interview (CATI) with several industry professionals including decision makers in EPC and Equipment manufacturing companies. The industry professionals included several management executives, and other higher level authorities. Structured interviews were conducted with several industry veterans including major decision makers from Salcon Berhad, Sigma Water Engineering, Veolia and Vatech Wabag and other companies. The analyst at Ken Research collated their insights on the market onboard and to seek justification to the hypothesis framed by the team.

Sanity Checking @ Decision Tree Analysis: Data has been collected and verified through cross-sanity checking the opinion and facts received from interview with the hypotheses framed from public databases. The team has verified the data by conducting both bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom analysis.

Future Forecasting via Poll Opinions and Statistical Tools: Multi-Factor regression was conducted on the lag variables by identifying the independent and quantifiable variables directly affecting the market. The forecasting was done by using SPSS statistical tools. The variables were checked for multi-co-linearity and other bias that could be present in the model. The conclusion from the regression was then double-checked by conducting poll opinions. Although the forecasting was done using the SPSS tools provided the results were not in line with the industry expert opinions which led us to taking the weighted average approach with the calculations for forecasting. Interpretation and Proofreading: The final analysis will then be interpreted in the research report by our expert team well versed with the Water Industry.

Research Methodology – Market Sizing and Limitation – Water and Waste Water Treatment Market

Market Sizing:

  • Initially, we identified all major EPC and equipment supplier water treatment companies operating in the market. We then collated the order intake for current year, revenue from sale of equipments and O&M contracts. This helped us in sanity checking the current market size provided by industry veterans.
  • We also collated the information for entire water treatment industry size including Sewage treatment, Municipal supply and industrial water treatment and then interviewed industry professionals to seek their expert opinion on contribution of industrial water and waste water treatment.
  • We have conducted multiple CATIs with industry experts and management of leading EPC companies and equipment manufacturers to understand the market size, bidding system, customer acquisition, and their views on future development. This helped us in estimating revenue generated for the overall market and validating the future growth in the market.


  • It can happen that some of the projects may get caught up in legal battle or protest from local bodies which can either delay the project or may even stop the project. It is also possible that company exit the projects due to some technical or financial issue.
  • Many times, it may happen that SMEs may either discharge the effluent directly into the river or in open or may supply it to ETPs after primary treatment even though they have their own ETPs in order to cut the cost. Other than this it is also possible that ETPs may not run at their full potential all the time.
  • It might be possible that some companies may have included equipment supply or construction cost in their order book and other EPC players may have included the cost in their EPC contract which may lead to over reporting or overestimation of the market.
  • Market for O&M was estimated based on opinion provided by industry experts, however it might be possible that it may vary slightly with margin of error of 10% from original market size considering that many companies opt for captive treatment rather than outsourcing the O&M job and gauging such information was our research constraint.

Research Methodology – Variables (Dependent and Independent)

Variables Considered:

  • Installed Capacity of Power plant in MW:  Installed capacity of power plants play a very large contribution in water and waste water treatment market as it is the biggest user of water in the industry.
  • Contribution of Manufacturing in GDP: Manufacturing sector is the major demand creator for industrial water treatment. Increase in manufacturing is expected to have positive impact on the demand for water treatment industry.
  • Palm Oil Production in Malaysia:  The growth of the palm oil sector is rapid and is forecasted to have an even greater role in the contribution it makes to the Malaysian economy. Palm oil refining processes have a heavy reliance on water, more specifically for treated water.

Forecast Modelling:

  • The report applies Correlation and Regression analysis methods to forecast the future of the Industrial water and waste water treatment market. The capabilities of SPSS and predictive analytics software have been leveraged to determine the relevant indicators used for forecasting this industry. Although the forecasts were calculated using the tools, the findings were not in line with the Industry expert information and hence we decided to go with a weighted average giving specific weight age to our primary and secondary information available.
  • In the present case, water and waste water treatment market revenue by order intake has been taken as the dependent variable and other variables such as installed capacity of thermal power plant, contribution of manufacturing to GDP, steel production have been taken as independent variables.

Malaysia Water and Waste Water Treatment Market Overview

Key Takeaways:

  • The global market for industrial water treatment has gained mileage in the last 5 years due to increasing awareness and requirement for purity of water. The market is forecasted to grow at a rate of about ~%.
  • Water and Industrial Water treatment facilities and equipment manufacturing have gained significant interest from the private and public sector. The former being due to increased economic opportunities and the latter due to a growing need for the welfare of the rapidly growing Malaysian population.
  • The market for waste water treatment equipment in the South East Asian region alone is valued at close to USD ~ Billion and is expected to grow at a rate of close to ~% in the next 5 years. Malaysian Industrial water and wastewater treatment (IWWT) market is expected to showcase similar growth rate.
  • Increased standards for purity of water and the overall reduction in cost of treatment making desalination a feasible process combined with an exhaustion of natural water sources will act as tailwind. This has led to an increased dependence on the recycling of water.

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