At present, advanced water management and softened water technology and its development trend include circulating water, boiler water softening and ozonation. For example, circulating water softening technology is rapidly occupying the market of large-scale facilities, which used to be dominated by thermal process equipment. The improvement of treatment efficiency and the fall in the price of softened water equipment have promoted the rapid development of the softened water market in the past five years. Now the application of softened water technology is no longer small-scale factories, and large softened water treatment plants are common.
Many parts of the world are facing severe water shortages. According to the statistics of the World Bank, 80% of countries and regions in the world lack softened water for civil and industrial use. With the rising cost of resources and the increasing awareness of environmental protection, many enterprises have begun to use green technology to reduce carbon emissions and minimize waste generation. Among them, softened water technology is a very important green technology. Around such a huge market, Chinese and foreign companies have launched fierce competition. The advantages of foreign companies mainly lie in their advanced technology and financial strength, while local enterprises can make full use of the advantages of close government relations and familiarity with the Chinese market. The recent financial crisis has had a great impact on many enterprises, especially foreign-funded enterprises. However, we believe that softened water treatment is still an industry strongly supported by the state, and also benefited from China's current economic stimulus policies. The prospect of softened water technology is still promising.