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Impact of the Boom of Megacities on the Pump Industry

Posted: 05/02/2018
Category: Pumps

“Megacities” is one buzzword that has been doing the rounds for quite some time, not just among industry experts but even the general public. 

Before, we take a look at what are megacities and how they are all set to change the global economy in unprecedented ways, let’s take a quick look at how urbanization has evolved over the years.

The Era of Huge Cities and Rapid Urbanisation

In the 1800s, less than 5% of the world’s population resided in urban areas. The rest were spread out among villages, country houses, and towns. Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in metropolitan regions aka cities. This is a dramatic transformation. As humanity experiences massive improvements in lifestyles, rapid urbanization is the norm rather than the exception. This has led to the growth of “Megacities.”

Not just Cities, but Megacities

It’s not that most of us live in urban areas, but a colossal population lives in huge urban pockets. At the very beginning of the 19th century, Beijing was the only city on the planet to have a population of more than 1million. Today, there are more than 450 cities spread all across the planet, that house more than 1million people each. This accounts for nearly 22.7% of the world’s entire population.

Just four decades ago, only New York and Tokyo were categorized as “Megacities” owing to their population and area. Today, there are nearly 30+ megacities that are home to a staggering population of more than 10million people each. The largest of all megacities is Tokyo (37.6million). The others include famous cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jakarta, Seoul, Manila, and lesser known ones like Nagoya, Guangzhou Foshan, and several others.

Challenges Faced by Megacities & Its Impact on the Pump Industry

While there’s no denying the fact that megacities have made a significant contribution in improving the economic and social aspects of life, they come with their unique set of challenges. Let’s take a look at these challenges and how it impacts the Future of the Pump Industry.

One of the major problems of megacities is that the rapid rate of expansion and urbanization of these cities are not in hand with the capacity of the national and local planning civic bodies. Meaning, it becomes tough for the government to monitor the growth and transition efficiently, sustainably and equitably. 

This has led to an urgent need for water management solutions in megacities. Besides water supply, megacities have to deal with sanitation, wastewater management, storm water and rainwater drainage and other issues. All of these are impacting the water pump industry big time.

The Need for New Age Pumps

In Construction:

With the growth of megacities, the demand for pumps in the construction sector is huge. Right from building infrastructure to repairing existing systems and updating them with new technologies, pumps in the construction industry like Split Casing, Multistage and mixed flow pumps are all set to increase. 

In Process Industry:

The emergence of megacities means that there’s a huge growth of various Process industries like paper, food, electronics, consumer goods and other processing factories. This has led to the demand for new centrifugal industrial pumps that can meet the growing requirements of these huge new-age factories.

Energy-efficient Pumps:

With the growth of megacities, more and more people are looking for eco-friendly and green alternatives. This means that pumps have to move from conventional sources of energy and look to alternatives. This has led to the demand for energy-efficient pumps. 

The Last Word

This presents both challenges and opportunities for the pump industry. You can no longer use existing pump systems to meet the high demands of these megacities. There arises the need for pumps that are explicitly designed to cater to these huge urban pockets. 

This is where pump suppliers like Sintech play a huge role. With a long history of innovation and research, Sintech is always focusing on new pumps to address the latest demands of the market. 

Whether you’re looking for mega water pumps to supply huge residential areas or industrial pumps, Sintech is here for you. Our pump experts analyze your specific needs and build you custom solutions that meet all your particular requirements. Our expertise spans various verticals like water and wastewater management, power, sugar, steel, paper and other processing industries. 

To begin building your custom solution, all you have to do is give us a call at +91-120-4176000 or drop a line at Our design experts get in touch with you and walk you through the entire process right from design to installation.

Let’s work hand in hand, building the cities of the future! Let’s get started!

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