The economy in the Asia-Pacific region is growing rapidly. The region is a big production house and exporter. The growth of industries along with the lack of sufficient infrastructure has contributed to a rise in the amount of hazardous waste produced and dumped into soil, air, and water. Environmental norms against pollution have increased awareness among the population and industries about the proper management of these waste materials. China accounts for the greatest share of hazardous waste, followed by India, Japan, and Indonesia. Hence, the demand for hazardous waste handling automation is expected to grow rapidly in this region. If improperly handled, hazardous waste can cause substantial harm to human health and the environment. These include waste materials generated on a day-to-day basis by people, power plants, and manufacturing companies.
Some of these wastes can be handled manually, while some may require expertise and automation solutions to minimize human contact with the waste. Use of such automation solutions for handling waste also improves process efficiency and reduces the reliability on manual intervention. Thus, concerns about the proper handling of these harmful substances can be eliminated.
Government and industry regulations and concern about waste management are factors driving the market.
The economic activity still has to pick up in several countries owing to the global recession of 2008. Also, the market has reached a stagnant position in several developed countries. Vendors have to look for new avenues for their products.
The different products used in hazardous waste handling automation include cranes, manipulator arms, and size reduction arms.
Some of the major vendors of these products are:
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