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China's toilet revolution flush with opportunity for Japan water treaters

Sumitomo and Toray look to capitalize on water treatment market

A water treatment plant in China's Shandong Province. (Photo courtesy of Sumitomo Corp.)

TOKYO -- China is stepping up construction of water treatment facilities in rural areas, spurring Japanese companies such as Sumitomo Corp. and Toray Industries to jump into a market projected to double in the current decade.

Sumitomo newly acquired 29 sewage treatment facilities while Toray plans to offer its own technology for water treatment. Both companies will invest at least 10 billion yen ($87.8 million) each into the business.

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