With respect to the global desalination market a very diverse spectrum of companies exists in terms of company size as well as offered products and services. The knowledge about competitors, complementary partners and R&D facilities is essential in the fast growing desalination market for a successful establishment of enterprises. Therefore a comprehensive data base providing detailed information about different players on the market is of great value. For the data base of this study about 190 international companies and 83 international active R&D institutions and universities were selected. A profile template was elaborated to collect systematically data and categorize companies, R&D facilities and universities. Finally a short list of 54 companies and 24 R&D institutes and universities were analyzed.