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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6773
  • Pages :135
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

The industrial filter market is estimated to be valued at USD 3.94 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 6.12 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% from 2024 to 2031.

Industrial Filter Market Key Factors

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The industrial filter market is expected to witness positive growth over the forecast period. Strict regulations regarding emission control and increased demand from manufacturing and processing industries are some of the key factors driving the demand for industrial filters. Growing emphasis on reducing industrial pollution is prompting end users to increasingly install advanced air filtration systems for capturing particulate matter emissions. Moreover, rapid industrialization and urbanization in emerging economies have intensified the need for effective industrial filter solutions across various application sectors. Wider prominence of filter media such as activated carbon, fiberglass, and metallic is also augmenting the market expansion.

Environmental Regulations

The industrial operations across various sectors have been releasing harmful pollutants into the environment on a large scale. This has resulted in severe degradation of ambient air quality as well as contamination of water bodies. In order to tackle the adverse effects of environmental pollution, governments across countries have formulated and implemented stringent environmental regulations over the past few years. These regulations define strict product quality standards and emission limits for air pollutants and hazardous liquid effluents released from manufacturing facilities.  Industries are now required to install effective air pollution control equipment as well as waste treatment systems to treat liquid effluents before their final discharge. Various filtration technologies play a vital role in meeting the prescribed quality compliances set out in these regulations. For instance, baghouse filters serve as highly efficient particulate control devices installed at the flue gas exit of utility boilers and thermal power plants. Scrubbers filled with mesh pads have become indispensable for removing gaseous pollutants such as sulfur dioxide from flue gases. Similarly, water treatment plants deploy various filter mediums like activated carbon and sand filters for removing impurities from industrial wastewater.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Industrial Filter Market Concentration By Players

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Process Efficiencies

Industrial operations involve complex manufacturing processes across various sectors aiming to maximize productivity and minimize the usage of raw materials. This calls for optimal process conditions and quality of input resources. However, contaminants present in water, gases or liquid streams feeding the manufacturing lines often hamper the smooth functioning as well as product quality. Even miniscule quantities of undissolved solids, color bodies, or microbial content can significantly impact process efficiencies. Hence, industries resort to employing robust filtration methods for pre-treatment of input streams. Modern processing techniques also generate voluminous quantities of wastewater containing oils, grease, heavy metals, and residues that need extensive treatment before being used in recycling loops or discharged. Dedicated oil-water separation systems using coalescing filters, sand filters and absorbent cartridges among others ensure pure water reclaim.

Industrial Filter Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Stringent environmental regulations

The industrial filter market faces several challenges. Stringent environmental regulations have increased compliance costs for manufacturers. Additionally, technological advancements have shortened product life cycles, necessitating more frequent filter changes. Emerging economies often lack robust regulatory frameworks, making emissions monitoring difficult. Rising raw material prices also impact profit margins. The market remains highly fragmented with low barriers to entry, resulting in intense competition among many small players. Maintaining brand loyalty and market share remains a challenge.

 Market Opportunities: Growth in end-use industries

Growth industries like oil and gas, power generation, manufacturing, and automobiles will drive demand. Rapid urbanization and rising living standards in developing nations are increasing pollution levels, requiring advanced filtration solutions. Stricter emissions norms worldwide are expanding the scope and sophistication of applications. The need for resource conservation and emission reduction also opens avenues in air pollution control and waste water treatment domains.

Industrial Filter Market By Product Type

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Insights, By Product Type: The Dominance of Liquid Filter Media

In terms of Product type, liquid filter media contributes 61.9% share of the industrial filter market owing to its ubiquitous need across various industrial sectors. Liquid filters are essential for removing solid contaminants from liquids used in numerous industrial processes. While air filters are also important, liquid streams are even more prevalent in areas such as manufacturing, chemicals, food and beverages. Proper filtration of liquid streams is critical to ensure machinery operates efficiently and end products meet quality standards. Most industrial liquids carry some level of particulate impurities acquired during various stages such as transportation, storage or prior processing. Allowing these contaminants to carry over can cause damage to pumps, valves and other downstream equipment over time. It can also compromise the purity and specifications of final products. For instance, in pharmaceutical manufacturing even micro-level contamination of active drug ingredients or intravenous solutions can render them unsuitable. Therefore, liquid filtration serves as a necessary quality control step across many industrial workflows. The food and beverage industry, being one of the largest end-users of industrial filters, greatly contributes to the market share of liquid media filters. Filtration is vital at various points such as pretreatment of water used in processing, clarification of juices and syrups, beer filtration prior to packaging, and filtration of edible oils. Strict international standards regarding impurity limits in food products drive the need for highly effective liquid filtration systems. Other major sectors like chemicals and power generation also extensively use liquid filters for applications like cooling water treatment and wastewater recycling.  Overall, given the broad relevance of liquid contaminant removal across different industry verticals, liquid filter media will continue dominating the industrial filter market over air filters. 

Insights, By End-User: The Largest End-User Segment

The global food and beverage industry stands as the 41.8% share end-user segment contributing to the industrial filter market. With growing worldwide population and consumption levels, the demand for food production has significantly increased. However, high purity and safety standards must be maintained at each stage of food manufacturing, distribution and packaging. Effective filtration plays a pivotal role in meeting these quality norms for the industry.  At food processing facilities, a variety of liquid and air filters are used for multiple applications. Water and process liquid filtration ensures appropriate pretreatment before use. Clarification and sterilization processes also rely on filter aids. Airborne particulate removal through bag filters or dust collectors is important in controlled environments. Filtration also features prominently during bottling, canning and packaging of finished products. Microbial and other contaminants must not be introduced at the final stages.  Regulatory compliance pertaining to personnel hygiene and facility sanitation has strengthened over the years. This has further raised the bar for industrial filter performance in the food sector. Membrane technologies allowing nano-level separation are increasingly sought after. Advanced IoT-based monitoring also allows real-time process optimization. As consumer health awareness grows globally, food companies prioritize purification technologies to gain brand loyalty. This will continue propelling the food and beverage industry to invest in the latest filtration solutions, cementing its leadership as the major end user, therefore growing food industry is expected to drive the market growth. For instance, according to data provided by Invest India in 2022, by 2025 the Indian food processing market is estimated to reach US$535 Bn, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15.2%.

Regional Insights

Industrial Filter Market Regional Insights

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North America has been the dominant region in the global industrial filter market for many years with 46.7% of the market share. The presence of major filter manufacturers such as Donaldson, 3M, and Pall Corporation has solidified the region's leadership position. These companies have been able to establish an extensive supply chain and distribution networks across countries like the U.S. and Canada. This allows them to effectively cater to the demands of different industries within the region.  Further, North America is home to some key end-use industries where industrial filters are highly utilized, such as oil & gas, power generation, manufacturing, and automotive. Strong growth in shale gas extraction and rising investments in power projects has continually driven the demand for various types of filters. The wide acceptance of advanced filtration technologies within these industries has also benefited the market. Moreover, the region's industrial capabilities and stringent environmental regulations surrounding industrial emissions have created an ideal market environment.

Asia Pacific has emerged as the fastest growing regional market for industrial filters in recent times. Countries like China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam are witnessing rapid industrialization and infrastructure development. This has provided a major boost to end-use applications that require a diverse set of filter elements and systems. Simultaneously, the establishment of manufacturing units of global OEMs has elevated the demand for filters used in industrial machinery and equipment. Local filter suppliers are also vigorously expanding their production footprints to achieve economies of scale.  Southeast Asian nations have especially opened lucrative opportunities due to their strategic locations and business-friendly policies. For example, industrial developments along the ASEAN economic corridor have made countries such as Thailand highly attractive for imports and exports involving filter products. Overall, the Asia Pacific market is gaining substantial traction backed by a favorable macroeconomic outlook as well as growing investments towards industrial and energy sectors across developing economies.

Market Report Scope

Industrial Filter Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 3.94 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 6.5% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 6.12 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Liquid Filter Media (Non-woven Fabrics, Mesh, Woven Fabrics) and Air Filter Media (Non-woven Fabrics, Fiberglass, Activated Carbon
  • By End User: Food and Beverage , Chemical , Power Generation , Metal and Mining , Pharmaceutical , and Others 
Companies covered:

Valmet Corporation, Sefar AG, Lydall AG, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, 3M, Clear Edge Filtration Inc., Freudenberg, Fibertex Nonwovens, Nordic Air Filtration, Sandler AG, Johns Manville Ashland, Filtcare, Industrial Filter Manufacturers, Inc., Bee Ess Industries, Industrial Filter Corporation, Anand Filters, Enviro Tech Industrial Products, Vizag Filters, Engineered Filtration, Inc, and Filter Concept

Growth Drivers:
  • Environmental regulations
  • Process efficiencies 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Environmental regulations
  • Process efficiencies 

Key Developments

  • In September 2023, PPG introduced high-performance UF membranes and filter elements for improved industrial water reuse
  • Filtrec is launching 'Made In India' Spin On filters for industrial & mobile hydraulic applications, with availability expected by mid-2023
  • In January 2020, Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced the expansion of a manufacturing platform for high-performance filtration and energy storage applications at the Malmedy Plant, Belgium. The plant consists a significant expansion of its micro-glass capacity and further growth in industrial filtration capacity in Italy.
  • In October 2020, Valmet announced an investment in a filter fabric manufacturing plant in India to meet the growing demand from customers and improve delivery times of filter fabrics to the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions
  • *Definition: The industrial filter market includes companies that manufacture filters used for industrial applications. These filters are used to purify liquids and air across various industries like chemicals, oil & gas, food & beverage, power generation, pharmaceuticals, and others. Industrial filters help remove particulate contaminants from fluids and gases through mechanical or physical means to protect machinery, meet environmental and safety regulations, and ensure product quality. Some of the major products in this market include baghouse filters, dust collectors, cartridge collectors, mist collectors, and HEPA filters.

Market Segmentation

  • Product Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Liquid Filter Media
      • Non-woven Fabrics
      • Mesh
      • Woven Fabrics
    • Air Filter Media
      • Non-woven Fabrics
      • Fiberglass
      • Activated Carbon
      • Others
  • End User Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Food and Beverage
    • Chemical
    • Power Generation
    • Metal and Mining
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Valmet Corporation
    • Sefar AG
    • Lydall AG
    • Ahlstrom-Munksjö
    • 3M
    • Clear Edge Filtration Inc.
    • Freudenberg
    • Fibertex Nonwovens
    • Nordic Air Filtration
    • Sandler AG
    • Johns Manville Ashland
    • Filtcare
    • Industrial Filter Manufacturers, Inc.
    • Bee Ess Industries
    • Industrial Filter Corporation
    • Anand Filters
    • Enviro Tech Industrial Products
    • Vizag Filters
    • Engineered Filtration, Inc
    • Filter Concept

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of the industrial filter market is projected to be 6.5% from 2024 to 2031.

Environmental regulations and process efficiencies are the major factors driving the growth of the industrial filter market.

Stringent environmental regulations and lack of appropriate waste disposal facilities are the major factors hampering the growth of the industrial filter market.

In terms of product type, liquid filter media is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

Valmet Corporation , Sefar AG , Lydall AG , Ahlstrom-Munksjö , 3M , Clear Edge Filtration Inc. , Freudenberg , Fibertex Nonwovens , Nordic Air Filtration , Sandler AG , Johns Manville Ashland , Filtcare, Industrial Filter Manufacturers, Inc., Bee Ess Industries, Industrial Filter Corporation, Anand Filters, Enviro Tech Industrial Products, Vizag Filters, Engineered Filtration, Inc, and Filter Concept are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the industrial filter market.

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