Ceramic membranes are a type of artificial membranes and are used in membrane operations for liquid filtration. They can be used where aggressive media are present by contrast with polymeric membranes. Material types of ceramic membrane includes alumina, zirconium oxide, titania, and silicon carbide.
The India & Middle East ceramic membrane market is estimated to surpass US$ 1,687.20 million in terms of revenue by the end of 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 10.20% during the forecast period (2021 to 2028).
Increasing demand for treated water in India & Middle East has been augmenting the target market growth. Ceramic membranes are synthetic membranes made from inorganic constituents such as alumina, titania, silica, zirconia, and others. Ceramic membranes generally have an irregular structure with several porosity levels. Numerous pore sizes are offered for specific filtration requirements including microfiltration, ultra-filtration, and nano-filtration.
Growing requirement of high purity components for industrial applications is expected to foster the market growth of ceramic membrane. Augmented industrialization methods have given rise to a number of technologies such as microfiltration, ultrafiltration and nano-filtration, which uses ceramic membranes for separation. The group of porous membranes consisting of ceramic membranes are made with a well-defined pore size. Due to the high cost of ceramic membranes, manufacturers are focusing on developing newer membrane technologies and incorporating them into different applications. For instance, QUA, a key player in advanced membrane manufacturing products for the application of water and wastewater treatment, launched the CeraQ line of ceramic membrane modules, available in different sizes with surface area range. Moreover, in February 2017, Nanostone, a membrane solutions company, launched ‘CM-151’, its next generation membrane product.
Among India and Middle East, Middle East held dominant position in the India & Middle East ceramic membrane market in 2020, accounting for 60.9% market share in terms of revenue, followed by India.
Figure 1. India & Middle East Ceramic Membrane Market Revenue Share (%), By Region, 2020
Cost involved in terms of initial capital investment and production of ceramic membranes is quite high compared to polymeric membranes when they are used for water treatment plants. Additionally, in environmental applications, the use of ceramic membranes has been limited due to cost considerations even though they offer various benefits in areas such as rugged structural stability, chemical, and thermal stability. These factors, together, are anticipated to hamper the India & Middle East ceramic membrane market growth.
Scarcity of water and waste reduction in Middle East is the current ceramic membrane market trend. Ceramic membranes manufactured from recycled locally-sourced materials could facilitate the cost-effective recycling of treated wastewater and help address water shortages in Middle East countries. This trend among industries is expected to further trigger demand for ceramic membranes from India & Middle East during the forecast period.
|Base Year:||2020||Market Size in 2020:||US$ 780.5 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017 and 2020||Forecast Period:||2021 to 2028|
|Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR:||10.20%||2028 Value Projection:||US$ 1,687.20 Mn|
Pall Corporation, Osmotech Membranes Pvt. Ltd., Hyflux Ltd., Jiangsu Jiuwu Hi-Tech Co. Ltd., CTI-Orelis, Saint-Gobain S.A., Aastropure Systems Pvt. Ltd., H & R Johnson (India), Aquabrane Water Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Aquatech International LLC, and Novasep
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Figure 2. India & Middle East Ceramic Membrane Market – Opportunity Analysis
On the basis of material type, in 2020, alumina segment accounted for 39.7% of the revenue share. Alumina or aluminum oxide (Al2O3) in its various levels of purity is used more often than any other advanced ceramic material. Alumina-based ceramic membranes are mainly used in ultrafiltration and microfiltration technologies, and are generally available in pore sizes ranging from 70 – 1,000 nm.
Figure 3. India & Middle East Ceramic Membrane Market Revenue Share (%), By Material Type, 2020
India & Middle East Ceramic Membrane Market - Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
In case of construction materials, in certain cases, used ceramic membranes can be reprocessed as raw ceramic material to make new components or other products. This moderates the disposal cost and removes landfill concerns. Water & wastewater treatment uses ceramic membranes for oil-water separation, retention of micro-organisms, retention of heavy metals and radio-active substances, and purification of sewage water, among others. Pharmaceutical industries extensively use ceramic membranes to concentrate and purify enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and antibiotics, and fractionation of blood and plasma, among other applications of ceramic membranes.
Key players operating in the India & Middle East ceramic membrane market include Pall Corporation, Osmotech Membranes Pvt. Ltd., Hyflux Ltd., Jiangsu Jiuwu Hi-Tech Co. Ltd., CTI-Orelis, Saint-Gobain S.A., Aastropure Systems Pvt. Ltd., H & R Johnson (India), Aquabrane Water Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Aquatech International LLC, and Novasep.
Technology for ceramic membrane includes ultrafiltration, microfiltration, Nano filtration, and others. Multiple applications of ceramic membrane are water & wastewater treatment, food & beverages, chemical & petrochemical, metalworking, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, pulp & paper, and others.
Owing to properties such as chemical and mechanical resistance, and high purity, components of ceramic membranes are suitable for industrial applications where use of polymeric membranes is not possible or cost-effective. The ceramic nano-filtration membrane invention creates a wide range of applications for ceramic membranes used in oil water separation, separation of pharmaceuticals from wastewater, filtration of organic solvents, dye separation, and fractioning of milk.
Multiple government initiatives in Middle East and India have been surging the target market growth. In financial year 2019-2020, the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) was restructured and subsumed into Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024. This initiative is known as the ‘Har Ghar Jal’ mission. As per the ‘Har Ghar Jal’ initiative, the government of India is formulating a plan to provide clean drinking water to around 140 million households by 2024. Such government initiatives are expected to provide major growth opportunity for the ceramic membrane market in India during the forecast period.
Moreover, key players are focusing on various strategies such as business expansions. For instance, in February 2017, Hyflux Ltd., a specialist in water treatment, entered into a collaboration with Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), flagship research institute leading Singapore's R&D effort in environmental and water technologies. The objective of the collaboration was to develop advanced membrane technologies particularly for Nano filtration and biomimetic applications.
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“*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.