Membrane separation is an advanced technology that is used to separate the component from the mixture and is widely used across industrial and commercial sectors. It has excellent properties such as durability, porosity, stability, permeability, and selectivity. It is also used across wastewater treatment plant for cleaning and filtering the water and make it drinkable on a large scale. Some of the membrane separation technologies are reverse osmosis (RO), microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), and nanofiltration (NF). Some of the major end-user of the membrane separation market are food & beverages, medical & pharmaceutical, water & waste treatment, and industrial processing.
The global membrane separation market is projected to surpass US$ 16.0 billion by the end of 2027, in terms of revenue, growing at CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period (2020 to 2027).
Growing demand for membrane separation from the municipal industry is expected to drive the market growth. The municipal industry utilizes membrane separation for treating wastewater and supplying it to the public water system for the use. Growing demand for municipal water due to increasing population and industrialization is expected to foster the market growth of the membrane separation. Moreover, growth in the urban population is another major factor fueling the demand for municipal water, in turn, propelling the market growth of membrane separation.
Rising cases of waterborne disease around the globe are expected to fuel the demand for membrane separation over the forecast period. According to the World Health Organization 3.4 million people, mostly children, die annually from water-related diseases. Growing awareness regarding proper sanitation and hygiene among consumers of the developing region is further anticipated to augment the market growth of membrane separation.
Regionally, Europe dominated the global membrane separation market in 2019, reporting 35% market share in terms of revenue, followed by Asia-pacific and North America, respectively.
Figure 1. Global Membrane Separation Market, Revenue Share (%), By Region, 2019
The high installation and operational cost of the membrane separation are projected to restrict the use of the technology. Moreover, lack of awareness regarding the benefits of this technology across the developing region of rural areas is also expected to hamper the market growth.
Fluctuating prices of raw materials used in the production of membrane separation are expected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.
Shifting preferences for chemicals free technology for wastewater treatment in order to adopt environment-friendly technology is expected to propel the market growth. Membrane separation technology is expected to offer ample opportunities in the near future. The food &beverage industry is rapidly adopting chemical-free treatment in order to reduce the processing time and environmental hazards associated with the chemicals.
The increasing scarcity of water for a human is expected to raise demand for membrane separation. According to the Coherent Market Insights analysis, despite 70% of the earth being covered with water, only 3% can be counted as freshwater. Out of total freshwater, only 0.5% is available for the ecosystem and human use. Thus, the limited availability of fresh water on the earth is projected to fuel the market growth of the membrane separation over the forecast period.
Figure 2. Global Membrane Separation Market – Opportunity Analysis
Product innovation by key players is one of the major business strategies in the market expected to augment the market growth of the membrane separation. For instance, in February 2020, Applied Biomimetic, a convergence of polymer and protein-membrane technologies provider, has launched two new membrane products to its solution portfolio, with the addition of PS 20,000 and PS 30,000 Dalton molecular weight cut off (MWCO) rated membranes. These membranes are available in spiral-wound configuration across various standard sizes and component configurations.
The increasing popularity of reverse osmosis technology that offers an effective filtration method is expected to propel the market growth of the membrane separation. Reverse osmosis technology is used to produce ultrapure water, seawater desalination, and landfill leachates treatment. Moreover, this technology offers a higher recovery rate than traditional water treatment technology. Thus, the growing demand for reverse osmosis technology is expected to fuel market growth.
The use of membrane technology for the production of processed drinking water has grown over the last decade in Canada. The Drinking Water Protection Regulation Canada demanding for the removal of Giardia and Cryptosporidium (enzymes causing disease) in drinking water, in addition to the declining cost of membranes, will drive the market for membrane separation technology in Canada. In 2000, a serious outbreak occurred in the town of Walkerton, Ontario, killing several residents of the town and causing widespread gastrointestinal disorders in the community. Since then, the government forced the water plants to upgrade their technology to meet the increasing demand for clean drinking water and protect the population against waterborne disease, providing ample growth opportunities for the membrane technology market in Canada owing to the cost-effectiveness of the technology over other water treatment technology.
Figure 3. Global Membrane Separation Market, Revenue Share (%), By Technology, in 2019
On the basis of technology, microfiltration dominated the global membrane separation market in 2019 with around 33% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration, respectively.
Key players are operating in the global membrane separation market are Sartorius AG, 3M Company, Koch Membrane Systems Inc., TriSep Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, GE Water & Process Technologies, IDE Technologies, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Pentair X-Flow, Pall Corporation, Polypore International, Inc., Asahi Kasei Corporation, Hyflux, and Kubota
Scarcity of pure water resources has augmenting the opportunities for the use of membranes in purification of brackish water. Rapid rise in population and steady expansion of industries has fuelled the demand for water. This in turn has increased the requirement for membranes for water & wastewater treatment applications.
The global membrane separation market has witnessed significant growth in recent past years, owing to the rising depletion of water resources and increasing contamination of surface water bodies and ground in developing region. Furthermore, growing investments for Research & Development in membrane separation production technology have led to the introduction of products with enhanced flow rates and better durability. This scenario is expected to provide lucrative growth to the global membrane separation market over the forecast period.
Major players in the global membrane separation market are increasing their investment on innovative product launchings, research & development and marketing & promotional activities to capitalize on emerging trends in various end-use application such as municipality, mining, wastewater treatment. This scenario is expected to fuel the market during the forecast period.
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