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Membrane separation is used to filter and purify the wastewater and make it drinkable and reuse. This technology composed of thin layer material with selective penetrations functions. It is highly permeable, stable, and has high porosity that increases the effectiveness of the technology. Membrane separation technology allows various industries to reuse the wastewater and reduce the environmental impact. Moreover, membrane separation consumes low energy, are easy to install and offer gentle product treatment. Membrane separations are produced from usually made up of polyvinyl chloride, polysulfone, and polyvinylidene fluoride.

The global membrane separation market was estimated to be valued around US$ 40.0 billion in terms of revenue in 2019 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 10.8% during the forecast period (2020 to 2027).

Drivers

The growing focus of the government for reuse of water due to depleting water resources is projected to augment the market growth of the membrane separation. The rising number of industries that generate a large amount of wastewater and domestic is another major factor fueling the market growth of membrane separation. Growing need to treat hazardous components such as heavy metals, oils and greases, nutrients, and bacteriological components that have a various environmental impact is further expected to propel the market growth of the membrane separation.

Market Opportunities

Growing government restriction on the discharge of untreated water in the environment is expected to have positive on the market growth of the membrane separation. Various regulatory bodies have issued various rules and mandates associated with the wastewater treatment and to ensure safe disposal of the water is expected to augment the market growth. Increasing implementation of such strict regulation is forcing industries to adopt wastewater treatment processes thus fueling the market growth.

Market Restraints

The availability of other water cleaning technology that is effective in terms of providing clean water is expected to hamper the market growth of membrane separation. Chemicals and conventional filters for water purification are still preferred over membrane separation due to their low cost and easy to use the feature.

Key Takeaways

On the basis of application, water & wastewater dominated the global membrane separation market in 2019 with around 37% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by industrial and healthcare, respectively.

Market Trends

Growing application of membrane separation across pharmaceutical and medical applications for separating fluids and particles in suspension is expected to accelerate the market growth. Moreover, growing water pollution and environmental concern are another major factor expected to foster the market growth of the membrane separation. Growth in the metal, mining, chemical processing industries is further expected to propel the market growth.

Various partnership and agreements among key players in the market is a major trend and this trend is expected to bolster the market growth of the membrane separation. For instance, The Linde Group and Evonik Industries have entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement on membranes for natural gas processing. The objective of this partnership is to market Evonik products across the globe.

Regulations

The U.S.

The U.S. is one of the largest markets for membrane separation technology owing to its high population and industrial expansion in the field of life science such as the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Government regulations such as The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for water and wastewater will drive the overall membrane separation market in the U.S. The act includes treatment, construction, and operation of water systems. It also includes monitoring, reporting, and public notification of water becoming undrinkable and needing proper treatment for increasing its purity levels with proper treatment. Microfiltration is the most accepted process in the U.S. market, followed by reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration showing the highest growth in recent times. The largest market for membranes in the U.S. is water and wastewater treatment followed by the food and beverage processing industry.

Global Membrane Separation Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

Key players functioning in the market are adopting new strategies in order to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mining industries across the globe are expected to function normally by second half of the year as enterprises are focusing on returning back to operations. This scenario is expected to continue with the extension of lockdowns in various countries across the globe in in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Competitive Section

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

Few Recent Developments

Koch Membrane Systems Inc.

  • In November 2019, Koch Membrane Systems, engaged in the development and manufacture of membrane filtration technology, has expanded its existing capabilities to offer innovative ion exchange-based solutions with the addition of Eco-Tec, Inc., a provider of ion exchange systems manufacturer.

Market Taxonomy

By Technology

  • Microfiltration
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Nanofiltration
  • Reverse osmosis

By Application

  • Water & Wastewater
  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific 
  • Rest of the World
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