Ion Exchange Membrane Market - Snapshot

Ion exchange membranes are semipermeable membranes that transport dissolved ions (anion or cation) across conductive polymeric membranes. These membranes are made of polymers and ion exchange resins. Ion exchange membranes are used in desalination, electrodialysis, wastewater treatment, and other chemical recovery applications. They transfer ions from one solution to another with little passage of water. The global ion exchange membrane market is expected to expand at a significant pace due to the increase in demand for these membranes in the wastewater treatment industry. The global ion exchange membrane market was valued at US$ 1400 Mn in 2017 and is projected to expand at CAGR of 3.5% during the forecast period. 

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Membrane filtration technology is primarily employed in the treatment of wastewater. The water technology market has been expanding since the last few years owing to the rise in demand for purified water. Awareness about water and wastewater treatment is rising across the globe. 70% of Earth comprises water; however, drinking water is scarcely available. Several companies engage in wastewater treatment, recycling of water, zero liquid discharge, packaged drinking water, sewage treatment, and sea water distillation, etc. These companies are primarily involved in the manufacture of ion exchange resins, ion exchange membranes, and specialty chemicals for the treatment of water and wastewater. Expansion in the industrial gas processing industry is expected to boost the ion exchange membrane market. Water is used in various processes in the oil & gas industry; this water is highly contaminated and harmful. Therefore, companies undertake measures to purify water and then discharge it into the sea or reuse it for internal purposes.

Major players operating in the ion exchange membrane market have employed merger and acquisition as a key strategy to expand their network. For instance, in 2015, 3M successfully completed the acquisition of Polypore’s Separations Media business from Polypore International Inc. for US$ 1 Bn. Polypore is a leading provider of membranes for blood treatment and ultrafiltration in life sciences, electronics, and industrial sectors. In 2017, SUEZ finalized the acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies. At the same time, the company also created the ‘Water Technologies & Solutions’ business. This acquisition is projected to help SUEZ become a prominent player in industrial water services, which covers entire vale chain of water processing.

The global ion exchange membrane market has been segmented based on charge, material, structure, application, and geography. Based on charge, the market has been classified into cation exchange membrane, anion exchange membrane, amphoteric ion exchange membrane, bipolar ion exchange membrane, and mosaic ion exchange membrane. The anion exchange membrane segment accounted for major share of the ion exchange membrane market in 2017. Cation exchange membrane and bipolar exchange membrane also hold considerable share of the ion exchange membrane market. In terms of material, the ion exchange membrane market can be divided into hydrocarbon membrane, perfluorocarbon membrane, inorganic membrane, composite membrane, and partially halogenated membrane. The inorganic membrane segment constitutes prominent share of the ion exchange market due to its advantages over organic membrane. Based on structure, the ion exchange membrane market can be bifurcated into homogenous membrane and Heterogenous membrane. In terms of application, the market has been segregated into electrodialysis, electrolysis, chromatographic separation, desalination, Wastewater treatment, and radioactive liquid waste treatment. Electrodialysis is a process in which ions move from one place to other with the help of electric charge. The process is used for water filtration. The electrodialysis segment accounted for key share of the ion exchange membrane market in 2017. Electrolysis is a process of purifying water with the help of electric current. This leads to chemical changes in the fluid, thereby resulting in purification. Chromatographic separation is a process, wherein the purification of fluid is carried out with the separation technique; separation occurs between the stationary and mobile phase. Desalination is a process of removing minerals form water. Wastewater treatment is a process of purifying Wastewater into its purest form through the water recycling process. Radioactive liquid waste treatment is carried out before the discharge of water into the sea or river.

In terms of geography, the ion exchange membrane market has been split into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. Asia Pacific held prominent share of around 40% of the global ion exchange membrane market in 2017. The market in North America is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 3.1% from 2018 to 2026. Expansion in the market in North America is primarily ascribed to the growth of water recycling in the region. Progress in the industrial sector has positively influenced the ion exchange membrane market in Europe and Middle East & Africa.

Leading players operating in the global ion exchange membrane market include The Dow Chemical Company, LANXESS, 3M, SUEZ, Toray Industries Inc., Merck KGaA, Ion Exchange, Evergreen Technologies Pvt. Ltd., and Pure Water Scandinavia AB.

Ion Exchange Membrane Market - Overview

The ion exchange membrane market report provides an analysis of the global ion exchange membrane market for the period 2017 to 2026, wherein 2017 is the base year and 2018 to 2026 the forecast period. Data for 2017 has been included as historical information. The report covers the prevalent trends that play a major role in the expansion of the ion exchange membrane market. It also highlights various drivers, restraints, and opportunities expected to influence the market during the forecast period. The study provides a holistic perspective on the expansion of the market during the forecast period in terms of revenue `(US$ Mn) across different geographies: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and Latin America. The report also provides cross-sectional analysis of the global ion exchange membrane market in terms of market estimates and forecasts for all the segments across different geographic regions. The research report offers in-depth analysis of the global ion exchange membrane market based on charge, material, structure, application, and geography. The report also includes competitive profiling of major players engaged in providing ion exchange membrane services. Major business strategies adopted by these players, market positioning, and various recent developments have also been identified in the research report.

This research study on the global ion exchange membrane market provides a detailed analysis of various membrane technology services and end-use industries. The report also offers an in-depth analysis of various factors such as market drivers, restraints, and expansion opportunities affecting the market dynamics. These factors enable the analysis of various trends that would impact the market during the forecast period. The report includes comprehensive coverage of the underlying economic and technological factors under key trend analysis influencing the ion exchange membrane market. The market positioning analysis of key players throws light on the prevalent competition in the market.

Based on application, the ion exchange membrane market has been segmented into electrodialysis, electrolysis, chromatographic separation, desalination, Wastewater treatment, and radioactive liquid waste treatment. Based on factors such as budget, scalability, flexibility, and ease of use, end-users tend to select best-fit solutions in order to cater to their requirements.

Various factors that impact the ion exchange membrane market positively as well as negatively have been identified in this report. The report aims to provide comprehensive cross-sectional analysis of the ion exchange membrane market across geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and Latin America. Additionally, the report highlights the competitive landscape of the ion exchange membrane market and identifies various business strategies adopted by the leading players. Under the company profiles section, the report provides an overview of the companies operating in the market, strategies deployed by these companies to gain competitive advantage, Porter’s Five Forces analysis, annual revenue generated by them in the last two/three years, and recent developments.

Key industry players profiled in the research study include The Dow Chemical Company, LANXESS, 3M, SUEZ, Toray Industries Inc., Merck KGaA, Ion Exchange, Evergreen Technologies Pvt. Ltd., and Pure Water Scandinavia AB.

The global ion exchange membrane market has been segmented as follows:

Global Ion Exchange Membrane Market, by Charge

  • Cation Exchange Membrane
  • Anion Exchange Membrane
  • Amphoteric Ion Exchange Membrane
  • Bipolar Ion Exchange Membrane
  • Mosaic Ion Exchange Membrane

Global Ion Exchange Membrane Market, by Material

  • Hydrocarbon Membrane
  • Perfluorocarbon Membrane
  • Inorganic Membrane
  • Composite Membrane
  • Partially Halogenated Membrane

Global Ion Exchange Membrane Market, by Structure

  • Homogenous Membrane
  • Heterogenous Membrane

Global Ion Exchange Membrane Market, by Application

  • Electrodialysis
  • Electrolysis
  • Chromatographic Separation
  • Desalination
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment

Ion Exchange Membrane Market, by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • France
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Egypt
    • Rest of MEA
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America 

Key Takeaways

  • Extensive analysis of the ion exchange membrane market trends and shares from 2018 to 2026 to identify market opportunities and analyze industry developments
  • List of key developments in the ion exchange membrane market made by major players
  • List of key factors responsible for building the upcoming opportunistic roadmap for the ion exchange membrane market at global, regional, and country level
  • Insights into market opportunities for various stakeholders in the value chain and detailed competition landscape for key players dominating the market to understand competition level
  • Porters’ Five Forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers and enables stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions. It helps companies analyze their strengths and weaknesses and gain strategic position in the market.
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