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Global Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems Market: Snapshot

Membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems are abundantly used in the treatment of various wastewaters. These systems have replaced conventional activated sludge (CAS) processes and gained wide popularity for biological forms of wastewater treatments, where the quality of effluents is of utmost significance. The rising concern of reducing freshwater quality world over and the demand for removing harmful organic contaminants in wastewater are the key trends have increasingly boosting the membrane bioreactor systems market. Technology advancements have improved configurations and hydraulics of MBR systems and enhanced their overall capability. The growing adoption of automated technologies is a notable development favorably impacting the market. In recent years, the use of MBR systems in municipal wastewater has gained prominence in several countries. Developments in membrane filtration technology are further expected to bode well for the MBR systems market.

Expanding at a CAGR of 14.5% from 2013 to 2019, the market global membrane bioreactor systems market is anticipated to reach a value of US$2,506.1 million by the end of the forecast period.

Based on product type, the membrane bioreactor systems market is segmented into flat sheet, multi-tubular systems, and hollow fiber. Of these, the hollow fiber MBR system segment is projected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period. The extensive application of MBR systems is attributed to their simplicity of implementation and the benefit of high throughput. In addition, these systems can work effectively under pressure and vacuum. The low cost of implementation has also triggered the adoption of hollow fiber systems in industrial and municipal wastewater treatments.

On the basis of configuration of MBR systems, the market is segmented into side stream and submerged. Of these, submerged MBRs are expected to witness impressive growth as they are efficient in treating polymeric industrial wastewater. Based on application, the membrane bioreactor systems market is segmented into municipal wastewater and industrial wastewater. MBR systems are witnessing robust uptake in the treatment of municipal wastewater owing to their low footprint and enhanced capabilities in treating wastewater for large populations. In terms of volume, the municipal wastewater treatment application segment is expected to rise at a CAGR of 21.7% during the forecast period.

Based on geography, the membrane bioreactor systems market is segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and RoW (Rest of the World). Among these, Asia Pacific dominates the global market and accounted for a major global revenue in 2016. The growth of this regional market is fueled by the extensive demand for municipal wastewater treatments in countries such as China. The government of China is making substantial investments in urban sewage treatment plants considered a crucial part of its national environmental protection plans. This has spurred the demand for MBR systems in China, thereby accentuating the regional market growth. The swift pace on industrialization in China and other emerging nations in Asia Pacific is expected to further boost the regional market.

The Asia Pacific market for MBR systems is expected to be followed by the Europe and North America markets. The growth of these regional markets will be mainly driven by the increasing demand for replacement of filters and membranes in MBR systems. Mexico, once a niche regional market, has now emerged as the country with substantial demand for MBR systems. Numerous regulatory interventions and significant subsidy by the government is likely to propel the demand for MBR systems through the forecast period.

Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) is a relatively new yet fast maturing technology in the area of wastewater treatment. Prevalent technologies in wastewater treatment such as a conventional activated sludge (CAS) system are gradually replaced by MBR. Conventional systems had problems in settling the activated sludge used in the secondary clarifiers. This issue has been effectively resolved by MBR technology. Commercial MBR processes employed today utilize membranes for filtration purposes which reject any solid effluent materials formed as a byproduct of biological processes. The principal difference with its predecessor technology such as CAS systems is the replacement of secondary clarifier or settlement tank with a membrane.  MBR’s are generally employed for larger scale water purification systems. Primarily such systems are utilized by commercial and industrial sectors or by municipalities. With growing population and increasing requirements for sufficient clean and fresh water, treatment of wastewater is imperative. Of all the MBR’s employed globally, a majority belongs to municipal corporations for treatment of domestic wastewater. MBR’s are classified as submerged/immersed MBR’s where membranes are submerged in the aeration tank itself and external/side stream MBR’s. In side stream MBR’s, mixed wastewater is pumped from the aeration tank to the membrane. The MBR markets are shifting from the initial regions of adoption such as Europe, U.S.A and Japan and gradually moving towards emerging economies (China, South Korea and Brazil) with larger populations and limited fresh water supply.


This research is designed to estimate, analyze, and forecast the market revenue of MBR systems across the global market. The study explains the value chain for MBR systems that includes primary value adding activities and important actors of the value chain including membrane module suppliers, manufacturers and assemblers. The research provides in-depth analysis of MBR system manufacturers, product sales, trend analysis by segments, and market revenue by geography. The report covers key applications, configuration and product segments of the MBR systems market. It also provides detailed analysis, historical data and statistically refined forecast for the segments covered. MBR systems aid in wastewater treatment and assist in saving substantial amount of water through recycling and reuse. The report analyses the MBR systems market and determines the attractive segment of the overall market. The study focuses on the surging market segments justifying with their increasing popularity. Key market players are analyzed and their market share is determined based on the revenue generated by each player for MBR systems. The study also encompasses different segments of the market explaining their growth rate followed by a justification for their growth rates. 


The market size of MBR systems has been estimated on the basis of indicators in end user industries. This report also discusses various applications and applications of MBR systems. All the market revenues have been calculated by considering the whole system installation cost including numerous components and parts plus installation labor, engineering and project management cost. The major applications considered under the MBR systems market cover the municipal wastewater treatment and industrial wastewater treatment. Whereas, key product segments analyzed in this report include on hollow fiber, flat sheet and multi tubular. The market is also analyzed based on configuration including submerged and side stream MBR systems. Furthermore, the market is analyzed based on geography that constitutes different regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW).


The price for MBR systems is volatile in nature and changes depending upon the application and the type of end use market. The prices of overall MBR systems are decreasing primarily of existing technologies, leading to a slight squeeze in profit margins. The study presents a comprehensive assessment of the stakeholder strategies, winning imperatives for them by segmenting the MBR systems market as below:

  • MBR Systems Market: Application Analysis

    • Municipal Wastewater Treatment
    • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • MBR Systems Market: Product Segment Analysis

    • Hollow Fiber
    • Flat Sheet
    • Multi-tubular
  • MBR Systems Market: Configuration Analysis

    • Submerged
    • Side Stream
  • MBR Systems Market: Regional Analysis

    • North America

      • U.S.
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe

      • Germany
      • France
      • U.K.
      • Italy
      • Spain
    • Asia-Pacific

      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
    • RoW (Rest of the World)

      • Middle East
      • Brazil

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