Porous filters have inter-connected porosity, fabricated from metal powder particles by using powder metallurgy techniques. Porous filters are widely used in separating solids from gases and liquids for fluid flow pressure control and metering for storage reservoirs. These filters are employed in industrial gas filtration, industrial and domestic vacuum cleaners, and motor protection of vacuum cleaners. Industrial filters are designed in two ways: surface filters consist of single layer of filter material and rely on physically straining of the liquid for extracting contaminants, while depth filters are predominantly used in industrial water treatment as they enable the filter to retain a higher volume of contaminants, thereby preventing clogging. Filtration system using sintered metal media for solid, gaseous, and liquid separation is an efficient and effective alternative to other separation methods which are vulnerable to pressure peaks and corrosive or high temperature environments.
Increase in demand for porous filters from industrial and chemical filtration applications is expected to drive the global porous filter market during the forecast timeline. Wide applications, ranging from clarification of natural fruit juices such as apple to wastewater treatment and streams containing polymers, detergents, and organic solvents, are projected to boost the demand for porous filters across the world. Moreover, repetitive need for replacing filters in typical applications, such as, food & beverage, catalyst recovery, steam filtration, filter/demineralizer, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and polymer filtration is likely to support the growth of the porous filter market in the near future.
Rise in demand for filtering specific products for ensuring proper protection of equipment and distribution network is anticipated to propel the porous filter market during the forecast timeline. These filters are used in all types of industrial applications in one form or the other. Enforcement of various safety guidelines for industrial health across the world is contributing further to the demand for porous filters. Porous filters are widely used in the metal processing industry in order to abide by health regulations regarding occupational safety as the presence of fume, dust, and vapor in the industry calls for higher filter efficiency.
Increase in adoption of porous filters in the healthcare industry is likely to propel the market in the next few year. Porous filters destroy or diminish hazardous aerosols, toxins, radioactive particles, and bacteria along with viruses. This makes them ideal for use in hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, analog facilities, and nuclear plants where sterile environment is a prerequisite. Porous filters have the capacity to remove droplets, sub-micron sized units, and impurities utilized to control airborne particulate levels, thereby providing higher efficiency.
Increasing installations of water purifiers in households is also anticipated to drive the demand for porous filters across the globe in the near future. Rise in awareness about drinking purified water has augmented the demand for water purifiers having both UV and RO treatments, especially in the emerging economies where population density is high and the water available is unsafe for drinking. Cyclic replacement of porous filters in every 6-8 months is likely to continue to drive their demand during the forecast period.
The global porous filter market can be segmented, in terms of product type, into titanium-based material, stainless steel material, nickel-based material, and other materials. Based on application, the porous filter market can be divided into residential and commercial. Based on end-user, the porous filter market can be classified into chemical, power, metallurgy, electronics, and others. Geographically, the global porous filter market can be categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Major players operating in the global porous filter market include Mott, Entegris, Purolator, GKN, Pall, Porvair, Baoji Saga, Capstan Incorporated, Swift Filters Applied Porous Technologies, and PMF. These companies focus on mergers and acquisitions in order to expand their product offerings.
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