The global membrane separation market is foreseen to hold a fragmented nature as several players have swarmed the industry and are catering to a variety of end users such as industrial, water and wastewater treatment, and healthcare sectors. Besides this, there are different membrane separation products being sold across the globe, which include reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, and nanofiltration. A number of key players are investing in the global marketing of their products and developing high-quality products simultaneously with hefty investments in research and development activities. 3M Company, Pall Corporation, Veolia Environnement, Degremont SA, Dow Chemical Company, Merck Millipore, Evoqua Water Technologies, GEA Filtration, Nitto Denko Corporation, and Koch Membrane Systems Inc. are the crucial players operating in the global market.
According to a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR), the international membrane separation market was valued at US$28.9 bn in 2016 and is expected to reach US$39.2 bn by 2019. The market has gained importance with the mandatory regulations pertaining to clean drinking water slated by governments worldwide and the rising want for clean water. The microfiltration segment by process type is anticipated to register a higher revenue of US$13.1 bn by the end of the forecast period from US$9.9 bn in 2016. Pharmaceutical, water and wastewater treatment, bioprocessing, and biotech facilities are the major end users of the microfiltration process. Geographically, Europe has been at the apex of the global market with a 35.1% revenue share predicted to be on the cards in 2019. However, the demand is rapidly increasing in the developing western countries.
Emerging Nations Beef Up Demand with Weighty Investments for Better Water Treatment
The world market for membrane separation is highly strengthened by the increasing demand from the municipal sectors of mainly emerging economies and also developed countries such as Canada. The government of Canada had invested more than a million in the recent past for the upgradation of water treatment plans. However, most of the demand for membrane separation has risen from developing nations such as India and China, which accommodate a colossal population base. With a population of more than a billion, India is struggling to provide safe drinking water to its citizens. This has resulted in heavy investments for providing safe drinking water to the people. China renovated its Bailonggang plant in Shanghai by spending approximately US$0.2 bn.
The global membrane separation market is also fueled by the increasing interest in water reuse and wastewater treatment in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. Out of all the various processes of membrane filtration, pressure-driven membrane filtration and reverse osmosis are observed to be well-established.
The waking up to the effects of environmental degradation on an economy has led to the strict enforcement of environmental norms and regulations by most governments of the world. Such regulations have encouraged the employment of membrane separation processes.
Alternative Chemical-based and Conventional Methods Risk Demand
The usage of membrane separation technologies could be hampered with the low cost and easy usability of other water cleaning processes which use chemical-based methods, chemicals, and traditional filters. The growth of the global membrane separation market could also be weakened due to the lack of funds in not-so-developed nations and high installation and operational cost.
Howbeit, developing economies are envisaged to offer some great opportunities for vendors with a large population base to cater to and their elevating demand for clean water. Moreover, the key end-user industries of the international membrane separation market, such as food and beverage and pharmaceutical, are envisioned to witness a high growth rate in emerging nations. A host of opportunities is analyzed to take birth from the shift toward chemical-free water treatment process and global scarcity of water for human use.
The study presented here is based on a report by TMR, titled “Membrane Separation Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2013 - 2019.”
The global membrane separation market has been segmented in the following arrangement.
Membrane Separation - By Process Analysis
- Reverse Osmosis
Membrane Separation - By End-User Analysis
- Water and Wastewater Treatment
Membrane Separation - By Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
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