Membrane Filtration Market (By Type: Reverse osmosis (RO), Ultrafiltration (UF), Microfiltration (MF), Nanofiltration (NF); By Application: Water & wastewater, Food & Beverages; By Module Design: Spiral Wound, Tubular Systems, Plates & Frames and Hollow Fibers; By Membrane Material: Polymeric, Ceramic) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2022 – 2030


The global membrane filtration market size was valued at 16 billion in 2021 and it is expected to reach USD 35 billion by 2030 and growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.09% during the forecast period 2022 to 2030.

Membrane Filtration Market Size 2021 to 2030

In order to improve the value of dairy and plant-based food products membrane filtration method is used. It helps in optimizing the value of dairy in a natural way. The water involved in this procedure is reused. Membrane filtration method is extremely useful for concentrating the plant-based proteins. This method is useful in the production of products related to senior nutrition, sports supplements, Greek yogurt, and it is also used in the production of Whey protein in the domain of infant food. The water which is generated during the process of membrane filtration is retained and reused. 

Membrane filtration method is used in treating water and the availability of clean drinking water treated in this manner is expected to help in the growth of the market in the coming years. Membrane filtration method is used in many industries like food and dairy industry and chemical processing industry. This method is extremely efficient in eliminating any type of organic material and microorganisms from the drinking water and it also recycles the used water which is used in the pharmaceutical industries. This process is useful in separating the molecules of varied size with the help of pressure between the two sides of this membrane. It enhances the quality of the product. In order to set up a membrane filtration system a huge investment is needed and this happens to be a major restraint in the growth of the market. Currently in the membrane filtration market there are four different types of filters used. 

Reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, microfiltration and nanofiltration are different types of filters used in the market. The most if pause problem which is faced by the membrane filtration system is the deposition of material on the surface of the membrane. This happens to be the most common problem. Apart from the cost of setting up a membrane filtration system being high the cost of maintenance of membrane filters is also high.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a great impact on the membrane filtration market. Due to the lockdown enforced by the government and the implementation of social distancing norms affected this industry. In the future the pandemic will have an effect in the growth of this market.

Growth Factors

As there is a rapid growth in the dairy industry across the globe the use of membrane filtration is also expected to grow. Governments are laying regulations in order to have safe water for drinking and this also leads to the growth of the market. As there is an increase in the disposable income of people across the globe there is a great demand for premium products which is expected to drive the market. The use of membrane filtration technologies has helped in providing products that have enhanced qualities. There is a growth in the demand for membrane filtration systems due to an increase in the number of customers who seek safe processes for the products that they consume. The use of membrane filtration technology in the food and beverages industry has helped increase in the shelf life of these products. 

Membrane filtration method is also useful in separating the emulsify oil from different food products consumed by the people. It is also used for standardization, segregation and clarification in the food industry and all of these are advanced features that are helping in the growth of the membrane filtration market. An increase in the regulations relating to safety of the food products will drive the growth of the membrane filtration technology in the coming years. In the Asia Pacific region India is expected to how a great demand for the use of membrane filtration systems in the food and beverages industry. The growth of dairy products in this region it's creating a demand for membrane filtration systems. Dairy industry is supported by government through subsidies as this is one of the biggest food industry in India. Increased disposable income has increased the consumption of quality products and it is expected to drive the market growth. 

Membrane filtration is used to sterilize gas and liquids and it is also used for sterilizing heat sensitive materials. This technology is expected to have greater demand in the coming years as soon as the growth in the demand for purified water. As membrane filtration is extremely important for improving the shelf life of the food and beverages this market is expected to grow in the coming years. It helps in improving the quality and safety of these products.

Report Scope of the Membrane Filtration Market

Report Coverage Details
Market Size by 2030 USD 35 Billion
Growth Rate from 2022 to 2030

CAGR of 9.09%

Asia Pacific Market Share in 2021 40%
Reverse Osmosis Segment Market Share in 2021 32%
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030
Segments Covered Type, Application, Module Design, Membrane Material, Geography
Companies Mentioned 3M Company (US), Koch Membrane Systems Inc (US), GEA Group AG (Germany), Pall Corporation (US), Suez Water Technologies and Solutions (US), Alfa Laval AB (Sweden), SPX Flow Inc. (US), Veolia (France), DowDuPont (US), Prominent GmbH (Germany), Pentair Plc. (US), Porvair Filtration Group (UK)

 

Type Insights

On the basis of the type, the reverse osmosis segment accounted largest market share 32% in 2021. The reverse osmosis technology has dominated the market in the past. In order to eliminate various contaminants from water this technology is used. Water moves through the membrane of water whose nature is semi permeable. This method is extremely efficient in purifying the water. About 99% of the contaminants present in the water are removed through the use of reverse osmosis technology. Minerals like salt, calcium, iron are generally removed with the help of this process. And due to all of these reasons the reverse osmosis segment is gaining popularity in water purification systems.

Membrane Filtration Market Share, By Type, 2021 (%)

The elements contained in the water or the deposits present in the water which are in terms of heavy metals are used in the beverages industry. The slopes of the water used in this industry usually come from the municipal sources. And as it contains many elements which may change the taste of beverages that are manufactured using this water. In order to eliminate all of these problems reverse osmosis technology is used in almost all the manufacturing plants of the beverages industry.

Application Insights

Depending upon the application, the water and wastewater segment is expected to grow well in the coming years. The water and wastewater segment had dominated the market in the recent years. The presence of different microorganisms and bacteria in water can change the color and the smell of water. The presence of various organic materials in the water happened to change the taste of this water and there is a growing need for enhancing the quality of water with the use of membrane filtration technologies. The government bodies that supply water make heavy use of chemicals for treating the water for the long-term use. Increased consumer awareness has made the government bodies focus on reducing the usage of such chemicals in water plants. As the usage of membrane filtration technologies has helped in enhancing the quality of water and reducing the chemical content in the water the governments across the globe are utilizing this technology for water treatment. There's an increase in the consumption of auto water purifiers or RO based aqua guards in the households. There is a growing demand for the usage of this technology across many households due to its efficiency.

Module Design Insights

On the basis of the module design, the tubular systems segment had the largest market share in the recent years and this design is expected to dominate the market in the coming years. The structure although design of these membranes is like tube and its surface is porous in nature. The porous nature off the walls it's mainly due to its usage in the treatment of Greece, highly dissolved solid substances, oil in the high suspended form. As the use of tubular membrane is efficient in processing water it is also used in water applications. This method is highly efficient in producing high quality water by removing various contaminants present in it. There is an increased use of this design or the module in wine industry as well as dairy industry and the demand for this design will grow in these markets in the coming years. Just like water this system is helpful in removing the bacteria present in the milk. It also helps in the treatment of brine and whey to remove the present in them. Increased usage of tubular systems in beverages industry will drive the market growth in the coming years.

Regional Insights

On the basis of geography, the Asia Pacific region accounted largest market share 40% in 2021. Increased consumer awareness regarding the purification of water another food products the market for membrane filtration is expected to grow in the coming years. This technology is used in the food industry as well as the dairy industry. This method is extremely efficient in the pasteurization of dairy products. In order to concentrate the nutrients in a particular food product the usage of membrane filtration technology will grow in the Asia Pacific region. China has the largest market for membrane filtration technology in the Asia Pacific region. Various nations in the Asia Pacific region are seeking sustainable water purification technologies and this will drive the market growth of the membrane filtration technology. The use of the technology in food and beverages industry specifically in India will also drive the market growth in the Asia Pacific region.

Membrane Filtration Market Share, By Region, 2021 (%)

The support from the Indian government for the usage of this technology in water treatment as well as it's usage in the dairy products is creating more demand for it. Then increase in the demand for this technology in the middle-income class group. Technology is able to ensure but the nations across the globe have safe drinking water. Recently China was aiming at installing a pipeline network of about 125900 kilometer in China for wastewater treatment and this is expected to create a demand for membrane filtration technology in the future. Increasing population in India as well as China will increase the demand for water and hence the demand for these technologies is expected to grow. Increase tavernas regarding the availability of such technologies in the market for water treatment is also expected to drive the market in the household segment of these regions.

Key Market Players

  • 3M Company (US)
  • Koch Membrane Systems Inc (US)
  • GEA Group AG (Germany)
  • Pall Corporation (US)
  • Suez Water Technologies and Solutions (US)
  • Alfa Laval AB (Sweden)
  • SPX Flow Inc. (US)
  • Veolia (France)
  • DowDuPont (US)
  • Prominent GmbH (Germany)
  • Pentair Plc. (US)
  • Porvair Filtration Group (UK).

Key Market Developments

  • A Biotech Integrated Solutions Center of Excellence was established in China by the Pall Corporation. It is located in the life science cluster in Shanghai. 
  • To purchase the portfolio of reverse osmosis membrane SUEZ entered into an agreement with LANXESS

Segments covered in the report.

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By Type 

  • Reverse osmosis (RO)
  • Ultrafiltration (UF)
  • Microfiltration (MF)
  • Nanofiltration (NF)

By Application

  • Water & wastewater
  • Food & beverages
  • Dairy products
  • Drinks & concentrates
  • Wine & beer
  • Other

By Module Design

  • Spiral wound
  • Tubular systems
  • Plates & frames and hollow fibers

By Membrane Material

  • Polymeric
  • Ceramic 

By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Malaysia
    • Philippines
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • North Africa
    • South Africa
    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current size of membrane filtration market?
The global membrane filtration market size was reached at 16 billion in 2021 and it is anticipated to hit around USD 35 billion by 2030.
The global membrane filtration market is registering growth at a CAGR of 9.09% over the forecast period 2022 to 2030.
The major players operating in the membrane filtration market are 3M Company (US), Koch Membrane Systems Inc (US), GEA Group AG (Germany), Pall Corporation (US), Suez Water Technologies and Solutions (US), Alfa Laval AB (Sweden), SPX Flow Inc. (US), Veolia (France), DowDuPont (US), Prominent GmbH (Germany), Pentair Plc. (US), and Porvair Filtration Group (UK).
Increasing number of diseases that are waterborne will provide an opportunity for the growth of the membrane filtration technology in the coming years across the globe.
Asia Pacific region will lead the global membrane filtration market in the upcoming years.

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