Membrane Separation Technologies

US membrane demand will benefit from a need to comply with more stringent environmental regulations, greater manufacturing activity and increasing investment in industrial equipment.

US demand to reach $5.4 billion in 2016

US demand for membranes is expected to increase 7.7 percent per year to $5.4 billion in 2016. Growth will be driven by the need to comply with environmental regulations regarding water and wastewater streams. Additionally, as production activity and investment in industrial equipment continues to improve, companies will use more membrane separation systems either to replace conventional separation systems or to fill new fluid separation needs. Further gains will stem from a greater adoption of sustainable practices and cost-saving measures that involve using closed-loop water recycling processes to reclaim valuable input materials or process fluids from wastewater for reuse, thereby minimizing costs associated with waste disposal.

Polymeric membrane materials will continue to dominate the market due to their relatively low initial costs and their suitability for use in a range of applications. Fluoropolymers -- which offer a combination of good chemical resistance, high strength, and tolerance of extreme temperature and pH ranges -- and polyamides -- which are relatively low-cost and also tolerate extreme temperature and pH ranges -- each accounted for approximately 30 percent of the polymeric market in 2011. However, polymer-based membranes are subject to competition from nonpolymeric membranes because of the former’s tendency toward biological fouling and clogging. Demand for nonpolymeric materials, including ceramics, metals and composites, will increase due to factors such as better performance in extreme temperatures and greater pH ranges, as well as generally lower maintenance costs.

Reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration types to rise rapidly

Microfiltration membranes, which represent the most established and mature type of membranes, are projected to continue to account for the largest share of total demand for the immediate future. However, more rapid gains are projected for reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membranes, both of which produce higher purity streams. These two membrane types will also benefit from their ability to sufficiently treat wastewater for reuse and from increasing interest in producing potable water from brackish water and seawater. Among the major types, gains are expected to be fastest for pervaporation membranes, albeit from a small base.

Water & wastewater treatment market to dominate

Water and wastewater treatment will remain the largest membranes market in 2016, representing nearly half of sales. Demand in this market will be driven by the rising use of membranes to produce high purity water or treat low quality water. These trends particularly affect the municipal and industrial segments. However, the best growth opportunities will be in the chemical processing, pharmaceutical and medical markets.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the $3.7 billion US membrane industry, with forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by material (e.g., polymeric, ceramic), type (e.g., microfiltration, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, pervaporation, nanofiltration) and market (e.g., water and wastewater treatment, food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical and medical uses, chemical processing, industrial gas processing).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market shares and profiles 38 industry players, including Pall, General Electric and Millipore.

Back to Top

Purchase Membrane Separation Technologies by the Section

  1. Membrane Separation Technologies

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $82.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $112.00

      1. Table | US MEMBRANE DEMAND (million dollars)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,130.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Trends

        $138.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Consumer Spending Trends

        $105.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

      4. 3.4 Demographic Trends

        $147.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      5. 3.5 Pollution Control Equipment Outlook

        $82.00

        1. Table | POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)

      6. 3.6 Pricing & Product Mix

        $97.00

        1. Table | SELECTED MEMBRANE MATERIAL PRICES (dollars per square foot)

      7. 3.7 Environmental & Regulatory Considerations

        $197.00

      8. 3.8 Membrane System Demand

        $108.00

        1. Table | MEMBRANE SEPARATION SYSTEM DEMAND

      9. 3.9 World Membrane Separation Outlook

        $236.00

        1. 3.9.1 North America

          $82.00

        2. 3.9.2 Asia/Pacific

          $82.00

        3. 3.9.3 Western Europe

          $82.00

        4. 3.9.4 Other Regions

          $82.00

    4. 4 TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

      $1,335.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Membrane Separation Processes

        $87.00

      3. 4.3 Membrane Configurations

        $82.00

      4. 4.4 Membrane Advantages

        $112.00

        1. Table | ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF MEMBRANE SEPARATION TECHNOLOGIES

      5. 4.5 Liquid Processing Membrane Technologies

        $499.00

        1. Table | MEMBRANE SEPARATION SPECTRUM

        2. 4.5.1 Microfiltration

          $82.00

        3. 4.5.2 Ultrafiltration

          $82.00

        4. 4.5.3 Nanofiltration

          $82.00

        5. 4.5.4 Reverse Osmosis

          $82.00

        6. 4.5.5 Other

          $215.00

      6. 4.6 Gas Separation Membrane Technologies

        $82.00

      7. 4.7 Membrane Maintenance

        $148.00

      8. 4.8 Competitive Technologies

        $292.00

        1. 4.8.1 Liquid

          $204.00

        2. 4.8.2 Gas

          $82.00

    5. 5 MATERIALS

      $1,298.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $123.00

        1. Table | MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MATERIAL

      2. 5.2 Polymeric Membranes

        $844.00

        1. Table | POLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND

        2. 5.2.1 Fluoropolymer Membranes

          $121.00

          1. Table | FLUOROPOLYMER MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        3. 5.2.2 Polyamide Membranes

          $121.00

          1. Table | POLYAMIDE MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        4. 5.2.3 Cellulosic Membranes

          $148.00

          1. Table | CELLULOSIC MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        5. 5.2.4 Polysulfone & Polyethersulfone Membranes

          $137.00

          1. Table | POLYSULFONE/POLYETHERSULFONE MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        6. 5.2.5 Other Polymeric Membranes

          $211.00

          1. Table | OTHER POLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

      3. 5.3 Nonpolymeric Membranes

        $331.00

        1. Table | NONPOLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MATERIAL & MARKET (million dollars)

        2. 5.3.1 Ceramic Membranes

          $164.00

          1. Table | CERAMIC MEMBRANE DEMAND

        3. 5.3.2 Other Nonpolymeric Membranes

          $94.00

          1. Table | OTHER NONPOLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND

    6. 6 TYPES

      $1,569.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | MEMBRANE DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)

      2. 6.2 Microfiltration

        $270.00

        1. Table | MICROFILTRATION MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        2. 6.2.1 Markets

          $82.00

        3. 6.2.2 Characteristics

          $82.00

        4. 6.2.3 Producers

          $82.00

      3. 6.3 Reverse Osmosis

        $351.00

        1. Table | REVERSE OSMOSIS MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        2. 6.3.1 Markets

          $157.00

        3. 6.3.2 Characteristics

          $83.00

        4. 6.3.3 Producers

          $82.00

      4. 6.4 Ultrafiltration

        $225.00

        1. Table | ULTRAFILTRATION MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        2. 6.4.1 Markets

          $93.00

        3. 6.4.2 Characteristics

          $82.00

        4. 6.4.3 Producers

          $82.00

      5. 6.5 Pervaporation

        $208.00

        1. Table | PERVAPORATION MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        2. 6.5.1 Markets

          $82.00

        3. 6.5.2 Characteristics

          $82.00

        4. 6.5.3 Producers

          $82.00

      6. 6.6 Other Membrane Types

        $441.00

        1. Table | OTHER MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

        2. 6.6.1 Gas Separation

          $168.00

        3. 6.6.2 Nanofiltration

          $134.00

        4. 6.6.3 Dialysis

          $82.00

        5. 6.6.4 Electrodialysis

          $82.00

    7. 7 MARKETS

      $3,571.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $88.00

        1. Table | MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

      2. 7.2 Water & Wastewater Treatment

        $1,498.00

        1. 7.2.1 Water Withdrawal & Use Trends

          $139.00

          1. Table | WATER WITHDRAWAL & USE (trillion gallons)

        2. 7.2.2 Membrane Demand

          $1,311.00

          1. Table | WATER & WASTEWATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES (million dollars)

          2. Table | WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE & SEGMENT (million dollars)

          3. Table | MUNICIPAL WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES (million dollars)

          4. Table | INDUSTRIAL WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES (million dollars)

          5. Table | ULTRAPURE WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES (million dollars)

          6. Table | RESIDENTIAL WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES (million dollars)

          7. Table | WASTEWATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES (million dollars)

      3. 7.3 Food & Beverage Processing

        $477.00

        1. 7.3.1 Food & Beverage Industry Outlook

          $107.00

          1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)

        2. 7.3.2 Membrane Demand

          $345.00

          1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES (million dollars)

          2. Table | FOOD PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE (million dollars)

          3. Table | BEVERAGE PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE (million dollars)

      4. 7.4 Pharmaceutical & Medical Uses

        $602.00

        1. 7.4.1 Pharmaceutical & Health Care Outlook

          $118.00

          1. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL & HEALTH CARE INDICATORS

        2. 7.4.2 Membrane Demand

          $469.00

          1. Table | PHARMACEUTICAL & MEDICAL MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE (million dollars)

      5. 7.5 Chemical Processing

        $307.00

        1. 7.5.1 Chemical Processing Outlook

          $118.00

          1. Table | CHEMICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

        2. 7.5.2 Membrane Demand

          $179.00

          1. Table | CHEMICAL PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE (million dollars)

      6. 7.6 Industrial Gas Processing

        $368.00

        1. 7.6.1 Industrial Gas Outlook

          $109.00

          1. Table | INDUSTRIAL GAS SHIPMENTS (billion cubic feet)

        2. 7.6.2 Membrane Demand

          $226.00

          1. Table | INDUSTRIAL GAS MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE (million dollars)

      7. 7.7 Other Markets

        $230.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE (million dollars)

        2. 7.7.1 Environmental

          $123.00

        3. 7.7.2 Fuel Cells

          $82.00

    8. 8 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,132.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Industry Composition

        $91.00

        1. Table | US MEMBRANE SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)

      3. 8.3 Market Share

        $142.00

      4. 8.4 Competitive Strategies

        $126.00

      5. 8.5 Research & Development

        $92.00

      6. 8.6 Marketing

        $135.00

      7. 8.7 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $93.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      8. 8.8 Cooperative Agreements

        $142.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 8.9 Company Profiles

        $4,320.00

        1. 8.9.1 Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 8.9.2 Applied Membranes Incorporated

          $140.00

        3. 8.9.3 Ballard Power Systems Incorporated

          $93.00

        4. 8.9.4 Baxter International Incorporated

          $82.00

        5. 8.9.5 Becton, Dickinson and Company

          $82.00

        6. 8.9.6 Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated

          $154.00

        7. 8.9.7 Bio-Rad Laboratories Incorporated

          $82.00

        8. 8.9.8 Corning Incorporated

          $82.00

        9. 8.9.9 Culligan International Company

          $82.00

        10. 8.9.10 Donaldson Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        11. 8.9.11 Dow Chemical Company

          $135.00

        12. 8.9.12 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $103.00

        13. 8.9.13 Entegris Incorporated

          $111.00

        14. 8.9.14 ESCO Technologies Incorporated

          $82.00

        15. 8.9.15 General Electric Company

          $344.00

        16. 8.9.16 Gore (WL) & Associates Incorporated

          $132.00

        17. 8.9.17 Illinois Tool Works Incorporated

          $82.00

        18. 8.9.18 Innovative Gas Systems Incorporated

          $82.00

        19. 8.9.19 ITT Corporation

          $82.00

        20. 8.9.20 Koch Industries Incorporated

          $158.00

        21. 8.9.21 L'Air Liquide SA

          $115.00

        22. 8.9.22 Life Technologies Corporation

          $82.00

        23. 8.9.23 Linde AG

          $82.00

        24. 8.9.24 Medtronic Incorporated

          $82.00

        25. 8.9.25 Merck KGaA

          $250.00

        26. 8.9.26 Nitto Denko Corporation

          $180.00

        27. 8.9.27 Pall Corporation

          $313.00

        28. 8.9.28 Parker-Hannifin Corporation

          $148.00

        29. 8.9.29 Polypore International Incorporated

          $177.00

        30. 8.9.30 Praxair Incorporated

          $82.00

        31. 8.9.31 Sartorius AG

          $167.00

        32. 8.9.32 Siemens AG

          $124.00

        33. 8.9.33 Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

          $82.00

        34. 8.9.34 Spectrum Laboratories Incorporated

          $88.00

        35. 8.9.35 SpinTek Filtration LLC

          $82.00

        36. 8.9.36 SPX Corporation

          $82.00

        37. 8.9.37 3M Company

          $150.00

        38. 8.9.38 Xylem Incorporated

          $90.00

Back to Top