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Membrane Separation Technologies

Membrane Separation Technologies

US demand to rise 7% annually through 2018
US demand for membranes is forecast to rise seven percent per year through 2018 to $6.2 billion. Gains will be driven by stricter government regulations that establish higher purity level standards for water and wastewater streams, which will require some treatment facilities to switch to higher quality membrane systems. In addition, rebounding manufacturing and fixed investment activity will spur sales of membranes, as the need for ultrapure water as an input and the greater treatment of fluid streams for reuse is increasingly called for in many manufacturing and industrial processes.

Membrane demand will be further driven by the rising focus among companies and organizations on implementing sustainable practices, including closed-loop systems to recycle wastewater and reclaim inputs from the waste stream. The moderating cost of some membrane systems will also make them more affordable and a viable option for a growing number of potential users. Additionally, value gains are aided by the ongoing development of high performance membranes that are more durable or are less prone to fouling.

Pharmaceutical, medical uses to grow the fastest
Among the primary markets, demand for membranes used in pharmaceutical and medical uses is projected to experience the fastest gains through 2018. Increasing production of pharmaceuticals over that time will drive rising use of membranes both through the installation of new systems and as replacements in existing systems. Rapid growth will also occur for membranes in smaller markets such as environmental applications to treat hazardous waste sites. Stricter environmental regulations demand more thorough processing technologies.

The water and wastewater treatment market will remain by far the largest market for membrane demand. Sales of membranes to the water and wastewater treatment market are expected to increase steadily through 2018 due to the growing use of membranes to produce high purity water needed as an industrial input or to treat low quality water, particularly in areas with stressed water resources but increasing water requirements. The increasing use of membranes to treat wastewater for recycling or reuse will also support sales.

Reverse osmosis membranes to outpace leading microfiltration segment
Microfiltration membranes account for the largest share of membrane demand because they are used for both primary fluid processing and as a pre-treatment step for more thorough types of membranes. Sales of reverse osmosis membranes, which generate the highest purification levels, will post faster gains as they are increasingly used for processing low quality water resources and as key markets such as the pharmaceutical and medical continue to post rapid gains. Demand for ultrafiltration membranes, which can also be used as a primary or pre-treatment step, is expected to expand at a similar rate through 2018, benefiting from their use in the large water and wastewater treatment market and growing opportunities in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical markets. Sales of pervaporation, gas separation, nanofiltration, electrodialysis membranes and other types will grow the fastest through 2018, albeit from a small base, benefiting from the continued development of new applications, particularly in chemical and pharmaceutical processing and industrial gas production.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table US MEMBRANE DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Trends
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Consumer Spending Trends
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Pollution Control Equipment Outlook
      • Table POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
    • Pricing & Product Mix
      • Table SELECTED MEMBRANE MATERIAL PRICES
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
    • Membrane System Demand
      • Table MEMBRANE SEPARATION SYSTEM DEMAND
    • World Membrane Separation Outlook
      • Table CHART II-1 WORLD MEMBRANE DEMAND BY REGION, 2013
      • North America
      • Asia/Pacific
      • Western Europe
      • Other Regions
  • TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Membrane Separation Processes
      • Table CHART III-1 DEAD-END & CROSSFLOW MEMBRANE SEPARATION PROCESSES
    • Membrane Configurations
    • Membrane Advantages
      • Table ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF MEMBRANE SEPARATION TECHNOLOGIES
    • Liquid Processing Membrane Technologies
      • Table MEMBRANE SEPARATION SPECTRUM
      • Microfiltration
      • Ultrafiltration
      • Nanofiltration
      • Reverse Osmosis
      • Other
    • Gas Separation Membrane Technologies
    • Membrane Maintenance
    • Competitive Technologies
      • Liquid
      • Gas
  • MATERIALS
    • General
      • Table MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MATERIAL
    • Polymeric Membranes
      • Table POLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND
      • Table CHART IV-1 POLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND IN AREA & VALUE TERMS, 2013
      • Fluoropolymer Membranes
        • Table FLUOROPOLYMER MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Polyamide Membranes
        • Table POLYAMIDE MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Cellulosic Membranes
        • Table CELLULOSIC MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Polysulfone & Polyethersulfone Membranes
        • Table POLYSULFONE & POLYETHERSULFONE MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Other Polymeric Membranes
        • Table OTHER POLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Nonpolymeric Membranes
      • Table NONPOLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MATERIAL & MARKET
      • Ceramic Membranes
        • Table CERAMIC MEMBRANE DEMAND
      • Other Nonpolymeric Membranes
        • Table OTHER NONPOLYMERIC MEMBRANE DEMAND
  • TYPES
    • General
      • Table MEMBRANE DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART V-1 MEMBRANE DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
    • Microfiltration
      • Table MICROFILTRATION MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Markets
      • Characteristics
      • Producers
    • Reverse Osmosis
      • Table REVERSE OSMOSIS MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Markets
      • Characteristics
      • Producers
    • Ultrafiltration
      • Table ULTRAFILTRATION MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Markets
      • Characteristics
      • Producers
    • Pervaporation
      • Table PERVAPORATION MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Markets
      • Characteristics
      • Producers
    • Other Membrane Types
      • Table OTHER MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Gas Separation
      • Nanofiltration
      • Dialysis
      • Electrodialysis
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART VI-1 MEMBRANE DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Water & Wastewater Treatment
      • Water Withdrawal & Use Trends
        • Table WATER WITHDRAWAL & USE
      • Membrane Demand
        • Table WATER & WASTEWATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES
        • Table WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE & SEGMENT
        • Table CHART VI-2 WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY MARKET SEGMENT, 2013
        • Table MUNICIPAL WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES
        • Table INDUSTRIAL WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES
        • Table ULTRAPURE WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES
        • Table RESIDENTIAL WATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES
        • Table WASTEWATER TREATMENT MARKET FOR MEMBRANES
    • Food & Beverage Processing
      • Food & Beverage Industry Outlook
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS
      • Membrane Demand
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES
        • Table FOOD PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE
        • Table BEVERAGE PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE
    • Pharmaceutical & Medical Uses
      • Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Outlook
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL & HEALTHCARE INDICATORS
      • Membrane Demand
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL & MEDICAL MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE
    • Chemical Processing
      • Chemical Processing Outlook
        • Table CHEMICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS
      • Membrane Demand
        • Table CHEMICAL PROCESSING MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE
    • Industrial Gas Processing
      • Industrial Gas Outlook
        • Table INDUSTRIAL GAS SHIPMENTS
      • Membrane Demand
        • Table INDUSTRIAL GAS MARKET FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR MEMBRANES BY TYPE
      • Environmental
      • Fuel Cells
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US MEMBRANE SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VII-1 US MEMBRANE MARKET SHARE BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Research & Development
    • Marketing
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Air Liquide Group
      • Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated
      • Applied Membranes Incorporated
      • Ballard Power Systems Incorporated
      • Baxter International Incorporated
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Bio-Rad Laboratories Incorporated
      • Corning Incorporated
      • Culligan International Company
      • Donaldson Company Incorporated
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Entegris Incorporated
      • ESCO Technologies Incorporated
      • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
      • General Electric Company
      • Gore (WL) &Associates Incorporated
      • Illinois Tool Works Incorporated
      • Innovative Gas Systems Incorporated
      • Koch Industries Incorporated
      • Linde Group
      • Medtronic Incorporated
      • Merck KGaA
      • Nitto Denko Corporation
      • Pall Corporation
      • Parker-Hannifin Corporation
      • Polypore International Incorporated
      • Praxair Incorporated
      • Sartorius AG
      • Siemens AG
      • Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
      • Spectrum Laboratories Incorporated
      • SpinTek Filtration LLC
      • SPX Corporation
      • Thermo Fisher Scientific Incorporated
      • 3M Company
      • Xylem Incorporated

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