Membrane Technology for Liquid and Gas Separations

Aug 2010| MST041E| BCC Publishing

Report Highlights

  • The combined U.S. market for membranes used in liquid and gas separating applications is estimated at approximately $1.7 billion in 2010, and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9% during the 5-year forecast period to reach $2.3 billion in 2015.
  • In 2010, conventional liquid separations account for 89% of U.S. demand, or nearly $1.5 billion. Membrane module sales for liquid separations are forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9% to reach $2 billion in 2015. 
  • Combined sales of products used in gas separation, pervaporation, and novel processes are predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% through the survey period, from an estimated $180 million in 2010 to $247 million in 2015.


This BCC Research report provides an in-depth analysis of the market for membrane technology across a range of filtration types and applications. Covered technologies include reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, electrochemical processes, gas separation, pervaporation, and two novel processes. Applications for these filtration types include potable water, process water, and wastewater treatment; food and beverage processing; biopharmaceuticals production; other large-scale liquid separations; and industrial gas separation.
Technical and market drivers are considered in evaluating the current worth of the technologies covered, and in forecasting growth and trends over the next 5 years. The conclusions are illustrated with statistical information on markets, applications, industry structure, and dynamics, along with technological developments.
This study is intended for individuals requiring an in-depth analysis of the membrane industry that traces significant developments and forecasts important trends, quantifies the various market sectors, and highlights companies active in those areas.
Because of the diverse and fragmented nature of the industry, it is difficult to find studies that gather such extensive data from far-reaching resources, and have this data presented in one comprehensive document. This report contains a unique collection of membrane-related information, analyses, forecasts, and conclusions that are very hard (or impossible) to find elsewhere.
This comprehensive report aims to provide those interested in investment, acquisition, or expansion into the market for membrane technology with the specific, detailed information crucial to making educated decisions. Senior marketing personnel, venture capitalists, executive planners, research directors, government officials, and suppliers to the industry who want to discover and exploit current or projected market niches should find this report of value. Readers who wish to understand how regulations, market pressures, and technology interact in the arena also will find this study worthwhile.
This report is primarily a study of the U.S. market, but due to the international presence of many industry participants, global activities are included where appropriate. Values are given in U.S. dollars. Forecasts are in constant U.S. dollars and growth rates are compounded. Five-year projections are provided for market activity and value. Industry structure, technological trends, pricing considerations, R&D, government regulations, company profiles, and competitive technologies are included in the study. Only industrial scale membrane products will be evaluated. No consumer products (i.e., point of use water systems) are included in the analysis.
The information sources for this study include online research; SEC filings; annual reports; company brochures; patent literature; business, technical and industry journals; conference literature; and interviews with principals in the industry. Statistical and other data also were collected from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the American Membrane Technology Association, the International Desalination Association, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Research Federation, the WateReuse Foundation, the Water Resources Institute, the MBR-Network, and various academic institutions.
During the past 14 years, Susan Hanft has authored more than 30 market research reports for BCC Research in the fields of membrane technology, water, and wastewater treatment, and separations used in food and beverage manufacture, medicine, and biotechnology.
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The information developed in this report is intended to be as reliable as possible at the time of publication and of a professional nature. This information does not constitute managerial, legal, or accounting advice, nor should it serve as a corporate policy guide, laboratory manual, or an endorsement of any product, as much of the information is of a speculative nature. The author assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage that might result from reliance on the reported information or from its use.

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Full Report: Membrane Technology for Liquid and Gas Separations388 $2,750 Free
Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION3Free
Chapter- 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY3$250Free
Chapter- 3: INDUSTRY OVERVIEW12$85Free
Chapter- 6: PATENT SURVEY8$57Free
Chapter- 7: INDUSTRY STRUCTURE89$631Free
Chapter- 8: APPENDIX 117$829Free
Published - Oct-2008| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST041D

Report Highlights

  • The U.S. market for membranes used in liquid and gas separating applications is expected to be worth $2.3 billion in 2008. The market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% to reach $3.3 billion in 2013.
  • Conventional liquid separation techniques have the largest share of the market, worth an estimated $2.1 billion in 2008. This should increase to $3.0 billion in 2013, for a CAGR of 7.7%.
  • Other separations generated an estimated $235.0 million in 2008. This segment is expected to reach $351.0 million in 2013, for a CAGR of 8.4%. 
Published - May-2005| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST041C

Report Highlights

  • The combined U.S. market for membranes used in separations and nonseparating applications was estimated at $5 billion dollars in 2004 and, rising at average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 6.6%, is expected to reach $6.9 billion in 2009.
  • Sales of membranes used in liquid and gas separations are valued at $2.1 billion with an AAGR of 9.9%.
  • The market for nonseparating membranes used in drug delivery, guided tissue regeneration, batteries, food packaging and high performance textiles is estimated to be a $2.8 billion market increasing at 3.8%.
  • MF and UF filtration types are in ever greater demand for water treatment, as well as wastewater treatment and in the biotech and pharmaceuticals sector.
Published - May-2001| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST041B

Report Highlights

  • The total 2000 U.S. membrane market is estimated at $1.6 billion dollars.
  • Growing at average annual rate (AAGR) of about 11%, this market is expected to reach nearly $2.4 billion in 2005.
  • The markets for reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration, dominated by RO, is expected to reach $400 million in 2005, reflecting an AAGR of 7.9%.
  • Important primarily to the biotech industry, ultra and microfiltration are expected to rise at an AAGR of 8.7% to $1.45 billion in 2005.
  • Improved materials are opening up new opportunities for gas separation membranes, which while rise at an AAGR of 6.9% to $177 million in 2005.
  • Between them, ion exchange, pervaporation, dialysis and novel techniques are expected to increase at an AAGR of 7.6% through the forecast period.
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