Major Reverse Osmosis System Components for Water Treatment: The Global Market

Published - Jun 2013| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST049D
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Report Highlights

The 2013 market for reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and system components is expected to reach nearly $4.9 billion by year end, and is predicted to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.7% to reach $8.1 billion by 2018.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the global markets for reverse osmosis (RO) system components, which include pretreatment cartridges, pumps, pressure vessels/housings, RO membrane modules, and ancillary elements such as skids, valves, and gauges
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011 and 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018
  • Identification of existing and potential markets for RO on the global stage
  • Discussion of important technological trends, such as improved low-pressure membranes, large-diameter membranes, and non-fouling membranes
  • Coverage of the RO market centered on purified water produced for municipal, industrial, military, and agriculture/environmental markets
  • Patent analysis
  • Comprehensive company profiles of major players.


This report is divided into specific system component chapters dealing with the RO membranes, pressure vessels/housings, cartridge filters/prefilters, pumps and other ancillary components such as valves, gauges, skids, racks, piping, manifolds, computer controls and piping needed to complete a functional system. Quantitative evaluations are given for the major market segments, historically and for a five-year horizon. The global scope of the RO market is identified within four major geographical regions with information on economic trends and water needs.

Costs of consulting, engineering, and real estate are excluded from system costs. NF is considered as a membrane “softening” process or a divalent or trivalent ion-removal technique that is a subset of RO.

The RO market in this study is centered on purified water produced for municipal, industrial, military and agriculture/environmental markets. It does not address wastewater issues, with the exception of wastewater as an integral part of a reuse and recycle system.

Analyst Credentials

During the past 17 years, Susan Hanft has authored more than 35 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, biotechnology, and energy.

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Published - Sep-2009| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST049C

Report Highlights

  • Overall sales of reverse osmosis system components were worth $1.9 billion in 2005, and increased to nearly $2.6 billion in 2009. By 2014, it is projected to increase to nearly $3.7 billion, for a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%.
  • In the U.S., the municipal market was the largest of the RO systems components segments with an estimated $493 million in value for 2009. That is expected to increase to $675 million by 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 6.5%. The industrial segment was second with an estimated $338 million in value in 2009.
Published - Sep-2005| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST049B

Report Highlights

  • The 2005 global market for RO membranes and system components is estimated at $1.9 billion and is expected to rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 10.3% to more than $3 billion in 2010.
  • Through 2010, current and future users are projected to add more than 2.5 billion gallons per day of RO capacity.
  • The U.S. leads the world in expenditures for RO equipment with $848 million in 2005, and will continue to be the largest purchaser.
  • With an estimated market size of $433 million, the Asia-Pacific region currently ranks second and is rising the fastest, at an AAGR of 12.1%.
Published - Jul-2001| Analyst - Anna Welch Crull| Code - MST049A

Report Highlights

  • The total worldwide market for reverse osmosis systems exceeded $1.4 billion in 2000.
  • Growing at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 9.7%, the market is expected to top $2.2 billion in 2005.
  • The U.S. market is the largest, representing 57% of the total. Growing more slowly than other areas in the world, its share will drop to 55% in 2005.
  • Fastest growth is expected in the Asia/Pacific region, at an AAGR of 12%. In 2005, this market will be nearly equal to the number 2 market in Europe.
  • Worldwide in 2000, 13% of all expenditures were for pressure vessels/ housings.


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