Ultrafiltration Membranes: Technologies and the U.S. Market

Published - May 2010| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST044C
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Report Highlights

  • The U.S. market for ultrafiltration technologies was worth $882 million in 2009 and will reach $932 million by the end of 2010. By 2015, the market is estimated to be valued at $1.2 billion, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7%.
  • Hemodialysis is the largest ultrafiltration application market, with 52% market share in 2010. The market for hemodialyzers will reach $485 million by the end of 2010 and $626 million by 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2%.
  • The biotechnology sector is expected to continue growing robustly over the next 5 years. The market for UF products used in biotech research, biopharmaceuticals processing, and compendial water production is worth approximately $80 million in 2010.  Growth in the market from 2010 to 2015 is forecast to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.2%, for a value of $130 million.

INTRODUCTION 

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
 
This BCC market research report provides an in-depth analysis of the technical and market drivers relating to the market for ultrafiltration (UF) membrane products, evaluating the current worth of UF modules, cassettes, dialyzers, and other devices by application. The study forecasts growth and trends in the various sectors over the next 5 years. The conclusions are illustrated with statistical information on markets, applications, industry structure and dynamics, along with technological developments.
 
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
 
This report is intended for those who require a thorough analysis of the ultrafiltration membrane industry that traces significant developments and forecasts important trends, quantifies the various market sectors, and profiles companies active in those areas. Because of the fragmented nature of the industry, it is difficult to find studies that gather extensive data from diverse resources and analyze it in the context of a comprehensive document. This report contains a unique collection of membrane-related information and conclusions that is difficult to find elsewhere.
 
INTENDED AUDIENCE
 
This report aims to provide those interested in investment, acquisition, or expansion into the UF membrane market with specific, detailed information crucial to making educated decisions. Senior marketing personnel, venture capitalists, executive planners, research directors, government officials, and suppliers to the membrane industry who want to discover and exploit current or projected market niches should find this report of value. Novice readers who wish to understand how regulations, market pressures, and technology interact in the ultrafiltration membrane arena will also find the study worthwhile.
 
SCOPE OF REPORT
 
This report examines the market for ultrafiltration as reflected by the major applications of the technology: food and beverage processing, biopharmaceuticals manufacture, hemodialysis, potable water production, wastewater treatment and industrial processes. Five-year projections are provided for market activity and value. Industry structure, membrane applications and trends, pricingconsiderations, research and development (R&D), government regulations, company profiles, and competitive technologies are included in the study.
 
The 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 made in constant U.S. dollars, and growth rates are compounded. “Sales of membranes” refers to the sale of membranes packaged as modules, cassettes, dialyzers, and small membrane-containing devices, such as centrifugal filters, sans pumps, piping, controls, or other system components.
 
METHODOLOGY
 
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in compiling this market research report. Research began with a re-analysis of the available technical and business literature. Conversations with industry experts and company representatives and a review of their published works provide the backbone for an evaluation of the UF membrane industry. Other sources of information included product literature from system suppliers, patent information, and companies’ annual reports and financial filings. 
 
Forecasts in this report are based on announced projects and anticipated capacity additions over the next 5 years. Costs are based on published data and interviews with industry participants. UF “membranes” refers to sheet, plate, hollow fiber, or tubular membrane material enclosed in housings, where relevant, and packaged into modules, cassettes, plate and frame, and other configurations. 
 
Calculations are based on the retail price of products rather than the discounted costs available to large volume users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).  Sales of replacement membranes are included in market sizes and forecasts. Projections for each market are made in terms of constant dollars. Historical values are for the year given.
 
INFORMATION SOURCES
 
Information in this report was gleaned from many different sources. SEC filings, annual reports, patent literature, business, scientific and industry journals, government reports, census information, conference literature, patent documents, and on-line resources were researched. Information from the following industry associations also was reviewed: American Membrane Technology Association, American Water Works Association, International Desalination Association, WateReuse Association, Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the Semiconductor Industry Association.
 
ANALYST CREDENTIALS
 
During the past 14 years, Susan Hanft has authored more than 25 BCC market opportunity reports in the fields of membrane technology, water/wastewater treatment, and alternative energy. 
 
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DISCLAIMER
 
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 speculative in 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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Published - Feb-2007| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST044B

Report Highlights

  • The total U.S. market value for ultrafiltration membranes was worth $579 million in 2005 and $635 million in 2006. At a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4%, this market will reach $908 million by 2011.
  • Broken down between bioseparations/medical and municipal/industrial applications, the market remains largely split down the middle throughout the forecast period. Bioseparations will grow slightly to 52% of the total market value throughout the forecast period, while municipal/industrial applications will drop slightly to 47%
  • Bioseparation/medical applications have the highest CAGR throughout the forecast period. In 2006 this sector of the market was worth $324 million and will grow to $476 million by 2011, a CAGR of 8.0%.
Published - Dec-2002| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST044A

Report Highlights

  • The market for ultrafiltration will rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 9.7% from $458 million in 2002 to $727 million in 2007.
  • Profitable new applications are developing in separations needed for neutraceuticals manufacture, a rapidly growing sector.
  • The phase-out of reusable dialyzers, increased use of more expensive synthetic membranes and an expanding patient population should continue to grow the dialysis market.
  • Potable water production potentially is a very large market for UF membranes Municipal wastewater recycling, using UF, is gaining attention for nonpotable reuse in irrigation and groundwater recharge; the notion that treated wastewater can be recycled as potable also is advancing.

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