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Membrane Separation Technologies (US Market & Forecast)

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.

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This Freedonia industry study, Membrane Separation Technologies, presents historical demand data (2003, 2008 and 2013) plus forecasts (2018 and 2023) by material, type and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 37 US industry players.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • General
  • Macroeconomic Trends
  • Consumer Spending Trends
  • Demographic Trends
  • Pollution Control Equipment Outlook
  • Pricing & Product Mix
  • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
  • Membrane System Demand
  • World Membrane Separation Outlook
    • North America
    • Asia/Pacific
    • Western Europe
    • Other Regions

III. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

  • General
  • Membrane Separation Processes
  • Membrane Configurations
  • Membrane Advantages
  • Liquid Processing Membrane Technologies
    • Microfiltration
    • Ultrafiltration
    • Nanofiltration
    • Reverse Osmosis
    • Other
      • Forward Osmosis
      • Dialysis
      • Electrodialysis
      • Pervaporation
  • Gas Separation Membrane Technologies
  • Membrane Maintenance
  • Competitive Technologies
    • Liquid
      • Conventional Filters
      • Distillation
      • Ion Exchange Resins
      • Other Liquid Separation Processes
    • Gas
      • Cryogenic Separation
      • Pressure Swing Adsorption
      • Other Gas Separation Processes

IV. MATERIALS

  • General
  • Polymeric Membranes
    • Fluoropolymer Membranes
      • PTFE Membranes
      • PVDF Membranes
    • Polyamide Membranes
    • Cellulosic Membranes
    • Polysulfone & Polyethersulfone Membranes
    • Other Polymeric Membranes
      • Acrylic Membranes
      • Silicone Membranes
      • Polyacrylonitrile Membranes
      • All Other Polymeric Membranes
  • Nonpolymeric Membranes
    • Ceramic Membranes
      • Characteristics
      • Markets
      • Producers
    • Other Nonpolymeric Membranes

V. TYPES

  • General
  • Microfiltration
    • Markets
    • Characteristics
    • Producers
  • Reverse Osmosis
    • Markets
    • Characteristics
    • Producers
  • Ultrafiltration
    • Markets
    • Characteristics
    • Producers
  • Pervaporation
    • Markets
    • Characteristics
    • Producers
  • Other Membrane Types
    • Gas Separation
      • Markets
      • Characteristics
      • Producers
    • Nanofiltration
      • Markets
      • Characteristics
      • Producers
    • Dialysis
    • Electrodialysis

VI. MARKETS

  • General
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment
    • Water Withdrawal & Use Trends
    • Membrane Demand
      • Water Treatment
        • Municipal Water Treatment
        • Industrial Water Treatment
        • Ultrapure Water Treatment
        • Residential Water Treatment
      • Wastewater Treatment
        • Municipal Wastewater Treatment
        • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
        • Other Wastewater Treatment Markets
  • Food & Beverage Processing
    • Food & Beverage Industry Outlook
    • Membrane Demand
      • Food Processing
      • Beverage Processing
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Uses
    • Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Outlook
    • Membrane Demand
      • Pharmaceutical Production
      • Dialysis & Related Uses
      • Biotechnology
      • Drug Delivery
      • Testing & Diagnostics
      • Blood Collection
  • Chemical Processing
    • Chemical Processing Outlook
    • Membrane Demand
      • Chlor-Alkali Production
      • Other Chemical Processing
  • Industrial Gas Processing
    • Industrial Gas Outlook
    • Membrane Demand
      • Nitrogen Processing
      • Other Industrial Gas Processing
  • Other Markets
    • Environmental
    • Fuel Cells

VII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • General
  • Industry Composition
  • Market Share
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 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
  • Celgard, see Polypore International
  • Corning Incorporated
  • Culligan International Company
  • Dantherm Power, see Ballard Power Systems
  • Daramic, see Polypore International
  • Discovery Labware, see Corning
  • Donaldson Company Incorporated
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
  • Ecodyne, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • EcoWater Systems, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • EMD Millipore, see Merck
  • Entegris Incorporated
  • ESCO Technologies Incorporated
  • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
  • Filtertek, see Illinois Tool Works
  • Gambro, see Baxter International
  • General Electric Company
  • Gore (WL) & Associates Incorporated
  • Graver Technologies, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • Graver Water Systems, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • Hydranautics, see Nitto Denko
  • Illinois Tool Works Incorporated
  • Innovative Gas Systems Incorporated
  • Koch Industries Incorporated
  • Life Technologies, see Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Linde Group
  • MEDAL, see Air Liquide Group
  • Medtronic Incorporated
  • Merck KGaA
  • Nitto Denko Corporation
  • Pall Corporation
  • Parker-Hannifin Corporation
  • Polypore International Incorporated
  • Praxair Incorporated
  • PTI Technologies, see ESCO Technologies
  • Sartorius AG
  • Siemens AG
  • Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
  • Spectrum Laboratories Incorporated
  • SpinTek Filtration LLC
  • SPX Corporation
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Incorporated
  • 3M Company
  • Water Equipment Technologies, see Xylem
  • Xylem Incorporated

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Summary Table

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • Macroeconomic Indicators
  • Personal Consumption Expenditures
  • Population & Households
  • Pollution Control Equipment Shipments
  • Selected Membrane Material Prices
  • Membrane Separation System Demand

SECTION III -- TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

  • Advantages & Disadvantages of Membrane Separation Technologies
  • Membrane Separation Spectrum

SECTION IV -- MATERIALS

  • Membrane Demand by Material
  • Polymeric Membrane Demand
  • Fluoropolymer Membrane Demand by Market
  • Polyamide Membrane Demand by Market
  • Cellulosic Membrane Demand by Market
  • Polysulfone & Polyethersulfone Membrane Demand by Market
  • Other Polymeric Membrane Demand by Market
  • Nonpolymeric Membrane Demand by Material & Market
  • Ceramic Membrane Demand
  • Other Nonpolymeric Membrane Demand

SECTION V -- TYPES

  • Membrane Demand by Type
  • Microfiltration Membrane Demand by Market
  • Reverse Osmosis Membrane Demand by Market
  • Ultrafiltration Membrane Demand by Market
  • Pervaporation Membrane Demand by Market
  • Other Membrane Demand by Market

SECTION VI -- MARKETS

  • Membrane Demand by Market
  • Water Withdrawal & Use
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment Market for Membranes
  • Water Treatment Market for Membranes by Type & Segment
  • Municipal Water Treatment Market for Membranes
  • Industrial Water Treatment Market for Membranes
  • Ultrapure Water Treatment Market for Membranes
  • Residential Water Treatment Market for Membranes
  • Wastewater Treatment Market for Membranes
  • Food & Beverage Shipments
  • Food & Beverage Processing Market for Membranes
  • Food Processing Market for Membranes by Type
  • Beverage Processing Market for Membranes by Type
  • Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Indicators
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Market for Membranes by Type
  • Chemical Product Shipments
  • Chemical Processing Market for Membranes by Types
  • Industrial Gas Shipments
  • Industrial Gas Market for Membranes by Type
  • Other Markets for Membranes by Type

SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • US Membrane Sales by Company, 2013
  • Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • Selected Cooperative Agreements

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • World Membrane Demand by Region, 2013

SECTION III -- TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

  • Dead-End & Crossflow Membrane Separation Processes

SECTION IV -- MATERIALS

  • Polymeric Membrane Demand in Area & Value Terms, 2013

SECTION V -- TYPES

  • Membrane Demand by Type, 2013

SECTION VI -- MARKETS

  • Membrane Demand by Market, 2013
  • Water Treatment Market for Membranes by Market
  • Segment, 2013

SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • US Membrane Market Share by Company, 2013
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