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Membrane Separation Technologies to 2016

US demand to increase 7.1% annually through 2016

Demand for membranes in the US is expected to increase 7.1 percent per year to $5.4 billion in 2016. Advances will be supported primarily by the continued adoption of environmental regulations that require purity levels that are best achieved with membrane separation technologies. Additionally, ongoing interest in minimizing waste and recycling or reusing input fluids will stimulate gains in membrane demand, especially in the industrial market. Water recycling is also being embraced by many municipalities in water-stressed regions where the cost of obtaining potable water is high. Further contributing to growing membrane demand is the increasing penetration of membranes into the water and wastewater treatment, and food and beverage processing markets.

Reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration uses to grow quickly

Microfiltration membranes account for the most established and mature segment of the market and are projected to continue to account for the largest share of total demand. However, demand is expected to grow more quickly for reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membranes, both of which are capable of removing a wider range of contaminants. Demand for reverse osmosis membranes will benefit from growing interest in treating brackish water and desalinating seawater to create potable water sources, while ultrafiltration membranes are increasingly being used in place of microfiltration membranes for pretreatment purposes. Of the major applications, demand gains are expected to be fastest for pervaporation membranes, albeit from very small base. Pervaporation membranes are increasingly being used to remove volatile organic compounds from wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing processes. Other markets in which pervaporation membranes are used include the chemical processing, and pharmaceutical and medical markets.

Best growth opportunities to emerge in smaller markets

The largest market for membranes is water and wastewater treatment, accounting for nearly half of sales. Demand is driven by regulations for water and waste streams that increasingly require compliance with more stringent allowable contaminant levels, which often necessitate the use of membrane separation technologies in order to achieve the mandated results. Additionally, the growing need for water conservation in many parts of the US will continue to fortify membrane demand, especially in municipal and industrial markets. However, the best opportunities for growth will emerge in the chemical processing, and pharmaceutical and medical markets, as well as smaller markets such as fuel cells and environmental treatment and remediation. Other key markets for membranes include food and beverage processing and industrial gas production.

Polymeric membranes to remain dominant type

Polymeric membrane materials will continue to dominate the market because of their relatively low initial costs and their ability to be used in a variety of applications. However, polymer-based membranes are subject to an increasing level of competition from nonpolymeric membranes, which are less likely to foul and can be more easily cleaned. Demand for membranes made from such materials as ceramic and metal is expected to grow more rapidly than demand for polymeric membranes through 2016, albeit from a smaller base.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, “Membrane Separation Technologies”, presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by product, application and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 38 competitors in the US industry.

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
        • Industrial
        • Other Wastewater Treatment Markets
  • Food & Beverage Processing
    • Food & Beverage Industry Outlook
    • Membrane Demand
      • Food Processing
      • Beverage Processing
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Uses
    • Pharmaceutical & Health Care 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 Products and Chemicals Incorporated
  • Applied Membranes Incorporated
  • Ballard Power Systems Incorporated
  • Baxter International Incorporated
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories Incorporated
  • C'treat Offshore, see ITT
  • Celgard, see Polypore International
  • Corning Incorporated
  • Culligan International Company
  • Dantherm Power, see Ballard Power Systems
  • Daramic, see Polypore International
  • Discovery Labware, see Becton, Dickinson
  • domnick hunter Process Filtration, see Parker-Hannifin
  • Donaldson Company Incorporated
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
  • Ecodyne, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • EcoWater Systems, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • Entegris Incorporated
  • ESCO Technologies Incorporated
  • Filtertek, see Illinois Tool Works
  • General Electric Company
  • Gore (WL) & Associates Incorporated
  • Graver Technologies, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • Hydranautics, see Nitto Denko
  • Illinois Tool Works Incorporated
  • Innovative Gas Systems Incorporated
  • ITT Corporation
  • Koch Industries Incorporated
  • L'Air Liquide SA
  • Life Technologies Corporation
  • Linde AG
  • Liqui-Cel, see Polypore International
  • Marmon Holdings, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • MEDAL, see L'Air Liquide
  • Medtronic Incorporated
  • Membrana, see Polypore International
  • Merck KGaA
  • Millipore, see Merck
  • Nitto Denko Corporation
  • Pall Corporation
  • Parker-Hannifin Corporation
  • PCI Membranes, see Xylem
  • 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
  • Supelco, see Sigma-Aldrich
  • 3M Company
  • Water Equipment Technologies, see Xylem
  • Whatman, see General Electric
  • 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 & Health care Indicators
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Market for Membranes by Type
  • Chemical Product Shipments
  • Chemical Processing Market for Membranes by Type
  • 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, 2011
  • Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • Selected Cooperative Agreements

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • World Membrane Demand by Region, 2011

SECTION III -- TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

  • Dead-End & Crossflow Membrane Separation Processes

SECTION IV -- MATERIALS

  • Polymeric Membrane Demand in Area & Value Terms, 2011

SECTION V -- TYPES

  • Membrane Demand by Type, 2011

SECTION VI -- MARKETS

  • Membrane Demand by Market, 2011
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment Market for Membranes, 2001-2021
  • Water Treatment Market for Membranes by Market Segment, 2011

SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • US Membrane Market Share by Company, 2011
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