Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/12/2018 -- Membranes are thin layer of semi-permeable and porous sheets of material that separate contaminates from water when a driving force is applied across the membrane. Membrane processes are increasingly employed in drinking water and wastewater treatment for the removal of microorganisms, bacteria, natural organic materials, and particulates, which can impart taste, odor, and color to water and react with disinfectants to form disinfection byproducts. Growth in the bio-based pharmaceutical industry is driving the membrane filtration market. Rapid development in generics production is also likely to boost the market. Additionally, updated regulations, stringent industry standards, and rise in demand of consumers is likely to drive the market in the near future. Groundwater sources that do not need membrane technologies for pretreatment process are relatively simple to install.
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The membrane filtration market can be segmented based on technique, type, application, membrane material, and membrane module. Based on technique, the market can be segmented into microfiltration, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, and nano filtration. Microfiltration is one of the membrane separation processes that has pore size of about 0.03 microns to 10 microns. Ultrafiltration has pore size of around 0.002 microns to 0.1 microns, while nano filtration membrane has nominal pore size of approximately 0.001 microns. However, reverse osmosis is very effective in removing harmful contaminants from water and minerals. It offers high efficiency in terms of water purification, as it can remove most of the mineral contaminants. Thus, it accounts for major share of the market.
Based on application, the market can be segregated into food & beverages, drinks & concentrates, and water & wastewater. Membrane processes are preferred for advanced wastewater treatment and potable water production due to the increase in stringent government regulations, decrease in cost of membranes, and water scarcity. Membrane processes also have better separation capabilities. Membrane filtration technologies are gaining significant acceptance in the food & beverages industry. Membrane filtration technologies offers various effective functions such as fractionation and concentration of whey and skim milk, cheese purification, lactose reduction in milk, bacteria removal and demineralization of whey, as well as color, taste, and shelf life enhancement of food products.
In terms of membrane material, the market can be classified into polysulfone, cellulose acetate, and ceramic. Ceramic membranes are thermally stable, microporous, chemically resistant, and are often used for microfiltration. The ceramic segment is projected to expand at a significantly higher rate during the forecast period. This type of membrane is primarily used in the water processing industry owing to properties such as high chemical and physical stability, long lifespan, and effective separation. Furthermore, these membranes have high potential of usage in the food & beverages industry for several applications.
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Key players operating in the global membrane filteration market include 3M Company, The WABAG Group, Pall Corporation, GEA Group, Dow Company, Koch Membrane System, and Veolia Water Technologies.