Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Market Report

Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Market Analysis By Product (Hollow Fiber, Flat Sheet, Multi-Tubular), By Configuration (Submerged, Side stream), By Application, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Aug, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-889-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 120

Industry Insights

The global membrane bioreactor (MBR) market size was valued at USD 1.81 billion in 2016. The market is expected to show significant growth over the forecast period owing rising concerns for the waste water treatment. Various factors including water supply shortages along with growing environmental concerns over industrial sludge disposal are expected to drive membrane bioreactors (MBR) market over the forecast period. 

Increasing adoption of environment-friendly water management technologies in sewage and industrial sector will propel industry expansion over the forecast period. Increasing amount of industrial waste owing to rising pharmaceutical, oil & gas, textile, construction, food & beverages and pulp & paper sector is expected to augment the market growth over the next eight years.

U.S. membrane bioreactor market revenue by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

U.S. membrane bioreactor market

The robust manufacturing base of pharmaceutical industry including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Merck &Co. in the U.S. is expected to promote medical sector, which in turn is projected to fuel industry rise. Strong demand from refineries has been one of the major drivers for the water treatment market which in turn is anticipated to create immense market opportunities over the forecast period.

Membrane bioreactor is likely to gain momentum in the near future, as it is economically viable and environment-friendly waste water treatment technology.MBR offer various advantages including high biodegradation efficiency, excellent effluent quality and smaller footprint, which in turn will increase the MBR industry expansion over the next eight years.

Increasing awareness regarding proper sanitization in Brazil, Mexico and India is expected to promote the development of municipal water & wastewater treatment facilities over the years ahead.Growing water demand as a result of increasing population will increase adoption of waste water treatment. In addition, declining availability of fresh and potable water primarily in Middle East & Africa and China is expected to drive growth.

However, high initial investment and operational cost is expected to hinder the product growth over the forecast period. Moreover, increasing occurrence of fouling in the membrane bioreactor is likely to restrain market expansion. Technological advancements in order to increase output, reduce sludge formation and footprint will create immense industry potential.

Product Insights

Hollow fiber was the dominant product segment and accounted for 80.7% of the global market in 2016. The product is expected to witness significant growth on account of its low maintenance and operational cost as compared to multi-tubular and flat sheet. Hollow fiber membrane demand is expected to witness growth over the forecast period on account of high consumption in the large scale installations of municipal sector. 

Increasing usage of these membranes in municipal application as they offer high productivity per unit volume, and high packaging density is anticipated to propel demand over the forecast period. Moreover, rising population and urbanization in Mexico, Turkey, China, India, Thailand, and Bangladesh is expected to augment municipal applications, thereby rising demand.

Configuration Insights

Submerged MBR will witness significant rise at a CAGR of 18.8% from 2017 to 2025 as a result of its low energy consumption level, high biodegradation efficiency and low fouling rate as compared to the side stream membrane bioreactors. 

Rising adoption of submerged membrane bioreactor in industrial sector including textile, food & beverages, oil & gas, mining, power generation, pulp & paper in light of its effluent quality and lower sludge production will drive industry expansion over the next eight years.

Application Insights

The industrial segment is expected to witness significant growth at a CAGR of 19.3% from 2017 to 2025 as a result of increasing usage of the product in the oil & gas, food & beverages, chemical and marine sector. Increasing mining spending in Chile, Peru and Mexico as a result of government support for promoting investments by companies including BHP Billiton, Vale, and Rio Tinto is expected to propel market size. 

Global membrane bioreactor market revenue by application, 2016 (%)

Global membrane bioreactor market

The emergence of the U.S. and Canada as a production hub for unconventional sources including shale gas and tight oil is expected to play a crucial role in increasing the usage of MBR in fracking applications. Furthermore, the establishment of new production units in power generation in Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel owing to the favorable initiatives to promote the investments is expected to expand the market penetration over the next eight years.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific is expected to show significant revenue rise at a CAGR of 22.0% from 2017 to 2025 on account of the robust manufacturing base of food & beverages, textile, and pharmaceutical sector in China, Singapore, and India. Ongoing industrialization, rising population along with increasing foreign investments in the industrial and municipal wastewater treatment sectors is projected to drive the industry expansion over the forecast period.

The positive outlook towards mining sector in China owing to the abundance of rare earth minerals, steel, and coppers is expected to play a crucial role in increasing the application of sludge treatment for landfill.

Various government initiatives in India including “Housing for All by 2022” and “Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)” for improving housing sector is expected to increase the penetration of municipal wastewater facilities for urban population, which in turn will augment market size.

North America was the prominent market and accounted for 28.0% of the overall industry share in 2016. The robust presence of manufacturing facilities of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food & beverage and automotive in the U.S. and Mexico is expected to promote the demand for water treatment services over the next eight years.

Furthermore, the government of Mexico through the approval of Mexican Congress passed a new Public Private Partnership (PPP) law in 2012, which is aimed for promoting investments in terms of upgradation and new establishment of water purification plants and desalination facilities on a domestic level. This favorable initiative for promoting the investments in water treatment industry is expected to have a positive impact on market.

Competitive Insights

The global membrane bioreactor (MBR) industry is highly dynamic and competitive in nature owing to presence of various small and large scale manufacturers. The market is dominated by various major participants including Kubota Corporation, GE Water & Process Technologies, Toray Industries, Inc., Koch Membrane Systems, Inc., Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, and Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.

The MBR market is expected to witness strong competition over the next eight years on account of increasing investment in research and development activities, product innovation and increasing production capacities. 

Key players in the market are focusing on increasing their market share along with profitability through establishing strategic partnerships with regional players and providing technological expertise for industrial wastewater treatment in sectors including pharmaceuticals, food & beverages and oil & gas.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, Italy, France, Japan, China, Brazil

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global membrane bioreactor market on the basis of product, configuration, application and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Hollow fiber

    • Flat sheet

    • Multi-tubular

  • Configuration Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Submerged

    • Side stream

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Municipal

    • Industrial

      • Food & beverages

      • Textile

      • Oil & gas

      • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • Italy

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa 

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