GVR Report cover Membrane Bioreactor Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Membrane Bioreactor Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Hollow Fiber), By Configuration (Submerged), By Application (Municipal), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-889-3
  • Number of Pages: 125
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Membrane Bioreactor Market Size & Trends

The global membrane bioreactor market size was valued at USD 3.35 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0% from 2023 to 2030. The rising demand for wastewater treatment facilities is one of the major factors fueling market growth. The growth was moderately affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of COVID-19, the supply chain of membrane bioreactors was disrupted and the availability of the workforce was reduced, which affected the industry growth. In the U.S., the market is significantly driven by the growth in the industries such as food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, and textiles. Moreover, the U.S. EPA has been implementing numerous regulations aimed at ensuring water treatment services at the manufacturing and municipal level, which is expected to enhance the market growth.

U.S. Membrane Bioreactor market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

A substantial increase in investments in wastewater treatment plants is driven by various government initiatives to tackle the scarcity of water. Developing new wastewater treatment facilities and the emergence of process-intensive technologies are likely to fuel market growth over the forecast period.

Various governments have introduced stringent regulations related to wastewater emissions for the municipal and industrial sectors. New regulations by government authorities in developing economies are likely to boost the market growth. According to the Brazilian government website, new legislation was published in 2020, which attracted private investment in sanitation services.

Technological advancements in membrane bioreactors have contributed to the increased global demand for fresh and processed water. The presence of limited freshwater resources has emphasized the requirement for advanced and innovative wastewater treatment plants. Moreover, the rising population is contributing significantly to the increasing demand for fresh potable water.

Furthermore, industrialization is increasing significantly in developing nations such as Brazil, India, China, and Bangladesh. The growth in industrialization is consequently driving the need for the treatment of the effluent stream. Additionally, awareness related to greenhouse gas emissions is rising. These factors are expected to fuel market growth over the forecast period.

Products Insights

The hollow fiber segment held the largest revenue share of over 51.2% in 2022. Hollow fiber offers lower operational and maintenance costs than multi-tubular and flat sheet membrane bioreactors. Moreover, hollow fiber bioreactors are commonly used in a variety of applications such as desalination, filtration, biochemical reactions, and gas separation.

The flat sheet membrane bioreactor segment is expected to register a CAGR of 7.6% over the forecast period. They are extensively used in medium-scale industrial wastewater treatment plants. Moreover, increasing application of flat sheet membrane bioreactors in the food & beverage sector owing to their high solid loading and good hydraulic flow is anticipated to fuel the product demand.

Multi-tubular membrane is commonly used for side-stream configurations. Multi-tubular bioreactors are expected to witness comparatively less growth than flat sheet and hollow fiber membranes owing to their high operational and maintenance costs. This type is used in small installations in industrial applications, which is expected to witness significant growth.

The shift toward the physical treatment of water from conventional water treatment methods is expected to influence market growth favorably. Membrane separation is an ideal solution for industries seeking to reduce water footprint and reuse wastewater, thereby positively impacting market growth.

Configuration Insights

The submerged segment held the largest share of over 76.2% in 2022, owing to its lower energy usage, higher biodegradation efficiency, and lower fouling rate when compared to side stream membrane bioreactors. Moreover, the surging usage of submerged bioreactors in the industrial sector is likely to fuel segment growth.

The side stream segment is expected to register a growth rate of 5.2% over the forecast period. In the municipal and industrial sectors, these membranes are mostly utilized for the treatment of wastewater. The benefits of side-stream MBRs include hydraulic loading, stronger physical construction, and more adaptable cross-flow velocity control.

A submerged membrane bioreactor (SMB) is also utilized for the filtration of irrigation water, surface water, and groundwater. Moreover, the food and beverage manufacturing industries employ SMBs to alleviate excessive loads of chemical oxygen demand. Other industries using SMBs include pulp and paper, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, chemical, and textiles.

Compared to submerged MBR, side stream MBR has fewer risks of membrane fouling, which is anticipated to increase its market demand over the forecast period. Side stream membrane bioreactors are more energy intensive and their maintenance and plant downtime costs are generally slightly lower as compared to immersed membrane bioreactors.

Application Insights

The municipal segment accounted for the largest revenue share of over 64.2% in 2022. Membrane bioreactors were initially designed with an emphasis on water reuse and recycling for municipal wastewater treatment applications. A membrane bioreactor is an ideal choice for recycling municipal wastewater in areas with limited water and space owing to its compactness.

Additionally, the utilization of membrane bioreactor systems for municipal wastewater reclamation has focused on the treatment of two wastewater sources: primary effluent and raw wastewater. Growing urban population and infrastructure development are expected to result in significant growth of the market in developing countries.

Global Membrane Bioreactor Market share and size, 2022

The industrial segment is projected to register the highest growth rate of 8.0% over the forecast period. Raw and processed water finds application in several industries including chemical, paper & pulp, food & beverages, mining, and refineries.

Rapid urbanization and industrialization are resulting in high demand for fresh and processed water, which is a key factor driving the wastewater treatment market. The treatment of industrial waste is a prominent application of membrane bioreactor technology owing to the robustness of the process.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific held the largest revenue share of over 40.3% in 2022. Significant growth in the industrial sector including chemical, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and oil & gas industries is likely to increase the demand for membrane bioreactors for the treatment of the effluent streams.

North America is expected to register a CAGR of 6.4% in the forecast period. The growth is attributed to development in pharmaceutical, chemical, and automotive manufacturing facilities. Increasing demand for wastewater treatment, growing immigration, and technological advancement are key factors driving the market in the region.

Membrane Bioreactor Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

China is expected to register a significant growth rate over the forecast period owing to the increasing wastewater treatment facilities, rising government investments, and the flourishing industrial sector. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of China has introduced stringent standards for the wastewater treatment industry resulting in growth opportunities for the manufacturers.

The Middle East and Africa is expected to witness strong growth over the forecast period owing to the growth in the industrial sector. Various prominent industrial players are moving their production facilities to this region due to the availability of low-cost labor and favorable regulations. This is expected to fuel demand for membrane bioreactors over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market for membrane bioreactors is highly competitive owing to the presence of both multinational and local manufacturers. Owing to the presence of privately and publicly held companies the global membrane bioreactor market is characterized by high competition.

Key manufacturers actively focus on the product innovation, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, and collaboration to expand market penetration at the global level. For instance, in June 2021, MICRODYN-NADIR, a company of MANN+HUMMEL, announced the launch of a new company, MANN+HUMMEL Water & Fluid Solutions. Some prominent players in the global membrane bioreactor market include:

  • General Electric

  • B&P Water Technologies S.r.l.

  • CITIC Envirotech Ltd.

  • MANN+HUMMEL Water & Fluid Solutions

  • Suez

  • Calgon Carbon Corporation

  • Veolia

  • Reynolds Culligan

  • Kemira

  • Buckman

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

  • Aquatech International LLC

  • Danaher Corporation

  • Toray Industries

  • Kubota Corporation

Membrane Bioreactor Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 3.55 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 5.77 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 7.0% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, configuration, application, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; Italy; France; U.K.; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; South Africa

Key companies profiled

General Electric; B&P Water Technologies S.r.l.; CITIC Envirotech Ltd.; MANN+HUMMEL Water & Fluid Solutions; Suez; Calgon Carbon Corporation; Veolia; Reynolds Culligan; Kemira; Buckman; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation; Aquatech International LLC; Danaher Corporation; Toray Industries; Kubota Corporation.

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Global Membrane Bioreactor Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global membrane bioreactor market report based on product, configuration, application, and region:

Global Membrane Bioreactor Market Report Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hollow Fiber

    • Flat Sheet

    • Multi-Tubular

  • Configuration Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Submerged

    • Side Stream

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Municipal

    • Industrial

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • Italy

      • France

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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