GVR Report cover Membrane Separation Technology Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Membrane Separation Technology Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Technology (Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Apr 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-503-8
  • Number of Pages: 130
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2019

Report Overview

The global membrane separation technology market size was estimated at USD 19.6 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2 % from 2020 to 2028. Rising population leading to the depletion of water resources and the contamination of ground and surface water bodies are driving the demand for wastewater treatment technologies and subsequently, the demand for membrane separation technology.

Industry participants in collaboration with research institutes are undertaking various R&D projects to improve and accelerate membrane manufacturing technology. The potential use of 3D printing technique may enable the manufacturing of membranes in different shapes and designs in a more precise manner compared to other membrane fabrication methods currently available.

U.S. membrane separation technology market size

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suggested the implementation of RO pre-filtration in the food and beverage industry to reduce the possibility of biofilm formation. This is anticipated to promote the demand for membrane separation technologies in the coming years.

The majority of the present-day membranes are manufactured by using polymeric materials such as Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), Polyethersulfone (PES), Polyacrylonitrile (PAN), Polyethylene (PE), and Polypropylene (PP). Furthermore, ceramic membranes are finding growing acceptance owing to their chemically inert nature and ability to operate at high temperatures.

The market is influenced by several regulatory and technology trends, which play a critical role in driving the market. Stringent environmental regulations governing wastewater discharge are presumed to positively impact the market growth over the forecast period.

Increasing investments and continuous R&D in membrane separation technology have led to the introduction of membrane products with enhanced durability and higher flow rates. Moreover, manufacturers are developing membrane technologies to address the specific requirements of the end-use industries.

Technology Insights

Reverse osmosis is expected to remain the most dominant category in the membrane separation technology market and is likely to expand at a CAGR of 12.1% over the forecast period. The membranes used for the aforementioned separation technologies are generally characterized with a pore of less than one nm and are used for the production of ultrapure water, landfill leachates treatment, and seawater desalination.

Reverse osmosis process exhibits a considerably higher recovery rate than the traditional thermal desalination processes such as Multistage Flash Distillation (MSF) and Multiple Effect Distillation (MED). As a result, reverse osmosis technology is rapidly replacing the thermal desalination process in saltwater desalination plants across the world.

The ultrafiltration process is also one of the most popular categories in the market. The segment was valued at USD 4.0 billion in 2020 and is likely to register a CAGR of 12.8% from 2020 to 2028. The high demand for such membranes can be attributed to the single-membrane filtration process in ultrafiltration that serves as an effective barrier to harmful bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants. Ultrafiltration membrane is widely used to treat wastewater for reuse purposes. Furthermore, ultrafiltration is also emerging as an alternative to reverse osmosis technology in household water purification systems.

Application Insights

The water and wastewater treatment segment accounted for the largest market share in 2019 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 11.4% over the forecast period. Growing restrictions on the discharge of untreated wastewater is expected to have a positive impact on market growth.

Various governments and regulatory agencies have issued multiple regulations and mandates concerning water treatment and disposal to safeguard the environment. Strict enforcement of these regulations is prompting industries to adopt environment-friendly wastewater treatment processes, thereby influencing the market growth.

The pharmaceutical and medical application segment is also expected to register a notable CAGR of 13.0% over the forecast period, owing to the growing demand for membrane separation technologies in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries owing to the constant requirement for separating particles and fluids in suspension.

Global membrane separation technology market share

Membrane separation technology is used to recover precious solvents and catalysts that are spent during the synthesis of various pharmaceutical compounds/intermediates. Furthermore, it is used to produce Purified Water (PW), Highly Purified Water (HPW), and Water For Injection (WFI) used in the production of various pharmaceutical formulations.

Regional Insights

In 2020, Asia Pacific region held the majority of the market revenue share and is likely to continue its dominance over the forecast period. This growth is due to rising water pollution and growing environmental concerns driven by the growth of industries such as mining, chemicals, and metal processing industries.

The government of China launched the ‘Water Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan’ in 2015 in an effort to prevent heavily polluting sectors such as chemicals and pulp and paper from contaminating water sources. The implementation of this action plan is expected to promote wastewater treatment, thereby, driving the demand for membrane separation technologies in China.

North America market is also expected to witness a notable CAGR of 10.1% over the forecast period owing to rising government initiatives to encourage sustainable development. In addition, strict government regulations to control wastewater disposal from municipal sources are also expected to augment the market growth.

The pharmaceutical industry in North America is expected to witness exponential growth owing to various research and development activities related to healthcare products. The implementation of regulatory norms for the discharge of pharmaceutical effluents is anticipated to boost the overall market growth over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The major companies in the industry own several trademarks and patents, which emerged as a valuable asset for the companies and offered a competitive edge to gain a strong foothold in the market. In addition, they play a pivotal role in improving brand equity as well as the financial performance of the companies. The top market players are continuously improving the design and performance characteristics of the membrane separation systems to maintain a strong foothold in the market. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Merck KGgA

  • Pentair plc

  • Hydranautics 

  • AXEON Water Technologies

  • GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

  • Hyflux Ltd.


  • SUEZ 

  • Asahi Kasei Corporation

  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

  • Toray Industries, Inc.

  • Koch Membrane Systems, Inc.

  • Pall Corporation

  • 3M Company

  • Corning Incorporated. 

Membrane Separation Technology Market Report Scope

            Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 22.1 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 49.2 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 12.2% from 2020 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data


Forecast period


Quantitative units

Revenue in USD thousand, volume in thousand liters, and CAGR from 2020 to 2028

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Technology, application, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

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

Key companies profiled

Merck KGgA; Pentair plc; Hydranautics ; AXEON Water Technologies; GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft; Hyflux Ltd.; HUBER SE; SUEZ ; Asahi Kasei Corporation; DuPont de Nemours, Inc.; Toray Industries, Inc.; Koch Membrane Systems, Inc.; Pall Corporation; 3M Company; Corning Incorporated.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global membrane separation technology market report based on technology, application, and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Reverse Osmosis

    • Microfiltration

    • Ultrafiltration

    • Nanofiltration

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Waste & Wastewater Treatment

    • Industry Processing

    • Food & Beverage Processing

    • Pharmaceutical & Medical

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America (CSA)

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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