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Membrane Technology for Liquid and Gas Separations

  • November 2016
  • 221 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 97908


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Use this report to:
- Analyze the global and U.S. markets for membrane modules used in gas and liquid separations.
- Evaluate industrial-scale membrane products and five-year projections for market activity and value.
- Study the industry's structure, technological trends, pricing considerations, R&D, government regulations, company profiles and competitive technologies in membrane technology.
- Examine, analyze and forecast membrane-related information that are very hard (or impossible) to find elsewhere.

- The combined U.S. market for membranes used in liquid and gas separations should reach $4.6 billion by 2021 from $3.4 billion in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2%, from 2016 to 2021.
- Conventional liquid separations should reach $4.1 billion by 2021 from $3.0 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 6.1%, from 2016 to 2021.
- Gas separations as a market should reach $497.0 million by 2021 from $353.1 million in 2016 at a CAGR of 7.1%, from 2016 to 2021.

This BCC Research report provides an in-depth analysis of the market for membrane technology across a range of filtration types and applications. Covered technologies include reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, electrochemical processes, gas separation and pervaporation. Applications for these filtration types include potable water, process water and wastewater treatment; food and beverage processing; biopharmaceuticals production; other large-scale liquid separations; and industrial gas separation.

Technical and market drivers are considered in evaluating the current worth of the technologies covered, and in forecasting growth and trends over the next five years. The conclusions are illustrated with statistical information on markets, applications, industry structure and dynamics, along with technological developments.

This report is an update of an earlier BCC Research report published in August 2014. It is intended to provide an up-to-date and in-depth analysis of the membrane industry that traces significant developments and forecasts important trends, quantifies the various market sectors and highlights companies active in those areas. Because of the diverse and fragmented nature of the industry, it is difficult to find studies that gather such extensive data from far-reaching resources, and have this data presented in one comprehensive document. This report contains a unique collection of membrane-related information, analyses, forecasts and conclusions that are very hard (or impossible) to find elsewhere.

This comprehensive report aims to provide those interested in investment, acquisition, or expansion into the market for membrane technology with the specific, detailed information crucial to making educated decisions. Senior marketing personnel, venture capitalists, executive planners, research directors, government officials and suppliers to the industry who want to discover and exploit current or projected market niches should find this report of value. Readers who wish to understand how regulations, market pressures and technology interact in the arena also will find this study worthwhile.

This report is primarily a study of the U.S. market, but due to the international presence of many industry participants, global activities are included where appropriate. Values are given in U.S. dollars, and revenue is counted at the manufacturer level. Forecasts are in constant U.S. dollars and growth rates are compounded. Five-year projections are provided for market activity and value.

Industry structure, technological trends, pricing considerations, R&D, government regulations, company profiles and competitive technologies are included in the study. Only industrial-scale membrane products will be evaluated. No consumer products (i.e., point-of-use water systems) are included in the analysis.

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this study. The information sources for this study include online research; Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings; annual reports; company brochures; patent literature; business, technical and industry journals; conference literature; and interviews with principals in the industry. Statistical and other data also were collected from the U.S.

Department of Commerce, the American Membrane Technology Association, the International Desalination Association, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Research Federation, the WateReuse Foundation, the Water Resources Institute, the MBR-Network and various academic institutions.

The author of the original BCC Research report on which this revised version is based is Susan Hanft. Ms. Haft has authored more than 40 market research reports for BCC Research in the fields of membrane technology, water, and wastewater treatment, and separations used in food and beverage manufacture, medicine and biotechnology. Susan also was the editor for several years of BCC Research’s former newsletter, Membrane & Separation Technology News.

The author of this updated report is Andrew McWilliams. Mr. McWilliams is, a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm of 43rd Parallel LLC. Mr. McWilliams is the author of many other BCC Research studies, including studies of advanced materials and environmental technologies such as ENV003F U.S. Indoor Air Quality Market; ENV011A The U.S. Market for Clean Technologies; NAN031G The Maturing Nanotechnology Market: Products and Applications; and AVM016G Sol-Gel Processing of Ceramics and Glass.

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