The global microfiltration membranes market size is projected to reach USD 1.8 billion by 2027 from USD 1.2 billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 8.9% during the forecast period. The overall increase in demand for microfiltration membranes in water treatment, food & beverage, and biopharmaceutical industries are supporting the growth of the microfiltration membranes market. The increasing awareness about water & wastewater treatment and stringent government regulations are driving the demand for microfiltration membranes in water treatment.
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Microfiltration membranes are used to separate Microfiltration membranes separate microorganisms and suspended particles from water/wastewater. Microfiltration membranes are primarily made from fluorinated polymers and polysulfones. Polivinylidene difluoride (PVDF) is the largest used material to construct microfiltration membranes. PVDF-based microfiltration membranes offer excellent chemical resistance, high hydrophobicity, mechanical strength, and good processability. These membranes are widely used in water & wastewater treatment applications.
Based on filtration mode, the microfiltration membranes market is segmented into cross flow and direct flow. Among these, cross flow filtration mode accounts for the largest market share of the total market. In cross flow filtration mode, the feed to be filtered is continuously recirculated tangentially to a filtration membrane surface. The turbulence at the membrane surface reduces the chances of fouling on the membrane surface, which improves the membrane performance.
Based on application, the microfiltration membranes market is segmented into water treatment, biopharmaceutical processing, food & beverage, chemical, and others. Water treatment which includes municipal water treatment as well as industrial water treatment is the largest segment and is also projected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast. The increasing awareness about wastewater treatment, and rising water scarcity is driving the demand of microfiltration membranes in the water treatment industry. Additionally, stringent government regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment are supporting the growth of microfiltration membranes market.
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APAC is the largest market for microfiltration membranes. This large market share is primarily attributed to increasing demand for microfiltration membranes in emerging economies, such as China, and India. Moreover, growth in population, increasing urbanization rate, and growth in industrialization, and government initiatives to attract business investments in various industries including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and others are also driving the market for microfiltration membranes in the region. Asia pacific also has a large number of developing countries, and water scarce regions which is also driving the microfiltration membranes market in the region.
The key players in the microfiltration membranes market include SUEZ (France), Merck KGaA (Germany), Sartorius AG (Germany), Koch Separation Solutions (US), Hydranautics (US), Pall Corporation (US), 3M (US), Pentair (UK), Asahi Kasei Corporation (Japan), Toray Industries Inc. (Japan) and others.