Nanofiltration Membranes Market size is forecast to reach $956 million by 2025 after growing at a CAGR of 6% during 2020-2025. Nanofiltration membranes are made from Polymer-based thin films. This type of membrane filtration method employs nanometer-sized cylindrical through-pores that pass through the membrane at 90°. The growth of the market of Nanofiltration membranes is expected to be driven by the high demand from the chemical industry. The other growth factor is Water treatment sector which is using nanofiltration membranes for water filtration.
Nanofiltration Membranes Market Segment Analysis – By Type
Polymeric segment held the largest share in the nanofiltration membranes market in 2019. Owing to its demand in wastewater treatment and water purification plants as these membranes operate on low pressure and provide higher filtration rate. There is a significant increase in the demand for water filtration techniques due to increasing in scarcity for pure water. This, in turn, increases the requirement of nanofiltration membrane in the water filter technology. Increasing demand for clean water owing to rising population, industrialization, and rapid urbanization from emerging markets is resulting in the growth of water treatment sector. Water treatment consists of chemical and physical separation processes to remove unstable elements and contaminants from water. Increasing requirements for minimized global water footprint and optimum quality yields in emerging economies are anticipated to drive the market.
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Nanofiltration Membranes Market Segment Analysis – By Application
Water and Waste Water Treatment held the largest share in the nanofiltration membranes market in terms of application. Nanofiltration is used in the handling of water in the polishing phase at the end of traditional processes. It can’t be used for desalination of water, but it is an efficient means of water softening since the key hardness chemicals are divalent. Nanofiltration does not appear to have many places in MBR processes at first glance since the higher transmembrane pressure differentials required for Nanofiltration are not available in most bioreactor systems, but there are some special applications for MBRs in which Nanofiltration is located. Nanofiltration membranes are often used to extract natural organic matter from water, in particular tastes, smells and colours, and to extract trace herbicides from large water streams. They can also be used to eliminate residual disinfectants in drinking water. This factor will drive the growth of the market in the forecast period.
Nanofiltration Membranes Market Segment Analysis – By End Use
Food and Beverages segment has been the primary market for the nanofiltration membranes in 2019 growing at CAGR of 6.8%. In the food & beverage industry, nanofiltration membrane is used to concentrate food & drink naturally without degrading products. Rising the disposable income of individuals and high living standards across developed and developing economies contributes to a rise in demand for fast food & drinks. This makes it possible to increase the market for nanofiltration membrane for food & beverage concentration. The growth of this market is expected to be driven by this factor. Expansion of the pharmaceutical industry through developing countries such as India, China and Brazil also raise the global demand for nanofiltration membranes.
Nanofiltration Membranes Market Segment Analysis – Geography
North America dominates the nanofiltration membranes market with a share of 41% followed by APAC and Europe. In North America, nanofiltration membrane industry is growing due to parameters such as expansion of the biopharmaceutical sector, dairy, petrochemical and medical refining and others. Moreover, demand from oil and gas industry for nanofiltration membrane is thriving the market as purification of gas condensate is a key application in oil and gas industry. Similarly, nanofiltration membrane in food & beverage industry is used to concentrate food & drink naturally without degrading products. Rising the disposable income of individuals and high living standards across developed and developing economies contributes to a rise in demand for fast food & drinks. This makes it possible to increase the market for nanofiltration membrane for food & beverage concentration. The growth of this market is expected to be driven by this factor. Expansion of the pharmaceutical industry through developing countries such as India, China and Brazil also raises the global demand for nanofiltration membranes.
The current COVID 19 outbreak has deeply influenced consumers’ daily life and in addition to the impact on the pharmaceutical sector for the year 2020. Raw materials from China are used in making antibiotics, paracetamol, and diabetes and cardiovascular drugs, among others. Pharmaceutical Companies are hugely dependent on Chinese imports. More than 50% of the needs of antibiotic makers in global market is fulfilled by China. The entire spectrum of the industry is going to get impacted if the situation will continue. India is the world’s third-largest drug producer by volume, imports 70% of its raw materials from China but due to the ban on imports, the growth of the pharmaceutical market is hindering.
Nanofiltration Membranes Market Drivers
Increased adoption of nanofiltration membranes in wastewater treatment and water purification
The rise in the adoption of nanofiltration membranes in the wastewater treatment and water purification, as these membranes, operate at low pressure and provide a higher filtration rate. Nanofiltration is sometimes used to recycle wastewater, as it offers higher flux rates and uses less energy than a reverse osmosis system. Nanofiltration is mainly applied in drinking water purification process steps, such as water softening, colouring and micropollutant removal which is mainly used for the removal of heavy metals. During industrial process, nanofiltration is applied for the removal of specific components, such as colouring agents. Nanofiltration membranes deals with related process during separation takes place between molecule sizes. Nanofiltration can be employed in a variety of water and wastewater treatment industries for the cost-effective removal of ions and organic substances. This factor will derive the market of nanofiltration membranes in the forecast period.
Increase in demand for nanofiltration membrane for concentration of food & beverages
In the food & beverage industry, nanofiltration membrane is used to concentrate food & beverages naturally without degrading the products. This will increase the life of food and beverages without adding any preservatives. It will reduce the cost and increase the life of food products. At the same time, increase in disposable income of individual and high standard of living across developed and emerging economies leads to an increase in demand for fast food & beverages. This makes way for an increase in demand for nanofiltration membrane for the concentration of food & beverages. This factor will derive the growth of nanofiltration membrane market in the forecast period.
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Nanofiltration Membranes Market Challenges
Dearth of investment in developing countries is restraining the market
High initial investment, lack of funds in developing countries, and strict government regulations associated with validation of filtration procedures restrict the growth of the market. The emerging economies not invest in nanofiltration membranes due to the lack of funds. The companies have to expense more because of the fluctuation of rules. This factor will hamper the growth of market in the forecast period.
Failure of the nanofiltration membrane to treat chlorine concentration
Nanofiltration membranes are highly sensitive to free chlorine, the inability in treatment of chlorine concentration. However, these membranes are susceptible to free chlorine attack and lose their performance after about 1000 ppm of chlorine exposure. This necessitates removal of chlorine from the feed water before desalination, leading to an increase in the cost of water treatment in desalination plants, especially for drinking water. This factor is expected to hamper the growth of the nanofiltration membrane market.
Technology launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the nanofiltration membrane market. In 2019, the market of nanofiltration membrane has been consolidated by the top five players accounting for XX% of the share. Major players in the nanofiltration membrane market are Gea Group, Inopor Gmbh, Nitto Group, Toray Industries, Inc., Pall Corporation and others.
Acquisitions/Technology Launches/Product Launches
In October 2014, Synder Filtration has launched Sulfate removal technology at American Water Summit 2014 Pre-Conference Oil & Gas Workshop. This nanofiltration technology has become essential throughout the oil and gas industry by improving the efficiency of waterflooding processes and enhancing oil recovery. Water injection solutions must have low concentrations of sulfate in order to prevent barium sulfate and strontium sulfate scaling.
North America dominates the nanofiltration membranes market owing to increasing demand from the biopharmaceutical industry.
Stringent government regulations associated with water pollution will drive the market in the forecast period.
High installation costs and lack of funds in the emerging economies will restrict the market growth in the forecast period.
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