NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                JUNE 2014

Cross-flow Membrane Market to Exceed $11 Billion By 2016

The market for cross-flow membrane components and systems will exceed $11 billion in 2016. This is the latest forecast in McIlvaine RO, UF, MF World Market.

Cross-flow Membrane Market ($ Millions) 








 Micro Equipment


 Micro Membranes


 RO Equip


 RO Membranes


 UF Equipment


 UF Membranes


The largest segment of the market involves reverse osmosis (RO). The less efficient ultrafiltration and microfiltration segments are smaller in the aggregate than the RO portion. Desalination is the largest single application for RO systems. Another large segment is residential. China with poor quality drinking water in many locations is a major purchaser of small under the sink RO systems.

One of the largest applications for both microfiltration and ultrafiltration is in municipal drinking water plants. These cross-flow systems compete with the traditional granular media filters. Ultrafiltration systems find use in food processing. A growing application is in membrane bioreactor systems. Waste is subjected to biological treatment. Membranes immersed in the treatment tank purify the treated water. By combining both biological treatment and filtration in one process, the cost and size of the process is reduced.

There is a multibillion dollar market for replacement modules. RO modules in desalination systems are replaced approximately every four years. The life varies from application to application.

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