NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    AUGUST 2014

Reverse Osmosis Equipment and Membranes Will Account For 50 Percent of the Cross-Flow Market Next Year

Sales of cross-flow membranes and equipment will exceed $10.8 billion in 2015.  Fifty percent of this total will be spent for the more efficient reverse osmosis technologies. The remainder will be split between ultra filtration and microfiltration.  This is the latest forecast in McIlvaine’s RO, UF, MF World Market.






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Desalination applications will account for much of the market.  Reverse osmosis provides the desalting.  The other membrane technologies are often used for pre-filtration. The Middle East remains a major purchaser of desalination systems. The recent decision by Dow to locate a reverse osmosis module manufacturing plant in the region is indicative of the importance of the region.

Membrane technology growth in Asia is in part due to the need to upgrade the quality of drinking water.  The size range of reverse osmosis membrane modules has been expanding.  A 500 gallon per day module is now available. A tankless design is now possible with this large size module.

Water reuse at power plants is also driving the expansion of the cross-flow membrane market.  Many combined cycle gas turbine plants under construction and planning in the U.S. are relying on treated municipal wastewater as the water source.

Ultrafiltration and microfiltration continue to be popular in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry as a way to separate products.

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