NEWS RELEASE                                                                                         SEPTEMBER 2014

Cross-flow Membrane Market to exceed $13 Billion In 2019

Sales of cross-flow membrane systems and modules will exceed $13 billion by 2019. This is the latest forecast in RO, UF, MF World Market published by the McIlvaine Company.

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The forecasts include reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration and microfiltration systems and replacement modules.  Nanofiltration revenues are included in the ultrafiltration segment.  Desalination is the largest single market.  The Middle East has been the largest purchaser but other areas are finding that seawater is an important resource. Municipalities will be spending $2.6 billion for cross-flow membrane systems by 2019.  Microfiltration and ultrafiltration membranes remove more micro organisms than the traditional gravity filter. So for health reasons, cross-flow membranes are steadily gaining market share.

The power industry will be increasing its cross-flow membrane expenditures as it standardizes on zero liquid discharge systems.  These systems eliminate any wastewater discharges. China is one of the countries leading the way in this approach.

The pharmaceutical industry uses cross-flow membranes in processing.  Solids are removed from broths and liquid products. Water for injection into humans is treated in reverse osmosis systems to assure purity.

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