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NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                APRIL 2013

Cross-flow Membrane Market Revenues in 2014 will exceed $10.4 Billion

Sales of cross-flow membranes and equipment will exceed $10.4 billion in 2014, according to the latest projections in RO, UF, MF World Market published by the McIlvaine Company.

Top of Form($ Millions)

Bottom of Form

Industry

 2014

 Chemical

 435

 Desalination

 3,166

 Food

 273

 Metals

 358

 Mining

 120

 Oil & Gas

 124

 Other Industries

 744

 Pharmaceutical

 903

 Power

 652

 Pulp & Paper

 250

 Refining

 120

 Residential/Commercial

 727

 Semiconductor

 253

 Wastewater

 367

 Water

 1,994

Total

10,486

   

Desalination is the biggest segment and is growing at 11 percent per year compared to 6 percent for the industry in entirety. This growth rate is exclusive of inflation. The market in China is growing faster than in any other nation. China plans to more than triple its production to 2.2 million cubic meters a day by 2015. China is also the largest purchaser of cross-flow membranes for the power industry.  The boiler feedwater must be ultrapure.

Reverse osmosis is utilized in desalination, boiler feedwater, injectable pharmaceutical fluids and for purification of wastewater for reuse. Ultrafiltration is used for purification of water and wastewater and separation of products in the food and beverage industry. Microfiltration is edging out granular media filters as a method for purifying water for drinking purposes. A process for combining membrane filtration and biological treatment in one vessel is being widely used. Membrane bioreactors (MBR) are used to purify wastewater where the distance to the city wastewater treatment plant is high.

A further use of membrane technology is in sewer mining.  A golf course can extract sewage from the pipeline and process it in a cross-flow membrane system.  The product is then used to water the golf course while the reject is returned to the sewer line. The biotechnology industry uses microfiltration to separate products.

 

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