NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    NOVEMBER 2014

Filter Media Sales to Exceed $12 Billion Next Year

Sales of non-woven, woven and membrane filter media will exceed $12 billion in 2015. This is the conclusion reached by the McIlvaine Company by aggregating forecasts in multiple reports.

Filter   Media Revenues

Filter   Type

2015   Sales ($ Billions)

Air   Filtration (air)


Fabric   Filters (dust )


Cartridge   Filters (liquid)


Cross-flow   Membranes









The market can be divided into six $2 billion segments. Air filtration includes residential, commercial and industrial HVAC filters and inlet filters to gas turbines. Fabric filters involves separation of dust from stack gases. It is distinguished from air filtration by the higher dust loads and the inclusion of media cleaning. Cartridge filters are purifying liquids and are distinguished from cross-flow membranes by the fact that they are dead-end.  All the liquid flows through the cartridge. Cross-flow membranes reject a portion of the liquid and, thereby, provide a mechanism for keeping the surface clean.

Other applications of filter media have been aggregated to provide $2 billion segments.  They include media used in liquid macrofiltration.  This media is used in filter presses and bag filters.  This segment also includes respirator media.

There are many innovations which are impacting the market potential as well as the competitive dynamics. Nanotechnology is playing a big role and promises to become increasingly important. Membrane developments will contribute to a high growth rate for desalination.

A brief coverage of all these technologies is found in:

N064 Air/Gas/Water/Fluid Treatment and Control: World Market.


Specific forecasts are found in:

N021 World Fabric Filter and Element Market

N022 Air Filtration and Purification World Market

N024 Cartridge Filters: World Market

N020 RO, UF, MF World Market