Reverse Osmosis Ro Membrane

Reverse Osmosis Ro Membrane

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Forecasts to 2030 - Global Analysis By Material (Cellulose-Based Membranes and Thin Film Composite Membranes (TFC)), Filter Module, Application, End User and By Geography

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Published: 2024 ID: SMRC26300

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

"According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market is accounted for $4.81 billion in 2024 and is expected to reach $9.58 billion by 2030 growing at a CAGR of 12.2% during the forecast period. A Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane is a semi-permeable barrier used in water purification systems to remove impurities. It functions by allowing water molecules to pass through while blocking larger molecules, ions, and particles, effectively separating clean water from contaminants. RO membranes operate on the principle of osmosis reversal, where pressure is applied to the contaminated water side, forcing water molecules through the membrane against their natural osmotic gradient.

According to the Food & Drink Federation (FDF), the F&B industry's turnover across the United Kingdom was valued at EUR 112 billion (USD 132.51 billion) in 2021, registering a year-on-year growth of 4.8% during this period.

Market Dynamics: 


Increasing concerns about water quality

As communities and industries become more conscious of contaminants, pollutants, and emerging contaminants in water sources, there is a growing demand for reliable technologies like RO membranes to ensure safe and clean drinking water. This increased awareness not only boosts the adoption of RO membrane systems in water treatment plants but also stimulates investment in research and development to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of RO membrane technology.


Membrane fouling and scaling

Membrane fouling and scaling occur in RO membranes due to the accumulation of contaminants, minerals, and organic matter, which reduce membrane performance and lifespan. Fouling and scaling lead to decreased water flow rates, increased energy consumption, and frequent maintenance requirements, thereby increasing operational costs. This phenomenon poses a significant challenge for RO membrane users, as it necessitates costly cleaning procedures and reduces system efficiency.


Rising investments in water infrastructure

Rising investments in water infrastructure significantly fuels the development and expansion of water treatment facilities. Governments and private sector entities invest in upgrading aging infrastructure and constructing new water treatment plants to meet growing demand for clean water. As a result, there is an increased deployment of RO membrane systems in municipal, industrial, and commercial sectors to address water purification needs. This trend drives the demand for RO membranes and related technologies, stimulating market growth and innovation in the sector.


Complexity of operation and maintenance

The complexity of operation and maintenance in RO membrane systems arises from the need for precise monitoring, control, and periodic cleaning to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the membranes. Skilled personnel are required for installation, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance tasks, which can pose challenges for smaller operators or communities with limited technical expertise. This complexity can increase operational costs and downtime, deter potential buyers, and limit the adoption of RO membrane technology.

Covid-19 Impact

The covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market. Disruptions in the global supply chain, reduced industrial activities, and lower consumer demand have slowed market growth. However, increased awareness about water purification and sanitation has boosted demand for RO membranes in healthcare facilities and households. Overall, while facing challenges, the RO membrane market is expected to gradually recover as economic activities resume and sanitation concerns persist.

The desalination segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The desalination segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth. Reverse osmosis membrane technology is pivotal in desalination, converting seawater into fresh water by removing salt and impurities. In this process, high-pressure is applied to seawater, forcing it through a semi-permeable membrane, allowing water molecules to pass while blocking salts and other contaminants. RO membranes ensure efficient desalination, offering a sustainable solution to water scarcity by producing potable water for various applications, from drinking to agriculture and industrial use.

The municipal segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The municipal segment is anticipated to witness the highest CAGR growth during the forecast period. RO membranes are pivotal in municipal water treatment, efficiently removing contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and dissolved solids to produce clean drinking water. In this application, RO membranes play a crucial role in purifying water for large populations, ensuring safe consumption and meeting regulatory standards. Through the process of osmosis reversal, these membranes selectively allow water molecules to pass while rejecting impurities, contributing to the provision of high-quality potable water in municipal settings.

Region with largest share:

Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period due to increasing demand for clean water solutions. Factors such as rapid industrialization, urbanization, and population growth are propelling the adoption of RO membranes in countries like China, India, and Southeast Asian nations. Technological advancements and government initiatives promoting water conservation are also contributing to the growth trajectory of the RO membrane market in the Asia Pacific region.

Region with highest CAGR:

Europe is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Factors such as stringent water quality regulations, growing awareness regarding waterborne diseases, and advancements in membrane technology are propelling market expansion. Key players in the region are focusing on innovation and product development to enhance membrane efficiency and durability. Additionally, rising investments in water treatment infrastructure and sustainability initiatives are expected to bolster the RO membrane market's prospects in Europe in the coming years.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players profiled in the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market include DuPont, Nitto Denko Corporation, Toray Industries Inc., SUEZ, LG Chem, LANXESS AG, Toyobo Corporation, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Koch Separation Solutions, Permionics Membranes Private Limited, Samco Technologies Inc., BNKO Environmental Technology Corporation, Dow Water & Process Solutions, MANN+HUMMEL Water & Fluid Solutions, Applied Membranes, AXEON Water Technologies, Watts Water Technologies and ZwitterCo.

Key Developments:

In March 2024, Toray Industries, Inc., has developed a highly durable reverse osmosis (RO) membrane. The new membrane offers double the resistance to cleaning chemicals of conventional counterparts. This reduces performance degradation from membrane wear and simplifies operational management, halving replacement frequencies and shrinking the product’s carbon footprint.

In November 2023, ZwitterCo announced the opening of its Early Access Program for the company's new brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) membranes. ZwitterCo's BWRO elements are the first organic fouling-immune brackish water membranes in the world that reduce cleaning frequency by as much as 90%, resulting in lower operational costs while delivering proven and reliable BWRO performance.  

Materials Covered:
• Cellulose-Based Membranes
• Thin Film Composite Membranes (TFC)

Filter Modules Covered:
• Spiral-Wound Membranes
• Hollow-Fiber Membranes
• Plate & Frame Membranes
• Tubular Membranes

Applications Covered:
• Desalination
• Water & Wastewater Treatment
• Food & Beverage Processing
• Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
• Chemical Processing
• Metal Finishing
• Other Applications

End Users Covered:
• Residential
• Commercial
• Industrial
• Municipal

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan        
o China        
o India        
o Australia  
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific    
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa 
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

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- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
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- Covers Market data for the years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2026, and 2030
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

"1 Executive Summary   
2 Preface    
 2.1 Abstract   
 2.2 Stake Holders  
 2.3 Research Scope  
 2.4 Research Methodology 
  2.4.1 Data Mining 
  2.4.2 Data Analysis 
  2.4.3 Data Validation 
  2.4.4 Research Approach 
 2.5 Research Sources  
  2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
  2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
  2.5.3 Assumptions 
3 Market Trend Analysis  
 3.1 Introduction  
 3.2 Drivers   
 3.3 Restraints  
 3.4 Opportunities  
 3.5 Threats   
 3.6 Application Analysis 
 3.7 End User Analysis  
 3.8 Emerging Markets  
 3.9 Impact of Covid-19  
4 Porters Five Force Analysis  
 4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers 
 4.2 Bargaining power of buyers 
 4.3 Threat of substitutes 
 4.4 Threat of new entrants 
 4.5 Competitive rivalry  
5 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market, By Material
 5.1 Introduction  
 5.2 Cellulose-Based Membranes 
  5.2.1 Cellulose Acetate 
  5.2.2 Cellulose Triacetate 
 5.3 Thin Film Composite Membranes (TFC)
  5.3.1 Polyamide 
  5.3.2 Polysulfone 
6 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market, By Filter Module
 6.1 Introduction  
 6.2 Spiral-Wound Membranes 
 6.3 Hollow-Fiber Membranes 
 6.4 Plate & Frame Membranes 
 6.5 Tubular Membranes 
7 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market, By Application
 7.1 Introduction  
 7.2 Desalination  
 7.3 Water & Wastewater Treatment
 7.4 Food & Beverage Processing 
 7.5 Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
 7.6 Chemical Processing 
 7.7 Metal Finishing  
 7.8 Other Applications  
8 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market, By End User
 8.1 Introduction  
 8.2 Residential  
 8.3 Commercial  
 8.4 Industrial   
 8.5 Municipal  
9 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market, By Geography
 9.1 Introduction  
 9.2 North America  
  9.2.1 US  
  9.2.2 Canada  
  9.2.3 Mexico  
 9.3 Europe   
  9.3.1 Germany  
  9.3.2 UK  
  9.3.3 Italy  
  9.3.4 France  
  9.3.5 Spain  
  9.3.6 Rest of Europe 
 9.4 Asia Pacific  
  9.4.1 Japan  
  9.4.2 China  
  9.4.3 India  
  9.4.4 Australia  
  9.4.5 New Zealand 
  9.4.6 South Korea 
  9.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific 
 9.5 South America  
  9.5.1 Argentina 
  9.5.2 Brazil  
  9.5.3 Chile  
  9.5.4 Rest of South America
 9.6 Middle East & Africa 
  9.6.1 Saudi Arabia 
  9.6.2 UAE  
  9.6.3 Qatar  
  9.6.4 South Africa 
  9.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa
10 Key Developments   
 10.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures
 10.2 Acquisitions & Mergers 
 10.3 New Product Launch 
 10.4 Expansions  
 10.5 Other Key Strategies 
11 Company Profiling   
 11.1 DuPont   
 11.2 Nitto Denko Corporation 
 11.3 Toray Industries Inc. 
 11.4 SUEZ   
 11.5 LG Chem   
 11.6 LANXESS AG  
 11.7 Toyobo Corporation  
 11.8 Asahi Kasei Corporation 
 11.9 Koch Separation Solutions 
 11.10 Permionics Membranes Private Limited
 11.11 Samco Technologies Inc. 
 11.12 BNKO Environmental Technology Corporation
 11.13 Dow Water & Process Solutions
 11.14 MANN+HUMMEL Water & Fluid Solutions
 11.15 Applied Membranes 
 11.16 AXEON Water Technologies 
 11.17 Watts Water Technologies 
 11.18 ZwitterCo  
List of Tables    
1 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Region (2022-2030) ($MN)
2 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Material (2022-2030) ($MN)
3 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Cellulose-Based Membranes (2022-2030) ($MN)
4 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Cellulose Acetate (2022-2030) ($MN)
5 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Cellulose Triacetate (2022-2030) ($MN)
6 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Thin Film Composite Membranes (TFC) (2022-2030) ($MN)
7 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Polyamide (2022-2030) ($MN)
8 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Polysulfone (2022-2030) ($MN)
9 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Filter Module (2022-2030) ($MN)
10 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Spiral-Wound Membranes (2022-2030) ($MN)
11 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Hollow-Fiber Membranes (2022-2030) ($MN)
12 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Plate & Frame Membranes (2022-2030) ($MN)
13 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Tubular Membranes (2022-2030) ($MN)
14 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Application (2022-2030) ($MN)
15 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Desalination (2022-2030) ($MN)
16 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Water & Wastewater Treatment (2022-2030) ($MN)
17 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Food & Beverage Processing (2022-2030) ($MN)
18 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology (2022-2030) ($MN)
19 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Chemical Processing (2022-2030) ($MN)
20 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Metal Finishing (2022-2030) ($MN)
21 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Other Applications (2022-2030) ($MN)
22 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By End User (2022-2030) ($MN)
23 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Residential (2022-2030) ($MN)
24 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Commercial (2022-2030) ($MN)
25 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Industrial (2022-2030) ($MN)
26 Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Outlook, By Municipal (2022-2030) ($MN)
Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.

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