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Reverse Osmosis Membrane Market by Material Type (Cellulose Based and Thin Film Composite Membrane), by End-Use Industry & Application (Desalination System, RO Purification and Medical Devices & Diagnostics), and by Region - Global Trends & Forecast to 2021

By: marketsandmarkets.com
Publishing Date: June 2016
Report Code: CH 1640

 

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The reverse osmosis membrane (RO) market is projected to reach USD 5.00 Billion by 2021, projected to register a CAGR of 15.75% between 2016 and 2021. The main objective of the study is to define, describe, and forecast the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market on the basis of material type, end-use industry & application. The report includes detailed information about the major factors influencing the growth of the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, industry specific challenges, and winning imperatives). The report strategically analyzes the market segments with respect to individual growth trends, growth prospects, and contribution to the total market. In the report, the market size is forecasted  for the segments in terms of value with respect to five major regions (along with the countries), namely North America, Europe & Central Independent States (CIS), Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Central Asia, and South America & Africa.

In the secondary research process, various sources have been referred to for the identification and collection of information for this study. These secondary sources include annual reports, press releases, and investor presentations of companies, white papers and certified publications, and articles from recognized authors. In the primary research process, sources from both, the supply and demand sides have been interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information. The bottom-up approach has been used to estimate the RO membrane market size, in terms of value, on the basis of material, application, and region. The top-down approach has been implemented to validate the market size, in terms of value. Through the data triangulation procedure and validation of data via primary interviews, the exact values of the overall parent market size and individual market sizes have been determined and confirmed in the study.

The figure below provides a break-up of the profile of primary discussion participants.

Reverse Osmosis Membrane Market

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RO membrane value chain starts with the raw material suppliers. The raw materials that are used to manufacture RO membranes, the major manufacturers for these raw materials are SE Tylose (Germany), and Samsung Fine Chemicals (South Korea). The second node of the value chain consists of the RO membrane manufacturers such as The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), Nitto Denko Corporation (Hydranautics) (Japan), Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan), General Electric (U.S.), Toyobo Co., Ltd. (Japan). The third node in the value chain consists of distribution and marketing of RO membranes to particular end-use industries such as municipal water treatment and medical device industries.

This study answers several questions for stakeholders, primarily which market segments to focus on in the next two to five years for prioritizing efforts and investments.

Target Audience:

  • RO membrane manufacturers
  • RO membrane traders, distributors, and suppliers
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Government and research organizations
  • Water quality associations
  • Environment regulatory bodies

Scope of the Report:

The report segments the market of RO on the basis of type, application industry, and region, and provides a forecast of the market size, in terms of value, and an analysis of trends in each of the submarkets.

On the basis of Type:

  • Cellulose-based Membranes 
  • Thin Film Composite Membranes

On the basis of Application:

  • Desalination Systems,
  • RO Purification Systems,
  • Medical Devices, and
  • Others

On the basis of Region:

  • North America
  • Europe & CIS
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Middle East & Central Asia
  • South America & Africa

Available Customizations: The following customization options are available for this report:

  1. Company Information

Analysis and profiling of additional global as well as regional market players (Up to three)

  1. Country Information

Market analysis for additional countries

  1. Pricing Analysis

Detailed pricing analysis for each type of RO membrane product

Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 17)
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
           1.3.1 RO Membrane Market Segments
    1.4 Years Considered for the Study
    1.5 Currency
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 21)
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
                    2.1.1.1 Key Data From Secondary Sources
           2.1.2 Primary Data
                    2.1.2.1 Key Data From Primary Sources
                    2.1.2.2 Breakdown of Primaries Interviews
    2.2 Market Size Estimation
           2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
           2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
    2.3 Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation
    2.4 Research Assumptions
    2.5 Limitations

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 29)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 34)
    4.1 Significant Market Opportunities for RO Membranes
    4.2 RO Membrane Market Growth, By End-Use Industry
    4.3 Asia-Pacific Market Share, By Country and Material Type, 2015
    4.4 RO Membrane Market Share, By Region
    4.5 Lifecycle Analysis, By Region

5 Market Overview (Page No. - 39)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Evolution of RO Processes & Systems
    5.3 Market Segmentation
           5.3.1 RO Membrane Market, By Region
    5.4 Market Dynamics
           5.4.1 Drivers
                    5.4.1.1 Growing Awareness About Water Scarcity
                    5.4.1.2 Water Usage Norms Set By Governments
                    5.4.1.3 Shift From Chemical to Physical Treatment
           5.4.2 Restraints
                    5.4.2.1 Extensive Pre-Water Treatment By Industries
           5.4.3 Opportunities
                    5.4.3.1 Increasing Demand for Water Treatment in Developing Countries
           5.4.4 Challenges
                    5.4.4.1 Short Life Span of RO Membrane
                    5.4.4.2 High Energy Consumption

6 Industry Trends (Page No. - 49)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Value Chain Analysis
           6.2.1 Raw Material Suppliers
           6.2.2 Membrane Manufacturers
           6.2.3 Component Manufacturers
           6.2.4 End Users
    6.3 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
           6.3.1 Threat of Substitutes
           6.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
           6.3.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers
           6.3.4 Threat of New Entrants
           6.3.5 Intensity of Rivalry
    6.4 Economic Indicators
           6.4.1 Industry Outlook
                    6.4.1.1 Manufacturing
    6.5 Patent Analysis

7 RO Membrane Market, By Material Type (Page No. - 57)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Cellulose-Based Membranes
           7.2.1 Cellulose Acetate (CA) Membranes
           7.2.2 Nitrocellulose Membranes
           7.2.3 Others
    7.3 Thin Film Composite Membranes
           7.3.1 Polyamide (PA) Composite Membranes
           7.3.2 Graphene Oxide-Based (GO) Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Composite Membranes
           7.3.3 Others

8 RO Membrane Market, By Filter Module (Page No. - 67)
    8.1 Introduction
           8.1.1 Plate & Frame (PF)
                    8.1.1.1 Spiral Membranes
                    8.1.1.2 Pillow-Shaped Membranes
           8.1.2 Tubular-Shaped Membranes
                    8.1.2.1 Capillary
           8.1.3 Spiral-Wound Membranes
           8.1.4 Hollow-Fiber Membranes

9 RO Membrane Market, By End-Use Industry & Application (Page No. - 71)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Desalination Systems
           9.2.1 Seawater
           9.2.2 Brackish Water
    9.3 RO Purification Systems
           9.3.1 Residential & Commercial
           9.3.2 Municipal
           9.3.3 Industrial
           9.3.4 Medical Devices & Diagnostics
           9.3.5 Dialysis Equipment
           9.3.6 Pacemaker

10 RO Membrane Market, By Region (Page No. - 84)
     10.1 Introduction
     10.2 Middle East & Central Asia
             10.2.1 Turkey
                        10.2.1.1 Turkey: Economic Outlook (2014)
             10.2.2 Saudi Arabia
                        10.2.2.1 Saudi Arabia: Economic Outlook (2014)
             10.2.3 UAE
             10.2.4 Iran
             10.2.5 Qatar
             10.2.6 Rest of Middle East
     10.3 North America
             10.3.1 U.S.
             10.3.2 Canada
             10.3.3 Mexico
     10.4 Asia-Pacific
             10.4.1 China
             10.4.2 Japan
             10.4.3 India
             10.4.4 South Korea
             10.4.5 Indonesia
             10.4.6 Malaysia
             10.4.7 Australia
             10.4.8 Thailand
             10.4.9 Rest of Asia-Pacific
     10.5 Europe & Cis
             10.5.1 Germany
             10.5.2 U.K.
             10.5.3 France
             10.5.4 Italy
             10.5.5 Russia
             10.5.6 Rest of Europe
     10.6 South America & Africa
             10.6.1 Brazil
             10.6.2 Argentina
             10.6.3 South Africa
             10.6.4 Rest of South America & Africa

11 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 152)
     11.1 Overview
     11.2 Market Share Analysis
     11.3 Competitive Situations and Trends
             11.3.1 New Product Launches
             11.3.2 Agreements, Partnerships & Collaborations
             11.3.3 Expansions
             11.3.4 Joint Ventures

12 Company Profiles (Page No. - 157)
(Overview, Financial*, Products & Services, Strategy, and Developments)
     12.1 Toray Industries, Inc.
     12.2 LG Chem
     12.3 Hydranautics (A Nitto Denko Group Company)
     12.4 DOW Water & Process Solutions
     12.5 Toyobo Co., Ltd.
     12.6 Lanxess AG
     12.7 Koch Membrane Systems, Inc.
     12.8 GE Water & Process Technologies
     12.9 Trisep Corporation
     12.10 Membranium (RM Nanotech)
     12.11 Other Market Players

*Details Might Not Be Captured in Case of Unlisted Companies

13 Appendix (Page No. - 178)
     13.1 Discussion Guide
     13.2 Introducing RT: Real-Time Market Intelligence
     13.3 Available Customizations
     13.4 Related Reports


List of Tables (123 Tables)

Table 1 Evolution of RO Processes & Systems
Table 2 RO Membrane Market, By Material Type
Table 3 RO Membrane Market, By End-Use Industry & Application
Table 4 Major Water Stress Countries, 2014
Table 5 Component Manufactures
Table 6 RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 7 RO Membrane Market Size in Cellulose-Based Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 8 RO Membrane Market Size in CA Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 9 RO Membrane Market Size in Nitrocellulose Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 10 RO Membrane Market Size in Other Cellulose-Based Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 11 RO Membrane Market Size in TFC Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 12 RO Membrane Market Size in PA Composite Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 13 RO Membrane Market Size in GO-Based PAN Composite Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 14 RO Membrane Market Size in Other TFC Membranes, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 15 Typical Specification of Plate & Frame Module
Table 16 RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 17 RO Membrane Market Size in Desalination Systems, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 18 RO Membrane Market Size in Seawater Application, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 19 RO Membrane Market Size in Brackish Water Application, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 20 RO Membrane Market Size in RO Purification Systems, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 21 RO Membrane Market Size in Residential & Commercial Application, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 22 RO Membrane Market Size in Municipal Application, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 23 RO Membrane Market Size in Industrial Application, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 24 RO Membrane Market Size in Medical Devices & Diagnostics, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 25 RO Membrane Market Size in Dialysis Equipment, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 26 RO Membrane Market Size in Pacemaker Application, By Region, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 27 RO Membrane Market Size, By Region, 2016–2021 (USD Million)
Table 28 Middle East & Central Asia: RO Membrane Market Size, By Country, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 29 Middle East & Central Asia: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 30 Middle East & Central Asia: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 31 Turkey: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 32 Turkey: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 33 Saudi Arabia: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 34 Saudi Arabia: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 35 UAE: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 36 UAE: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 37 UAE: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 38 Iran: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 39 Iran: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 40 Iran: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 41 Qatar: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 42 Qatar: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 43 Qatar: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 44 Others: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 45 Others: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 46 North America: RO Membrane Market Size, By Country, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 47 North America: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 48 North America: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 49 U.S.: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 50 U.S.: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 51 U.S.: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 52 Canada: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 53 Canada: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 54 Canada: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 55 Mexico: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 56 Mexico: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 57 Mexico: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 58 Desalination Systems End-Use Industry Expected to Drive the Market in Asia-Pacific, 2016–2021
Table 59 Asia-Pacific: RO Membrane Market Size, By Country, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 60 Asia-Pacific: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 61 Asia-Pacific: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 62 China: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 63 China: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 64 China: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 65 Japan: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 66 Japan: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 67 Japan: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 68 India: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 69 India: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 70 India: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 71 South Korea: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 72 South Korea: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 73 South Korea: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 74 Indonesia: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 75 Indonesia: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 76 Indonesia: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 77 Malaysia: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 78 Malaysia: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 79 Malaysia: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 80 Australia: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 81 Australia: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 82 Australia: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 83 Thailand: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 84 Thailand: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 85 Thailand: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 86 Rest of Asia-Pacific: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 87 Rest of Asia-Pacific: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 88 Germany Accounted for the Largest Share of the Market in Europe 2015 (USD Million)
Table 89 Europe: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 90 Europe: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 91 Europe: RO Membrane Market Size, By Country, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 92 Germany: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 93 Germany: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 94 Germany: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 95 U.K.: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 96 U.K.: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 97 U.K.: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 98 France: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 99 France: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 100 France: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 101 Italy: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 102 Italy: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 103 Italy: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 104 Russia: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 105 Russia: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 106 Russia: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 107 Rest of Europe: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 108 Rest of Europe: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 109 South America & Africa: RO Membrane Market Size, By Country, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 110 South America & Africa: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 111 South America & Africa: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 112 Brazil: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 113 Brazil: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 114 Brazil: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 115 Argentina.: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 116 Argentina: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 117 Argentina: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 118 South Africa: Economic Outlook (2014)
Table 119 South Africa: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 120 South Africa: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 121 Other: RO Membrane Market Size, By Material Type, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 122 Other: RO Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry & Application, 2014–2021 (USD Million)
Table 123 Growth Strategies Adopted By Leading Companies


List of Figures (39 Figures)

Figure 1 Research Design: RO Membrane
Figure 2 Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 3 Top-Down Approach
Figure 4 Data Triangulation
Figure 5 Assumptions
Figure 6 Desalination System to Be the Fastest-Growing End-Use Industry in the RO Membrane Market Between 2016 and 2021
Figure 7 TFC Membranes to Account for the Largest Market Size Between 2016 and 2021
Figure 8 Middle East & Central Asia Accounted for Largest Share of RO Membrane Market, 2015
Figure 9 Attractive Opportunities in the RO Membrane Market
Figure 10 Desalination System to Be the Fastest-Growing End-Use Industry in the RO Membrane Market, 2016–2021
Figure 11 Thin Film Composite Membranes Accounted for the Largest Share of RO Membrane Market in Asia-Pacific, 2015
Figure 12 Middle East & Central Asia Accounted for Largest Share of RO Membrane Market, 2015
Figure 13 Asia-Pacific Expected to Witness Highest Growth Rate
Figure 14 RO Membrane Market Segmentation, By Region
Figure 15 Growing Awareness of Water Scarcity and Mandatory Government Norms Set to Drive RO Membrane Market
Figure 16 Global Water Scarcity, By Country
Figure 17 Evolution of Desalination Technologies By Energy Consumption
Figure 18 Value Chain Analysis
Figure 19 RO Membrane Market: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 20 Manufacturing Industry Growth Rate, 2014
Figure 21 RO Membrane Market: Patent Analysis
Figure 22 Middle East & Central Asia Dominated Cellulose-Based Membrane Market
Figure 23 Asia-Pacific is the Fastest-Growing Region for TFC Membranes
Figure 24 RO Membrane Market Segmentation, By Filter Module
Figure 25 RO Spiral Membranes
Figure 26 RO Hollow-Fiber Membranes
Figure 27 Desalination System to Be the Largest End-Use Industry in RO Membrane Market
Figure 28 Asia-Pacific to Account for the Highest CAGR in Desalination System End-Use Industry
Figure 29 Asia-Pacific to Register the Highest CAGR in RO Purification End-Use Industry Between 2016 and 2021
Figure 30 Middle East & Central Asia to Be the Largest Market for Medical Devices & Diagnostics
Figure 31 Middle East & Central Asia Projected to Remain the Largest Market Till 2021
Figure 32 Strong Demand for RO Membrane in Mexico and Canada Drives Market Growth in North America
Figure 33 China to Witness Second-Highest CAGR in the Asia-Pacific Region, 2016–2021
Figure 34 Market Share Analysis: Top 5 Market Players
Figure 35 Major Growth Strategies: New Product Launches is the Key Strategy
Figure 36 Toray Industries, Inc.: Company Snapshot
Figure 37 LG Chem: Company Snapshot
Figure 38 Toyobo Co., Ltd.: Company Snapshot
Figure 39 Lanxess AG: Company Snapshot

The reverse osmosis membrane (RO) market, in terms of value, is projected to reach USD 5.00 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 15.75%, between 2016 and 2021. High-growth application areas such as sea water desalination systems and RO purification systems and stringent regulations due to increased concerns over safe drinking water are the key factors driving the growth of the RO market.

The cellulose-based membranes are hydrophilic, pure cellulose acetate (CA) membrane filters, which are the lowest protein binding filters available, ideally suited for general filtration and biological/clinical analyses requiring maximum protein recovery. The cellulose membrane filters provide superior throughput and reduce the need for filter changes, effectively decreasing both cost and process times.

The RO membrane market has been segmented based on different applications such as Desalination Systems, RO Purification Systems, and Medical Devices. Desalination systems are the largest and fastest-growing application segments for RO membrane market. Desalination system helps in the removal of minerals and salt from sea and brackish water. Salt water is desalinated to produce fresh water that is suitable for human consumption. Larger desalination plants are being constructed to take advantage of economies-of-scale, which helps in reducing the unit cost of desalinated water.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing region of the RO membrane market. The developing economies in the region with rapidly growing infrastructure create great opportunity for growth of RO membrane market.  The presence of a large population in the region drives the demand for clean processed water. Additional awareness of water scarcity has influenced the demand for water reuse in water stressed areas. Governments and municipal authorities are increasingly waking up to the effects of environmental degradation on the economy. The continuous rise in infrastructure and rapid industrialization has resulted in increased polluted water sources in the region. To tackle such issues, countries such as India and China are continuously implementing stringent regulations to protect the environment. Mandatory adherence of certain environmental standards by the national governments, especially in areas with water scarcity have influenced the demand for better water treatment technology including membrane separation technology.

Reverse Osmosis Membrane Market

Although the RO membrane market is growing at a significant rate, certain factors could hinder the market growth. The development of new water treatment technology namely, forward osmosis, is expected to restrain the market growth of RO membrane. The forward osmosis water purification technology is more cost effective for the manufacturers, thus resulting in a shift toward its use.

Companies such as The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), Nitto Denko Corporation (Hydranautics) (Japan), Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan), General Electric (U.S.), and Toyobo Co., Ltd. (Japan) are front-runners in the global RO market. They   have strengthened their market position through diverse product portfolios, strategically positioned R&D centers, consistent strategic development activities, and technological advancements. They have been adopting various organic and inorganic growth strategies, such as expansions, agreements & joint ventures, and new product launches & developments to increase their market share.

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