Membrane Bioreactor Market

Membrane Bioreactor Market by Membrane Type (Hollow Fiber, Flat Sheet, Multi-tubular), System Configuration (Submerged, External), Application (Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Industrial Wastewater Treatment), Region - Global Forecast to 2024

Report Code: CH 2651 Feb, 2020, by

[118 Pages Report] The market size of MBR is estimated to be USD 3.0 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 4.2 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 7.0%. The growing demand for MBRs in the wastewater treatment is due to the increasing water stress and the production of high-quality effluents by MBRs. Submerged MBRs are widely used in major wastewater treatment applications owing to its properties, robustness, reduced footprint, and operational efficiency.

Membrane Bioreactor Market, MBR Market

Municipal wastewater treatment is estimated to be the largest application of MBRs.

On the basis of application, the MBR market has been categorized into municipal wastewater treatment and industrial wastewater treatment. The municipal wastewater treatment was the largest consumer of MBRs in 2018, whereas the industrial wastewater treatment is projected to be the fastest-growing application segment during the forecast period.

The multi-tubular membrane segment of MBR is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

On the basis of membrane type, the MBR market has been segmented into hollow fiber, flat sheet, and multi-tubular. Hollow fiber is the largest type, whereas multi-tubular is the fastest-growing membrane type of MBR owing to robustness, reduced footprint, operational flexibility, and control.

APAC is projected to be the largest market during the forecast period.

On the basis of region, the MBR market has been segmented into APAC, Europe, North America, the Middle East & Africa, and South America. APAC is projected to register the highest growth in the global MBR market during the forecast period. The demand for MBRs is high in developing economies such as China and India. The MBR market in APAC is mainly driven by the increasing level of water stress. Rising population and growing end-use industries have led to innovation and development, making APAC an important industrial hub, globally. High growth and innovation, along with industry consolidations, are expected to drive the market in the region.

Membrane Bioreactor Market, MBR Market

Key Market Players

The key players profiled in this report include SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions (France), Kubota (Japan), Evoqua Water Technologies (US), Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions (Japan), Toray Industries (Japan), CITIC Envirotech Ltd. (Singapore), Koch Membrane Systems (US), Alfa Laval (Sweden), Veolia (France), and Newterra (Canada). These companies have adopted various organic as well as inorganic growth strategies between 2014 and 2019 to enhance their regional presence and meet the growing demand for MBRs from emerging economies.

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Scope of the Report

Report Metric


Years considered for the study

  • 2017–2024

Base year


Forecast period


Units considered

Value (USD Million)


Membrane Type, System Configuration, Application, and Region


APAC, Europe, North America, South America, and Middle East & Africa.


Total of 10 major players covered:
SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions (France), Kubota (Japan), Evoqua Water Technologies (US), Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions (Japan), Toray Industries (Japan), CITIC Envirotech Ltd. (Singapore), Koch Membrane Systems (US), Alfa Laval (Sweden), Veolia (France), and Newterra (Canada)

This research report categorizes the MBR market based on membrane type, system configuration, application, and region.

On the basis of membrane type, the MBR market has been segmented as follows:

  • Hollow fiber
  • Flat sheet
  • Multi-tubular

On the basis of system configuration, the MBR market has been segmented as follows:

  • Submerged
  • External

On the basis of application, the MBR market has been segmented as follows:

  • Municipal wastewater treatment
  • Industrial wastewater treatment

On the basis of region, the MBR market has been segmented as follows:

  • APAC
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • South America

Recent Developments

  • In October 2017, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions acquired GE Water & Process Technologies, for USD 3.77 billion. The acquisition has strengthened the company’s position in the water treatment field.
  • In June 2018, Toray Industries, ORIX Corporation (Japan), and China Water Affairs Group (China) came into a strategic partnership for the water treatment and aquatic environment projects in China. This partnership will allow China Water Affairs Group to use Toray industries’ superior membrane filtration technologies, including RO, NF, UF, MF, and MBR solutions. This partnership will help the company to maximize the resources of each company by further examining the content of projects enabled by this alliance. 
  • In October 2018, CITIC Envirotech acquired a 20% stake in Century Water Systems & Technologies Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), which is an advanced water treatment engineering firm. This acquisition will enable the company to subscribe for 250,000 new shares of Century for USD 1.73 million. This will also provide the company with membrane technologies for nanofiltration (NF) and pervaporation.

Critical questions the report answers:

  • Are there any upcoming hot bets for the MBR market?
  • How are the market dynamics in different applications of MBR?
  • What are the upcoming opportunities for the different types of MBR in emerging economies?
  • What are the significant trends in applications that are influencing the MBR market?
  • Who are the major manufacturers of MBRs?
  • What are the factors governing the MBR market in each of the regions?

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
           1.3.1 Markets Covered
           1.3.2 Years Considered for the Study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Package Size
    1.6 Limitations
    1.7 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondry Data
           2.1.2 Key Data From Secondary Sources
           2.1.3 Primary Data
           Key Industry Insights
    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 Assumptions & Limitations
           2.4.1 Assumptions
           2.4.2 Limitations

3 Executive Summary      

4 Premium Insights

5 Market Overview
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Dynamics
           5.2.1 Drivers
           Scarcity of clean water
           Stringent environmental regulations
           5.2.2 Restraints
           High capital and operational cost of mbr than that of conventional methods
           5.2.3 Opportunities
           Growing demand for high-quality effluent
           5.2.4 Challenges Sophisticated system required skilled workforce
    5.3 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
           5.3.1 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
           5.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
           5.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
           5.3.4 Threat of Substitutes
           5.3.5 Threat of New Entrants
    5.4 Patent Analysis

6 Membrane Bioreactor Market, By Membrane Types (in Terms of USD Million)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Hollow Fiber
           6.2.1.The easy availability of hollow fiber membranes are driving the market
    6.3 Flat Sheet
           6.3.1 The operational simplicity and smaller installations of flat sheet membranes are driving the market
    6.4 Multi-Tubular
           6.4.1 The robustness, operational flexibility, and control of multi-tubular membranes is driving the market

7 Membrane Bioreactor Market, By System Configuration (in Terms of USD Million)
    7.1 Introduction 
    7.2 Submerged MBR System
           7.2.1 Economical attractiveness, compactness, and trouble free operations of submerged MBRs are driving the market
    7.3 External MBR System
           7.3.1 Advantage of lower footprint and effective tag removal of external MBR system is driving the market

8 Membrane Bioreactor Market , By Application (in Terms of USD Million)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Municipal Waste-Water Treatment
    8.3     Industrial Waste-Water Treatment
           8.3.1 Food & Beverage
           8.3.2 Paper & Pulp
           8.3.3 Oil & Gas
           8.3.4 Mining
           8.3.6 Others
           Power Generation

9 Membrane Bioreactor Market, By Region (in Terms of USD Million and Kilotons)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 North America
           9.2.1 Country Market Size
    9.3 Europe
           9.3.1 Country Market Size
           Rest of Europe 
    9.4 Asia-Pacific
           9.4.1 Country Market Size
           South Korea
           Rest of Asia-Pacific 
    9.5 Middle East & Africa
           9.5.1 Country Market Size
           Saudi Arabia
           South Africa
           Rest of Middle East
    9.6 South America
           9.6.1 Country Market Size
           Rest of South America 

10 Competitive Landscape
     10.1 Overview
     10.2 Competition Mapping
             10.3.1 Visionary Leaders
             10.3.2 Innovators
             10.3.3 Dynamic Differentiators
             10.3.4 Emerging Companies
     10.3 Market Ranking of Players
     10.4 Competitive Scenario
             10.4.1 New Product Launch
             10.4.2 Investment & Expansion
             10.4.3 Merger & Acquisition
             10.4.4 Partnership

11 Company Profiles*
     (Overview, Financial*, Products & Services, Strategy, and Developments) 
     11.1 SUEZ
     11.2 Toray Industries
     11.3 Kubota
     11.4 Koch Membrane Systems
     11.5 Mitsubishi Chemical
     11.6 Evoqua
     11.7 Veolia Water & Technologies
     11.8 Wehrle
     11.9 Huber Technologies
     11.1 Alfa Laval
     11.11 Other Players 
             11.11.1 Parkson Corporation
             11.11.2 Citic Envirotech
             11.11.3 Pall Corporation
             11.11.4 X Flow
             11.11.5 Layne Christensen Company
             11.11.6 Smith & Loveless Inc
             11.11.7 Bioprocess H20 LLC
             11.11.8 New Terra
             11.11.9 Kruger Inc
             11.11.10 GLV Group
             11.11.11 Siemens
             11.11.12 Nijuhis

12 Appendix
     12.1 Discussion Guide
     12.2 Knowledge Store: Marketsandmarkets’ Subscription Portal
     12.3 Available Customizations
     12.4 Author Details

The study involves four major activities in estimating the current market size of MBRs. Exhaustive secondary research was carried out to collect information on the market, the peer market, and the parent market. The next step was to validate these findings, assumptions, and sizing with industry experts across the value chain through primary research. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches were employed to estimate the complete market size. After that, the market breakdown and data triangulation methodologies were used to estimate the market size of the segments and subsegments.

Secondary Research

In the secondary research process, various secondary sources, such as Hoovers and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, were referred to for identifying and collecting information for this study. These secondary sources included annual reports, press releases & investor presentations of companies; white papers; certified publications; articles by recognized authors; gold standard & silver standard websites; regulatory bodies; and databases.

Primary Research

The MBR market comprises several stakeholders, such as raw material suppliers, distributors of MBR, industry associations, end-product manufacturers, and regulatory organizations in the supply chain. The demand side of this market consists of municipalities and industries such as food & beverages, oil & gas, mining, semiconductors, automotive, and pharmaceuticals for wastewater treatment, whereas the supply side consists of MBR manufacturers. Various primary sources from both supply and demand sides of the market were interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information. Following is the breakdown of primary interviews

Membrane Bioreactor Market, MBR Market

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Market Size Estimation

Both the top-down and bottom-up approaches were used to estimate and validate the total size of the MBR market. These methods were also used extensively to estimate the size of various subsegments of the market. The research methodology used to estimate the market size includes the following:

  • The key players in the market were identified through extensive secondary research.
  • The industry’s supply chain and market size, in terms of value, were determined through primary and secondary research processes.
  • All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns were determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources.

Data Triangulation

After arriving at the overall market size-using the market size estimation processes explained above-the market was split into several segments and subsegments. In order to complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics of each market segment and subsegment, the data triangulation and market breakdown procedures were employed, wherever applicable. Data was triangulated by studying various factors and trends from both demand and supply sides.

Objectives of the Study:

  • To analyze and forecast the MBR market size, in terms of value
  • To provide detailed information about the key factors (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges) influencing the market growth
  • To define and describe the market by membrane type, system configuration, and application
  • To forecast the size of the market with respect to five regions: Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, North America, South America, and the Middle East & Africa, along with their key countries
  • To strategically analyze micro markets with respect to individual trends, growth prospects, and their contribution to the overall market
  • To analyze opportunities in the market for stakeholders and provide a competitive landscape for the market leaders
  • To analyze competitive developments, such as partnerships, acquisition, and expansion, in the market
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their market shares and core competencies.

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  • Further breakdown of the Rest of APAC MBR market

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