The membrane filtration market is estimated at USD 7.0 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 9.9 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2023 to 2028.
The demand for membrane filtration has witnessed a substantial upswing, particularly within the food and beverages, dairy, and wine and beer industries. In the realm of food and beverages, consumers are increasingly conscious of the potential hazards associated with foodborne diseases, thanks to easy access to information. This heightened awareness has driven a surge in demand for membrane filtration as a critical component of food safety measures. From removing contaminants in juices to ensuring the sterility of bottled water, membrane filtration plays a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity and safety of consumables. In the dairy industry, where hygiene and quality are paramount, membrane filtration is employed extensively for processes like milk pasteurization and the production of cheese and yogurt.
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In the wine and beer sector, the precise control of microbial contaminants is essential to maintain the unique flavors and characteristics of alcoholic beverages. Membrane filtration techniques have become indispensable in achieving this level of quality control. Stringent regulatory standards in these industries mandate the use of membrane filtration to meet safety and quality requirements, further driving its adoption. As these industries continue to grow and evolve, the demand for membrane filtration solutions is poised to remain on an upward trajectory, ensuring the safety and quality of products in the food and beverage, dairy, and wine and beer sectors.
Alfa Laval (Sweden)
Alfa Laval, a prominent company known for its separators, was established in 1883 by Gustaf de Laval and Oscar Lamm Jr. in Lund, Sweden. Alfa Laval is a global leader in providing high-quality products and solutions across three main industries: energy, food & water, and marine. The company specializes in three key technologies: heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling. With an extensive range of innovative equipment, Alfa Laval makes significant contributions to various sectors, including energy & utilities, home & personal care, food & beverage, marine & transportation, pharmaceuticals & biotech, and water & wastewater.
Within its food & water division, Alfa Laval offers solutions for food processing, pharmaceuticals, biotech, vegetable oil production, breweries, dairy, personal care products, and various aspects of water treatment, both for public and industrial use. This includes a wide range of membrane filtration products, such as ultrafiltration (UF), microfiltration (MF), nanofiltration (NF), and reverse osmosis (RO), catering to the needs of the food, beverage, and water industries. Alfa Laval manufactures various types of membrane filtration systems, including flat sheet membranes and spiral elements, as well as laboratory tools.
The modular design of Alfa Laval's membrane filtration equipment offers a high level of flexibility. Membranes can be integrated into modules, modules into loops, and loops into complete systems, allowing for customizable designs that can adapt to different process requirements and easily expand production capacity when needed. Alfa Laval serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide, with 50 of them having their own sales teams. The company operates 42 significant manufacturing facilities, distributed across Europe, Asia, the United States, and Latin America, and maintains over 100 service centers.
Currently, Alfa Laval employs approximately 20,300 people globally, with the largest employee populations located in Sweden, China, Denmark, the United States, and India.
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (Germany)
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the leading technology suppliers for the food processing industry. The company provides customized solutions to the food, dairy processing, dairy farming, beverage processing, pharma, chemical, marine, leisure & sport, land-based transportation, and utility industries. The company has five technological divisions: separation & flow technologies, liquid & powder technologies, food & healthcare technologies, farm technologies, and heating & refrigeration technologies.
The separation & flow technologies business division offers process-related components and machinery, notably separators, decanters, homogenizers, valves, and pumps. The company offers membrane filtration under this segment.
The liquid & powder technologies business division offers processing equipment and integrated solutions for the dairy, food (including new food), beverage, chemical, and home & personal care industries. Brewing systems, liquid processing and filling, concentration, precise fermentation, crystallization, purification, drying, powder handling and packaging, as well as emission control systems, are all included in the range.
GEA provides crossflow membrane filtration to industrial processes requiring product separation or concentration without applying heat. Various applications of these crossflow membranes exist throughout the food, dairy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and starch & sweetener industries.
The company has a strong presence in more than 50 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The group operates through its subsidiaries, such as GEA Procomac S.p.A (Italy), GEA Process Engineering Private Limited (India), GEA Food Solutions (Brazil), GEA Food Solutions North America, Inc. (US), and GEA Food Solutions UK & Ireland Limited (UK). The major competitors of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft include Pall Corporation (US), Koch Membrane Systems Inc. (US), and Alfa Laval (Sweden).
DuPont is an American conglomerate that was formed by the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont. The company later split into three divisions: DuPont, Dow Chemicals, and Corteva, with each company focusing on a specific area, such as agriculture, materials science, and specialty products. DuPont, as an organization, serves a diverse array of products and has 15 product lines, which include adhesives, advanced printing solutions, biomaterials, clean technologies, construction materials, consumer products, electronic solutions, fabric fibers and nonwovens, home garden and car care, industrial films, medical devices and materials, personal protective equipment, resins, solar, and water solutions. DuPont holds 176 brands under one umbrella.
The company operates through four major segments: electronics & industrial, water & protection, mobility & materials, and corporate. Corporate includes business activities to be divested and those that have already been divested, as well as a reconciliation of the totals for the reportable segments and the company's totals. Membrane filters are a part of its water & protection segment. Membrane filters are used in various industrial applications, such as municipal, power, electronics, pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, mining, and oil & gas. DuPont now operates with greater agility, a clearer focus, and an enhanced ability to bring more and better solutions to customers. As one of the global leaders in purification and specialty separation technologies, the company provides quality membrane science and ion exchange solutions that produce safe drinking water for homes and communities; help industries and markets operate more effectively, efficiently, and sustainably; and make water-scarcity challenges more manageable in the food and beverages industry.
By reportable segment and geographic region, the number of manufacturing and other significant locations worldwide is as follows: EMEA (22), Asia Pacific (54), US and Canada (55), and Latin America (3).
Pall Corporation (US)
Pall Corporation is one of the leading companies in the global filtration, separation, and purification industry. This company manufactures and distributes filtration, separation, and purification products and integrated systems and solutions worldwide. It is a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (US), which designs, manufactures, and markets healthcare, environmental, and industrial equipment. The company conducts its worldwide operations through global business divisions, which are reported in three operating segments—Life Sciences, Diagnostics, and Environmental & Applied Solutions. The company offers membrane filtration products under the Life Sciences and Environmental & Applied Solutions business divisions. The membrane filtration products offered by Pall Corporation serve the beer, wine, dairy, alcohol-free beverages, bottled water, and food ingredient industries.
Pall joined Danaher in 2015 and has continued to push innovation since joining Danaher, creating anything from a portfolio of mobile water treatment systems to a cutting-edge filtration membrane for wet chemical processing.
The company has its presence in North America, Western Europe, and other high-growth and developed markets.
Veolia Water Technologies, a part of the Veolia Group, specializes in technological solutions and designs. The company undertakes projects for water and wastewater treatment, serving industrial and municipal clients. Veolia manages its operations through three segments: water, energy, and waste.
Veolia offers several membrane filtration products for various industries such as treating drinking water, industrial process water, ultrapure water, wastewater, seawater, and food & beverages under the Water segment. The company operates in 108 countries and has a considerable presence in the global membrane filtration market.
Membrane Filtration Market by Application (Dairy Products, Drinks & Concentrates, Wine & Beer), Module Design (Spiral Wound, Tubular Systems, Plate & Frame and Hollow Fiber), Membrane Material, Type and Region - Global Forecast to 2028
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