Double-Digit Growth for Membrane Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Press Release
Oct 17, 2012

New York, NY - 17 October, 2012 -- Microfiltration and nanofiltration will lead the total market for Membrane Wastewater Treatment (MWWT) technologies, which will post a 15.5% compound annual growth rate through 2021. According to Global Market for Membrane Wastewater Treatment, a new report from research publisher SBI Energy, lower capital and operation costs, combined with more effective technology, is inviting to municipal water utilities throughout the world, driving the market.

Membrane wastewater treatment technologies use semipermeable membranes to divide effluents and are presented in four primary categories: microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis.

"Membrane wastewater treatment technologies promise to gain in competitiveness over the near to midterm. Membranes' market share for wastewater treatment will encroach on conventional technologies due to near term capital cost reductions and near to midterm operations cost reductions," says Robert Eckard, SBI analyst and author of the report.

Applications for the MWWT technologies considered here include treatment of both industrial and municipal wastewater, in support of discharge to natural waters or other disposal; reclamation for recycled water including municipal, agricultural, and industrial reuse; and emerging applications including potable water supply enhancement.

"Market drivers reflect infrastructure development and replacement demands, technology costing, public health needs, environmental regulations, and water supply availability," says Eckard. "Currently the market is valued at $817 million with strong growth expected to raise sales through $3 billion by 2021."

Global Market for Membrane Wastewater Treatment segments the market into its four key components, including reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultrafiltration and nanofiltration; the data is further segmented by region and country, with projections made through 2021. It also discusses industry trends, employment landscape, marketing and promotional strategies, as well as profiles of industry leaders, including GE, Nitto Denko, Pall Corporation, Veolia Water Solutions and more.

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