THE GLOBAL REVERSE OSMOSIS (RO) MEMBRANE MARKET SIZE WAS VALUED AT USD 10.64 BILLION IN 2020 AND IS EXPECTED TO REACH USD 18.91 BILLION BY 2026, GROWING AT A CAGR OF 10.06%

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane and Component Market Research Report Includes, Share, Size & Trends Analysis Report by Membrane Type (Thin-Film Composite Membranes and Cellulose-Based Membranes), by Components (Pre-Treatment Cartridges, Ro Membrane Modules, Pressure Vessel/Housing, Pumps, and Others), By End-User (Water & Wastewater Treatment and Industrial Processing), and by Geography (the Middle East & Africa, North America, APAC, Europe, and Latin America) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021–2026

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RO MEMBRANE MARKET REPORT SCOPE

Report Attribute Details
MARKET SIZE (REVENUE) USD 18.91 billion
CAGR 10.06% (2020-2021)
BASE YEAR 2020
FORECAST YEAR 2021-2026
MARKET SEGMENTS Membrane Type (Thin-Film Composite Membranes and Cellulose-Based Membranes), Components (Pre-Treatment Cartridges, RO Membrane Modules, Pressure Vessel/Housing, Pumps, and Others), and End-User (Water & Wastewater Treatment and Industrial Processing)
GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS Middle East & Africa, North America, APAC, Europe, and Latin America
COUNTRIES COVERED GCC, South Africa, US, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico

MARKET OVERVIEW

The global reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market size was valued at USD 10.64 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 18.91 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 10.06%. The increasing need for treated water and efficient elimination of pathogens from wastewater treatment plants is boosting the demand for the RO membrane and components market. Stringent government regulations have led to the use of RO membrane technology.

The bargaining power of buyers is high as customers are always looking for system suppliers who can offer complete solutions for diverse water requirements. In addition, customers prefer vendors who deliver value-added services. This, in turn, has motivated companies in the industry to focus their efforts on continuously working toward offering a varied range of products and service offerings.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are various challenges in wastewater management in developing countries, which can be overcome by appropriate planning and policy implementation. This provides great opportunities to the RO membrane industry. 
  • In desalination applications, the demand for RO membrane systems is expected to witness an exponential growth rate. The GCC region holds the largest desalination market globally, generating about 4 million cubic meters of water each day. 
  • The pumps segment is expected to witness absolute growth in terms of revenue by 2026. The pumps are majorly required when pressurized raw water flows through membranes.
  • The RO membrane water treatment system components market is characterized by high vendor loyalty, especially in the food and beverage and oil and gas industries.
  • The reverse osmosis system components market in the Middle East and Africa region is the largest and held a significant share of the market in 2020. The increasing need for energy-efficient and cost-effective RO membrane technology is expected to boost the market. 
  • In 2020, Koch Separation Solutions merged with Waste 3R Engineering & Solutions. This merger aims to popularize the company’s advanced separation technologies for industrial wastewater projects across Bangladesh. 
  • In 2020, LG Chem provided reverse osmosis membrane to the Al Khobar II project in Saudi Arabia. The plant has a manufacturing volume of 600 million liters per day (MLD). The project’s purpose is to meet the water quality necessities with low energy consumption. 

RO MEMBRANE AND COMPONENT MARKET SEGMENTS

The RO membrane and the component market has the following segments

  • Membrane Type
  • Components
  • End-User
  • Geography

RO MEMBRANE AND COMPONENT MARKET SEGMENTATION

  •  The performance of the filtration membrane is rated based on chemical resistance, selectivity, operational pressure differential, and the pure water flow rate per unit area. In applications other than filtration, parameters such as temperature constancy, mechanical strength, and electrical conductivity might dominate. 
  • The consistency of RO systems is majorly dependent on proper pre-treatment. Dissolved solids and other impurities could speedily and permanently foul RO membranes, at best resulting in substantial costs for membrane replacement and at worst forcing plant outages. 
  • The water treatment system segment is expected to witness an absolute growth in revenue by the end of 2026. Water scarcity and improving regulations mandating wastewater treatment and recycle are driving the market for the water & wastewater treatment segment. 

GEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS

  • Middle East & Africa: With the rising demand for clean water and low desalination costs, the demand to replace older amenities with energy-efficient processes is also increasing. This is contributing to the demand for membrane technology in the region. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane and components market in GCC countries is expected to give a surging growth rate during the period 2021-2026. The “GCC Water Cooperation Committee” aims to boost water management at the sub-regional level in the GCC countries. This offers significant opportunities to the RO membrane and components vendors to address water challenges such as the region's lack of renewable freshwater resources. 
  • North America: Increasing environmental concerns towards managing wastewater on account of growing water pollution would boost the adoption of RO membranes in the region. In addition, there is a rising requirement for clean and purified water across pharmaceuticals, agriculture, hotels & hospitality, and food & beverage sectors. The RO membrane and components market in North America is accelerating due to rising investments in R&D for enhanced technologies and the increasing demand for RO water treatment systems components in the region.

VENDOR ANALYSIS

  • The key global RO membrane and component market vendors are DuPont, Nitto Denko Corporation, Koch Separation Solutions, Toray Industries, and SUEZ. 
  • Customers are looking for vendors who deliver value-added services. This has motivated companies in the market to focus their efforts on continuously working toward offering a varied range of products and service offerings.
  • In 2019, Toray Industries, one of the key vendors, formed a seawater desalination RO membrane. This membrane could yield 70% cleaner water than other conservative contributions. This technology helps reduce water production costs and fulfill the global demand for clean or hygienic water. 
  • The price is set to become a major factor for competition amongst players to gain an edge over other vendors in the market.

The RO membrane and components market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments:

Market Segmentation by Membrane Type

  • Thin-Film Composite Membranes
  • Cellulose-Based Membranes

Market Segmentation by Components

  • Pre-Treatment Cartridges
  • RO Membrane Modules
  • Pressure Vessel/Housing
  • Pumps
  • Others

Market Segmentation by End-User

  • Water & Wastewater Treatment
  • Industrial Processing

Market Segmentation by Geography

  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico

Frequently Asked Questions

The global RO membrane market was valued at USD 10.64 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 18.91 billion by 2026.
The key players in the global RO and components industry are DuPont, Nitto Denko Corporation, Koch Separation Solutions, Toray Industries, and SUEZ.
COVID-19 slowed the growth of industries in the lockdown period which affected the demand in the RO membranes and components industry. But COVID-19 also strengthened the significance of appropriate access to water and sanitation, forcing the government in different countries to make regulations on clean water and wastewater treatment.
The factors driving the RO membrane and components market are increasing population and rapid urbanization, desalination plants, and the government’s stringent regulations regarding wastewater treatment.
The Middle East and Africa region held the largest share in the RO membrane & components market.
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