Greentech Lead America: Demand for membranes in the U.S.
is likely to increase 7.1 percent per year to reach $5.4 billion in 2016.
According to Freedonia Group, advances will be supported
primarily by the rapid adoption of environmental regulations.
Environmental guidelines need purity levels that can be
achieved with membrane separation technologies.
Interest in minimizing waste and recycling input fluids
will enhance gains in membrane demand. Water recycling is being embraced by
municipalities in water-stressed regions where the cost of obtaining potable
water is high.
Increasing penetration of membranes into the water and
wastewater treatment, and food and beverage processing markets is also
contributing to growing membrane demand.
The Freedonia Group said global demand for filters to
increase 7.6 percent annually to $65.9 billion in 2015.
Filter sales in the manufacturing market will grow
fastest through 2015, benefiting from an improvement in manufacturing activity.
The utilities market for filters will post the next fastest gains.
Demand drivers will include rising global demand for
water and electric utility services, leading to the construction of numerous
new power plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and waste
Transportation equipment will remain the biggest single
market for filters in 2015, benefiting from increasing number of motor vehicles
and motorcycles in use and an improvement in transportation equipment
Sales to consumer market will be fueled by concerns about
the quality of indoor air and drinking water supplies, as well as rising per
capita incomes, helping make filters more affordable.