Global ceramic membrane market revenue will expand at a steady rate during the forecast period 2022-2028. Demand for the materials will be noticeable with the growing trend for high purity filtration components. Ceramic membranes are made from materials such as zirconia oxides, alumina, silicon carbide and titania. They are formed into multi-channel and asymmetric elements grouped in housings to resist high temperatures extreme acidity and high operating pressures.
Based on product type, the multi-channeled membranes segment will be valued at a notable growth rate through 2028. The multi-channel construction offers a higher membrane packing density as compared to a tubular element of a similar length. The robustness of ceramics has prompted several companies to target drinking water treatment, oil/water separation, radium removal from groundwater and commercial pool treatment applications.
On the basis of application, the ceramic membrane market share from food & beverage applications is likely to account for a significant value during the forecast timeframe. The ceramic membranes can resist elevated temperatures and high operating pressures, and can exhibit tremendous resistance to extreme pH. These desirable attributes have made ceramic membranes highly popular in the food and beverage sector. They have also gained prominence in the dairy industry where ceramic membranes are used in cheese manufacturing, isolation of bioactive compounds.
The pharmaceutical application is poised to be the major portfolio in the coming years. Installation of ceramic membranes in an anti-biotic drug processing system to separate residual matter from a process liquor will stimulate industry scope. Ceramic membranes have a greater life expectancy, are easily cleaned and need less maintenance as compared to other polymers. Moreover, their energy saving attribute has made the pharmaceutical industry a lucrative segment for ceramic membrane suppliers.
In terms of region, the North America ceramic membrane market outlook will be strong with increasing penetration of water and wastewater treatment technologies. The demand for drinking water treatment in the U.S. will surge considering the physical barrier membrane makes for microorganisms, including cryptosporidium. Talking about the scope of water treatment applications, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) had confirmed that it was awarding US$27.5 million to 16 water infrastructure projects. These projects will help modern technologies minimize energy use in wastewater treatment.
Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as a lucrative market for ceramic membrane suppliers over 2022-2028. A growing number of utilities and industrial applications are likely to show interest in the materials. Ceramic membranes have gained traction in a slew of industries, including food & beverage, pharmaceutical and dairy industries in China, India, Australia and New Zealand. Besides, ultrafiltration ceramic membranes technology will be increasingly used in aqueous and non-aqueous solutions to separate high molecular components.
Major vendors in the global ceramic membrane industry are Mantec Technical Ceramics Ltd., TAMI Industries, Aran GmbH, Metawater Co., Lenntech B.V. and CTI-Orelis, among others. These companies are expected to focus on mergers & acquisitions, collaboration, partnerships and innovations. Metawater, for instance, acquired all the shares of Rood Wit Blauw Holding B.V., a water treatment engineering company, in November 2020. They can be expected to focus on water treatment applications of ceramic membranes.
The impact of the pandemic on the global ceramic membrane market will be pronounced in the food & beverage industry with reduced consumption and disrupted supply chains. Even though at-home consumption has surged, out-of-home consumption that tends to generate the highest margin, has declined. Potential influence on food companies could affect the ceramic membranes industry outlook. While the pandemic will have a considerable influence on the food and beverage sector, robust demand from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries will encourage market participants to invest in ceramic membrane technologies.