Ceramic Membrane Market size is projected to experience a healthy growth during 2023 to 2032, driven by the growing demand for high-purity filtration components. Ceramic membranes are made from zirconia oxides, alumina, silicon carbide, and titania. They are formed into multi-channel and asymmetric elements grouped in housings to resist high temperatures and high operating pressures.
Growing inflationary pressure, fueled by rising raw material prices, high labor costs, and disruptions in supply chains would potentially hamper the market growth.
Based on product type, the multi-channeled membranes segment will exhibit notable growth rate through 2032. The multi-channel construction offers a higher membrane packing density than 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.
Based on application, the ceramic membrane market share from food & beverage applications will likely account for a significant valuation. The ceramic membranes can resist elevated temperatures and high operating pressures, while exhibiting 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 to manufacture cheese to isolate bioactive compounds.
The pharmaceutical sector is poised to be a major end-user industry for ceramic membranes. 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 boast of greater life expectancy, are easily cleaned, and need less maintenance than other polymers.
In terms of region, the North America ceramic membrane market is estimated to generate lucrative gains through 2032, owing to an 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. Considering the market scope in water treatment applications and associated investments, 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 ceramic membrane market is expected to grow lucrative growth over 2023–2032. A growing number of utilities and industrial applications will likely show interest in the materials. Ceramic membranes have gained traction in several industries in China, India, Australia, and New Zealand, including the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and dairy industries. Besides, ultrafiltration ceramic membrane technology will be increasingly used to separate high molecular components in aqueous and non-aqueous solutions.
Major global ceramic membrane market vendors are Mantec Technical Ceramics Ltd., TAMI Industries, Aran GmbH, Metawater Co., Lenntech B.V., and CTI-Orelis, among others. These companies are focusing on mergers & acquisitions, collaboration, partnerships, and innovations.
To cite an instance, in 2020, Metawater Co., Ltd. acquired 100% shares of Wigen Companies, Inc., a U.S.-based water treatment equipment supplier. With this acquisition, METAWATER Group aims to enhance its presence in the rapidly growing potable water reuse market in the United States.