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Membranes and Membrane Separation Technologies and Processes
Worldwide 2008-2025
Applications, methods, competition, materials, technologies, development

I. Initial Position

In the last 20 years, membranes have advanced from the status of laboratory equipment to technical products of considerable economic importance. In 2006, membranes displayed a worldwide turnover of approx. XX billion USD and an annual growth rate of 10-20%. Membrane plants displayed a worldwide turnover of approx. XX billion USD (assuming that the membranes accounted for only about 6 to 12 % of the total investment costs for a plant).

The worldwide market for membrane methods can be divided into a multitude of smaller sub-markets. The most important market segments are: dialysis (blood purification by means of renal dialysis) with a worldwide turnover of USD XX bn per annum and microfiltration (for the strerilisation of pharmaceutical products and food) with  USD XX bn per annum. In the near future, these two methods – which have already achieved market saturation – will be surpassed by crossflow microfilration and ultrafiltration (effluents treatment, recovery of food) with an annual turnover of USD XX mio., reverse osmosis (desalination and purification of water) with USD XX mio, electrodialysis (salt production and desalination of water and food) with USD xx mio, and pervaporation (manufacture of pure alcohol) with USD XX mio per year. These figures pertain to the membrane modules only. Additional techniques not included above are: membrane cell methods for chlor-alkali electrolysis, membrane sensors for measurement and control technology, and controlled drug application using drug depots encapsulated in membranes.

Dialysis and microfiltration are the two fields with the highest developmental potential. The other methods will display an average annual growth between 15 and 20%.

Of the leading worldwide manufacturers of membrane separation modules, 16  are American,  6  are Japanese, and 8 European. Accordingly, American companies control over 30 % of the world market, followed by European companies and Japanese.

II. Table of Contents

1.Membranes and Membrane Separation Technologies and Processes

1.1. Introduction

1.2. Requisite characteristics of membrane in various different areas of application
1.2.1 Requisite characteristics of membranes
1.2.2 Requisite characteristics of membranes
1.2.3 Example requisite characteristics of membranes

1.3.Membrane materials
1.3.1.Natural substances or modified natural substances
1.3.2.Organic plastics Cellulosic Membranes Polysulfone & Nylon Membranes PTFE Membranes Acrylic Membranes Silicone Membranes Polyacrylonitrile Membranes PVDF Membranes Other Polymeric Membranes
1.3.3.Inorganic ceramic materials and metals

1.4. Design of commercially available membranes and membrane modules
1.4.1. Structure of membranes Porose, symmetrical membranes Compact symmetrical membranes Compact symmetrical membranes with fixed ion charges Microporose asymmetrical membranes Compact asymmetrical membranes
1.4.2. Design of membrane modules Tubular modules Plate modules Wound modules Hollow fiber modules

1.5. Manufacturing processes for membranes
1.5.1. Inorganic membranes Ceramic membranes Glass membranes Metal membranes
1.5.2. Organic synthetic membranes Plastic sinter membranes Stretched membranes Etched membranes Homogenous polymer membranes Phase inversion membranes Boundary layer polymerisation
1.5.3. Liquid membranes
1.5.4. Ion exchanger membranes Heterogenous ion exchanger membranes Homogenous ion exchanger membranes
1.5.5. Gas
1.5.6. Conventional filters

1.6. Fundamental Process Engineering for membrane separation technology
1.6.1. Microfiltration (MF)
1.6.2. Crossflow-Microfiltration (CMF)
1.6.3. Ultrafiltration (UF)
1.6.4. Reverse Osmosis (RO)
1.6.5. Electrodialysis (ED)
1.6.6. Gas Permeation (GP)
1.6.7. Pervaporation (PV)
1.6.8. Nanofiltration
1.6.9. Gas separation

1.7. Current Applications of membrance separation technology
1.7.1. Microfiltration (MF)
1.7.2. Crossflow-Microfiltration (CMF)
1.7.3. Ultrafiltration (UF)
1.7.4. Reverse Osmosis (RO)
1.7.5. Electrodialysis (ED)
1.7.6. Gas Permeation (GP)
1.7.7. Pervaporation (PV)
1.7.8. Nanofiltration
1.7.9. Gas separation

2. Overview of the most important kinds of membrane modules, the areas of application of different membrane methods and materials

2.1 Most important kinds of membrane modules
2.2 Areas of application of different membrane methods
2.3 Membrane materials
2.4 Membrane methods and suitable materials

3. Developmental Trends

3.1. Developmental trends for membrane materials
3.1.1. Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration
3.1.2. Reverse Osmosis/Gas Permeation
3.1.3. Electrodialysis
3.2. Developmental trends for manufacturing methods for membranes
3.2.1. Ceramic membranes
3.2.2. Metallic membranes
3.2.3. Plactic membranes
3.2.4. Cross-linked tensides

4. Overview and examples of current and future applications for membrane methods (by method)

4.1. Introduction
4.2. Microfiltration
4.2.1. Developmental trends in the area of microfiltration
4.3. Ultrafiltration
4.3.1. Developmental trends in the area of ultrafiltration
4.4. Reverse Osmosis
4.4.1. Developmental trends in the area of reverse osmosis
4.5 Electrodialysis
4.5.1 Developmental trends in the area of electrodialysis
4.6. Gas permeation
4.6.1 Developmental trends in the area of gas permeation
4.7. Pervaporation
4.7.1. Developmental trends in the area of pervaporation
4.8. Nanofiltration
4.8.1. Developmental trends in the area of nanofiltration
4.9. Gas separation
4.9.1. Developmental trends in the area of gas separation

5. Use of membrane methods-most important sectors (**)

5.1. Petrochemical sector
5.2. Automotive sector
5.3. Electronics, Electrical Engineering
5.4. Metallurgical sector
5.5. Energy Sector
5.6. Food & Beverage Processing
5.7. Pharmaceuticals & Health Care
5.8. Chemical Processing
5.9. Industrial Gas Processing
5.10. Environmental
5.11. Water and waste water treatment
5.11.1. Industrial water treatment
5.11.2. Residential water treatment
5.12. Other Sectors

6. Markets worldwide

6.1. Markets for membrane technology by regions worldwide
6.2. Markets for membrane technology worldwide by applications**
6.3. Markets for membrane technology worldwide by method
6.4. Markets for membrane technology worldwide by materials

7. Markets by regions and countries *

7.1. Markets for membrane technology by applications**
7.2. Markets for membrane technology by method
7.3. Markets for membrane technology by materials

8. Driving factors and non driving factors for membrane technology

8.1. Driving factors
8.2. Non-driving factors

9. Industry structure

9.1. Competitive Strategies
9.2. Leading Companies
9.3. Market share analysis

*)Regions and Countries

Western Europe
Germany                France                    Italy                        Great Britain            Ireland                    Spain                   
Portugal                 Netherlands             Norway                   Sweden                   Finland                   Denmark   
Austria                   Switzerland             Turkey                    Rest WE                                         

Eastern Europe / CIS     
Czech Republic      Poland                    Hungary                  Rest OEU / MEU     Russia                    Turk-Countries         Rest CIS                                               

USA                      Canada                   Mexico

South and Middle America
Venezuela              Argentina                Brazil                      Columbia                Chile                       Rest SE America

Japan                    China                      Korea                      Rest NE Asia          India                       Pakistan
Singapore              Vietnam                  Thailand                   Rest South Asia      Australia                 New Zealand

South Africa           Morocco                  Algeria                    Tunisia                   Lybia                       Rest Africa

Middle East
Saudi Arabia          Israel                       UAE                       Iran                         Iraq                        Egypt
Rest Middle East

III. Methods of Investigation
The study is based on the following methods: Desk and Field Research. Market potentials and prospects are gathered by the Delphi-Method. Here specialists in the market are questioned about their future expectations which are then narrowed through repeated coordination with the specialists.

IV. Qualification
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