The market for membrane filters is expected to grow due to factors such as the launch of new technologies for membrane filtration and the increased research activities in the pharma and biotech industry
The use of membrane filters for the removal of contaminants has been increased since the 1990s. Membrane filtration is currently considered as one of the most advanced and state-of-the-art methods from water, as well as many commercial food and beverage products. The advantages of membrane filters over the traditional filters include the high percentage of contaminant removal, increased efficiency, ease of operation and reliability. Membrane filtration involves the use of membrane technology for the separation of biomolecules and particles for the concentration of process fluids. The sizes of membrane filters are their most significant feature as in healthcare, it becomes easier for the filtration process. For instance, the filters used during the microfiltration process are the ones that can be used for the separation of particles 0.02–10 μm in diameter. Whereas, the filters used in the Ultrafiltration process act as a pressure-driven barrier to suspended solids, bacteria, viruses, endotoxins, and other pathogens to produce water with very high purity and low silt density. With the advantages that the membrane filters provide, their use has been increased since the last decade.
Scope of the Report
As per the scope of this report, a membrane filter is a type of filter that has pores of various maximum diameters for the prevention of passage of microorganisms which has a greater size than the pores. The market is segmented by technology, material, application, and geography.
Key Market Trends
Cellulose-Based Membrane Filters are Expected to Witness Healthy CAGR Over the Forecast Period
Cellulose-based membrane filters are made up of cellulose acetate which makes it usable for biological and clinical analysis, sterility tests, and scintillation measurements. Cellulose acetate membrane filters are hydrophilic, therefore, they can be used in aqueous and alcoholic media. Cellulose Acetate is a good choice for filtration of buffers, aqueous reagents, and EIA/ELISA reagents and samples. Also, it is good for cell culture media and serum used with non-sensitive cell lines.
International companies such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sigma-Aldrich, Sartorius AG, etc are having cellulose-based membrane filters as its demand in the market is higher which is a positive factor driving the growth of this segment.
The United States to Dominate the Market
The market for membrane filters is expected to be dominated by the United States. This is majorly attributed to the rising R&D expenditure by the major players along with the well-established distribution channel that is spread across the country. The technological advancements in the membrane filters, new product launches and the interest of the government to undertake various initiatives for the same, are some of the other factors that are responsible for the growth of this market in the United States.
Europe is also the dominating region for the market studied as countries such as Germany are preferred by the companies as R&D locations. This is accelerating the research and development in European countries and as a result, there has been a rising focus of manufacturers on new product launches in the membrane filtration market.
The market for membrane filter is moderately competitive with the presence of global as well as local companies. Companies such as Sartorius AG, Pall Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sigma-Aldrich, etc are dominating the market with a large market share. With the rising use of membrane filters, few small to mid-sized companies are expected to enter the market and these companies are believed to gain substantial share in this market in the future.
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