Water Industry News
|Regulation, wastewater treatment
drive MF market
|NORWALK, CT — The
global market for microfiltration (MF) membranes, valued at $792
million in 2005, will rise by an average 9.4 percent per year
through 2010, according to a report
to be released in March by market research firm BCC
Regulation by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Food
and Drug Administration will be the most important factor driving
the market, said the report, The Microfiltration Membrane Market.
Due to technical improvements, the "typical" applications
of MF technology now include drinking water treatment, wastewater
filtration for reuse, pretreatment in reverse osmosis systems,
microbial stabilization of wine and beer, biotech research and
bioprocessing, and chemical and water filtration in the
semiconductory industry, the report said.
One large potential MF market is wastewater treatment, and the sale
of membrane bioreactors (MBRs) using MF modules is growing rapidly,
according to the report.