Moving Bed Bioreactor Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Market is Segmented by Application (Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)/COD Removal, Nitrification/Denitrification, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Municipal Wastewater Treatment, Food and Beverage, Pulp and Paper, Packaging, Healthcare, Marine, Poultry and Aquaculture, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Market Snapshot

Moving Bed Bioreactor Market - Market Summary
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Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America

Key Players:

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Market Overview

The market for moving bed bioreactor (MBBR) is expected to register a CAGR of 20.32%, during the forecast period (2019-2024). One of the major factors driving the market studied is the lack of freshwater resources in various countries. However, lack of awareness and funding toward moving bed bioreactors is likely to restraint the market.

  • Inefficient irrigation within agriculture is also likely to boost the demand for MBBR, during the forecast period.
  • Increasing R&D within water treatment technologies is likely to provide an opportunity for the market growth, in coming years.
  • In 2018, North America dominated the market, by occupying the major maket share. 

Scope of the Report

The scope of the moving bed bioreactor market report includes:

End-user Industry
Municipal Wastewater Treatment
Food and Beverage Industry
Pulp and Paper Industry
Packaging Industry
Healthcare Industry
Marine Industry
Poultry and Aquaculture
Other End-user Industries
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)/COD Removal
Other Applications
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of the Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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Key Market Trends

Municipal Wastewater Treatment to Dominate the Market

  • The accumulation of nitrogen and phosphorus compounds, by discharge of wastewater, is one of the main causes for contamination in water bodies, such as lakes and rivers. For this reason, MBBR is being implemented by various countries to treat municipal wastewater.
  • Recently, MBBRs invited increasing research interests in practice for municipal applications on a larger scale. Its application has undergone various degrees of modification and development. Moreover, as the carrier used in MBBR plays a crucial role in the overall performance, choosing the most efficient carrier could enhance the MBBR performance.
  • MBBR is primarily used in municipal wastewater treatment of thousands of cities across the world. North America and Europe are adapting this technology at a faster rate than the other regions. The developed regions are active in adopting new technologies.
  • As this is a new technology, the developed regions are using this technology to replace old technologies used in wastewater treatment plans. Wastewater in municipal treatment involves a lot of biomass. MBBR is one of the best solutions for the treatment of bio-waste.
  • The developed regions of North America and Europe are expected to continue the momentum of adoption of this technology. The successful adoption of this technology, in these regions, is also responsible for its adaptation in the developing countries. 
  • Hence, municipal wastewater treatment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.
Moving Bed Bioreactor Market - Segmentation

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North America to Dominate the Market

  • In 2018, North America had accounted for the major market share, owing to the presence of developed nations, like the United States and Canada.
  • The US market utilized MBBR from the 1990s, and pioneered many research and pilot plants. As the country is home to various multinational manufacturing companies, the technology for the production of efficient MBBR designs is developed in this country. The designs are developed for multiple uses, such as municipal water treatment, processed food effluent water treatment, pulp and paper effluent treatment, etc.  
  • The United States is the one of the highest consumers of water in the world. The water usage in the United States for cooling purposes is estimated to be 360 billion gallons per day. Approximately 80% of the US water and wastewater treatment industry is owned and managed publicly.
  • The packaging market in the United States is driven by the higher demand from the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and medicals, retail bags, and other non-food-related products industries.
  • The healthcare sector has been one of the major industries in the country. It has been one of the most R&D intensive industries in the world. According to IFPMA , the share of the US pharma industry is expected to increase  to 41% in 2020, on a global scale.
  • Hence, owing to the increasing demand from the end-user industries, North America is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period.
Moving Bed Bio Reactor Market - Regional Trends

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Competitive Landscape

The market for moving bed bioreactor is moderately consdolidated, as the market share is divided among few companies. Some of the major players of the market include Veolia Water Technologies, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Aquatech International LLC, and Biowater Technology AS, among others.

Major Players

  1. Veolia Water Technologies.
  2. Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
  3. Aquatech International LLC
  4. Biowater Technology AS

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

Moving Bed Bioreactor Market - Market Concentration

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Lack of Freshwater Resources in Various Countries

      2. 4.1.2 Stringent Laws and Regulations on Emission

      3. 4.1.3 Inefficient Irrigation within Agriculture

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Lack of Awareness

      2. 4.2.2 Lack of Funding for Improvement Projects

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Technological Snapshot

    6. 4.6 Regulatory Policy Analysis


    1. 5.1 End-user Industry

      1. 5.1.1 Municipal Wastewater Treatment

      2. 5.1.2 Food and Beverage Industry

      3. 5.1.3 Pulp and Paper Industry

      4. 5.1.4 Packaging Industry

      5. 5.1.5 Healthcare Industry

      6. 5.1.6 Marine Industry

      7. 5.1.7 Poultry and Aquaculture

      8. 5.1.8 Other End-user Industries

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)/COD Removal

      2. 5.2.2 Nitrification/Denitrification

      3. 5.2.3 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. France

        3. United Kingdom

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of the Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Aquatech International LLC

      2. 6.4.2 Degremont Technologies Ltd

      3. 6.4.3 Veolia Water Technologies

      4. 6.4.4 Applied Water Solutions Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Aquapoint Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 Biowater Technology AS

      7. 6.4.7 Headworks Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 Dow Water & Process Solutions

      9. 6.4.9 Evoqua Water Technologies

      10. 6.4.10 Suez SA

      11. 6.4.11 Ovivo

      12. 6.4.12 Siemens Water Technologies

      13. 6.4.13 Wock-Oliver Inc.

      14. 6.4.14 World Water Works Inc.

      15. 6.4.15 AqWise - Wise Water Technologies Ltd

      16. 6.4.16 Schlumberger

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand from Industrial Boilers

**Subject to Availability

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