Pharmaceutical Membrane Filtration Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Material, Technique (Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration, Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Ion Exchange), Application and Geography

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 9.1 %

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Market Overview

Membrane technology covers all industrial approaches for the passage of substances between two segments with the help of permeable membranes. In general, machine-driven separation processes for separating gaseous or liquid streams use membrane technology. Membrane separation processes function without heating and therefore, use less energy than straight thermal separation processes such as distillation, sublimation or crystallization. The separation process is purely physical and both segments (permeate and retentate) can be used.

Recently, there has been an increase in the adoption of single-use technologies. There have also been advancements in nanofiltration technologies, that has increased its demand in pharmaceutical filtration. Manufacturers have also increased their adherence to good manufacturing practices (GMP). Hence all these factors have hence helped the market growth.

However, high operation cost has been preventing many manufacturers from adopting the technology. Moreover, maintenance procedures like mending membrane fouling, have also been restraining manufacturers from adopting. Hence all these factors have hindered the market growth.

Scope of the Report

Membrane filtration process is a physical separation method characterized by the ability to separate molecules of different sizes and characteristics. Its driving force is the difference in pressure between the two sides of a special membrane.

In the report, a detailed analysis of the pharmaceutical membrane filtration market is provided. The market is evaluated by collating revenues generated across segments, categorized by Material, Technique, Application and Geography.

By Material
Polyethersulfone (PES)
Mixed Cellulose Ester & Cellulose Acetate (MCE & CA)
Polyvinylidene Difluoride (PVDF)
Nylon Membrane Filters
By Technique
By Application
Final Product Processing
Raw Material Filtration
Cell Separation
Water Purification
Air Purification
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Microfiltration is Expected to Register a High CAGR Through the Forecast Period

Microfiltration (MF) is a pressure-driven separation process, which is widely used in concentrating, purifying or separating macromolecules, colloids and suspended particles from solution. It is extensively used for the cold sterilization of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals have been shown to lose their effectiveness upon heat addition. MF membranes are employed as a method to remove bacteria and other undesired suspensions from liquids, a procedure termed as 'cold sterilization', which negates the use of heat.

The use of microfiltration technology has increased in the recent decades due to increasing in pharmaceutical research and drug development. Therefore the microfiltration has become a crucial part of pharmaceutical research and development, and the demand for microfiltration technology is expected to rise in the future.

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North America is Expected to Dominate the Pharmaceutical Membrane Filtration Market

North America includes the United States (US), Canada and Mexico. The US and Canada have well structured and development healthcare systems. These countries also promote pharmaceutical research and development and hence have very high expenditure on healthcare. As a result of these policies, many companies globally are encouraged to operate in this region.

Many of the global pharmaceutical players have their headquarters and research labs in the US. As pharmaceutical research requires membrane chromatography, the demand for these technologies and processes is high is North America.This large share can be attributed to the increasing demand for biopharmaceuticals and rising R&D expenditure by biopharmaceutical companies in North America. 


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Competitive Landscape

Majority of the pharmaceutical membrane filtration technologies are being manufactured by the global key players. Market leaders with more funds for research and better distribution system have established their position in the market. Moreover, Asia-pacific is witnessing an emergence of some small players due to the rise of awareness. This has also helped the market grow.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Adoption of Single-Use Technologies

      2. 4.2.2 Advancements in Nanofiltration Technology

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Capital Required for Operations

      2. 4.3.2 Membrane Fouling

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Material

      1. 5.1.1 Polyethersulfone (PES)

      2. 5.1.2 Mixed Cellulose Ester & Cellulose Acetate (MCE & CA)

      3. 5.1.3 Polyvinylidene Difluoride (PVDF)

      4. 5.1.4 Nylon Membrane Filters

      5. 5.1.5 Others

    2. 5.2 By Technique

      1. 5.2.1 Microfiltration

      2. 5.2.2 Ultrafiltration

      3. 5.2.3 Nanofiltration

      4. 5.2.4 Others

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Final Product Processing

      2. 5.3.2 Raw Material Filtration

      3. 5.3.3 Cell Separation

      4. 5.3.4 Water Purification

      5. 5.3.5 Air Purification

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 3M Company

      2. 6.1.2 Danaher Corporation

      3. 6.1.3 GE Healthcare

      4. 6.1.4 GEA Group

      5. 6.1.5 Graver Technologies

      6. 6.1.6 Merck Millipore

      7. 6.1.7 Parker Hannifin Corporation

      8. 6.1.8 Repligen Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Sartorius Stedim Biotech

      10. 6.1.10 Thermo Fisher Scientific

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Pharmaceutical Membrane Filtration Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Pharmaceutical Membrane Filtration Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

3M, Danaher Corporation, GE Healthcare, Merck Millipore, Thermo Fisher Scientific are the major companies operating in Pharmaceutical Membrane Filtration Market.

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