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Membrane Bioreactor Market - Global Outlook & Forecast 2023-2028

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  • 236 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Arizton
  • ID: 5766522
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The global membrane bioreactors market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.94% during 2022 to 2028.


Increasing MBR Installations Due to Growing Urbanization

Growing urbanization affects the environment by diminishing the availability of resources due to population growth. It causes health complications due to pollution and congested living conditions. Water quality in urban areas is also low due to factory waste. Therefore, clean water has become the key objective in urban areas, boosting the demand for membrane bioreactors. With increasing awareness of the harmful effects of contaminated water, the demand for membrane bioreactors in water treatment systems is expected to rise. Moreover, increasing urbanization has increased the global demand for energy and water. With increasing production from power plants, the emission of effluents into water bodies needs to be under control, increasing the installation of membrane bioreactors. Following this, the membrane bioreactors market is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years.

Limited Availability of Clean Water

The limited availability of clean water, one of the most crucial global challenges, presents a major threat to economic growth, ecosystem health, and water security. The challenge of supplying sufficient and safe drinking water is further complicated due to climate change and the pressure of industrialization and economic development. The industrial and public sectors consume significant amounts of freshwater while generating huge quantities of wastewater. If improperly treated, wastewater emission into the aquatic environment causes pollution, affecting public health and marine ecosystems. Due to the increasing demand for water, recycling, and wastewater recovery have become popular trends. Wastewater reuse reduces the volume and environmental threat of released wastewater and lowers the pressure on the ecosystem driven by freshwater withdrawal. A membrane bioreactor is a wastewater management technology that reduces wastewater emission and increases water usage efficiency, thus balancing preserving aquatic environments and exploiting freshwater resources.


High Capital & Operational Cost of MBRs

Utilizing membrane bioreactors (MBR) for new installations enables higher wastewater flow or improved treatment performance in a smaller space than a conventional design, i.e., a facility that utilizes sand filters and secondary clarifiers. Historically, membranes have been used for smaller-flow systems due to the soaring capital cost of the equipment and high operation and maintenance (O&M) costs. At present, however, there is an increased use in larger systems. Membrane bioreactor systems are appropriate for certain commercial and industrial applications. The high-quality effluent generated by membrane bioreactors makes it suitable for reuse and surface water emission applications necessitating extensive nutrients such as phosphorus removal. However, systems operating costs are also higher for membrane bioreactors due to the higher energy costs associated with sourcing to reduce membrane fouling, acting as a barrier to the growth of the membrane bioreactors market.



The global membrane bioreactors market by membrane type is segmented as hollow fiber, flat sheet, and multi-tubular. In 2022, the hollow fiber segment held the largest market share and dominated the membrane-type segment. Further, hollow fiber is estimated to be the most swiftly developing segment during the forecast period. Hollow fiber (HF) configurations comprise one of the three major configurations for membrane bioreactor technology. Hollow fiber membranes are almost always vertically oriented, with the aerators fitted to the frame or integrated with the membrane module. The fibers are generally offered with some slack to enable them to move laterally in the flow of air bubbles to airlift the sludge across the fiber bundle. Hollow fiber membranes are used almost entirely in immersed MBRs for municipal and industrial applications. They are mostly used in large installations based on their lower membrane aeration energy demand. Hollow-fiber membrane bioreactors (HFB) are used for culturing highly metabolic cells, especially hepatocytes, that require improved mass transfer compared to other cell types.

Segmentation by Membrane Type

  • Hollow Fiber
  • Flat Sheet
  • Multi-Tubular


The submerged system configuration segment dominated the global membrane bioreactors market, accounting for a market share of over 57% in 2022. Submerged membrane bioreactors use a promising technology for water reclamation and wastewater treatment. It is a type of membrane bioreactor where two processes, separation and chemical reactions, occur simultaneously to produce a synergistic effect. This technology is employed in wastewater treatment for its lower sludge production and better effluent quality than conventional activated sludge processes.

Segmentation by System Configuration

  • Submerged
  • Side Stream


The municipal application segment held the largest global membrane bioreactors market share in 2022. Globally, population growth has increased the demand for treated water. The scarcity of water resources has increased the demand for water recycling and water treatment services. Most of the wastewater treatment capacity offered by membrane bioreactors is for municipal wastewater treatment, as the overall flow of sewage is larger than that of industrial effluent. Municipal wastewater is usually treated to fulfill the statutory requirements for discharge into environmental waters.

Segmentation by Application

  • Municipal
  • Industrial


The global membrane bioreactors market by system type is segmented into gravity-based and pressure-driven. In 2022, the gravity-based segment held the largest share of the market. Gravity-based systems are immersed and usually utilize flat sheet or hollow fiber membranes equipped in bioreactors or subsequent membrane tanks. Gravity-driven membrane (GDM) filtration is one of the most favorable membrane bioreactor configurations and runs at an ultra-low pressure by gravity, needing minimum energy. It can treat different types of water, including diluted wastewater and surface water, with varying contaminant levels. It also primarily reveals attractive potential in water reuse or seawater pre-treatment.

Segmentation by System Type

  • Gravity-based
  • Pressure-driven


The APAC region was the largest market for membrane bioreactors in 2022, accounting for over 39% of the global membrane bioreactors market share. Due to the increasing adoption of technically advanced products in the region, the region is expected to witness exponential growth during the forecast period. Rapid urbanization due to the migration of people from rural to urban areas is improving the standard of living in countries such as India, which offers various opportunities to expand the market in the country. Growing investments by the public sector in developing existing water and wastewater treatment systems with membrane bioreactor technology are also boosting market growth.

Segmentation by Geography

  • APAC
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
  • GCC
  • South Africa


The global membrane bioreactors (MBR) market is fairly fragmented, with many small and medium-sized manufacturers accounting for a major industry share. Major vendors are adopting innovative technologies to retain their position. Over the last few years, the industry has witnessed several acquisitions, strengthening companies' ability to offer multiple technologies and comprehensive solutions. However, the market is dominated by large players holding a significant industry share. Prominent players with a dominant presence in the global membrane bioreactors market include Evoqua Water Technologies, KUBOTA Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions, and Veolia.

Key Vendors

  • Evoqua Water Technologies
  • KUBOTA Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions
  • Veolia

Other Prominent Vendors

  • Alfa Laval
  • Aquatech International
  • Asahi Kasei
  • BioprocessH2O
  • CITIC Envirotech
  • Culligan
  • Koch Separation Solutions
  • Newterra
  • Pall Corporation
  • Parkson Corporation
  • Pentair
  • Saur
  • Siemens
  • Toray Industries
  • Ovivo
  • Smith & Loveless
  • Lenntech
  • DuPont
  • Hinada
  • MARTIN Membrane Systems
  • Sanitherm
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries
  • Triqua International


1. How big is the membrane bioreactors market?
2. What is the growth rate of the global membrane bioreactors market?
3. Who are the key players in the global membrane bioreactors (MBR) market?
4. Which region holds the leading global membrane bioreactors market share?
5. What are the rising trends in the membrane bioreactors market?

Table of Contents

1 Research Methodology

2 Research Objectives

3 Research Process

4 Scope & Coverage
4.1 Market Definition
4.1.1 Inclusions
4.1.2 Exclusions
4.1.3 Market Estimation Caveats
4.2 Base Year
4.3 Scope of the Study
4.4 Market Segments
4.4.1 Market Segmentation by Membrane Type
4.4.2 Market Segmentation by System Configuration
4.4.3 Market Segmentation by Application
4.4.4 Market Segmentation by Type of System
4.4.5 Market Segmentation by Geography

5 Report Assumptions & Caveats
5.1 Key Caveats
5.2 Currency Conversion
5.3 Market Derivation

6 Market at a Glance

7 Premium Insights
7.1 Market Overview
7.2 Market Dynamics: Key Trends, Drivers, and Restraints
7.2.1 Market Trends
7.2.2 Market Enablers
7.2.3 Market Restraints
7.3 Segment Analysis
7.4 Geographical Analysis
7.5 Competitive Landscape
7.6 About the Report

8 Introduction
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 Benefits of Mbr Over Conventional Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment
8.2 Components of Membrane Bioreactors
8.3 Mbr Operation and Maintenance
8.3.1 Nutrient Removal
8.3.2 Biological Process Parameters in Mbrs
8.4 Mbr Costs Overview
8.5 Membranes for Wastewater Treatment
8.5.1 Trends in Wastewater Treatment Industry
8.6 Government Regulations

9 Market Opportunities & Trends
9.1 Growing Demand for High-Quality Effluents
9.2 Increasing Mbr Installations Due to Growing Urbanization
9.3 Advances in Mbr Technology

10 Market Growth Enablers
10.1 Limited Availability of Clean Water
10.2 Implementation of Stringent Environmental Regulations
10.3 Growing Demand for Hospital Wastewater Treatment
10.4 Rising Concern Regarding Waterborne Diseases

11 Market Restraints
11.1 High Capital & Operational Cost of Mbrs
11.2 Advanced Systems Require Skilled Workforce
11.3 Membrane Fouling

12 Market Landscape
12.1 Market Size & Forecast
12.2 Five Forces Analysis
12.2.1 Threat of New Entrants
12.2.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
12.2.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers
12.2.4 Threat of Substitutes
12.2.5 Competitive Rivalry

13 Membrane Type
13.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
13.2 Market Overview
13.3 Hollow Fiber
13.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
13.3.2 Market by Geography
13.4 Flat Sheet
13.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
13.4.2 Market by Geography
13.5 Multi-Tubular
13.5.1 Market Size & Forecast
13.5.2 Market by Geography

14 System Configuration
14.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
14.2 Market Overview
14.3 Submerged
14.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
14.3.2 Market by Geography
14.4 Side Stream
14.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
14.4.2 Market by Geography

15 Application
15.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
15.2 Market Overview
15.3 Municipal
15.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
15.3.2 Market by Geography
15.4 Industrial
15.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
15.4.2 Market by Geography

16 System Type
16.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
16.2 Market Overview
16.3 Gravity Based
16.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
16.3.2 Market by Geography
16.4 Pressure Driven
16.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
16.4.2 Market by Geography

17 Geography
17.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
17.2 Geographic Overview

18 Apac
18.1 Market Size & Forecast
18.2 Membrane Type
18.2.1 Market Size & Forecast
18.3 System Configuration
18.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
18.4 Application
18.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
18.5 System Type
18.5.1 Market Size & Forecast
18.6 Key Countries
18.6.1 China: Market Size & Forecast
18.6.2 India: Market Size & Forecast
18.6.3 Japan: Market Size & Forecast
18.6.4 South Korea: Market Size & Forecast
18.6.5 Australia: Market Size & Forecast

19 North America
19.1 Market Size & Forecast
19.2 Membrane Type
19.2.1 Market Size & Forecast
19.3 System Configuration
19.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
19.4 Application
19.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
19.5 System Type
19.5.1 Market Size & Forecast
19.6 Key Countries
19.6.1 Us: Market Size & Forecast
19.6.2 Canada: Market Size & Forecast

20 Europe
20.1 Market Size & Forecast
20.2 Membrane Type
20.2.1 Market Size & Forecast
20.3 System Configuration
20.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
20.4 Application
20.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
20.5 System Type
20.5.1 Market Size & Forecast
20.6 Key Countries
20.6.1 Germany: Market Size & Forecast
20.6.2 Uk: Market Size & Forecast
20.6.3 France: Market Size & Forecast
20.6.4 Italy: Market Size & Forecast
20.6.5 Russia: Market Size & Forecast

21 Latin America
21.1 Market Size & Forecast
21.2 Membrane Type
21.2.1 Market Size & Forecast
21.3 System Configuration
21.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
21.4 Application
21.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
21.5 System Type
21.5.1 Market Size & Forecast
21.6 Key Countries
21.6.1 Brazil: Market Size & Forecast
21.6.2 Mexico: Market Size & Forecast

22 Middle East & Africa
22.1 Market Size & Forecast
22.2 Membrane Type
22.2.1 Market Size & Forecast
22.3 System Configuration
22.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
22.4 Application
22.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
22.5 System Type
22.5.1 Market Size & Forecast
22.6 Key Countries
22.6.1 Gcc: Market Size & Forecast
22.6.2 South Africa: Market Size & Forecast

23 Competitive Landscape
23.1 Competition Overview

24 Key Company Profiles
24.1 Evoqua Water Technologies
24.1.1 Business Overview
24.1.2 Product Offerings
24.1.3 Key Strategies
24.1.4 Key Strengths
24.1.5 Key Opportunities
24.2 Kubota Corporation
24.2.1 Business Overview
24.2.2 Product Offerings
24.2.3 Key Strategies
24.2.4 Key Strengths
24.2.5 Key Opportunities
24.3 Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions
24.3.1 Business Overview
24.3.2 Product Offerings
24.3.3 Key Strategies
24.3.4 Key Strengths
24.3.5 Key Opportunities
24.4 Veolia
24.4.1 Business Overview
24.4.2 Product Offerings
24.4.3 Key Strategies
24.4.4 Key Strengths
24.4.5 Key Opportunities

25 Other Prominent Vendors
25.1 Alfa Laval
25.1.1 Business Overview
25.1.2 Product Offerings
25.2 Aquatech International
25.2.1 Business Overview
25.2.2 Product Offerings
25.3 Asahi Kasei
25.3.1 Business Overview
25.3.2 Product Offerings
25.4 Bioprocessh2O
25.4.1 Business Overview
25.4.2 Product Offerings
25.5 Citic Envirotech
25.5.1 Business Overview
25.5.2 Product Offerings
25.6 Culligan
25.6.1 Business Overview
25.6.2 Product Offerings
25.7 Huber Se
25.7.1 Business Overview
25.7.2 Product Offerings
25.8 Koch Separation Solutions
25.8.1 Business Overview
25.8.2 Product Offerings
25.9 Newterra
25.9.1 Business Overview
25.9.2 Product Offerings
25.10 Pall Corporation
25.10.1 Business Overview
25.10.2 Product Offerings
25.11 Parkson Corporation
25.11.1 Business Overview
25.11.2 Product Offerings
25.12 Pentair
25.12.1 Business Overview
25.12.2 Product Offerings
25.13 Saur
25.13.1 Business Overview
25.13.2 Product Offerings
25.14 Siemens
25.14.1 Business Overview
25.14.2 Product Offerings
25.15 Toray Industries
25.15.1 Business Overview
25.15.2 Product Offerings
25.16 Wehrle
25.16.1 Business Overview
25.16.2 Product Offerings
25.17 Ovivo
25.17.1 Business Overview
25.17.2 Product Offerings
25.18 Smith & Loveless
25.18.1 Business Overview
25.18.2 Product Offerings
25.19 Lenntech
25.19.1 Business Overview
25.19.2 Product Offerings
25.20 Dupont
25.20.1 Business Overview
25.20.2 Product Offerings
25.21 Hinada
25.21.1 Business Overview
25.21.2 Product Offerings
25.22 Mann+Hummel
25.22.1 Business Overview
25.22.2 Product Offerings
25.23 Martin Membrane Systems
25.23.1 Business Overview
25.23.2 Product Offerings
25.24 Sanitherm
25.24.1 Business Overview
25.24.2 Product Offerings
25.25 Sumitomo Electric Industries
25.25.1 Business Overview
25.25.2 Product Offerings
25.26 Triqua International
25.26.1 Business Overview
25.26.2 Product Offerings

26 Report Summary
26.1 Key Takeaways
26.2 Strategic Recommendations

27 Quantitative Summary
27.1 Market by Geography
27.2 Apac
27.2.1 Membrane Type
27.2.2 System Configuration
27.2.3 Application
27.2.4 System Type
27.3 North America
27.3.1 Membrane Type
27.3.2 System Configuration
27.3.3 Application
27.3.4 System Type
27.4 Europe
27.4.1 Membrane Type
27.4.2 System Configuration
27.4.3 Application
27.4.4 System Type
27.5 Latin America
27.5.1 Membrane Type
27.5.2 System Configuration
27.5.3 Application
27.5.4 System Type
27.6 Middle East & Africa
27.6.1 Membrane Type
27.6.2 System Configuration
27.6.3 Application
27.6.4 System Type
27.7 Membrane Type
27.7.1 Hollow Fiber
27.7.2 Flat Sheet
27.7.3 Multi-Tubular
27.8 System Configuration
27.8.1 Submerged
27.8.2 Side Stream
27.9 Application
27.9.1 Municipal
27.9.2 Industrial
27.10 System Type
27.10.1 Gravity-Based
27.10.2 Pressure-Driven

28 Appendix
28.1 Abbreviations

Companies Mentioned

  • Evoqua Water Technologies
  • KUBOTA Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions
  • Veolia
  • Alfa Laval
  • Aquatech International
  • Asahi Kasei
  • BioprocessH2O
  • CITIC Envirotech
  • Culligan
  • Koch Separation Solutions
  • Newterra
  • Pall Corporation
  • Parkson Corporation
  • Pentair
  • Saur
  • Siemens
  • Toray Industries
  • Ovivo
  • Smith & Loveless
  • Lenntech
  • DuPont
  • Hinada
  • MARTIN Membrane Systems
  • Sanitherm
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries
  • Triqua International


Our research comprises a mix of primary and secondary research. The secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to, company websites, annual reports, financial reports, company pipeline charts, broker reports, investor presentations and SEC filings, journals and conferences, internal proprietary databases, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to the companies operating in any given market.

Primary research involves email interactions with the industry participants across major geographies. The participants who typically take part in such a process include, but are not limited to, CEOs, VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers. We primarily rely on internal research work and internal databases that we have populated over the years. We cross-verify our secondary research findings with the primary respondents participating in the study.



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