Ceramic membranes have excellent chemical and mechanical resistance, and so, they are frequently used in waterproofing applications wherein usage of polymeric membranes is not economical or possible. Predominantly, ceramic membranes have applications in water and wastewater treatment, and other industries such as pharmaceuticals, food & beverages (F&B), chemical processing, and biotechnology. The augmented implementation of wastewater treatment plants due to the penetration of compliance in a gamut of industries has been a major ceramic membrane market growth driver. Furthermore, the growth of the end-use industries that utilize ceramic membranes for filtration processes will largely support the ceramic membrane market. The prevalence of diseases, affordability, and supply-side factor will be playing key roles in the growth of the pharmaceutical industry, which will significantly drive the ceramic membrane market. Filtration processes are an integral part of chemical industries, and the chemical sector is poised to make further progress in the upcoming years, which will create a lucrative ceramic membrane marketplace. The microfiltration systems that have gained prominence in the F&B industry for process improvements also utilize ceramic membranes. Additionally, the lack of proper sanitation and potable water facilities for a major part of the global population has led to an increased usage of ceramic membranes in domestic water treatment. Membrane separation processes are commonplaces in the biotechnology industry, and therefore, ceramic membrane market is gaining significant traction from the same. The environmental impact of the shale oil drilling activities is leading to an inevitable requirement for microfiltration, and the ceramic membrane market is leveraging the demand. As of 2018, the ceramic membrane market size was evaluated at $5.183 billion. Additionally, the demand for ceramic membranes is poised to escalate at a profitable CAGR of 9.57% during the forecast period 2019-2025.

The increase in the Ceramic Membrane Market size can be further understood by the growth of the parent industry. According to the International Trade Centre (ITC), the trade value of ceramic products was evaluated at $51.01 billion in 2018, and the figure had witnessed a year on year increment of 9%. This escalation in trade in partially attributed to the demand influx in the ceramic membrane market.

Growth Prospects for Ceramic Membrane Market Players in APAC:

APAC offered 37% of the global opportunities to the ceramic membrane market companies in 2018. The substantial ceramic membrane market share of APAC is attributable to a number of reasons such as burgeoning industrialization and proliferation of wastewater treatment plant along with the growth of the pharmaceutical sector in China, India, Indonesia, and other countries of the region. Here’s the table signifies the trade of ceramics in the countries of India –

Table 1 – The import of Ceramics in Countries of APAC

Sr. No.


Import Value – 2018

(In USD)

Growth Rate in % (2017-18)



$1.23 billion




$600.10 million




$329.33 million




$638.07 million




$440.70 million




$730.45 million


Ceramic import data – International Trade Centre

Conspicuously, the import of ceramics has grown during the base year (2018) in all the major APAC ceramic membrane marketplaces. This growth in import is also because of the demand upsurge for ceramic membranes in APAC for the following reasons –

· The Growth of the Manufacturing Industry in APAC & Implementation of Wastewater Plants –

The growth prospects for the ceramic membrane market in the manufacturing sector can be further fathomed by the growth of the manufacturing sector in the countries of APAC.

The following table shows the growth of the manufacturing sector in the major contributing countries to the APAC ceramic membrane market share –

Table 2 – The contribution of the manufacturing industry to GDP

Sr. No.


Contribution to GDP in 2017 (%)

Contribution to GDP in 2018 (%)

















Manufacturing GDP contribution data source – World Bank

There is a slight increase in the contribution of the manufacturing sector in the GDPs of aforementioned countries which is an evidence of the industrial growth in those countries, and this growth is expanding the APAC ceramic membrane market size. Indonesia witnessed a minute decline, but the manufacturing sector in Indonesia had picked pace in August 2018, and the activities are poised to grow further in the upcoming years. Furthermore, the old manufacturing units that do not have a proper wastewater or effluent treatment systems are now equipped with the same, which is further supporting the ceramic membrane market.

· The Pharmaceutical Industry in India Driving the APAC Ceramic Membrane Market Growth –

The exports of pharmaceutical products from India is poised to attain a value of $17.15 billion in FY 2019, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). Furthermore, Government of India envisions to make India the global leader in the manufacturing of drug by 2020. This growth of the pharmaceutical industry will create a major ceramic membrane marketplace in APAC which the vendors will leverage to increase their share in the global valuation.

· The APAC Ceramic Membrane Market Driven by the Evolving Biotechnology Industry –

This decade has observed a significant development of the biotechnology industry in APAC. Hong Kong had a great contribution towards the industrial boom due to the development of innovation and technology industries by the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK SAR). This has been leading to a substantial growth of the biotechnology industry in the country. Furthermore, India is undergoing a transition phase with robust growth of the biotechnology industry, and the industry observed year on year growth of 57.14% in 2016 with total revenues that translated to $11 billion, according to IBEF. This growing biotechnology industry in Hong Kong and India is creating prospects for the APAC ceramic membrane market. The agricultural sector in APAC is making strides, and agricultural biotechnology has been gaining grounds, which is creating a lucrative ceramic membrane market revenue avenue for the vendors that are targeting APAC.

While the aforementioned factors are major APAC ceramic membrane market growth drivers, the requirement for sanitation facilities in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia is playing a considerable role in the market expansion. This is because ceramic membranes are now commonly used for filtration of water by removal of contaminants.

The forecast period will observe extensive industrial and pharmaceutical development in APAC, which will further increase the ceramic membrane market size.

Ceramic Membrane Market – The Global Scenario and Growth Drivers:

· The Lack of Proper Sanitation Facilities Leading to a Demand Influx in the Ceramic Membrane Market –

According to World Health Organization, in 2017, merely 45% of the global population used a safely managed service for sanitation. Poor sanitation can lead to diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, and others. Hence, sanitation facilities are an indispensable requirement due to which the domestic water treatment industry is witnessing a tangible growth. The domestic water treatment industry is also a major end-user of ceramic membranes, and therefore, growing need for sanitation is generating revenue sources in the ceramic membrane market.

· The Growing Global Manufacturing Sector Increasing the Ceramic Membrane Market Size –

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) assessed the manufacturing industry and according to their findings, the industrialized economies registered a relatively higher growth rate of 3.5% in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the growth was attributable to the manufacturing output, which has been increasing steadily. These manufacturing units are major end-users of ceramic membranes. The upcoming years will observe an increase in the manufacturing output, because UNIDO has also assessed that there will be an enhancement in the demand for goods from various sectors, which will drive the manufacturing industry. Moreover, the United Nations (UN) has mentioned the growth of the manufacturing industry as one of the necessities in the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The growth of the manufacturing industry across the globe will further increase the ceramic membrane market size.

· The Growth Prospects for the Ceramic Membrane Market Players in the Pharmaceutical Industry –

The prospects for the ceramic membrane market vendors can be gauged by the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. According to the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (IFPMA), the global pharmaceutical industry is poised to attain an impressive valuation of nearly $1.43 trillion by the end of 2020. Moreover, the countries in which the pharmaceutical industry is developing will invest 25% of spending on the same by 2020. This is going to have a subsequent effect on the ceramic membrane market, because the product is prevalently used in antibiotic drug production and liquid filtration processes in the pharmaceutical industry.

· The Water and Wastewater Treatment: Key Application Driving the Ceramic Membrane Market –

Water and wastewater treatment is found to be the key application end-use industry for the vendors in the ceramic membrane market, and the application is poised to grow at a CAGR of 12.77% through to 2025. The International Water Association (IWA) has explored the untapped opportunities for the reuse of wastewater, which also includes the water that is discharged out of manufacturing industries. At present, around 80% of the water is discharged in the world’s water bodies, and it is attributable to the health, environment, and climate-related hazards. This is making it imperative for industries to incorporate wastewater treatment plants in order to discharge contaminant-free water out of the manufacturing units. The high flux, durability, and chemical resistance of ceramic membranes make them meritorious for the application in manufacturing units. Despite high initial investment, organization in manufacturing industry are opting for ceramic membranes for economic benefit in the longer run. This increasing usage of the product in wastewater treatment plants is playing a vital role in the expansion of the ceramic membrane market.

· The Growth of the Biotechnology Industry Attributable to the Swelling Ceramic Membrane Market Size –

Biotechnology is making strides across the globe, and it is used in all the sectors right from agricultural to healthcare. The demand influx in the biotechnology industry reflects with the growing biotechnology ingredients market. The implementation of biotechnology will also increase because of the the growing requirement for organic products. Biotechnology entails a myriad of filtration processes due to which the ceramic membrane market is gaining substantial traction in the industry.

· The Increasing Shale Drilling Activities Supporting the Ceramic Membrane Market –

Due to the discernible increase in the demand for oil and gas, the shale drilling activities have been catapulting, especially in the US. According to the most recent statistics by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2018, around 6.44 million barrels per day of crude oil were produced from tight oil resources in the US, which equated 59% of the US crude oil production in 2018. This is the evidence of the increasing shale oil drilling activities from the tight oil resources in the US. Ceramic membranes, even though they are prone to fouling, are found to be effective in separation of oils, emulsions, and silts, which makes them applicable in the shale oil drilling process. The upcoming years will witness an increase in oil drilling processes due to further growth in the demand for oil and gas, and this will increase the ceramic membrane market size.

Ceramic Membrane Market: Competitive Landscape

The major players expanding geographically and creating their brand value in the ceramic membrane market are TAMI Industries, Pall Corporation, Atech Innovations GmbH, Hyflux Limited, SIVA, Jiangsu JIUWU Hi-Tech Company, Veolia Water Technologies, Metawater Co., Ltd., and GEA Group AG.

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