Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market by Material (Thin Film Composite (TFC), Cellulose Triacetate Membrane); by Application (Process Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Desalination, Others); by Membrane Type (Tubular, Plate & Frame Membranes, Hollow Fiber, Spiral, Others); and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Oct 2021 Report Id: 113 Category: Specialty Chemicals Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market was valued at USD 3.3 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 6.5 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 10.1% during the forecast period.

The Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Definition:

RO membranes are capable of eliminating 90–99% of pollutants in the water supply, such as Total Dissolved Solids (TDSs). When a semipermeable barrier separates two liquids with varying concentrations, osmosis occurs. For example, in RO water purification systems, the osmotic pressure is overcome by applying hydraulic pressure to the concentrated side via pump. The concentrated solution is then drained and collected downstream of the membrane which is utilized in the market.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market

The Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Dynamics:

Increasing demand for desalination projects is anticipated to boost the demand for reverse osmosis (RO) membranes market. Desalination is majorly focused on the Middle Eastern countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. For instance, The Rabigh 3 desalination project, which was recently granted to ACWA Power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been dubbed one of the world's largest desalination facilities., whose capacity is 600,000 m3/day, that equates to 600 million litres of water generated every day. These desalination projects are expected to boost the sales for reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

Moreover, the government regulation regarding using clean drinking water is poised to foster the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market growth. Programmes such as the Environmental and Resource Efficiency Plan (2008), China's Special Plan for Seawater Utilization (2005), and the United States' Clean Water Act (1972, Amendment 1987) for clean and safe water, among others. The introduction of new water projects also adds on to the reverse osmosis (RO) market growth. For instance, in May 2021, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced nearly $17 million in grant money to support local drinking water and wastewater systems that often serve small communities and rural America with training and technical assistance. These investment grants are expected to drive the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market demand.

The Global Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Segmentation:

By Material

  • Thin Film Composite (TFC)
  • Cellulose Triacetate Membrane

By Application

  • Process Water Treatment
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Desalination
  • Others

By Membrane Type

  • Tubular
  • Plate & frame membranes
  • Hollow Fiber
  • Spiral
  • Others  

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-Depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post Covid 19 Impact on Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on material, thin film composite segment accounted for the largest global reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market share during the forecast period for the owing to their application in desalination projects

These membranes feature a high rejection rate for undesired elements including metal ions and salts, as well as a high filtration rate and mechanical robustness. Additionally, the research & development in this segment is expected to support the market. Chemical surface modifications are a potential post-treatment approach that has been frequently used to improve the surface properties of TFC membranes. Mickols and colleagues [according to Mickols W.E. Method of Treating Polyamide Membranes to Increase Flux. 5,755,964. U.S. Patent. 1998 May 26;], for example, utilised ethylenediamine and ethanolamine to boost membrane hydrophilicity. According to their findings, strengthening hydrogen bonding at the PA layer can improve the interaction between water molecules and the membrane surface, resulting in increased water flux.

Based on the applications, the desalination segment was the fastest growing segment in 2020 in the overall reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market owing to the increase in number of desalination projects across the globe

The desalination segment was accounted for the largest global reverse osmosis (RO) market share in the year 2020. The government's aspirations to use clean water as a source of energy are another element driving the reverse osmosis membrane market forward. With the current pipeline of projects in development, the MENA (Middle East & North Africa region accounts for over half of all global desalination capacity (48 percent), with the GCC leading the way. An expected investment increase of $4.3 billion in the sector over the next two years indicates how committed water-stressed countries are ensuring sustainable future supply. Furthermore, upcoming projects in the countries such as Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Taweelah is expected to be finished and operational in Q4 2022 and will be 44% larger than the world's current largest reverse osmosis facility, with a daily processing capacity of 909,200 cubic metres. The introduction of such new projects is expected to foster the reverse osmosis membrane (RO) market growth.

Based on regions, the market for reverse osmosis (RO) membrane in North America accounted for the largest share in 2020 owing to extensive technological advancements in reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market, followed by Asia Pacific and Europe

Geographically, North America is estimated to dominate the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market in the forecast period. The North American region is well-established and mature market for every technological advancement. In Canada reverse osmosis is used in wastewater industrial treatment. For instance, Canadian Clear is an organization that provides reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, wastewater treatment from industries, industry boiler replenishment and others. Additionally, in the U.S. reverse osmosis (RO) membranes are utilized in residential applications. For instance, AXEON, DeSal, Dow Filmtec, GE, Toray, Hydranautics, R.O. UltraTec, and others manufacture are compatible with the US Water's residential and commercial reverse osmosis membranes. They specialise in reverse osmosis membranes with diameters of 1.8, 2.5, and 4 inches, as well as residential and commercial reverse osmosis membranes. The use of RO technologies in this region is expected to foster the reverse osmosis membrane (RO) market growth.

The report also provides in-depth analysis of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market dynamics such as drivers, restraints opportunities and challenges


  • Regulations imposed by the government and rising demand for safe drinking water
  • Globally, the number of desalination projects is increasing from government initiatives


  • Water loss of necessary mineralization
  • Stringent regulatory norms and compliance


  • Growing demand for RO membranes from developing economies due to rising urbanization

Note: Challenges along with in-depth market dynamics analysis is mentioned in the report. .

COVID-19 Impact on The Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Analysis

Supply chain disruptions, shifts in demand patterns, and other emergency measures have to be dealt with by the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market. Due to shutdowns or curtailed activities, several major water consumers lowered their use. During the crisis, there was a drop in revenue and a reduction in capital expenditures. In the long run, expediting water treatment projects, incorporating sophisticated digital technologies, increasing disaster preparedness spending, and increasing the robustness of employees, systems, and equipment are all important.  The government’s plans for reaching more citizens after the covid outbreak, is expected to support the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market growth. For instance, The US Environmental Protection Agency's Strategic Plan for FY 2018–FY 2022 stresses the agency's "Back-to-Basics" mission. The agency is expected to continue to use the State Revolving Funds (SRFs) and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to help states, tribes, municipalities, and private companies finance high-priority infrastructure projects that safeguard human health and the environment. Such government plans are expected to foster the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market growth.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market

  • Increasing number of desalination projects globally
  • Rising demand for potable water from developing economies such as China, India, & African countries

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments

  • In April 2021, RO membranes were provided by LG Chem for disaster relief in the Caribbean. Food and water supplies have deteriorated as a result of the volcano eruption, in addition to the current Covid-19 outbreak. LG Chem's Water Solutions division is aimed to deliver LG Chem's seawater reverse osmosis membranes to CaribDA for installation in emergency SWRO units in two or three coastal settlements. The membrane elements is focused to create clean water and aid in the alleviation of the freshwater scarcity.
  • In November 2020, LG Chem supplied RO membrane to the Al Khobar II project in Saudi Arabia in November 2020. The plant can produce 600 million litres of water each day (MLD). The project's goal is to achieve water quality standards while using minimal energy in the near future.

Company Profiles and Desalination

The key players operating in the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane market are:

  • LG Chem
  • Koch
  • Mann Hummel Water & Fluid Solutions
  • Membranium
  • DuPont Water Solutions 
  • Toray Industries
  • Suez Water Technologies and Solutions
  • Hydranautics
  • Toyobo Co. Ltd.
  • Microdyn-Nadir GmbH
  • Hydramem
  • Synder Filtration Membranes
  • Genesys International.
  • Vontron Membrane Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Applied Membranes, Inc
  • GE Membrane
  • Complete Water Solutions
  • OriginClear, Inc.
  • Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Alfa Laval Inc. (US)
  • Fluid Energy Controls, Inc.
  • Arcadian Services
  • Reynolds Culligan
  • Royal Hydraulics
  • Durpro

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market was valued at USD 3.3 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 6.5 Bn by 2027.
The reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 10.1% during forecast period.
In the base year 2020, North America was accounted for largest market share in the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market.
A few key players include, but not limited to: LG Chem, Koch, Mann Hummel Water & Fluid Solutions, Membranium, DuPont Water Solutions, Toray Industries, Suez Water Technologies, and Solutions, Hydranautics, Toyobo Co. Ltd, Microdyn-Nadir GmbH Hydramem, Synder Filtration Membranes, Genesys International, Vontron Membrane Technology Co., Ltd., Applied Membranes, Inc.
Yes, the report contains detailed COVID-19 analysis for reverse osmosis (RO) membrane market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Outline
    2. Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Overview
    3. Different Types of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane 
    4. Analysis Of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Ecosystem
    5. Supply Chain Analysis
    6. Covid -19 Impact
    7. Market Dynamics
      1. Drivers
      2. Restraints
      3. Opportunities
      4. Threats
    8. Technology Overview
  2. Technology and Regulatory Landscape for Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane    
    1. Regulations and Standards
  3. Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Pricing Analysis
    1. Prices of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane   
  4. Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market by Material
      1. Thin Film Composite (TFC)
      2. Cellulose Triacetate Membrane
  5. Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market by Application
      1. Process Water Treatment
      2. Wastewater Treatment
      3. Desalination
      4. Others
  6. Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market by Membrane Type
    1. Tubular
    2. Plate & Frame Membranes
    3. Hollow Fiber
    4. Spiral
    5. Others
      1. US
      2. Canada
      3. Mexico
    6. Europe
      1. Germany
      2. UK
      3. France
      4. Norway
      5. Italy
      6. Spain
      7. Netherlands
      8. Rest Of Europe
    7. Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. Australia
      5. New Zealand
      6. Rest Of Asia Pacific
    8. Middle East and Africa
    9. South America
  7. Key Strategic Insights
    1. New Raw Material Sources
    2. New Applications
    3. Emerging Technologies
    4. Opportunity mapping
    5. Critical Success Factors
    6. Environmental Impact and sustainability issues
    7. Consumer preferences
  8. Key Market Trends / Recent Developments
  9. Competitive Scenario
    1. Competitive Strategies of Key Players
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions
      2. Investments
      3. Joint Ventures
      4. New Product launches
    2. Strength of product portfolio
    3. Ranking of Key Players
    4. Presence of players by Geographies
  10. Key Global Players
  1. LG Chem
  2. , Koch
  3. , Mann Hummel Water & Fluid Solutions
  4.  Membranium
  5.  DuPont Water Solutions 
  6. Toray Industries
  7.  Suez Water Technologies and Solutions
  8.  Hydranautics
  9. Toyobo Co. Ltd.
  10.   Microdyn-Nadir GmbH
  11. Hydramem
  12.  Synder Filtration Membranes
  13. Genesys International.
  14. Vontron Membrane Technology Co., Ltd.
  15. Applied Membranes, Inc

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