An ongoing trend observed in the market is increasing use of polymeric membrane for separation owing to its properties for intended application. The membrane offers low binding affinity for molecules and withstand harsh cleaning conditions. Polymeric membrane for separation has to be chosen according to the membrane fabrication technology. The polymer should be compatible with technology, rigid, stereoregularity, polarity, and chain interactions. Most common polymers used for membrane synthesis are cellulose esters, Nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate, polysulfone, polyethylene, polyether sulfone, polypropylene, polyacrylonitrile, polyimide, polyamide, polytetrafluoroethylene, polyvinylidene fluoride and polyvinylchloride.
Increasing demand for ion-exchange membrane in biogas separation, rapid industrialization, coupled with growing waste water treatment, power generation, or water and other industries are factors augmenting demand for polymeric membrane for separation. The solution-diffusion membrane is widely used in petrochemicals and other industries owing to its selectivity and permeability is a factor proliferating growth of the market. Additionally, thermal and chemical stability of polymeric membrane is an important factor to be considered while selecting membrane. Growing population, coupled with rising per capita income, and increasing government investments in various industries in countries have a positive impact on the global market.
High cost of raw material, stringent statutes by government authorities in order to reduce carbon footprints, and issues related to contamination and fouling are factors challenging growth of the global market. Development of new innovative polymer technology and increasing government investment are factors offering lucrative opportunities for prominent players operating in the global market.
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Polymeric membrane for separation is of two types i.e., solution-diffusion membrane and ion membrane. Growing demand for solution-diffusion membrane in various industries such as petrochemicals is a factor augmenting growth of the segment market. Increasing demand for ion membrane in various applications owing to its properties and cost-effectiveness. In addition, the ion membrane has a heterogeneous structure which consists of fine ion-exchange particles.
Polymeric membrane for separation is used in various applications such as for nitrogen, for hydrogen, for natural gas, and for biogas. Ion-exchange membrane for biogas separation is widely used in anaerobic digestion plants to indicate stable application and capture carbon dioxide.
The market is segmented on the basis of geography such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The demand for this membrane increases due to increasing oil & gas activities is a factor augmenting demand for polymeric membrane for separation in North America. In addition, increasing government investments and presence of major manufacturers in the North America region are factors augmenting demand for polymeric membrane for separation. Increasing industrialization, coupled with growing chemical industry has a positive impact on the polymeric membrane for separation market in Europe.
Some of the prominent players operating in the target market include IGS, Parker Hannifin, Honeywell, MTR, Schlumberger, Air Liquide, Evonik, Borsig, Air Products, Fuji Film, DIC, UBE, and Tianbang.