Gas Separation Membranes Market Size & Share, by Material Type (Polyimide & Polyamide, Polysulfone, Cellulose Acetate); Application (Nitrogen Generation & Oxygen Enrichment, Carbon Dioxide Removal, Hydrogen Recovery) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Apr 04, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Gas Separation Membranes Market size is expected to reach USD 2 Billion by the end of 2035, witnessing around 6% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of gas separation membranes was over USD 1 Billion. The market growth is accredited to the world's rapid industrialization and concern about carbon emissions from various end-use industries. In 2021, global manufacturing output increased by 7.2%, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. 

Gas separation is important in many industries and for many industrial processes including carbon capture, chemical purification, and fuel production by cryogenic distillation, absorption, adsorption, and membrane processes to curb the gas emission in the environment. The gas separation membrane technologies are mostly used commercially as it provides better selectivity, low energy consumption as well as easily engineered modules. According to research, in the case of purification of natural gas, high CO2 purity can be achieved along with efficient CH4 recovery of up to 96% with this technology.

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Gas Separation Membranes Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 1 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 2 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Gas Separation Membranes Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Growing Production of Oil & Gas Industry due to Rising Demand for Crude Oil & Petrochemicals - membranes in the oil & gas industry are used for separating gas mixtures where they act as a permeable barrier through which different compounds move across at different rates or do not move at all. Hence, with the increasing production of oil & gas with their augmenting demand, the gas separation membranes market is also anticipated to grow in the upcoming years. As per estimations, the demand for crude oil worldwide is 92.36 million barrels/ day. Moreover, the global production of oil equated to 4.2 billion tons (metric tons) in 2021.
  • Increasing Consumption of Natural Gas – the rising demand for fuel, electricity, plastics, synthetic fibers, fertilizers, dyes, adhesives, and synthetic paints and coatings worldwide is leading to the expansion of natural gas manufacturing. As gas separation plants separate methane, ethane, propane, butane, and C5+ through processes such as gas inlet receiving, dehydration & mercury removal, NGL recovery, and NGL fractionation, the demand for gas separation membranes is projected to rise with the growing global natural gas consumption. As per projections, gas demand worldwide is set to grow by nearly 140 billion cubic meters (bcm) in total between 2021 and 2025.
  • Expansion of the Pharmaceutical Industry – The increasing need for the development of new cost-effective and energy-efficient methods for separation processes involved in active ingredient manufacturing is expected to drive market growth shortly, along with the growth of pharma companies.  


  • High Cost & Low Efficiency - The stringent regulatory policies are responsible for the surging cost involved in the production process of metallic membranes which makes them less preferable compared to polymeric membranes. Furthermore, the increasing competition for this technology with more efficient amine absorption technology and pressure swing adsorption technology is growing intense, hampering the market growth.
  • Restrictive Policies Regarding the Plasticization of Polymeric Membranes
  • Lack of Technological Advances

Gas Separation Membranes Segmentation

Application (Nitrogen Generation & Oxygen Enrichment, Carbon Dioxide Removal, Hydrogen Recovery)

The carbon dioxide removal segment is estimated to gain the largest market share of about 45% by 2035. Governments around the world are attempting to implement stringent regulatory frameworks to reduce the global carbon footprint by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from industries, which is positively influencing segment growth. It was found that since 2000, global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industries and fossil fuels exhibited notable growth and reached about 36.5 billion metric tons of CO2 in 2019.

Additionally, the hydrogen recovery segment is slated to generate the highest revenue through 2035 owing to the augmenting demand for hydrogen globally that can be fulfilled by the recovery & separation of hydrogen from various gaseous mixtures including nitrogen, CO, or hydrocarbons.

Material Type (Polyimide & Polyamide, Polysulfone, Cellulose Acetate)

The polyimide & polyamide segment will dominate the gas separation membranes market with a significant growth rate during 2035. The segment growth is backed by the elevating number of desalinating projects globally with the rising shortage of potable water. It was found that in the United States, on average there runs 50 to 75 important desalination projects per year. Most of which have an average capacity of nearly 1 million gals per day. The demand for polyamide (PA) membranes in desalination industries for selective water permeation and salt rejection, and for reverse osmotic (RO) desalination of seawater to produce drinking water is majorly expected to boost segment growth.

Furthermore, the flourishing demand for these products for acidic gas removal, heavy hydrocarbon recovery, water dehydration as well as oxygen and helium separation is further anticipated to boost the segment growth.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

          Material Type

  • Polyimide & Polyamide
  • Polysulfone
  • Cellulose Acetate


  • Nitrogen Generation & Oxygen Enrichment
  • Carbon Dioxide Removal
  • Hydrogen Recovery

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Gas Separation Membranes Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

The gas separation membranes market in Asia Pacific is expected to garner the largest share of 40% by the end of 2035, backed by the flourishing pharmaceutical industry and the existence of a giant base of various chemical industries in the region specifically in countries such as India and China. The Asian region’s revenue from the chemical sector was found to reach around 59% of the total global chemical industry's revenue in 2019. Furthermore, the rising need for low-energy and environmentally friendly technologies to curb the escalating pollution in the Asia Pacific region is bolstering the demand for gas separation membranes in the region.

European Market Statistics

The Europe gas separation membranes market is estimated to be the second largest, registering a share of about 28% by the end of 2035. The rising industrialization together with the massive imposition of government regulation to reduce carbon emissions & other GHG emissions under the European climate law is predicted to propel the market expansion. For instance, as per the European climate law, European Union countries are bound to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. Hence, with the rising employment of various carbon dioxide as well as other greenhouse gas removal and separation technologies in the region.

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Companies Dominating the Gas Separation Membranes Landscape

    • Honeywell International Inc.
      • Company Overview
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      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
    • Membrane Technology and Research Inc.
    • Generon IGS, Inc.
    • Air Liquide S.A.
    • DIC Corp.
    • Ube Industries Ltd.
    • Fujifilm Holdings Corp.
    • Lair Liquide SA
    • Schlumberger Ltd.


In The News

  • Air Products and Chemicals Inc., an American international corporation announced its plan to build a largescale gas separation unit that will produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon.
  • Honeywell International Inc., an American publicly traded, multinational conglomerate corporation acquired Ortloff Engineers, Ltd., a leading developer of specialized technologies for sulfur recovery and natural gas processing.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 3643
  • Published Date: Apr 04, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the gas separation membranes market?

Ans: The advancements in gas separation technologies and the growing use of membrane gas separation processes in several end-use industries are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

2) What would be the CAGR of the gas separation membranes market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market size of gas separation membranes is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) Who are the major players dominating the gas separation membranes market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Membrane Technology and Research Inc., Generon IGS, Inc., and Air Liquide S.A.

4) Which segment captures the largest market size in the application segment in the gas separation membranes market?

Ans: The carbon dioxide removal segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

5) Which region will provide more business opportunities for the growth of the gas separation membranes market in the future?

Ans: The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

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