Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market Size & Share, by Type (Thin-Film Composite, Cellulose-Based Membranes); Application (Desalination, Utility Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment & Reuse, Process Water) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Aug 11, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Reverse Osmosis Membrane Market size is poised to reach USD 11 billion by the end of 2035, witnessing around 11% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of reverse osmosis membrane was approximately USD 4 billion. The major factor driving the market growth is the growth in disease spread through water. According to the World Health Organization, around the world, at least 2 billion people consume water that has been tainted with excrement. Also, as a result of unhygienic drinking water, poor sanitation, and poor hand hygiene, it is estimated that 829 000 people every year pass away from diarrhea.

Water may contain naturally dangerous components such as bacteria, viruses, compounds, and heavy metals, which can have a substantial detrimental impact on one's health. Water-borne infections caused by these contaminants include typhoid, cholera, and diarrhoea. To avoid these ailments, one must guarantee that the water they drink is absolutely safe and pure. As a result, the use of reverse osmosis membranes is increasing.

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Reverse Osmosis Membrane Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers:

  • Growing Application of Reverse Osmosis Membrane in Food & Beverage Industry: The food and beverage business is heavily regulated, which leads to excessive water use in this area. In addition to being a component of numerous foods and beverages, it also contributes to food hygiene. By washing meat and poultry before consumption, water is frequently utilized to keep dangerous microorganisms at bay. Hence, water must be purified to prevent toxins from being added to food or beverages. Therefore, they are extensively using reverse osmosis membranes.
  • Rise in Need for Water by Fishing Industry
  • The finishing sector needs a greater quantity of water than most others. A ton of fish requires more than 7 tons of water, but prawn production requires up to ten times more. The responsibility of facilities is to guarantee that the goods they produce adhere to the highest standards and are completely consistent with all prior colors. As a result, the reverse osmosis membrane is used to purify the water.
  • Surge in the Use of Reverse Osmosis in Industrial Boilers : Hard water is thought to be particularly problematic for industrial boilers. Several problems might arise when this water is heated to a high temperature, which may affect the boiler's effectiveness and quality. Scaling and thermal transfer inadequacies, as well as increased downtime for cleaning, are among the issues. As a result, industrial facilities tend to employ a reverse osmosis membrane to cleanse the water before adding it to a boiler.


  • Fouling & Scaling of Membrane
  • High Cost of Reverse Osmosis Membrane - Compared to other technologies, acquiring a reverse osmosis system for a commercial or sizable domestic space is quite expensive. In order to meet the demands of filtering and distributing a huge volume of water from numerous points of use, notably for restaurants, hotels, and breweries, these commercial systems should be significantly greater in capacity. Additionally, certain under-sink installations need professionals, which raises the difficulty and cost of the installation.
  • Marine Organism Impingement 

Reverse Osmosis Membrane Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 4 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 11 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)
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Reverse Osmosis Membrane Segmentation

Application (Utility Water Treatment, Desalination, Wastewater Treatment & Reuse, Process Water)

The wastewater treatment & reuse segment in the RO membrane market is anticipated to grow at the highest share of about 51% over the forecast period. The segment is projected to grow as a consequence of improving rules imposed by governments throughout the world that require wastewater treatment in addition to a growing water crisis. Additionally, it is projected that the segment's growth is expected to be aided by the rising need for potable water in both developed and developing countries around the world.

Type (Thin-Film Composite, Cellulose-Based Membranes)

Reverse osmosis membrane market from the thin-film composite segment is poised to generate a share of about 60% over the forecast period. It is predicted that the segment would have favorable development prospects due to the increasing demand for desalination as a result of the growing population and rapid industrial growth. The global demand for these thin-film composite reverse osmosis membranes is also expected to be driven by the properties of these membranes, including strong rejection for pollutants, high filtration rate, and superior chemical & mechanical stability.

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



  • Thin-Film Composite
  • Cellulose-Based Membranes




  • Desalination
  • Utility Water Treatment
  • Wastewater Treatment & Reuse
  • Process Water

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RO Membrane Market - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The reverse osmosis membrane market in North America is projected to garner a revenue of approximately USD 3 billion by the end of 2035, backed by growing needs from end-user sectors including healthcare, and food & beverages. Furthermore, significant firms have begun investing in R&D to provide creative and economical reverse osmosis membrane solutions as a result of the expanding competitiveness and the number of local players.

APAC Market Analysis

The Asia Pacific reverse osmosis membrane market is anticipated to have significant growth over the forecast period. This growth of the market could be attributed to the rising urban population in this region which demand clean water. Urbanization stays a major megatrend to watch in the Asia Pacific region. Over 54% of all urban dwellers or 2.2 billion people worldwide, live in Asia.

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Companies Dominating the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Market

    • Alfa Laval
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Axeon Water Technologies
    • Dupont de Nemours, Inc.
    • Ion Exchange (India) Ltd.
    • Hydranautics
    • Hunan KeenSen Technology Co., Ltd.
    • Koch Separation Solutions Company
    • Lenntech B.V.
    • LG Chem
    • Merck & Co., Inc.


In The News

  • As the EU prepares to implement its amended Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive in 2024, Alfa Laval is offering options to satisfy the new standards. The company's most recent installation in Norway will serve as a proof of concept for their membrane technology, enabling compliance with the amended law.
  • IDE Water Technologies has selected DuPont de Nemours' FilmTec membranes for the sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) filtration for the Sorek B desalination project in Israel.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5155
  • Published Date: Aug 11, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are the growing application of reverse osmosis membrane in the food & beverage industry, the rise in the need for water by the fishing industry, and a surge in the use of reverse osmosis membrane in industrial boilers.

The market size of reverse osmosis membrane is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 11% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are Alfa Laval, Axeon Water Technologies, Dupont de Nemours, Inc., Ion Exchange (India) Ltd. and others.

The thin-film composite segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America 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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