South America Membrane Market: Industry Analysis and Forecast (2024-2030) by Technology, End-Use Industry, and Region

  • South America Membrane Market size was valued at US$ 57.29 Million in 2023 and the South America Membrane Market revenue is expected to grow at 7.21% through 2024 to 2030, reaching nearly US$ 93.27 Million.

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South America Membrane Market Overview:

Membranes are thin films that, depending on their size, allow specific chemicals and particles to flow through. They're semi-permeable, to put it another way. For a range of applications, procedures such as MF (microfiltration), UF (ultrafiltration), NF (nanofiltration), and others are used, depending on the size of the substrates to be separated.


Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration were two of the first large-scale applications of these barrier films, and they are still in use in many waters treatment plants throughout the world. These barrier films are made from natural or synthetic polymers, as well as metallic powders, ceramics, and zeolites.


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South America Membrane Market Dynamics:

Need for water purification thanks to water scarcity:


Water scarcity in the Brazil is more than just an environmental issue. The Brazil' daily water use has an impact on its future supply. The water crisis is caused by wasteful flush toilets, uninsulated pipes, and overly large showerheads. This impending reality is already present in the Southwest Brazil.


When local rivers can no longer replenish their resources to meet surging demand, a problem may soon spread across the Brazil. Thus, the high adoption of the rate of membrane technology to convert the wasteful water to usable form is expected to drive the market over the forecast period. Also, an increasing number of home water purifiers based on this technology add significantly to the adoption of this membrane technology.


Continuously rising water pollution:


The burden on water resources in countries like the Brazil, Argentina, and Chile has increased significantly as a result of growing urbanization and industrialization. Increased environmental concerns, particularly in the Brazil, have prompted policymakers to implement stringent industry discharge laws to limit water contamination. Several companies use membrane-based technology to reduce the severity and level of contaminants in their discharge streams to comply with the standards.


Zero-discharge is a relatively new concept, and membranes are key to achieving zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and therefore reducing the industry's environmental impact. Limiting the impact of industrialization as it proceeds is the only way to ensure long-term growth.


Fouling causes frequent membrane replacements:


Membrane fouling is a significant problem that has an adverse impact on its performance. It reduces both efficiency and flow, resulting in higher energy consumption and deterioration of water or stream quality. Chemical cleaning or replacement are the two choices for getting rid of tainted products (both of which come at a high cost). When these costs are factored in, applications and acceptance are restricted to specific industries, limiting the market growth. Membrane fouling is a process in which a solution or particle is deposited on a membrane surface or in membrane pores, causing the membrane to perform poorly.


It is a significant impediment to the general adoption of this technology. Membrane fouling can result in a significant drop in flux and have an impact on the quality of the water generated. Fouling that is severe may demand extensive chemical cleaning or membrane replacement. This raises a treatment plant's operational expenses. Foulants can be colloidal (clays, flocs), biological (bacteria, fungi), organic (oils, polyelectrolytes, humic), or scaling in nature (mineral precipitates).


South America Membrane Market Segment Analysis:

Based on Technology: RO membrane technology is expected to remain dominant. Because of its widespread usage in water and wastewater treatment, RO/FO South America Membrane technology is the most widely adopted. Also, it has a high rate of adoption in industrial applications, ensuring its long-term success in the sector. As South America's water crises worsen, RO technology is expected to grow at the fastest rate.


Detailed analysis of each segment mentioned in the scope table is covered in the SMR’s report.

Key Market Trends:

Reverse Osmosis to dominate the market.


Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a process that uses pressure to demineralize or deionize water. Contaminants are rejected by a RO membrane based on their size and charge. Any contaminant with a molecular weight larger than 200 or anionic charge greater will be filtered. Reverse osmosis can remove particles, 99% or more of dissolved salts (ions), colloids, organics, microorganisms, pyrogens, monovalent and multivalent ions, and monovalent and multivalent ions from the feed water.


Reverse osmosis is the most used method of water purification in both commercial and household settings. Reverse osmosis filters away organic pollutants, metals, and pathogens as well as lowers the salt content in water. Reverse osmosis is also used to filter liquids that include undesired impurities in the water.


South America Membrane Market Regional Insights:

Thanks to the adoption of rigorous environmental rules, Chile is expected to have the highest growth rate among South American countries throughout the forecast period. The country's growing demand for fresh water is a major driving force behind the demand for membrane in water treatment.


Chile is a global leader in the treatment of urban wastewater. There are over 100 water reservoirs throughout the country. Twenty water reservoirs are under development throughout the country as part of the National Plan for Large Reservoirs, and are projected to be finished by 2025. Also, the membrane market in the country is growing thanks to increased demand from industrial water treatment facilities.


The objective of the report is to present a comprehensive analysis of the South America Membrane Market to the stakeholders in the industry. The report provides trends that are most dominant in the South America Membrane Market and how these trends will influence new business investments and market development throughout the forecast period. The report also aids in the comprehension of the South America Membrane Market dynamics and competitive structure of the market by analyzing market leaders, market followers, and regional players.


The qualitative and quantitative data provided in the South America Membrane Market report is to help understand which market segments, regions are expected to grow at higher rates, factors affecting the market, and key opportunity areas, which will drive the industry and market growth through the forecast period. The report also includes the competitive landscape of key players in the industry along with their recent developments in the South America Membrane Market. The report studies factors such as company size, market share, market growth, revenue, production volume, and profits of the key players in the South America Membrane Market.


The report provides Porter's Five Force Model, which helps in designing the business strategies in the market. The report helps in identifying how many rivals are existing, who they are, and how their product quality is in the Market. The report also analyses if the South America Membrane Market is easy for a new player to gain a foothold in the market, do they enter or exit the market regularly if the market is dominated by a few players, etc.


The report also includes a PESTEL Analysis, which aids in the development of company strategies. Political variables help in figuring out how much a government can influence the Market. Economic variables aid in the analysis of economic performance drivers that have an impact on the Market. Understanding the impact of the surrounding environment and the influence of environmental concerns on the South America Membrane Market is aided by legal factors.


South America Membrane Market Scope:

South America Membrane Market Scope

Market Size in 2023

USD 57.29 Mn.

Market Size in 2030

USD 93.27 Mn.

CAGR (2024-2030)


Historic Data


Base Year


Forecast Period


Segment Scope

by Technology

  • Microfiltration (MF)
  • Ultrafiltration (UVF)
  • Nanofiltration (NF)
  • Reverse Osmosis (RO)

by End-Use Industry

  • Municipal
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Chemical
  • Food & Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Power

Country Scope

 Rest of South America



South America Membrane Market Players:

•    Suez
•    Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
•    Kurita Water Industries Ltd.
•    Ecolab
•    Kemira
•    Others 

Frequently Asked Questions

South America Membrane Market revenue is expected to grow at 7.21% from 2024 to 2030.

Chapter 1 Scope of the Report
Chapter 2 Research Methodology

      2.1. Research Process
      2.2. South America Membrane Market: Target Audience
      2.3. South America Membrane Market: Primary Research (As per Client Requirement)
      2.4. South America Membrane Market: Secondary Research
Chapter 3 Executive Summary
Chapter 4 Competitive Landscape

      4.1. Market Share Analysis, By Value, 2023-2030
            4.1.1. South America Market Share Analysis, By Technology, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
         Brazil Market Share Analysis, By Technology, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
         Argentina Market Share Analysis, By Technology, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
         Rest of South America Market Share Analysis, By Technology, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
            4.1.2. South America Market Share Analysis, By End-Use Industry, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
         Brazil Market Share Analysis, By End-Use Industry, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
         Argentina Market Share Analysis, By End-Use Industry, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
         Rest of South America Market Share Analysis, By End-Use Industry, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
      4.2. Stellar Competition matrix
            4.2.1. South America Stellar Competition Matrix
      4.3. Key Players Benchmarking 
            4.3.1. Key Players Benchmarking by Technology, Pricing, Market Share, Investments, Expansion Plans, Physical Presence and Presence in the Market.
      4.4. Mergers and Acquisitions in Industry
            4.4.1. M&A by Region, Value and Strategic Intent
      4.5. Market Dynamics
            4.5.1. Market Drivers
            4.5.2. Market Restraints
            4.5.3. Market Opportunities
            4.5.4. Market Challenges
            4.5.5. PESTLE Analysis
            4.5.6. PORTERS Five Force Analysis
            4.5.7. Value Chain Analysis
Chapter 5 South America Membrane Market Segmentation: By Technology
      5.1. South America Membrane Market, By Technology, Overview/Analysis, 2023-2030
      5.2. South America Membrane Market, By Technology, By Value, Market Share (%), 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
      5.3. South America Membrane Market, By Technology, By Value, - 
            5.3.1. Microfiltration (MF)
            5.3.2. Ultrafiltration (UVF)
            5.3.3. Nanofiltration (NF)
            5.3.4. Reverse Osmosis (RO)
Chapter 6 South America Membrane Market Segmentation: By End-Use Industry
      6.1. South America Membrane Market, By End-Use Industry, Overview/Analysis, 2023-2030
      6.2. South America Membrane Market Size, By End-Use Industry, By Value, Market Share (%), 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
      6.3. South America Membrane Market, By End-Use Industry, By Value, - 
            6.3.1. Municipal
            6.3.2. Pulp & Paper
            6.3.3. Chemical
            6.3.4. Food & Beverage
            6.3.5. Healthcare
            6.3.6. Power
            6.3.7. Other
Chapter 7 South America Membrane Market Size By Country, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
      7.1.1. Brazil
      7.1.2. Argentina
      7.1.3. Rest of South America
Chapter 8 Company Profiles
      8.1. Key Players
            8.1.1. Suez
         Company Overview
         Technology Portfolio
         Financial Overview
         Business Strategy
         Key Developments
            8.1.2. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
            8.1.3. Kurita Water Industries Ltd.
            8.1.4. Ecolab
            8.1.5. Kemira 
      8.2. Key Findings
      8.3. Recommendations

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