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Global Membrane Bioreactor Market Set to Rebound

MBR marketStringent water discharge limits, especially in sensitive waterways, are driving a rebound in the global membrane bioreactor market, according to a report by Bluefield Research.

The report, “Global Membrane Bioreactor Market: An Emerging Competitive Landscape,” says that general water and wastewater markets have been set back by the global economy, but the membrane bioreactor market is regaining momentum with more than 1.6 million cubic meters per day of large-scale MBR capacity in planning.

US and Chinese suppliers including GE Water, Beijing Origin Water, Koch Membrane Systems, Beijing E&E and Tianjin Motimo have supplied more than 74 percent of the large-scale MBR capacity systems worldwide, the report says. Large-scale systems are those with a capacity greater than or equal to 30,000 million cubic meters per day.

US and Chinese suppliers are poised to win the lion’s share of future contracts, the report says.

GE Water is the market leader in large-scale MBR systems with nearly 47 percent global market share. While the company has strong supply ties in the US, UAE, South Korea, Australia and France, it’s supplied a small 61,000 m3/d to the booming Chinese market, the report says.

China is the world’s largest MBR wastewater market, which was initially spurred by the 2008 Olympics build-out and continued urbanization, with more than 1.4 million m3/d installed to date and 730,000 m3/d of additional capacity in the planning stages.

Chinese suppliers such as Beijing Origin Water have emerged as a primary threat to GE Water’s global MBR dominance.

The $600 billion water industry boasts a sizable number of profitable large companies, according to report released in January by Lux Research. The report, “Making Money in the Water Industry” says new entrants are bringing emerging technologies that will disrupt the industry and create new opportunities.

The report found two areas dominate innovative company activity. A quarter of the startups focus on monitoring, forecast and control, an area that includes advanced sensors and process control. Nearly another quarter focuses on basic wastewater treatment.

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