Wastewater Treatment and Recovery Systems Market to 2020 - Tightening Wastewater Discharge Regulations to Stimulate the Growth of Membrane Based Syste

12 Jan 2011 • by Natalie Aster

GBI Research's new report, “Wastewater Treatment and Recovery Systems Market to 2020 – Tightening Wastewater Discharge Regulations to Stimulate the Growth of Membrane Based Systems" provides key information and analysis on the market opportunities in the global wastewater treatment and recovery systems market. The report provides the latest information on the global wastewater treatment and recovery systems market’s revenues, with a detailed assessment of the forces influencing the market. It also covers market analysis and forecasts for key geographies for the wastewater treatment and recovery systems market. Key topics include investment scenarios, key companies’ information, technology analysis and regulatory frameworks.

This report is built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research and in-house analysis by GBI Research's team of industry experts.

Stringent Regulations on Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Discharge will Continue to Drive the Growth of Wastewater Treatment and Recovery Systems

Stringent legislation on effluent discharge will continue to boost the demand for wastewater treatment and recovery technologies, such as membrane-based systems, activated carbon, and media filtration, among others. Acting as a primary driver, legislative directives have revitalized the wastewater treatment and recovery equipment market and enhanced the growth prospects for secondary and tertiary recycling. The aim is to promote water conservation by treating and reusing wastewater. These legislative directives have placed enormous pressure on industries to clean up their wastewater. The local water regulations are keen to adopt international regulations, for example China recently adopted regulatory systems from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) practices. International regulations are expected to replace local and national regulations, thereby driving growth in the adoption of wastewater treatment and recovery technologies. International regulations are expected to supersede some of the local and national regulations — driving growth and introduction of new products in the industry. This trend is likely to favor global conglomerates and drive further consolidation in the industry.

The global wastewater treatment and recovery systems market was worth $3.8 billion in 2005 and grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11% over 2005–2009, to reach $5.8 billion in 2009. The global wastewater treatment and recovery systems market was estimated to be $6.5 billion in 2010. The global wastewater treatment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.3% to reach $29.4 billion in 2020. Stringent discharge limits, increasing water scarcity, growing population, and increased environmental awareness among different sections of the society are playing a significant role in the promotion of wastewater treatment and recovery technologies across the globe. The growing pressure on finite and fragile water resources creates the need for wastewater treatment. Rapid increases in population and economic development will lead to an increase in the demand for commodities such as food, housing and basic sanitation infrastructure. Strict government regulations and legislations on wastewater discharge for the industrial and municipal sectors drives the need for wastewater treatment and recovery systems. Municipal bodies are left with no other option than to treat the wastewater for sanitation facilities. Environmental awareness by governments and various private players has also resulted in rapid growth in the adoption of wastewater treatment and recovery technologies.

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) wastewater treatment and recovery systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.7% during the forecast period 2010–2020 to reach $11.1 billion in 2020. Asia-Pacific’s share of wastewater treatment sales will grow from 29.5% in 2009 to 37.8% in 2020. Developing nations such as China and India are playing a crucial role in the demand for wastewater treatment and recovery systems. In the activated carbon market, China is the largest producer, along with the US. The trend of shifting business units to APAC countries due to cheap infrastructure and labor and raw material availability is going to lift the wastewater treatment and recovery systems market in the APAC region. Industry experts expect India to be the next emerging market for wastewater treatment and recovery systems. By 2011, the growth in India will be either more than or on a par with the growth of China, in terms of activated carbon production. Advanced wastewater treatment and recovery systems such as membrane systems are also expected to have significant manufacturers based out of the APAC region in the future.

Membrane systems, one of the increasingly popular wastewater treatment and recovery technologies, witnessed a CAGR of 11.5% during 2005–2009. The total market size for membrane systems for wastewater treatment and recovery was estimated at about $5.4 billion in 2009. Increased legislative enforcement on industries and municipalities will continue to drive the market for these systems. During the period 2010–2020, membrane technology is expected to be one of the emerging wastewater treatment and recovery systems markets. The ability to generate high quality water and combine the two stages of filtration and biological treatment into a single process will drive this market. GBI Research estimates the wastewater treatment and recovery membrane system market will grow at a CAGR of 16.6% and reach $28.3 billion in 2020. Membrane technologies including reverse osmosis, nano-filtration, micro-filtration and ultra-filtration are among some of the most coveted technologies in the wastewater treatment and recovery industry. Increasing volume production and technological improvements have reduced the capital and operating costs of membrane systems to the point that membrane treatment is now seen as a viable alternative in many wastewater treatment and recovery applications. Declining costs are stimulating the membrane wastewater treatment growth in the municipal sector.