Industrial Filters Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2030

Industrial Filters Market Research Report Information By Type (Liquid Filter Media {Nonwoven Fabrics, Mesh, Woven Fabrics}; Air Filter Media, {Nonwoven Fabrics, Fiberglass, Activated Carbon, Others}), By End-user (Food and Beverage, Chemical, Power Generation, Metal and Mining, Pharmaceutical, Others) and By Region - Global Forecast to 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/6352-CR | 128 Pages | Author: Priya Nagrale | February 2024         

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Global Industrial Filters Market Overview

Global Industrial Filters Market Size was valued at USD 3.41 billion in 2022. The Industrial Filters industry is projected to grow from USD 3.64 billion in 2023 to USD 5.63 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.44% during the forecast period 2023 - 2030.

Industrial filters are used to separate particles and fluid in a suspension, where the fluid can be liquid or a gas. Filters are made up of different materials, such as woven fabrics, non-woven fabrics, activated carbon, fiberglass, and mesh, depending on the particle size and type of filtration needed. It is widely used in wastewater management systems in industries. Industrial filters are used on a large scale in industries that include food and beverage, chemicals, pharmaceutical, power generation, textiles, paper and pulp, mining, etc.

The prominent factor driving the growth of the global industrial filters market is the increasing demand for industrial filters from diverse end-use industries such as food and beverage, chemicals, and power generation. Furthermore, the optimistic growth of these industries in emerging countries of Asia-Pacific is likely to propel the growth of the market in the foreseeable future. However, the rising penetration of renewable energy sources is likely to hamper the growth of the market. Furthermore, the rising manufacturing sector in South Asian countries is likely to create lucrative opportunities for market growth. The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in the shutting of factories and businesses, canceled air transport routes, and lockdowns and has negatively impacted the industry. However, with the lift of lockdown measures and trade restrictions, the demand is expected to gain pace and drive market growth.

Industrial Filters Market Overview

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Industrial Filters Market Trends


Industrial wastewater is effluent that results from raw-material processing and manufacturing from industrial and agro-industrial manufacturing plants. These wastewater streams arise from cooling, heating, extraction, reaction by-products, separation, conveyance, and quality control resulting in product rejection. Water pollution occurs when potential pollutants in these streams reach certain amounts, causing undesired alterations to a receiving waterbody. Industrial wastewater includes effluent from chemical, pharmaceutical, electrochemical, electronics, petrochemical, and food processing industries. Agro-industrial wastewater includes those arising from industrial-scale animal farming, slaughterhouses, fisheries, and seed oil processing, amongst others. Agro-industrial wastewater can be very strong in terms of pollutant concentrations and hence can contribute significantly to the overall pollution load imposed on the environment. This necessitates the need for treating the effluent water because, if not treated, the contaminated water may cause gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, nausea, dehydration, and even death.

Industrial filters are used to reduce total dissolved solids, heavy metals, organic pollutants, viruses, and bacteria and synthetic organic chemicals in the wastewater generated by the industrial sector. There are various types of industrial filters available that are widely used by industries worldwide. One of the major reasons for the use of industrial filters is stringent government regulation on the disposal of wastewater. For instance, the Clean Water Act established by the US Environmental protection Agency has set NPDES, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program for setting waste discharge limits from industrial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Additionally, the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive established by the European Union has set norms for the discharge of urban waste from industrial sectors and municipalities. Therefore, the imposition of stringent government regulation on wastewater disposal has led to an increase in the demand for industrial filters globally. Additionally, the need for zero discharge of industrial water has led to the adoption of industrial filters to enable plants to reuse and recycle water by numerous end-use industries, including oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and printing, among others.

Moreover, the global chemicals and petrochemicals industry is experiencing exponential growth over the decades. This is due to an increase in the demand from the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. This rapid growth is likely to increase the demand for industrial filters and shape the volume demand in the market. Moreover, manufacturers are investing heavily in research & development, which leads to innovation in industrial filters. They are mainly focused on developing energy-efficient filtration systems, reducing resistance to flow, and enhancing the performance of the filtration.     

Thus, high demand for wastewater treatment, and consequently industrial filters, in diverse industries is expected to drive the growth of the global industrial filters market during the forecast period.

Industrial Filters Market Segment Insights

Industrial Filters by Type Insights

By type, the global industrial filters market is divided into liquid filter media and air filter media. Among these, the liquid industrial filters segment held the larger market share. The high amount of spending on wastewater treatment plants and the need for clean water drives the demand. Moreover, the demand for zero charge and zero emission and adoption of advanced water equipment is expected to promote the demand for industrial filters over the forecast period. 

Liquid filtration involves the removal of contaminant particles in a fluid system. The grade of filter chosen for a specific application is usually determined by the size of the particle to be removed. Contaminant particles are measured using the "micron" unit of measurement. Liquid filtration equipment includes bag filter housings, multi-cartridge vessels, sanitary systems, baskets & strainers, ceramic filters, and membrane filters. These liquid filtration systems can be delivered in different materials such as plastic, polypropylene, (coated) carbon steel, and stainless steel can be polished for specific applications such as food and beverage, chemical, refining, offshore, oilfield, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, metalworking, textile mills, shipbuilders, microelectronics, and water treatment industries.

Filter cartridges and filter bags can be offered in absolute and nominal micron rating ranges in materials or media such as nylon, polypropylene, polyester, stainless steel, Teflon, cotton, micro glass fiber and cellulose in pleated polypropylene, resin bonded, melt blown, and string wound versions or with activated carbon media. With strict government regulations to filter the discharges of pollutants into the water bodies, investment in the wastewater treatment plant is expected to drive the growth of the liquid filter media industrial filtration market.

Industrial Filters by End-user Insights

Based on end-use industry, the global industrial filters market is segmented into food & beverage, chemical, metal & mining, pharmaceuticals, power generation, and others. Among these, the food & beverage industry accounted for the largest market share due high demand is attributed to increasing demand of processed foods and consumables by the large populace is likely to drive the demand in the global industrial filtration market. Industrial filters are widely used in the food & beverage industry to produce various food products such as dairy products, cooked chilled food, cooled meats, fresh prepared foods, bakery products, and confectionery.

Consumers' interest in food safety and quality is growing across the world. Filtration keeps foods fresher, prolongs a snack's shelf life, keeps beverages from spoiling too soon, and helps vegetables and fruits taste and smell more palatable. Submicron rated filters are often used to remove spoilage organisms. Even extending shelf life by three days can provide enormous economic value to the food manufacturers, the distribution channel, and the consumer.

Industrial Filters Regional Insights

The global industrial filters market has been studied for five key regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. Among these, Asia-Pacific emerged as the leading and fastest-growing segment which is attributed to the rapid industrialization in emerging economies such as India, South Korea, and Thailand. Rising industrial growth in the region results in high demand for industrial filters due to the increasing number of initiatives to minimize harmful emissions. This is exemplified by establishing the Asian Industrial Gases Association for promoting safety and industrial awareness of harmful gases and the implementation of air filters for restricting its flow.

North America emerged as the second-leading regional market owing to the presence of various companies in oil & gas, food & beverages, metal & mining, power generation, and pharmaceutical industries. The expansion of the manufacturing sector and the large consumer base in the region drive the demand for industrial filters in this region.

Industrial Filters Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

The competitive landscape offers an analysis of the key developments by the companies operating in the global market. The market is competitive, with all the players competing to gain significant market share. The global market for industrial filters is projected to register healthy growth during the assessment period. The key players are engaged in the manufacturing of industrial filters and are investing in R&D activities to gain an edge over competitors.

Valmet Corporation, Sefar AG, Lydall AG, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, 3M, Clear Edge Filtration Inc., Freudenberg, Fibertex Nonwovens, Nordic Air Filtration, Sandler AG, and Johns Manville are the prominent players operating in the global industrial filters market. These players account for a significant share of the global market owing to their large production capabilities, global revenue base, large production capacities, and global distribution network.

VALMET CORPORATION: Valmet Corporation (Valmet) is a global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries. In December 2013, Valmet was reborn with the demerger of the paper, pulp, and power businesses from the Mesto Corporation. The company serves various industries, including board and paper, pulp, tissue, automation, energy, filtration, chemical, food and biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, marine, oil and gas, wastewater, petrochemicals, and others. The company has a global presence across Europe, North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

SEFAR AG: Sefar AG (Sefar) is a manufacturer of precision fabrics, filter components and products for separation/filtration, high precision screen printing fabrics, functional fabrics with integrated conductive components. The company serves various end-use industries, including electronics, medical, graphics, automotive, food and pharmaceutical, aerospace, architecture, mining, and refining. The company has fabrication centers and subsidiaries in 26 countries and has weaving plants across Switzerland, Romania, and Thailand. Sefar also serves filtration products through its subsidiaries.

Key Companies in the Industrial Filters Market includes.

  • Valmet Corporation (Finland)

  • Sefar AG (Switzerland)

  • Lydall AG (US)

  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö (Finland)

  • 3M (US)

  • Clear Edge Filtration Inc. (Germany)

  • Freudenberg (Germany)

  • Fibertex Nonwovens (Denmark)

  • Nordic Air Filtration (Denmark)

  • Sandler AG (Germany)

  • Johns Manville Ashland (US)

Industrial Filters Industry Developments

October 2020: Valmet announced an investment in a filter fabric manufacturing plant in India to meet the growing demand from customers and improve delivery times of filter fabrics to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East areas.

January 2020: Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced the expansion of a manufacturing platform for high-performance filtration and energy storage applications at the Malmedy Plant, Belgium. The plant consists a significant expansion of its micro-glass capacity and further growth in industrial filtration capacity in Italy.

September 2019: Ahlstrom-Munksjö launched a range of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Extia for Air Pollution Control applications. The range will extend filtration lifetime by more than 40%, helping customers to extend the operational duration before needing to change the filters.

Industrial Filters Market Segmentation

Industrial Filters Type Outlook

  • Liquid Filter Media

    • Nonwoven Fabrics

    • Mesh

    • Woven Fabrics

  • Air Filter Media

    • Nonwoven Fabrics

    • Fiberglass

    • Activated Carbon

    • Others

Industrial Filters End-user Outlook

  • Food and Beverage

  • Chemical

  • Power Generation

  • Metal and Mining

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Others

Industrial Filters Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Russia

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia & New Zealand

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Middle East & Africa

    • GCC

    • Turkey

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 3.41 billion
Market Size 2023 USD 3.64 billion
Market Size 2030 USD 5.63 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 6.44% (2023-2030)
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2019 - 2021
Forecast Units Value (USD Billion), Volume (Kilo Tons)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, End-user and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Latin America
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, Australia & New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, GCC, South Africa, Turkey and others.
Key Companies Profiled Valmet Corporation, Sefar AG, Lydall AG, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, 3M, Clear Edge Filtration Inc., Freudenberg, Fibertex Nonwovens, Nordic Air Filtration, Sandler AG, and Johns Manville
Key Market Opportunities ·       Growing manufacturing industry in South Asian countries
Key Market Dynamics ·       High demand for industrial filters in water treatment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Valmet Corporation, Sefar AG, Lydall AG, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, 3M, Clear Edge Filtration Inc., Freudenberg, Fibertex Nonwovens, Nordic Air Filtration, Sandler AG, and Johns Manville.

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