The Global Membrane Air Dryers Market size is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2030, rising at a market growth of 8.2% CAGR during the forecast period. In the year 2022, the market attained a volume of 916.3 thousand Units experiencing a growth of 7.9% (2019-2022).
Membrane air dryers maintain the dryness of compressed air, ensuring the precision and performance of sensitive instrumentation. Many electronics and semiconductor manufacturing facilities operate in cleanroom environments to prevent contamination during production. Therefore, Electronics/Semiconductor segment generated $139.1 million revenue in the market in 2022. Compressed air used in cleanrooms must meet strict cleanliness standards. Membrane air dryers help achieve the required air quality, supporting the operation of cleanroom facilities in the electronics industry. Thus, the demand for membrane air dryers will remain robust as the electronics industry grows. Some of the factors impacting the market are rising awareness of water-sensitive applications, awareness of environmental sustainability and complexity of installation and maintenance.
The electronics industry is highly sensitive to moisture, as it can lead to malfunctions and damage to electronic components. Moisture can cause corrosion, affect the performance of circuits, and compromise the quality of electronic devices. Membrane air dryers are widely adopted in electronics manufacturing to provide dry and contaminant-free compressed air, providing the reliability and longevity of electronic components. In applications such as packaging, bottling, and conveying, where compressed air is used, membrane air dryers help prevent moisture-related issues, such as the formation of water droplets on packaging materials. This ensures the hygiene and integrity of food and beverage products. Additionally, Companies are increasingly integrating environmental sustainability into their corporate social responsibility initiatives. By adopting technologies like membrane air dryers that contribute to energy savings and reduced environmental impact, businesses can enhance their CSR profile and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices. The economic benefits of using sustainable technologies contribute to the positive impact on the market. As a result, the market has witnessed growth as industries prioritize adopting technologies that contribute to the overall quality and reliability of their processes and products and due to these factors, the market will grow significantly in the coming years.
However, the complexity of membrane air dryer installations increases the risk of improper setup. If not installed correctly, the dryer may not perform optimally, leading to reduced efficiency and potential damage to the system. Users may be reluctant to invest in technologies that pose a risk of improper installation. Regular supervision is crucial for the optimal performance of membrane air dryers. The complexity of the maintenance procedures, including tasks such as membrane replacement and system checks, demands personnel with specific expertise. Businesses may be reluctant to invest in technologies requiring high maintenance expertise. Due to the above factors, market growth will be hampered in the coming years.
Product Outlook
On the basis of product, the market is segmented into porous and non-porous. The non-porous segment acquired a substantial revenue share in the market in 2022. Non-porous membrane air dryers typically feature a compact and lightweight design. This makes them suitable for installations where space is limited, providing flexibility in deployment across various industrial settings. The simplicity of the design and the absence of complex components contribute to low maintenance requirements. Non-porous membrane air dryers often have fewer parts subject to wear and tear, reducing downtime and maintenance costs. Non-porous membrane air dryers are recognized for their reliable performance. The absence of microscopic pores in the membrane structure can make these dryers less sensitive to variations in operating conditions, contributing to consistent and uninterrupted air quality.
Application Outlook
Based on application, the market is fragmented into food & beverage, medical, industrial, telecommunication, and others. In 2022, the industrial segment held the highest revenue share in the market. The growing industrial automation trend is playing a significant role in driving the demand for membrane air dryers. The need for reliable and contaminant-free compressed air has become critical with the increasing use of automated systems and machinery in industries. Membrane air dryers offer consistent performance and help maintain the integrity of automated processes, ensuring smooth operations and minimizing downtime. Membrane air dryers find diverse applications in industrial settings where compressed air quality is critical to the performance, reliability, and safety of processes and equipment across a wide range of sectors. Their ability to remove moisture and contaminants makes them indispensable in ensuring the integrity of industrial operations and the quality of end products.
Industrial Outlook
Under industrial type, the market is further classified into pneumatic equipment, electronics/semiconductor, feed gas preparation, and others. In 2022, the electronics/semiconductor segment held the highest revenue share in the market. Electronics enable precise control and monitoring of membrane air dryer systems. Sophisticated sensors, controllers, and microprocessors allow for real-time adjustments and fine-tuning parameters such as pressure, temperature, and dew point. Semiconductor technology enables the integration of remote monitoring and diagnostics capabilities. Through electronic communication protocols and connectivity options, operators can remotely monitor the status of membrane air dryers, receive real-time performance data, and diagnose issues. This capability enhances maintenance efficiency and reduces downtime.
Medical Outlook
Under medical type, the market is further divided into dental, breathing equipment, and MIT (Minimally Invasive treatment). In 2022, the dental segment registered the highest revenue share in the market. Dental air compressors provide the compressed air needed for dental handpieces, air-driven tools, and other equipment in dental practices. Membrane air dryers are often integrated into dental air compressor systems to remove moisture and contaminants, ensuring a consistent and high-quality compressed air supply. Dental laboratories utilize compressed air for various applications, including CAD/CAM systems, polishing equipment, and laboratory handpieces. Membrane air dryers help maintain the quality of compressed air in dental laboratories, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of laboratory processes.
Regional Outlook
Region-wise, the market is analysed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEA. In 2022, the North America region generated the highest revenue share in the market. The demand for telecommunications, medical, and food & beverages continues to rise. In North America, standards and regulations governing the food processing industry will positively affect the regional market during the projection time. As an illustration, the development of practices by 3-A Sanitary Standards, in conjunction with the U.S. Public Health Service, aimed to establish criteria for filtration systems utilized in compressed air that comes into contact with culinary vapor and dairy products.
The market research report covers the analysis of key stake holders of the market. Key companies profiled in the report include Atlas Copco AB, Ingersroll Rand, Inc, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Pentair PLC, Donaldson Company, Inc., Sullair, LLC (Hitachi Group), Mikropor Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret A.?., SMC Corporation, Kaeser Kompressoren SE, and Graco, Inc. (Newell Brands Inc.).
Strategies Deployed in Membrane Air Dryers Market
May-2023: Atlas Copco AB acquired Maziak Compressor Services Ltd., a UK distributor of air compressors, nitrogen generators, and process cooling equipment. This acquisition aimed to enhance Atlas Copco AB’s presence in the East of England and East Midlands of the UK and provide growth opportunities.
Oct-2022: Parker Hannifin’s Engine Mobile Filtration EMEA Division came into partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems. Following this partnership, both companies would aim to develop and test the latest proprietary hollow fibre membrane technology created for fuel cell humidification applications.
Jul-2022: Atlas Copco AB took over Glaston Compressor Services Ltd. (Glaston), a compressed air distributor and service provider based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. This acquisition aimed to enhance Atlas Copco AB’s presence in the North West of England.
Jun-2022: Donaldson India Filtration Systems Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Donaldson Company, Inc., expanded its geographical footprint by opening a new facility in Pune, India. The new industrial air filtration products would help manufacturers enhance efficiency, decrease operating costs and deliver a cleaner workspace for employees.
Dec-2021: Sullair took over Compressor-Pump & Service (CPS), it’s Salt Lake City-based distributor and a company specialized in the sales and service of compressors, blowers, pumps, vacuum pumps, and related equipment. Following the acquisition, the company aimed to offer CPS customers excellent and uninterrupted support from Sullair, from the names and personnel to which its customers are used to.
Jun-2021: Atlas Copco took over the operating assets of Compressed Air Systems, a distributor of compressors located in North Carolina in the US. This acquisition would help the company to reach its objective of getting closer to customers in high-potential areas like North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
May-2021: The Industrial Gas Filtration and Generation branch of Parker Hannifin Corporation rolled out its new Parker PPD Series Portable Desiccant Compressed Air Dryers and ROVR Oil Vapor Removal System. The new systems are developed to offer technically oil-free compressed air for the rental industry.
Nov-2020: Parker Hannifin Corporation launched PSE (Polestar Smart-E) and SPS (Starlette Plus-E), the two new refrigeration dryer series. This launch aimed to bring its full range of low-pressure refrigeration dryers up to date, using the new low GWP (global warming potential) refrigerant gas R513A.
Scope of the Study
Market Segments covered in the Report:
By Product (Volume, Thousand Units, USD Billion, 2019-2030)

    • Non-Porous
    • Porous

By Application (Volume, Thousand Units, USD Billion, 2019-2030)

  • • Industrial

o Electronics/Semiconductor
o Pneumatic Equipment
o Feed Gas Preparation
o Others

  • • Food & Beverage
    • Telecommunication
    • Medical

o Dental
o Breathing Equipment
o MIT(Minimally Invasive treatment)

  • • Others

By Geography (Volume, Thousand Units, USD Billion, 2019-2030)

  • • North America

o US
o Canada
o Mexico
o Rest of North America

  • • Europe

o Germany
o UK
o France
o Russia
o Spain
o Italy
o Rest of Europe

  • • Asia Pacific

o China
o Japan
o India
o South Korea
o Singapore
o Malaysia
o Rest of Asia Pacific

  • • LAMEA

o Brazil
o Argentina
o Saudi Arabia
o South Africa
o Nigeria
o Rest of LAMEA
Companies Profiled

  • • Atlas Copco AB
    • Ingersroll Rand, Inc
    • Parker Hannifin Corporation
    • Pentair PLC
    • Donaldson Company, Inc.
    • Sullair, LLC (Hitachi Group)
    • Mikropor Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret A.?.
    • SMC Corporation
    • Kaeser Kompressoren SE
    • Graco, Inc. (Newell Brands Inc.)

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