Demand for membranes in South Africa is set to increase, with the market tripling by 2014, according to a new report by Frost and Sullivan. According to the South African Membrane Market, the market earned revenues of US$37.5M in 2007 and estimates this to more than triple by 2014 to reach US$143.9M.

This growth will come about as a result of stringent effluent discharge policies and water supply pressures, the report suggests.

“Increasingly industrial end users are using membrane technology to manage their wastewater streams,” said Frost & Sullivan programme manager David Winter. “Both the capital and operating costs of membrane plants have decreased significantly in the last two decades.”

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