NEW YORK, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Analysis of the Global RO and UF Membranes Market http://www.reportlinker.com/p01042176/Analysis-of-the-Global-RO-and-UF-Membranes-Market .html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Water_distribution_and_treatment This research service analyzes the global market for reverse osmosis (RO) and ultrafiltration (UF) membranes in water treatment. Key market drivers and restraints are included. Also, market metrics, such as unit shipment and revenue forecasts have been provided for the forecast period (2011 to 2018). The study also covers the important competitive factors in the market and provides market share analysis by company. The study is segmented by membrane type (RO and UF) and by the materials that comprise them (polymers). Regional analyses provide information specific to North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Executive Summary •The global market for ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes offers plenty of opportunities for growth in water treatment. •The dwindling natural sources of freshwater and the rising population have created a need for efficient water-purification systems to ensure an adequate supply of clean drinking water. •Also, as populous countries, such as China and India, are increasingly involved in industrial activities, the need for water in this sector is on the rise too. •Therefore, to ensure an adequate supply of water for both municipal and industrial sectors, many governments are actively involved in setting up water-treatment facilities. As part of their water management strategy, these treatment facilities are increasingly employing membrane technologies to improve the output efficiency. •As a result, membranes, which have been used in primary water-treatment methods, are now being used in secondary and tertiary treatments, too. This practice is set to increase the use of UF and RO membranes globally. •The market will grow because of the increase in projects in the municipal sectors of developing economies.•Desalination is another growth area and is expected to drive the overall expansion of the market. RO membranes, which have greater presence in the water-treatment industry, are poised to gain growth opportunities from the rapid expansion of desalination projects.•The UF membranes market is expected to grow at a greater rate than the RO membranes market.oMarket growth is projected due to increased use in the industrial sector, which currently has a low penetration rate.oAlso, the growing use of UF membranes as a pretreatment method for RO membranes will encourage market expansion.•The total value of global RO and UF membranes for water treatment was estimated to be $ billion in 2011, and this is expected to reach $ billion in 2018.•The total market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of percent during the period 2011-2018.