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North America Industrial Filtration Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Air & Gas Filtration and Liquid Filtration), By Filter Media (Activated Carbon/Charcoal, Fiberglass, Nonwovens, Metals, Filterpaper, and Combination Filters & Others), By Application (Food & Beverage, Power Generation, Semiconductors & Electronics, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Healthcare, Metals & Mining, Paper & Paints, and Others), and Country Forecast, 2023-2030

Region : North America | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106710



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The North America industrial filtration market size was valued at USD 16.18 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 16.83 billion in 2023 to USD 21.50 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period.

Industrial filtration is a critical separation technique employed by various industries, including metals & mining, chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceuticals, for the removal of contaminant particles from liquid, air, and other gases. The filtration methods are used by industries to protect the product and the equipment from contamination as well as control the work environment. Filtration systems comprise filtration media, which acts as a non-permeable barrier between the fluid flow. The increasing number of stringent pollution control norms is driving the market growth in North America. In addition, the incorporation of industrial filtration systems by several industries is expected to fuel the market growth.


Decline in Industrial Activities Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic Hampered the Market Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic substantially affected the expansion of the North American market. Lockdowns, travel restrictions, and disruptions in the supply chain and transportation of raw materials affected the supply chain of various industries, thereby impacting the revenue generation of the companies. In addition, extended lockdowns across all regions led to production halts in key industries, and thus, the product demand declined. According to the survey by the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) on the impact of COVID-19 on the wastewater treatment industry, around 90% of the companies reported no sales growth and delays in order fulfillment.

However, the demand from the food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries decelerated the impact on the market growth.

North America Industrial Filtration Market Trends

Adoption of Sustainable Filtration Media Coupled with Growing Digitalization of Filtration Products to Offer Lucrative Growth Opportunities

Every industrial filtration system consists of a filtration medium designed using materials such as metals, minerals, plastic polymers, ceramics, paper, and fibers. However, the industrial filtration media consisted of disposable materials for a prolonged period, which posed a threat to the environment by taking a long time to degrade. Thus, the usage of reusable and recyclable filters made up of materials such as walnut shells, activated carbon, and nonwovens has gained popularity in the recent past.

Moreover, technological advancements, digitalization, and industrialization are growing at a rapid pace in the U.S. and Canada. Hence, the digitalization of filters is another opportunity for market growth as it assists in real-time monitoring. The filters installed with sensors record the load status of transfer service-related information and air cleaners to the plant operators, thereby helping in maintaining and determining the optimal time to avoid machine downtime.

The digital filters also eliminate the risk of using filters beyond their operational life. Hence, the adoption of these filters will help manufacturers in monitoring operational performance and collect real-time data.

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North America Industrial Filtration Market Growth Factors

Advances in Healthcare Industry Creating Demand for Sophisticated Industrial Filtration Systems to Propel the Market Growth

Advancements that bring a transformation in the pharmaceuticals & life sciences industry have resulted in the extension of human life expectancy coupled with the provision of a productive and healthy lifestyle. Consequently, sectors including diagnostic and medicine research have increasingly deployed industrial filtration technologies such as ultrafiltration and microfiltration rather than chemical technologies to keep products safe and secure.

The critical process filtration-based products aid in removing bacteria and particles from the water as well as chemicals that are adopted in medical device reprocessing. In addition, the filtration of disinfectants, cleaning solutions, makeup water, and rinse water are adopted in medical devices to re-use and ensure patient safety and meet facility standards.

Moreover, hospitals and medical facilities are subjected to stringent hygiene standards similar to pharmaceutical manufacturing units. The regulations include the incorporation of HVAC systems to reduce the risk of spreading the contamination from one room to another. For medical facilities, these systems are designed to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses by incorporating specialized components such as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove airborne contaminants as small as 0.4 microns.

Thus, the growing healthcare industry in North America due to rising technological advancement as well as infrastructure development coupled with increasing adoption of this type of filtration systems in the advanced technologies is expected to drive the growth of the market.

Rising Popularity of Organic Food Products to Fuel the Market Growth

The increasing awareness and growing concerns over wellness and health are the primary factors leading to the growing popularity of healthy foods. Organic and healthy foods require purity with fewer residues, which can be achieved via industrial filtration processes to reduce contaminants. Furthermore, organic food manufacturers have to comply with rules and regulations pertaining to their effluent treatment, further creating product demand.


High Energy Consumption During the Process May Limit Market Growth

A critical challenge impacting the market growth is the significant consumption of energy during the process. Many processes, including ultrafiltration and centrifugal filtration, are responsible for a significant amount of energy deployed in the filtration process. As a result, it hampers the profit potential of the manufacturers due to the rising cost of energy during filtration processing and creates opportunities for other substitute treatment processes. Hence, this factor is anticipated to decrease the growth potential of the market.

In addition, even though industrial filtration is an integral and efficient industrial process, its functionality is limited. For example, mold, viruses, bacteria, and volatile organic compounds with a size of fewer than 0.4 microns are permeable through the air filters, thereby negatively affecting the quality of the air.

The filters used in air filtration methods and technologies are inefficient against large pollen, smoke, and carbon particles. These few technical inefficiencies have hampered the demand for industrial filters for applications within industries involving micron particles and their tendency to penetrate through the filters.

North America Industrial Filtration Market Segmentation Analysis

By Type Analysis

Increase in the Demand from End-use Industries Impelled the Liquid Filtration Segment Growth

Based on type, the market is segmented into liquid filtration and air & gas filtration.

The liquid filtration segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022 and is estimated to hold the leading position until 2030. The growth of the segment is associated with rising demand from several industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, chemical & refining, and textile for filtration of a variety of liquids.

The air & gas filtration segment is expected to witness a substantial growth rate during the forecast period. The growing need to preserve and maintain the quality of the product and materials inside the production facilities and protect them from damage caused by air pollutants is fueling the usage of air & gas filtration.

By Filter Media Analysis

Higher Efficiency Delivered by Combination Filters & Others Boosted the Segment Growth

Based on filter media, the market is fragmented into metals, fiberglass, filterpaper, nonwovens, activated carbon/charcoal, and combination filters & others.

The combination filters & others segment occupied the largest North America industrial filtration market share in 2022. Combination filters offer higher filtration efficiency compared to individual filters and thus have high demand.

The activated carbon/charcoal is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period due to its high adsorption potential for molecules ranging from odorous compounds to carcinogenic impurities.

Fiberglass is a cost-efficient and dependable media that meets various performance requirements and is compatible with a range of pH environments and temperatures. Therefore, the consumption from end-use industries is rising.

The growth of the nonwoven segment is primarily attributed to favorable characteristics such as durability, water resistance, fire-resistant, hypoallergenic, and reusability. Metals’ filtration media includes highly preferred materials for corrosive and high-temperature environments. Due to the easy workability of metals, they offer tailored designs as per process requirements and the ability to withstand high differential pressure.

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By Application Analysis

Increase in Demand for High Purity Raw Materials to Drive the Healthcare Segment Growth

By application, the North America industrial filtration market is classified into power generation, chemicals & petrochemicals, food & beverage, semiconductors & electronics, healthcare, paper & paints, metals & mining, and others.

The healthcare segment held the leading position in the market in 2022. The growth of the segment is associated with the rising demand for high-purity raw materials in both gaseous and liquid forms. The demand primarily arises for the production of pharmaceuticals.

The rising disposable income and shifting consumer preference toward processed and convenient foods are the major factors influencing the food & beverage segment growth. The degree of purity and minimum to zero level of contamination in food & beverage products is propelling the segment growth.

In power generation, filtration systems are essential to maintain a continuous flow of distilled water for cooling and carrying operations without interruptions. Thus, the use of filtration technology eliminates the need for costly maintenance and periodic shutdowns in power generation applications.

Efficient and effective filtration of raw petrochemicals, intermediates, and recycled processed fluids is of high importance in petrochemical processing to improve end-product quality and reduce costly downtime. Therefore, the product demand will rise from the chemicals & petrochemicals segment.


The market in the U.S. was valued at USD 11.73 billion in 2022. The U.S. is the dominating country in the market. Increasing investments in manufacturing facilities and rising stringent pollution control norms are driving the growth of the market in the U.S. The demand for the product in the country is majorly attributed to power generation, pharmaceutical, and oil & gas industries.

The growing importance of the solution in the food industry to remove rust, bacteria, microorganisms, and other contaminants is boosting the market growth in Canada. Moreover, the rising number of government initiatives and regulations for wastewater effluent treatment will aid the growth of the market.

The growth of the market in Mexico is associated with the rapid industrialization and expansion activities in the country. Furthermore, the implementation of new environmental regulations by the government compelling manufacturing companies to incorporate filtration systems is resulting in the growth of the market.

List of Key North America Industrial Filtration Market Companies

Market Players Focus on Developing Sustainable Solutions to Reinforce Their Mareket Position

The producers located in North America are actively engaged in expansion, partnership, acquisition, and product launches to increase their market presence. The technological advancement and development of sustainable products by the market players are leading to high competition among them.

Moreover, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has maintained a strong presence in the regional market. The company has adopted an expansion strategy to diversify its product offering, thereby maintaining and gaining a presence in the local market.



  • In September 2023, Ahlstrom started the production of calendared, new, and embossed synthetic filter media in South Korea. The materials generate limited flow restriction because of higher available surface area and offer extended filter lifetime. These materials are used in both liquid and air filtration applications such as air intake, air pollution control, oil, water, and fuel filtration.

  • In December 2022, Alfa Laval Inc. formed an agreement with a subsidiary of CVR Energy, Inc., to provide pre-treatment systems, which include agitators, separators, heat exchangers, and pumps. These pretreatment systems will reduce contaminants from feedstocks before converting into biofuel.

  • In August 2022, Pall Corporation announced the investment of USD 100 million in the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Singapore. This investment will provide a surge to the semiconductor industry in the Asia Pacific region amid global chip shortage. Filtration plays a vital role in semiconductor manufacturing as it reduces contaminants. The new facility will strengthen the company’s position and double its production capacity.

  • In January 2022, Pall Corporation introduced the lube oil filter element portfolio and the new SupralonTM hydraulic, an upgrade for Pall’s Ultipor, Red1000, and Coralon series filters. Supralon filter elements include a new pack construction and stress-resistant technology (SRT) filter media with anti-static characteristics, which help preserve and extend the life of equipment in hydraulic and lubricating fluid applications. 

  • In October 2021, Ahlstrom- developed new capabilities to test gas adsorption performance at its Pont-Evêque R&D center in France. The development is made as a part of the company strategy to invest and grow in the electric vehicle and industrial filtration markets.


The market report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on crucial aspects such as the competitive landscape, applications, and products. It also offers insights into market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors stated above, this report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.

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Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.6% for 2023-2030


Value (USD Billion)


By Type

  • Air & Gas Filtration

  • Liquid Filtration

By Filter Media

  • Activated Carbon/Charcoal

  • Fiberglass

  • Nonwovens

  • Metals

  • Filterpaper

  • Combination Filters & Others

By Application

  • Food & Beverage

  • Power Generation

  • Semiconductors & Electronics

  • Chemicals & Petrochemicals

  • Healthcare

  • Metals & Mining

  • Paper & Paints

  • Others

By Geography

  • U.S.

  • Canada

  • Mexico

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the market size was USD 16.18 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 21.50 billion by 2030.

Registering a CAGR of 3.6%, the market is anticipated to exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2023-2030).

In 2022, the market value stood at USD 11.73 billion.

By filter media, the combination filters & others segment dominated in 2022.

The advances in the healthcare industry, which are creating demand for sophisticated industrial filtration systems, are slated to drive the market growth.

3M, Alfa Laval, and Ahlstrom-Munjskö are the major players in the market.

The adoption of sustainable filtration media is expected to drive the uptake of the product.

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