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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, 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, 2022-2029

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



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The North America industrial filtration market size was valued at USD 15.57 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 16.19 billion in 2022 to USD 20.77 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with industrial filtration experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across the region compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the market exhibited a decline of 13.0% in 2020 as compared to 2019.

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 gasses. The filtration methods are engaged by industries to protect the product and the equipment from contamination as well as controlling the work environment. Filtration systems comprise filtration media, which acts as a non-permeable barrier between the fluid flow. The increasing stringent pollution control norms is driving the market growth in North America. Additionally, incorporation of the industrial filtration systems by several industries will fuel the market growth.


Decline in Industrial Activities Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic Significantly Affected the Market

COVID-19 substantially affected the expansion of the North America industrial filtration market share. Lockdowns, travel restrictions, and disruptions in supply chain and transportation of raw materials affected the supply chain of various industries, thereby impacting the revenue generation of the companies. 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’s Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) on the impact of COVID-19 over wastewater treatment industry, around 90% of the companies reported no sales growth and delay in order fulfillment. However, the demand from the food & beverage and pharmaceutical industries decelerated the impact on the market growth.


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Adoption of Sustainable Filtration Media to Offer Lucrative Growth Opportunities

The industrial filtration system comprises filtration media, which uses minerals, metals, plastic polymers, paper, ceramics, and fiber. Majority of these materials take an extended period of time to degrade, thereby posing a threat to the environment. Owing to the regulations imposed by the governments, activated carbon, walnut shells, and nonwovens are gaining acceptance from the manufacturers. Furthermore, the use of alternate materials has proven to offer advantages such as extension of filter life, ability to clean in-situ, and higher contamination holding capacity.


Technological Advancements in Healthcare Industry to Surge the Demand for Sophisticated Filtration Systems

Technological advancements in life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry have extended the life expectancy of humans, besides offering a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, the sectors, which utilize advanced filtration technologies, including medicine research and diagnostics are increasingly depending on these physical processes instead of chemical technologies to maintain the product quality. Technologies, including ultrafiltration and microfiltration have been prominent in removing smallest contaminants from the products. Furthermore, medical facilities and hospitals are subjected to strict hygiene standards. These regulations include incorporation of HVAC systems to minimize the risk of spreading contaminants from one room to another, thereby boosting the North America industrial filtration market growth.

Rising Popularity of Organic Food Products to Fuel the Demand

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


High Energy Consumption During Industrial Filtration to Limit Market Growth

A serious factor impacting the growth of the market is the considerable consumption of energy by the filtration process. The processes, including centrifugal filtration and ultrafiltration are the major contributors to the energy requirement, consumed by the processing industry. The increasing cost of energy around the world is significantly hindering the revenue generation of the manufacturing companies. Therefore, other treatment processes are expected to gain momentum over filtration processes. This is projected to reduce consumption of industrial filtration systems.


By Type Analysis

Leading Market Share of Liquid Filtration Segment is Attributed to Growing Demand from End-use Industries

Based on type, the market is segmented into liquid filtration and air & gas filtration. Liquid filtration segment accounted for the largest market share in 2021 and is estimated to hold the leading position until 2029. The growth of the segment is associated with rising demand from several industries, including food & beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, chemical & refining, and textile for filtration of a variety of liquids.

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

By Filter Media Analysis

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Activated Carbon/Charcoal to Exhibit Highest CAGR Owing to its Characteristic of Rejuvenation

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

Combination filters & others segment occupied the largest share of the market in 2021. Combination filters offer higher filtration efficiency compared to individual filters, and thus have high demand. Fiberglass is a cost-efficient and dependable media to meet various performance requirements and is compatible with a range of pH environments and temperature. 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 easy workability of metals, they offer tailored design as per process requirements and ability to withstand high differential pressure.

By Application Analysis

Cost Efficiency Provided by Filtration Technology to Boost its Demand from Power Generation

By application, the market is classified into power generation, chemicals & petrochemicals, food & beverage, semiconductors & electronics, healthcare, paper & paints, metals & mining, and others. Healthcare segment held the leading position in the market in 2021. The growth of the segment is associated with the rising demand for high purity raw material, 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 continuous flow of distilled water for cooling and carry operations without interruptions. Thus, the use of filtration technology eliminates the need for costly maintenance and periodic shutdowns in power generation application. Efficient and effective filtration of raw petrochemicals, intermediates, and recycled processed fluids is of high importance in the 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 11.30 billion in 2021. 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 industrial filtration in the country is majorly attributed to power generation, oil & gas, and pharmaceutical industries.

The growing importance of industrial filtration 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, implementation of new regulations by the government compelling manufacturing companies to incorporate filtration systems is resulting in growth of the market.


Market Players to Reinforce Positions by Developing Sustainable Solutions for the Food & Beverages Industry

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

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.


  • 3M Company (U.S.)

  • Pall Corporation (U.S.)

  • Alfa Laval Inc. (Sweden)

  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö (Finland)

  • Filtration Group (U.S.)

  • Lydall Inc. (U.S.)

  • American Air Filter Company Inc. (U.S.)

  • Dorstener Wire Tech (U.S.)

  • Graver Technologies (U.S.)

  • Hollingsworth & Vose Company (U.S.)


  • April 2022: Ahlstrom-Munksjö invested and started production for additional capacity in both energy and filtration storage materials at its plant in Turin, Italy. With this expansion, the company is making a strong commitment to its consumers in both the energy storage and high-performance filtration markets.

  • December 2021: Ahlstrom-Munksjö expanded its FiltEV portfolio filtration media solutions for electric vehicles. With this launch, the company is developing a new commercial solution to address unmet consumer needs for high-performance filtration materials for electric vehicles.


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The North America industrial filtration market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on crucial aspects such as competitive landscape, applications, and products. Also, it 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.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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By Type, Filter Media, Application, Country

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 15.57 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 20.77 billion by 2029.

In 2021, the market value stood at USD 11.30 billion.

Registering a CAGR of 3.6%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2022-2029).

The combination filters & others segment is expected to lead based on the application.

Developments in the healthcare industry will drive the market growth.

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

The expansion of the food & beverage industry and growing focus on sustainability are the factors expected to drive the adoption of the product.

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