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The Australia Membrane Bioreactor market is predicted to proliferate during the forecast period 2024-2028. The primary reason propelling the Membrane Bioreactor market in the country is the increased need for water treatment solutions throughout the country. This can be attributed to the declining freshwater resources and the increased demand from the residential sector for chemical-free, pure drinking water. The nation's membrane bioreactor industry is expanding as a result of rising environmental concerns regarding efficient sanitation and wastewater disposal. There are now many residential, commercial, and industrial complexes that are using MBRs to treat wastewater. The appearance of buried MBRs is one more factor that encourages development. These systems create aeration to induce tangential liquid flow across the membranes and are lightweight, compact, cost- and energy-efficient. The market is expanding as a result of more businesses, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, power, food and beverage, and textile industries, using environmentally friendly water and wastewater management techniques. The membrane bioreactor market in Australia is likely to expand between 2024 and 2028 as a result of additional factors such as rapid industrialization and the implementation of government regulations that encourage the use of MBRs in place of the country's present wastewater treatment facilities.

A membrane bioreactor (MBR) is used to treat industrial and municipal wastewater. A suspended growth bioreactor is coupled with a perm-selective or semi-permeable membrane technology, such as microfiltration (MF) or ultrafiltration (UF). The two most popular membrane types for MBR systems are vacuum or gravity-driven and pressure-driven systems. They keep the floating particles in place while separating the sediments from the sludge concentration. They have controlled biomass retention, enhanced effluent quality, minimal carbon footprint, and are effective against diseases.

MBR can handle a range of water pollutants, including nitrogen, bacteria, suspended particles, pathogens, and other contaminants found in municipal and industrial waste. For treating wastewater, MBR is preferable than activated sludge processes (ASP) and moving bed biofilm reactors. Reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and microfiltration are all processes that utilize MBR Membranes. MBRs generate less sludge than conventional systems because they have smaller reactor diameters and greater sludge concentrations. Improved biological treatment is also made possible by MBR's longer solid retention times (SRT).

Increasing Demand for Clean and Safe Water Enhances the Demand for Membrane Bioreactor

Due to population development and industrialization in several end-use sectors where water treatment technology is utilized to produce clean, drinking water, the demand for chemically treated water has increased. For instance, Australia has increased to 25,978,935 population as of June 30, 2022. The quarterly growth was 88,200 people (0.3%). The increase in population each year was 290,900 (1.1%). This might be one of the main factors behind the country's rising need for clean water and the expansion of the membrane bioreactor sector in the upcoming years. The country's water quality has declined as a result of the major industrialization of the area and the consequent shortage of freshwater resources, prompting governments to put more emphasis on water treatment technology in order to offer clean and useable water. For instance, the cities with the most industries are Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. Throughout the course of the projected period, this should encourage the market for membrane bioreactors to expand in Australia.  These factors raise the need for clean water across the country, and it is projected that the market for membrane bioreactors in Australia is expected to expand in during 2024-2028.

High Usage of Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems

Membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems can manage a variety of water pollutants, including nitrogen, bacteria, pathogens, suspended particles, and other contaminants that are often found in municipal and industrial waste. Both the moving bed biofilm reactor and the activated sludge process (ASP) now in use are less efficient in treating wastewater. Reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, and nanofiltration are often performed in hollow fibre, flat sheet, and multi-tubular membrane bioreactors.   Due to the rapid urbanization and infrastructure development in developing countries, the market for membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems is predicted to climb even faster going forward. The Australia Membrane Bioreactor market value is anticipated to increase because of the growing consumer need for affordable and durable goods.

Recent Developments and Investment:

  • The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) - Invested USD 23million, 2019-2023

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is a global initiative that runs from 2019 to 2023 (Phase II) and mobilizes Australia's well-known water management skills in support of goals for foreign policy and international development. More than 200 partners, largely Australian, contribute their water knowledge to AWP. Almost 30 nations, including the great majority in the Indo-Pacific, have benefited from the technical support programmes that AWP has offered since its founding in 2015.

All of its operations were modified, many were refocused, and some new projects were created. For instance, in collaboration with the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association, AWP created a Pacific "Telewater" network that offers virtual technical support to water utilities throughout the Pacific (the industry association for water utilities in the Pacific).

By ongoing collaborations between the Australian Water Association and utilities in other nations, AWP has established a comparable network with many water utilities in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia. The International Water Centre and Medical School at Griffith University have received funding from AWP to create a COVID-19 Water Security Index that evaluates the susceptibility of 49 Indo-Pacific nations to COVID from a water perspective.

  • The Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) - Invested USD 26 million, 2017-2030

The World Bank and many partners have a collaboration on water security called the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP). The World Bank's USD 30 billion investments in global water projects are supported by GWSP, a leader in water research on a worldwide scale. It accomplishes this through producing information, research, and technical analysis on a global scale as well as by offering technical assistance and capacity building at the national level. The engagement promotes the utilization of Australian knowledge and its influence on how the World Bank uses its water-related assets in the region and globally.

KIAT commenced implementation in May 2017 and replaced the Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative facility.

KIAT also provides implementation support for the Palembang City Sanitation Project (PCSP), Water and Sanitation Grants Program (Watsan Hibah), Australia Indonesia Grants for Sanitation (sAIIG) and the Provincial Road Improvement and Maintenance Program (PRIM).

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Water Finance Partnership Facility – Invested USD 6 million, 2019-2022

The Asian Development Banks' loans for water and sanitation are supported by the Water Finance Partnership Facility (WFPF), which mobilises additional financial and expertise resources from development partners. With the help of this facility, people's access to clean, safe drinking water, better sanitation, and more effective irrigation and drainage services will be greatly improved throughout Asia and the Pacific. During the second phase of the financing, the facility updated its strategic plan and architecture in 2021. In order to improve water and sanitation development results throughout Asia and the Pacific, Australia is interested in working with the Asian Development Bank on this trust fund.


Calix -
With the help of Calix's core technology, additional eco-friendly options are being developed for enhanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater treatment, and carbon reduction. The company, which has operations in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Europe, and Asia, presently makes money from commercially available products for sewage and water treatment. Calix claims that its technology has advantages such as a safe and affordable approach to regulate odour and eliminate toxins in wastewater, higher yields in aquaculture and agriculture, better batteries at cheaper prices, and an increased capacity to meet emission limits.


On 23rd January 2023
, Xylem Inc., one of the market leaders in the field of water technology, and Evoqua, a provider of mission-critical water treatment products and services, announced that they had signed a legally binding agreement under which Xylem would acquire Evoqua in an all-stock deal with an implied enterprise value of about USD 7.5 billion.