Filter Media Markets, Technologies and Trends

Dr. Christine Sun, AFS Chair, Filtration Technologies International, USA

Filtration has become an indispensable and necessary part of almost every aspect of our daily life today, from the air we breathe and the water we drink to industrial production and environmental protection. Technically speaking, filtration can be simply defined as a separation process with filter media. It is not a new subject, but a fast-growing multidisciplinary area of a lot of new challenges and opportunities. Filtration is a promising and dynamic industry which will continue its fast growth regardless if you live in a developing country or a developed country. The global filtration market has reached over 80 billion USD in annual revenues and will continue its fast growth in the foreseeable years to come.

The megatrends which drive increasing demand for filtration mainly include growing population and industrial expansion, rapid urbanization and technology advances, climate change and natural resource scarcity, enhanced awareness of healthcare and environment, the constant pursuit of higher quality of life, and race to zero discharge for emissions or stricter government regulations.

Filter media are the vital components for filtration performance, representing the core of modern filtration technologies. They are porous materials used to remove solid particles, liquid gels, mists, gases, droplets, or any other forms of contaminants/products from a fluid stream. The growth of air and liquid filtration is rapidly driving new filter media development across all the end-use markets, primarily water/wastewater, transportation, HVAC and pollution control, life sciences, many other industrial processes and consumer applications.

In this keynote lecture, we will review different types of filter media and their applications, including nonwoven, membrane, ceramic, metal, activated carbon, woven, nanofiber, and other porous materials. The global filter media markets, technologies, unmet needs and trends for future development will also be discussed, especially with an emphasis on the most popularly and increasingly used nonwovens for various air and liquid applications, such as HVAC, portable air purification, personal protection (face masks & respirators), industry dust removal and air pollution control, engine intake air, cabin air, gas turbine, and fuel/oil/lube/hydraulic filtration, gas/oil, coalescing, water/wastewater, food & beverage and pharmaceutical processes, etc.

Session: K1 - Keynote Lecture I
Day: 13 March 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:15 h

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