Global Depth Filtration Market Size, Share, Trends & Growth Analysis Report – Segmented By Media Type, Product, Application & Region - Industry Forecast (2024 to 2029)

Published: January, 2024
ID: 3533
Pages: 175

Depth Filtration Market Size (2023 to 2028)

The global depth filtration market size was worth USD 2.64 billion in 2023. This value is forecasted to grow USD 4.71 billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 12.22% from 2023 to 2028. The vast applications of depth filtration are thrust to the market growth, and there is a continuous increase in focus over biologics.

Depth filtration is the latest technology in the field of filtration in all the domains of pharma, medical and refinery sectors. The technology uses the entire material matrix to trap the particulates; they get trapped all through the medium, instead of only on the surface, providing efficient filtration. The industry is reaping the benefits from the current requirements of deepened filtration. Depth filtration is the most sought technology in the health care sector, as there is a huge demand for single-use filters.


The growing adoption of single-use technologies and increasing focus on developing large molecule biopharmaceuticals primarily drive global depth filtration market growth.

Increasing applications in the healthcare, medicine, and food and beverage industries are anticipated to drive market growth during the forecast period. Significant advantages, including low cost and ease of use, are expected to drive the growth of the global depth filtration market. 

The increasing demand for clean and high-quality filter products in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry is anticipated to drive the market during the forecast period. Depth filtration services have several advantages: water, food, water filtration, drinks, treatments, medications, and purification of raw materials. The increasing research and development activities carried out by companies are anticipated to drive the market during the forecast period. In March 2019, Merck released the Milli-Q IQ 7000, the seventh generation Milli-Q water purification technology that delivers ultra-pure water to scientists in laboratories.

Additionally, factors such as increased R&D in Biotechnologies, the requirement for increased quality of filtration, low-cost filtration, and adaptive in various applications are expected to fuel the growth rate of the global depth filtration market. Due to the large molecule size and biologics production involved in drug therapies, all the biopharmaceutical companies, and huge R&D investments push the depth filtration market to a higher base.

Depth filters are used in colloidal solution filtration, plasma filtration to filter cell debris, chill haze removal, and other microbial filtration applications of downstream processing in biopharmaceutical companies. Depth filters can be made like large cake-sized components enabling large flowrate filtration. Low cost and effective filtration, depth filters use various filter mediums (like cellulose fiber), enabling to reduce the cost of production. Depth filtration techniques and filters do find various applications in biopharmaceutical production, water purification, food and beverage processing, oil extraction and filtration, refineries, etc., which drive the market expansion.


The low capacity of depth filters for high-density collection and the strict regulation of the filtration process using depth filters restrict the market growth.

Stringent government regulations for biotechnology research and development could hamper market growth during the forecast period. As the pharma sector always runs on stringent standard operating procedures (SOP’s), there is always a consistent hurdle in getting the approvals for the latest technologies. For instance, until regulatory approval, new therapies undergo comprehensive preclinical trials. These trails are long, expensive, and full of complex experiences. Besides, the low-capacity depth filtration used for high-density collection acts as an unfavorable condition. These factors are anticipated to cause lower demand in the global market for depth filtration.

Increased waste usage in single-use filters is another factor that is expected to impact market growth negatively. Depth filtration application mostly uses single-use in case of biopharma products filtration. While in raw material filtration, cell clarification, or viral clearance, they use single-use depth filters. They generate a lot of waste; this is a major restraint in getting approval.

The low capacity of depth filters is one of the significant challenges to the global depth filtration market. Depth filtration might be a better filtration method. Still, in the case of an application where both large and small particulates are present in a fluid, they fail to absorb, adsorb, sieve, or intercept all impurities at one go. This is due to the medium porosity is different for different applications. Hence the capacities of filters inhibit their market.

High costs associated are expected to hamper the growth rate of the depth filtration market slightly. To produce the depth filters requires a huge investment to equip a production facility; it restrains the market for further expansion.

Impact of COVID-19 on the global depth filtration market:

With the ongoing pandemic, there is an increased expenditure in the depth filtration market on one side. On the other side, there is a disruption in the market due to the destabilization of value chains and supply chains.

As there is a huge requirement for single-use filters, it resulted in surged demand for depth filters. In rapid testing of the samples, Plasma collection for infusion, biopharmaceutical products, vaccine production, and every matter of covid-19 depth filtration is applied everywhere. It is a big thrust to the market expansion on one side.

On the other side, the production facilities were deeply disturbed by the rise in production and labor costs. The global supply chains were derailed and brought to a standstill at once instance. But soon after the reversal of the outbreak, the industry is set on rail and moving faster. There is a huge push from the governments to ramp up the production and technical capabilities.

Thus, COVID-19 impacted the industry in the short run, but It created a large market base for the depth filtration market. In health care and the areas of sanitation, wastewater treatment, and water purification, the pandemic had created a new avenue for the market. They are a kind of lucrative market during the forecast period.




Market Size Available

2022 to 2028

Base Year


Forecast Period

2023 to 2028

Segments Covered

By Media Type, Product, Application, and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Challenges, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


This report on the global depth filtration market has been segmented and sub-segmented into Media Type, Product Type, and Application Type.

Depth Filtration Market - By Media Type:

  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Activated carbon
  • Cellulose
  • Perlite

Based on the media type, the diatomaceous earth (DE) segment is expected to account for a major share as it is highly efficient in filtration. DE is a kind of soft rock with which is naturally occurring good porosity enabling deep filtration. It is called diatomaceous, as it is formed from the exoskeleton of microscopic algae, which is diatomic.  It is used in the biotechnology industry in the initial and downstream cell clarification processes. It acts as a filter for microscopic particles and as a soft cake for non-obstructed fluid flow.

Depth Filtration Market - By Product Type:

  • Cartridge Filters
  • Capsule Filters
  • Filter Modules
  • Filter Sheets

Based on the Product type, the capsule filters segment is regarded as the quickest growing with a CAGR value of 13.2% during the forecast period. The high dirt holding capacity majorly drives the growth of this segment, and the extended service life of the products supports decreasing labor costs by reducing filter change-out frequency.

Depth Filtration Market - By Application Type:

  • Final Product Processing
    • Small molecules processing
    • Biologics processing
  • Cell Clarification
  • Raw Material Filtration

Based on the application, the final product processing segment is expected to hold a major stake; in the stage of final processing, depth filtration is involved in manufacturing, extraction, purification, and packing of chemical and biological components. Depth filtration in final processing involves two more classifications based on small – molecule processing and biologics processing; due to huge R&D investments by Biotechnology companies, this application is witnessing tremendous growth.

Depth Filtration Market – By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East Africa

Regionally, in 2020, North America led the global depth filtration market with 38.0%, followed by the EU region with 21% of the market share. This can be attributed to the advanced technologies, presence of pharma giants, and well-established IPR systems in producing biologics. North America is anticipated to maintain a significant market share in the global depth filtration market due to the rising number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, growing concerns about purification, quality, contaminant protection, and safety growth of water filtration, filtration, food, and beverage, and raw materials purification products. According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), companies in the United States conduct more than half of the research and development (R&D) in the pharmaceutical sector, making this region a leader in pharmaceutical R&D. Therefore, it results in the growth of in-depth filtration, as these processes are crucial in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in food and beverage, water purification and many others, which stimulates more the general market of this region.

Growing concerns about quality assurance, uniform color, and protection from contaminants in the beverage industry are anticipated to drive demand for filtration products. Countries like France, Italy, Germany, and the UK are the major manufacturers of automotive and transportation products due to fuel filters.

On the other hand, the APAC region can witness rapid growth during the forecast period; this can be attributed to the increased expenditure and investments in the health care sector. Asia-Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest-growing market, due to the growing importance of filtered drinking water, especially in developing countries like India and China. Growing demand from developing and emerging countries such as India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia are anticipated to boost its market. Rising per capita income, the rapid expansion of the food and beverage industry, and the development of wastewater treatment plants are the major factors driving the depth filtration market in the Asia-Pacific region. Developing countries such as China, India, Australia, Singapore, and South Korea are anticipated to be the product markets for deep filtration. The considerable increase in outsourcing services offered by different biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical companies in these countries is a prime factor responsible for the strong market growth in the region. Besides, the entry of large biopharmaceutical companies into the region is anticipated to provide exceptional opportunities for the healthy development of the regional market.  

Countries in Latin America like Argentina, Brazil, and Chile also witness huge demand due to government policies towards the depth filtration market.

The Middle East & Africa region has prolonged the growth of the depth filtration market from 2020 to 2025. Countries like Israel and South Africa have tremendous capability and perspective for large companies for their enlargement. Also, the accessibility of technological advancements is accelerating the market.


Major companies playing a leading role in the global depth filtration market profiled in the report are Merck KGaA, 3M Company, Alfa Laval, Filtteck Co., Ltd, Pall Corporation, Donaldson Company, Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A., Ahlstrom Corporation, and Eaton Corporation.


  • In February 2019, Parker Bioscience filtration (UK), a part of Parker Hannifin, opened its new testing center at Birtley UK. The SciLog Suite offers the patients the opportunity to test and optimize the production process. It is a semi-automated single-use bioprocessing system for tangential filtration. 
  • In March 2017, Merck Company introduced a new lab water purification technology on its 50th anniversary, a MilliQ- IQ 7000 system. The technology is designed with purification cartridges, mercury-free UV lamps, and this system is quick and easy access for information. 
  • Pall Corporation introduced its new SUPRApak in-depth filtration that uses a flow configuration technology known as “edge flow.” The new technology helps to restore the conventional plate and frame filters with a unique matrix.

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