Due to periods of extreme drought and old pipes that are in a poor condition, big cities, such as Sao Paolo, were confronted with severe water scarcity at many times. Problems of this sort can be mitigated with the help of modern, efficient pipe systems. In view of the climatic changes that are to be expected in the upcoming years, investments in this segment have to be much higher than they were in the past. However, the application area potable water supply is only a subsection of the market for plastic pipes. The pre-sent study analyzes the global market for plastic pipes. Ceresana expects demand for plastic pipes to increase to over 37 million tonnes until 2023.
The Right Choice of Material Depending on the Application Area
Demand for pipes in a country is to a large extent dependent on the development of the particular activities in civil engineering and building construction: Applications like sewage disposal, potable water supply, or cable protection are directly connected to the situation of the construction industry. The degree of importance various application areas have for the different types of pipes varies considerably. For example, pipes made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are relatively cheap and are thus used extensively in the sewage, potable water, and cable protection sectors. Yet, pipes based on polypropylene and polyethylene increasingly compete with PVC pipes in the segment potable water - and they already play a major role in the application areas “gas supply” and “industrial products”. The market for plastic pipes is split in this study by the resin types polyeth-ylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, and the aggregate of "other plastics", both in regard to production volume as well as to demand volume.
Current Development in the Construction Industry Is a Decisive Factor
The underlying trend to replace pipes made of steel, stoneware, and other material with plastic pipes is overlaid by current circumstances of the national construction econo-mies. Decreasing public expenditure or missing private investments can have similarly drastic effects on the construction industry and the pipe market as political uncertain-ties or targeted support for single construction segments. The intensity of the promo-tion of investments in the segment irrigation or the expansion of the fiber optic net-work can also vary from country to country. Chapters 2.1.1 to 2.5.5 examine the influ-ential factors of this complex market for each country.
Ever New Applications and Products
New and improved systems for protection against exhaust emission are constantly de-veloped in the segment industrial pipes, e.g. new techniques for the construction of multiple-layer pipe systems and the leakage monitoring. The oil and gas industry has applied increasing numbers of polyamide PA 12 instead of steel pipes for several years: This material only absorbs small amounts of water, has a high impact strength, and can be used in a broad temperature range. Possible application areas are, among others, gas pressure pipes or liners. The most important innovations in the segment plant drainage are sound insulation and noise protection systems: The material used is fur-ther developed to reduce resonance as much as possible, which results for example in mineral reinforced polyethylene with a high inherent weight.
The Study in Brief:
Chapter 1 provides a presentation and analysis of the market for plastic pipes – includ-ing forecasts up to 2023: Revenues (in dollars and euros) generated with plastic pipes and production of and demand (in tonnages) for plastic pipes are given for each region.
Chapter 2 examines the 16 largest countries of the market in more detail: Revenues, import, and export are indicated here. Production and demand volume is split by the plastic types polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other plastics. Additionally, demand in the individual application areas is analyzed in detail.
Chapter 3 deals with the application areas of plastic pipes within the individual regions and countries: Data on demand development, split by the seven world regions Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa are given. The division of the application areas is as follows:
- Potable Water
- Cable Protection
- Gas Supply
- Industrial Products
- Other Applications
Chapter 4 provides an overview of the demand for individual types of pipes split by the national and regional markets. The following types of pipes are treated:
- PE Pipes
- PP Pipes
- PVC Pipes
- Pipes made from other plastics
Chapter 5 provides profiles of the largest manufacturers of plastic pipes – clearly ar-ranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, and profile summary. Detailed profiles are given for 76 producers, such as Aliaxis S.A., Fondital Group, Geberit AG, Georg Fischer AG, JM Eagle Co., Inc., JSC Kazanorgsintez (KOS), REHAU AG + Co, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Tessenderlo Chemie NV, Tigre Tubos e Conexões S/A, and Toagosei Co., Ltd.