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US Plastic & Competitive Pipe Market

  • August 2014
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US demand to rise 7.8% annually through 2018

US demand for pipe is expected to grow 7.8 percent per year through 2018, reaching $57.3 billion and a total length of 11.8 billion feet of pipe. Gains will be driven by the continuing shift in the US energy industry. Increasing exploration and drilling activity -- particularly in the natural gas segment -- will spur demand for pipe, as will rising interest in the use of natural gas as an environmentally friendly alternative to coal. Line pipe will be needed for the gathering, transmission, and distribution pipe networks that transport gas from wellheads to power plants and other end users. The projected rebound in building construction expenditures through 2018 will also contribute to demand for pipe. For instance, in the residential market, increasing housing completions and continuing interest in kitchen and bathroom renovation projects will boost demand for drain, waste, and vent pipe, which is used intensively in residences. Rising nonresidential building construction expenditures will support demand for conduit used to protect electrical and telecommunications wiring. Among the various pipe materials, steel accounted for the largest share of pipe demand by value in 2013 with 57 percent of the market, supported by its use in the oil and gas segment. Steel pipe is used in that segment because of its low cost, durability, and compression strength. Demand for steel pipe is forecast to rise at an above-average pace through 2018 to $33.2 billion. Gains will be driven by the high level of drilling activity and the efforts of oilfield service professionals to increase the size and scope of the nation’s network of natural gas transmission and distribution lines.

Plastic to be fastest growing pipe material

Plastic pipe demand is anticipated to rise at the most rapid pace of all materials, advancing 8.8 percent annually to $13.6 billion in 2018. Growth will be spurred by the increasing use of plastic pipe -- especially small- and medium- diameter pipe -- at the expense of such materials as corrugated steel, concrete, and ductile iron. Plastic pipe offers a broad range of performance advantages, such as moderate cost, ease of handling and installation, long service life, and corrosion resistance. In such applications as potable water and sewer and drainage, plastic pipe will be specified by engineers and contractors looking to reduce long-term maintenance and replacement costs. Rebounding building construction expenditures will spur demand for plastic pipe used as conduit, gas distribution, and drain, waste, and vent pipe. PVC was the leading plastic resin used to make pipe in 2013, and will remain the market leader in 2018. PVC is utilized to make pipe for such applications as potable water distribution, sanitary sewer, conduit, and agriculture. Demand for PVC pipe will benefit from the material’s durability and resistance to degradation caused by moisture, ultraviolet radiation, and chemicals. HDPE, which accounted for the second-largest share of plastic pipe demand in 2013, is expected to see the strongest gains in demand through 2018. HDPE pipe will see increasing use in sewer and drainage, potable water, and natural gas distribution applications, taking market share from such materials as steel and concrete. HDPE pipe offers such performance advantages as durability and corrosion resistance. Moreover, pipe made from HDPE is flexible, facilitating installation in areas with loose soils or rough terrain.

Study coverage

This upcoming industry study, Plastic & Competitive Pipe, presents historical demand data for 2003, 2008 and 2013, plus forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by market, material and resin. The study also considers key market environment variables, examines the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry participants.

Table Of Contents

US Plastic and Competitive Pipe Market
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION xi
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 9
Building Construction 13
Residential Buildings 16
Nonresidential Buildings 17
Nonbuilding Construction 20
Water and Sewer Spending Outlook 22
Water Use and Withdrawal Outlook 25
Public Highway Spending 28
Oil and Gas Industry Outlook 31
Manufacturing Outlook 35
Agricultural Outlook 38
Refrigeration and HVAC Equipment Outlook 41
Plastic Resin Outlook 43
Pricing 47
Regulatory Considerations 49
Water Regulation 50
Government Spending 52
Oil and Gas Regulation 53
Keystone Pipeline 56
Recycling 57
Trade 60
World Plastic and Competitive Pipe Demand 63
III. PIPE MARKETS 67
General 67
Oil and Natural Gas 69
Product Overview 73
Crude Oil 75
Natural Gas 78
Plastic Oil and Natural Gas Pipe by Resin 81
Potable Water 83
Water Transmission 88
Water Distribution 91
Other Potable Water 94
Plastic Potable Water Pipe by Resin 96
Sewer and Drainage 98
Sewer 102
Drainage 105
Plastic Sewer and Drainage Pipe by Resin 108
Industrial Processing 111
Materials 113
Plastic Industrial Processing Pipe by Resin 115
Conduit 117
Plastic Conduit by Resin 120
Drain, Waste, and Vent 123
Materials 124
Plastic DWV Pipe by Resin 125
Irrigation 127
Materials 129
Plastic Irrigation Pipe by Resin 130
Structural, Mechanical, and OEM 132
Construction 135
Refrigeration Equipment 135
Transportation Equipment 137
Other Mechanical and OEM 138
Plastic Structural, Mechanical, and OEM Pipe by Resin 138
IV. PIPE MATERIALS 141
General 141
Pipe Demand by Value 142
Pipe Demand by Weight 146
Pipe Demand by Length 148
Steel 150
Markets 152
Oil and Gas 155
Other 158
Producers 160
Plastic 161
Markets 162
Producers 166
Copper 166
Markets 168
Producers 171
Ductile Iron 171
Markets 173
Producers 176
Concrete 177
Markets 178
Producers 182
Aluminum 182
Markets 184
Producers 186
Clay 187
Markets 188
Producers 189
V. PLASTIC PIPE RESINS 190
General 190
Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin Type 193
Polyvinyl Chloride 194
Characteristics and Technologies 196
Markets 197
Producers 200
High Density Polyethylene 201
Markets 203
Producers 207
Fiberglass 207
Markets 209
Producers 211
Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride 211
Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene 214
Other Plastics 216
Markets 217
Resins 218
VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 221
General 221
Plastic Pipe Market Share 223
Steel Pipe Market Leaders 226
Marketing 230
Distribution Channels 232
Research and Development 233
Mergers and Acquisitions 234
Cooperative Agreements 237
Company Profiles 241
ABandI Foundry, see McWane
Advanced Drainage Systems Incorporated 242
Alcoa Incorporated 246
American Cast Iron Pipe Company 247
AMSTED Industries Incorporated 250
Anaco, see McWane
Atkore International Holdings Incorporated 251
Atlas Tube, see JMC Steel Group
Ball Winch, see Foster (LB)
Belco Manufacturing, see Denali
Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated 255
Bibby-Ste-Croix, see McWane
Bristol Metals, see Synalloy
Bull Moose Tube, see Caparo
Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC 259
Can Clay Corporation 260
Caparo plc 262
CEMEX SAB de CV 265
Cerro Flow Products, see Berkshire Hathaway
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company 267
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC 269
CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC 271
Cretex Companies Incorporated 274
Denali Incorporated 275
Diamond Plastics, see Mitsubishi
Duininck Companies LLC 277
Dura-Line Holdings Incorporated 279
Energex Tube, see JMC Steel Group
Ershigs, see Denali
EVRAZ plc 282
Fab Pipe, see United States Pipe and Foundry
Fabricated Plastics, see Denali
Foltz Concrete Pipe, see Advanced Drainage Systems
Foster (LB) Company 284
Genova Products Incorporated 286
Global Brass and Copper Holdings Incorporated 289
Griffin Pipe Products, see United States Pipe and Foundry
Hancor, see Advanced Drainage Systems
Hanson Pipe and Precast, see HeidelbergCement
HeidelbergCement AG 291
HOBAS Engineering GmbH 294
Howell Metal, see Mueller Industries
JM Eagle, see J-M Manufacturing
J-M Manufacturing Company Incorporated 295
JMC Steel Group 299
JSW Steel Limited 302
Lane Enterprises Incorporated 303
Logan Clay Products Company 305
Lubrizol, see Berkshire Hathaway
Marmon/Keystone, see Berkshire Hathaway
Maverick Tube, see Tenaris
MCP Industries Incorporated 306
McWane Incorporated 308
Mission Clay Products, see MCP Industries
Mitsubishi Corporation 311
Mueller Industries Incorporated 313
National Oilwell Varco Incorporated 316
National Pipe and Plastics Incorporated 321
North American Pipe, see Westlake Chemical
North American Specialty Products, see Westlake
Chemical
Northwest Pipe Company 323
NOW Incorporated 326
OAO TMK 327
Olin Brass Fineweld Tube, see Global Brass and Copper
Holdings
Pacific Corrugated Pipe Company 329
Penn Aluminum International, see Berkshire Hathaway
Permalok, see Northwest Pipe
Pipelife Jet Stream, see Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie
Pipeline Plastics LLC 331
Prime Conduit, see Mitsubishi
Prinsco, see Duininck Companies
REHAU AG and Company 332
Rinker Materials, see CEMEX
Saint-Gobain 334
Sharon Tube, see JMC Steel Group
Solvay SA 336
Synalloy Corporation 337
Tenaris SA 339
Timken Company 341
Tyco International Limited 343
Tyler Pipe, see McWane
United Spiral Pipe, see United States Steel
United States Pipe and Foundry Company LLC 345
United States Steel Corporation 349
Uponor Corporation 351
US Pipe, see United States Pipe and Foundry
Vallourec SA 354
Viega GmbH and Company KG 357
Westlake Chemical Corporation 358
Wheatland Tube, see JMC Steel Group
Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie AG 361
Wolverine Tube Incorporated 363
Additional Companies Mentioned in the Study 365


LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9
2 Population and Households 13
3 Building Construction Expenditures 15
4 Residential Building Construction Expenditures 17
5 Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures 20
6 Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures 22
7 Water and Sewer Expenditures 25
8 Water Withdrawal and Use 28
9 Public Highway Spending 31
10 Oil and Gas Production and Consumption 34
11 Manufacturers' Shipments 38
12 Agricultural Indicators 41
13 Refrigeration Equipment Shipments 43
14 Plastic Resin Supply and Demand 46
15 Pipe Pricing 49
16 Steel Pipe Supply and Demand 62
SECTION III -- PIPE MARKETS
1 Pipe Demand by Market 68
2 Oil and Gas Pipe Demand by Material and Application 73
3 Crude Oil Pipe Demand by Material 78
4 Natural Gas Pipe Demand by Material 81
5 Plastic Oil and Gas Pipe Demand by Resin 83
6 Potable Water Pipe Demand by Material and Application 87
7 Water Transmission Pipe Demand by Material 91
8 Water Distribution Pipe Demand by Material 94
9 Other Potable Water Pipe Demand by Material 96
10 Plastic Potable Water Pipe Demand by Resin 98
11 Sewer and Drainage Pipe Demand by Material and Application 101
12 Sewer Pipe Demand by Material 105
13 Drainage Pipe Demand by Material 108
14 Plastic Sewer and Drainage Pipe Demand by Resin 110
15 Industrial Processing Pipe Demand by Material 113
16 Plastic Industrial Processing Pipe Demand by Resin 117
17 Conduit Demand 120
18 Plastic Conduit Demand by Resin 122
19 Drain, Waste, and Vent Pipe Demand by Material 125
20 Plastic Drain, Waste, and Vent Pipe Demand by Resin 127
21 Irrigation Pipe Demand by Material 130
22 Plastic Irrigation Pipe Demand by Resin 132
23 Structural, Mechanical, and OEM Pipe Demand
by Application and Material 134
24 Plastic Structural, Mechanical, and OEM Pipe Demand by Resin 140
SECTION IV -- PIPE MATERIALS
1 Pipe Demand by Material in Dollars 145
2 Pipe Demand by Material in Pounds 147
3 Pipe Demand by Material in Feet 149
4 Steel Pipe Demand 152
5 Steel Pipe Demand by Market 154
6 Steel Oil and Gas Pipe Demand by Type 158
7 Plastic Pipe Demand 162
8 Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 165
9 Copper Pipe Demand 168
10 Copper Pipe Demand by Market 170
11 Ductile Iron Pipe Demand 173
12 Ductile Iron Pipe Demand by Market 175
13 Concrete Pipe Demand 178
14 Concrete Pipe Demand by Market 181
15 Aluminum Pipe Demand 184
16 Aluminum Pipe Demand by Market 186
17 Clay Pipe Demand 187
18 Clay Pipe Demand by Market 189
SECTION V -- PLASTIC PIPE RESINS
1 Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 192
2 Plastic Pipe Resin Demand 194
3 Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe Demand 195
4 Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe Demand by Market 199
5 High Density Polyethylene Pipe Demand 203
6 High Density Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market 206
7 Fiberglass Pipe Demand 209
8 Fiberglass Pipe Demand by Market 211
9 Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe Demand by Market 213
10 Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Pipe Demand by Market 215
11 Other Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin and Market 217
SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Pipe Sales by Company, 2013 222
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 236
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 239


LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 World Plastic Pipe Demand, 2013 66
SECTION III -- PIPE MARKETS
1 Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 69
SECTION IV -- PIPE MATERIALS
1 Average Pipe Weight Versus Length, 2013 142
2 Pipe Demand by Material in Dollars, 2013 146
3 Pipe Demand by Material in Pounds, 2013 148
4 Pipe Demand by Material in Feet, 2013 150
5 Steel Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 155
6 Plastic Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 166
7 Copper Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 171
8 Ductile Iron Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 176
9 Concrete Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 181
SECTION V -- PLASTIC PIPE RESINS
1 Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2013 193
2 Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 200
3 High Density Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2013 207
SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Plastic Pipe Market Share, 2013 224
2 US Steel Pipe Market Share, 2013 227

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