World Plastic Pipe Market

  • April 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 421 pages

World demand to increase 6.2% annually through 2017

Global demand for plastic pipe is forecast to rise 6.2 percent annually through 2017 to 23 million metric tons, improving significantly from growth recorded between 2007 and 2012. Construction related pipe applications will offer the most impetus for growth across the board. In particular, a recovering US construction industry will drive demand gains. Plastic pipe will continue to supplant competing materials (e.g., steel, copper, ductile iron) in many construction applications due to its low cost, installation ease, and performance advantages.

PVC continues as most widely used resin

Across all years polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the leader, accounting for 55 percent of all plastic pipe demand. Nearly all end users utilize PVC to some degree. Going forward, however, high density polyethylene (HDPE) is expected to take market share away from PVC in potable water distribution applications as crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) becomes more common in many regional markets. In addition, demand for fiberglass, which has historically been limited based on its high price, is beginning to be used in a wider array of water and wastewater settings.

Demand gains in terms of weight will benefit from plastics’ increased acceptance in larger diameters. The majority of large diameter plastic pipe is found in infrastructure applications, such as potable water transmission and sewer and drainage networks. In many developed countries, decaying infrastructures will drive sales gains. As replacement activity picks up, many countries will utilize plastic pipe primarily because of its lower costs and ease of installation. Among developing nations, investment in establishing local water and wastewater infrastructures will stimulate demand.

Growth in manufacturing, oil/gas industry to benefit plastic pipe demand

While plastic is not as widely utilized in the oil and gas market, improvements in resin formulations have enabled plastic (particularly HDPE and fiberglass) to increase its market share in recent years.

In process manufacturing applications, HDPE’s greater flexibility has resulted in its increased usage. Fiberglass is utilized in the process manufacturing market when particularly hazardous materials are present. Going forward, demand is expected to benefit from gains in manufacturing output and growth in crude oil and natural gas production and consumption, including increases in exploratory, well drilling and pipeline construction activity.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, World Plastic Pipe, is priced at $6300. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007, 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by market, resin, world region, and for 39 countries. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles 37 industry competitors.

Table Of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xiii

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
World Economic Overview 5
Recent Historical Trends 5
Macroeconomic Outlook 7
World Demographic Overview 11
Population 11
Urbanization Patterns 13
Households 14
World Fixed Investment Outlook 16
World Construction Outlook 18
World Energy Overview 20
Energy Supply 21
Energy Consumption 23
World Water Utilization Trends 25
Nonagricultural Water Use 25
Agricultural Water Use 27
Competitive Materials 29
Aluminum 29
Concrete 30
Copper 31
Ductile/Cast Iron 31
Steel 31
Vitrified Clay 32
Environmental and Regulatory Considerations 32
Building Codes 33
Environmental, Health, and Performance Considerations 34
Pipe Recycling 36

III. OVERVIEW 38

General 38
Plastic Pipe Demand by Region 40
Demand by Weight 41
Demand by Length 44
Plastic Construction Pipe Demand by Region 46
Other Plastic Pipe Demand by Region 48
Plastic Pipe Production by Region 49
World Plastic Pipe Trade Flows 51
Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 52

IV. NORTH AMERICA 57

General 57
Plastic Pipe Markets 59
Plastic Pipe Products and Producers 61
United States 64
Canada 70
Mexico 76

V. WESTERN EUROPE 83

General 83
Plastic Pipe Markets 85
Plastic Pipe Products and Producers 87
France 90
Germany 96
Italy 103
Netherlands 109
Spain 115
United Kingdom 121
Other Western Europe 127

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC 139

General 139
Plastic Pipe Markets 141
Plastic Pipe Products and Producers 143
Australia 146
China 152
India 159
Indonesia 166
Japan 172
South Korea 178
Taiwan 184
Thailand 190
Other Asia/Pacific 196

VII. OTHER REGIONS 206

Central and South America 206
Plastic Pipe Markets 208
Plastic Pipe Products and Producers 210
Argentina 213
Brazil 219
Other Central and South America 225
Eastern Europe 233
Plastic Pipe Markets 235
Plastic Pipe Products and Producers 237
Poland 240
Russia 246
Other Eastern Europe 253
Africa/Mideast 263
Plastic Pipe Markets 266
Plastic Pipe Products and Producers 267
Iran 270
Saudi Arabia 276
Turkey 282
Other Africa/Mideast 288

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 297

General 297
Industry Composition 298
Market Share 301
Manufacturing and Product Development 304
Marketing and Distribution 305
Acquisitions and Divestitures 307
Cooperative Agreements 312
Company Profiles 316
A-D Technologies, see Dura-Line Holdings
Advanced Drainage Systems Incorporated 317
Aliaxis SA 321
Alphacan, see KEM ONE
Amanco Group, see Mexichem
Ameron International, see National Oilwell Varco
Amitech Argentina, see Saudi Arabian Amiantit Group
Arkema SA 328
Aron Kasei, see Toagosei
Axiall Corporation 329
Bondstrand, see National Oilwell Varco and Saudi
Arabian Amiantit Group
Brugg Rohrsysteme, see Kabelwerke Brugg
BT Bautechnik Group, see Tessenderlo Group
CertainTeed, see Saint-Gobain
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC 331
China Liansu Group Holdings Limited 333
Chinaust Group, see Fischer (Georg)
Diamond Plastics, see Mitsubishi
Dura-Line Holdings Incorporated 335
Durman Esquivel, see Aliaxis
Dyka, see Tessenderlo Group
egeplast Werner Strumann GmbH and Company KG 337
Finolex Industries Limited 339
Fischer (Georg) Limited 340
Formatura Iniezione Polimeri, see Aliaxis
Formosa Plastics Group 346
Friatec, see Aliaxis
Future Pipe Industries Group Limited 348
Georgia Gulf, see Axiall
Ginde Plastic Pipe Industry Group 350
Glynwed, see Aliaxis
Hancor, see Advanced Drainage Systems
Harrington Industrial Plastics, see Aliaxis
Harvel Plastics, see Fischer (Georg)
HOBAS Engineering GmbH 351
Hunter Plastics, see Aliaxis
Independent Pipe Products, see Fischer (Georg)
Ipex, see Aliaxis
Jimten, see Aliaxis
JM Eagle, see J-M Manufacturing
J-M Manufacturing Company Incorporated 354
Kabelwerke Brugg AG Holding 356
KEM ONE SAS 358
Kubota Corporation 359
KWH Group Limited 361
Marley Plumbing and Drainage, see Aliaxis
Mexichem SAB de CV 365
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation 371
Mitsubishi Corporation 373
Nan Ya Plastics, see Formosa Plastics Group
National Oilwell Varco Incorporated 375
National Pipe and Plastics Incorporated 379
Nextube, see Dura-Line
NKT Flexibles, see National Oilwell Varco
Paling Industries, see Aliaxis
Philmac, see Aliaxis
Pipelife International, see Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie
PolyPipe Holdings, see Dura-Line
Prime Conduit, see Mitsubishi
REHAU AG and Company 381
Royal Pipe Systems, see Axiall
RX Plastics, see Aliaxis
Saint-Gobain 384
Saudi Arabian Amiantit Group 387
Sekisui Chemical Company Limited 391
Solvay SA 394
Tessenderlo Group NV 395
Tigre SA Tubos e Conexoes 397
Toagosei Company Limited 399
Uponor Corporation 400
Uralita SA 402
Vinidex Pty Limited 403
Wavin, see Mexichem
Westlake Chemical Corporation 405
Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie AG 407
Zhongshan Universal Enterprise, see Aliaxis
Other Companies Mentioned in the Study 410



LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 10
2 World Population by Region 12
3 World Urban Population by Region 14
4 World Households by Region 16
5 World Fixed Investment by Region 18
6 World Construction Expenditures by Region 20
7 World Energy Production by Type 23
8 World Energy Consumption by Region 25
9 World Nonagricultural Water Use by Region 27
10 World Land Under Irrigation 29

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Pipe Demand 39
2 World Plastic Pipe Volume Demand by Region 43
3 World Plastic Pipe Length Demand by Region 45
4 World Plastic Construction Pipe Demand by Region 48
5 World Other Plastic Pipe Demand by Region 49
6 World Plastic Pipe Shipments by Region 50
7 World Plastic Pipe Net Exports 52
8 World Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 55

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 59
2 North America: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 61
3 North America: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 63
4 United States: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 66
5 United States: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 68
6 United States: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 70
7 Canada: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 72
8 Canada: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 74
9 Canada: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 76
10 Mexico: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 78
11 Mexico: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 80
12 Mexico: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 82

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 85
2 Western Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 87
3 Western Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 89
4 France: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 92
5 France: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 94
6 France: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 96
7 Germany: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 98
8 Germany: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 100
9 Germany: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 102
10 Italy: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 105
11 Italy: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 107
12 Italy: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 109
13 Netherlands: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 111
14 Netherlands: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 113
15 Netherlands: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 115
16 Spain: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 117
17 Spain: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 119
18 Spain: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 121
19 United Kingdom: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 123
20 United Kingdom: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 125
21 United Kingdom: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 127
22 Other Western Europe: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 129
23 Other Western Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand
by Market and Resin 131
24 Other Western Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand
by Country 133

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 141
2 Asia/Pacific: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 143
3 Asia/Pacific: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 145
4 Australia: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 148
5 Australia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 150
6 Australia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 152
7 China: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 155
8 China: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 157
9 China: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 159
10 India: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 162
11 India: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 164
12 India: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 166
13 Indonesia: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 168
14 Indonesia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 170
15 Indonesia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 172
16 Japan: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 174
17 Japan: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 176
18 Japan: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 178
19 South Korea: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 180
20 South Korea: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 182
21 South Korea: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 184
22 Taiwan: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 186
23 Taiwan: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 188
24 Taiwan: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 190
25 Thailand: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 192
26 Thailand: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 194
27 Thailand: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 196
28 Other Asia/Pacific: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 198
29 Other Asia/Pacific: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market and Resin 200
30 Other Asia/Pacific: Plastic Pipe Demand by Country 201

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

1 Central and South America: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 208
2 Central and South America: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 210
3 Central and South America: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 212
4 Argentina: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 215
5 Argentina: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 217
6 Argentina: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 219
7 Brazil: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 221
8 Brazil: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 223
9 Brazil: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 225
10 Other Central and South America: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 227
11 Other Central and South America: Plastic Pipe Demand
by Market and Resin 229
12 Other Central and South America: Plastic Pipe Demand
by Country 230
13 Eastern Europe: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 235
14 Eastern Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 237
15 Eastern Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 239
16 Poland: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 242
17 Poland: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 244
18 Poland: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 246
19 Russia: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 249
20 Russia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 251
21 Russia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 253
22 Other Eastern Europe: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 256
23 Other Eastern Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand
by Market and Resin 258
24 Other Eastern Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand by Country 259
25 Africa/Mideast: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 265
26 Africa/Mideast: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 267
27 Africa/Mideast: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 269
28 Iran: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 272
29 Iran: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 274
30 Iran: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 276
31 Saudi Arabia: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 278
32 Saudi Arabia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 280
33 Saudi Arabia: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 282
34 Turkey: Macroeconomic Indicators and Total Pipe Demand 284
35 Turkey: Plastic Pipe Demand by Market 286
36 Turkey: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin 288
37 Other Africa/Mideast: Macroeconomic Indicators
and Total Pipe Demand 290
38 Other Africa/Mideast: Plastic Pipe Demand
by Market and Resin 292
39 Other Africa/Mideast: Plastic Pipe Demand by Country 293

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 Plastic Pipe Sales by Company, 2012 300
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 309
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 313



LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

1 World Pipe Demand by Region, 2012 40
2 World Plastic Pipe Volume Demand by Region, 2012 44
3 World Plastic Pipe Length Demand by Region, 2012 46
4 World Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2012 56

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

1 North America: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2012 64

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

1 Western Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2012 90

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

1 Asia/Pacific: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2012 146

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

1 Central and South America: Plastic Pipe Demand
by Resin, 2012 213
2 Eastern Europe: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2012 240
3 Africa/Mideast: Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2012 270

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Plastic Pipe Market Share, 2012 301

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