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AMA Research have published the 4th edition of the report ‘Pipes and Fittings Market Report – UK 2013-2017 Analysis’. Incorporating original input and primary research, it represents an up-to-date and informed review of this market, giving excellent value for money.

The report covers the following product areas in detail:

Plumbing Pipe Systems including: –
Hot and cold water internal pipes and fittings.
Pipes and fittings for radiator heating systems and
underfloor heating.
Rainwater, Soil and Waste Products including: –
Soil and waste pipes, traps and fittings (above ground).
Rainwater guttering, downpipes and fittings (above ground).The report covers the domestic and light commercial applications for the above products, excluding water utility applications, land drainage and other gas or telecommunications applications.
The report is written by marketing professionals with experience of the building products industry, enabling us to provide a comprehensive and detailed coverage of these changing markets.

Recent trends include:

A steady shift towards plastic pipes and fittings due to costs and volatile raw material prices in the copper sector.
Health and safety concerns are supporting a shift in the market towards flame free jointing. Push-fit and press-fit fittings are increasingly popular, with considerable savings made on installation time.
Growing interest in rainwater harvesting systems, following heavy rainfall in recent years and greater awareness of environmental concerns and water usage.
With unpredictable rainfall patterns and climate change, there is a growth in demand for high capacity gutter systems.
Greater focus on sustainability throughout the production and distribution chain, particularly on recycling and the use of recycled materials in the plastic sector.
Other products experiencing growth include multi-layer press-fit pipes and connections, e.g. plastic and aluminium alloy.

Some of the companies included:

Aden Pro Form Ltd, Aliaxis Group, Alumasc Building Products, Aluminium Roofline Products (ARP), Amazon Civils, Anglian Home Improvements, Ash & Lacy Building Systems, Ashworth, B & Q, Bradfords Building Supplies, Brett Martin, Buteline, CA Building Products, Comfort Corporation, Coppa Gutta, Crane Fluid Systems, Crossling, Dales Fabrications, David Cover, Durapipe, EH Smith, Elliott Brothers, Emmeti UK, Flamco, Flex-seal, FloPlast, Freefoam Plastics Ltd, Geberit, Georg Fischer (GF Piping Systems), GMD Pennine, GPS PE Pipe Systems, Grafton Group, Guttercrest, Guttermaster, Halcor SA, Hall and Botterill, Hargreaves Foundry, Homebase, HPS (Heating Plumbing Supplies), Hunter Plastics, IBP Conex UK, James Hargreaves, John Guest, JT Atkinsons & Sons, JT Dove, JWD Rainwater Systems, KME Yorkshire Ltd, KWH Pipe UK, Lawton Tube Co, Lindab Building Products, LK Systems, Maincor, Marley Plumbing & Drainage, McAlpine and Co, MKM Building Supplies, Naylor-Myers, Pegler Yorkshire Group, PF Copeland Rainwater Systems, Philmac, Pipe 2000 Ltd, Pipelife UK, Plastivan UK, Polypipe Building Products, Purus UK, Qual-Plumb UK, Rehau, RGB Building Supplies (RGB), Ridgeons, Robert Price, Saint-Gobain, STC Plumbing and Heating Merchants, Stockfords Rainwater Systems, Stormguard Rainwater Systems, Swish Building Products (SBP), Sydenhams, Talon Manufacturing, Tippers Builders Merchant, Travis Perkins, Tuscan Foundry, Uponor Ltd, Wavin UK, WE Bates, Wednesbury Tube, Wickes, Wieland Werke, William Wilson, Wolseley UK, Yeoman Rainguard.

Key areas covered in the report include:

MARKET SIZE AND TRENDS
Market size by value, rates of change, trends and forecasts.
Key influences in the market and future prospects.
Development and influence of the domestic heating market and underfloor heating sector.
Development of the bathroom and shower market and influence on the pipes and fittings industry.
Key building and construction trends and influences on the pipes and fittings market, including housebuilding levels and future prospects, domestic refurbishment levels and future prospects, the influence of the conservatory and garden rooms market, trends in the self build market, the commercial building and construction market and the influence of increasing government spending in that sector.
The changing impact of new building methods, off-site construction etc.
PRODUCT APPLICATIONS, TYPES, MIX AND CHARACTERISTICS

Plumbing pipe systems:

Hot and cold pressurised applications for heating and for hot and cold potable water, and underfloor heating.
Product mix of plumbing pipe and fittings and mix of plumbing pipe systems by application.
Material mix for pipes and fittings in this sector. The differences in material used between potable water and heating applications.
The use of copper pipe and fittings in plumbing applications; key suppliers; advantages and disadvantages of copper; shift towards flame-free jointing etc.
Use of plastic in plumbing applications; types of plastic pipe; key suppliers; influence of barrier pipe; growth of push-fit fittings etc.
Main suppliers and market shares for plumbing pipe systems.
Outlook for plumbing pipe systems – forecasts for 2013 and up to 2017.
Rainwater goods, soil & waste products:

Product mix of rainwater and soil & waste products.
Material mix for rainwater goods; use of different materials; advantages and disadvantages of plastic, cast iron etc; product developments; rainwater drainage and harvesting.
Main suppliers and market shares for rainwater goods, soil and waste products.
Outlook for rainwater goods, soil and waste products - forecasts for 2013 and up to 2017.
Overall materials mix

Mix of pipes and fittings by application type and by material type.
SUPPLIERS
Main suppliers overall, including market positions, key characteristics and strengths.
Market shares for plastic pipes and fittings.
Market shares for metal pipes and fittings.
Comment on other suppliers and importers.
DISTRIBUTION

Main distribution channels. Key companies in each of the major channels.
Channel shares across the pipe and fittings industry.
Changing nature of distribution in terms of greater activity through the internet and other e-commerce solutions.
Plumbing and heating contractors and influence on the specification process.The UK pipes and fittings market is estimated at £686 million at Manufacturers Selling Prices (MSP) in 2012. This represents an increase of 3% since 2011.

The plumbing pipe systems sector accounts for some 64% of the pipes and fittings market, as defined in this report. The rainwater, soil and waste products sector accounts for the remaining 36% of this industry.

Key factors influencing the market in recent years include historically low levels of construction in the commercial, public and housing sectors and rising raw material prices, particularly copper with some manufacturers forced to pass on rising costs to the end-users.

Value growth in the market has largely been achieved through raw material price rises in recent years, rather than an increase in demand from key end-use sectors.

Key end-use markets such as house building and non-domestic construction remain under pressure in line with the difficult economic environment.

The outlook for the UK pipes and fittings market in 2013 remains uncertain. Construction levels and RMI expenditure are expected to remain under pressure, with the market for pipes and fittings largely reliant on private sector construction in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors, as budget cuts continue to impact public sector expenditure.

Flexible plastic plumbing pipe systems are the dominant material used in hot and cold potable water installations. The market for copper pipe has remained relatively static in recent years, but is still used in the majority of heating installations and in refurbishment projects. There has also been steady growth in the demand for flame free fittings such as plastic push-fit and press-fit pipe fittings. Factors driving the growth of the plastic sector include technological developments and improved reliability. In addition, the use of plastic has become more established among plumbers.

Push-fit and press-fit fittings are also more popular, with considerable savings made on installation time. In addition, with increasing health and safety legislation, there has been a clear shift in the market towards flame free jointing.

PVC-U dominates the above ground rainwater guttering and soil and waste pipework sector. There is also a growing demand for seamless aluminium guttering and cast iron effect PVC-U guttering, which provides the effect of cast iron at a significantly cheaper price.

The pipes and fittings market is supplied by several large international companies who lead the overall market.

It is estimated that around 48% of pipes and fittings products are distributed via builder’s merchants, whilst 32% are sold by more specialist plumbing, roofing and drainage distributors. Around 10% are distributed via DIY multiples and other independent DIY/hardware stores. Others account for 10% and include internet and catalogue sales, plus direct sales from OEM business.

Table Of Contents

Pipes and Fittings Market Report - UK 2013-2017 Analysis 
1. INTRODUCTION 6
1.1 INTRODUCTION 6
1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 7
2. SUMMARY 8
2.1 MARKET SIZE AND TRENDS 8
2.2 FUTURE PROSPECTS 10
3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 13
3.1 GDP 13
3.2 INFLATION and INTEREST RATES 14
3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 15
3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 16
3.5 HOUSING and CONSTRUCTION 16
3.6 STERLING 18
3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 19
3.8 CONCLUSIONS 19
4. PIPES AND FITTINGS MARKET 21
4.1 MARKET OVERVIEW 21
4.2 KEY MARKET INFLUENCES 23
4.2.1 House Building Completions 23
4.2.2 Mix of House Building Completions 24
4.2.3 House Moving Levels 26
4.2.4 Non-Domestic Construction 26
4.2.5 Off-Site Construction Methods 28
4.3 OTHER PIPE AND FITTINGS MARKET DRIVERS 30
4.3.1 Central Heating and Water Heating Market 30
4.3.2 Underfloor Heating Market 31
4.3.3 Garden Rooms and Conservatories 32
4.3.4 Bathroom and Shower Market 33
4.4 ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES 34
5. PRODUCTS 36
5.1 PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS 36
5.1.1 Definition 36
5.1.2 Market Size 36
5.1.3 Market Overview 37
5.1.4 Product and Material Mix 39
5.1.5 Copper Plumbing Pipe Systems 42
5.1.6 Plastic Plumbing Pipe Systems 46
5.1.7 Market Shares 49
5.2 RAINWATER, SOIL AND WASTE PRODUCTS 50
5.2.1 Definition 50
5.2.2 Market Size 50
5.2.3 Market Overview 51
5.2.4 Product and Material Mix 53
5.2.5 Rainwater Products 55
5.2.6 Soil and Waste Products 60
5.2.7 Market Shares 61
6. SUPPLIERS 62
6.1 OVERVIEW 62
6.2 KEY SUPPLIERS 63
6.3 OTHER SUPPLIERS 67
7. DISTRIBUTION 73
7.1 DISTRIBUTION MIX 73
7.2 BUILDERS' MERCHANTS/SPECIALISTS 74
7.3 DIY MULTIPLES 79
7.4 OTHER DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS 80
7.5 PLUMBERS AND HEATING CONTRACTORS 81CHART 1 UK PIPES AND FITTINGS MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2007-2017 8
TABLE 2 GDP DATA - 2010-2013 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 13
CHART 3 INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 1992-2017 15
CHART 4 PDI and SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 1995-2017 16
TABLE 5 EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2008-2014 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 18
CHART 6 UK PIPES AND FITTINGS MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2007-2017 21
TABLE 7 UK PIPES AND FITTINGS MARKET - PRODUCT MIX BY VALUE 2012 (£M MSP) 23
CHART 8 HOUSING COMPLETIONS 2007 TO 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM (‘000) 24
CHART 9 HOUSEBUILDING COMPLETIONS IN ENGLAND - % MIX BY TYPE OF DWELLING 2002-2012 25
TABLE 10 NUMBER OF PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS UK 2007 TO 2013 (‘000) 26
CHART 11 CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT (GREAT BRITAIN) NEW WORK and RMI - CURRENT PRICES (£BN) 2008 -2016 27
TABLE 12 UK UNDERFLOOR HEATING MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2008-2012 31
TABLE 13 UK GARDEN ROOMS AND BUILDINGS MARKET 2008-2013 (000S) 33
TABLE 14 UK PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS MARKET BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2007-2017 37
CHART 15 PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS - PRODUCT MIX BY VALUE 2012 39
CHART 16 PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS - MATERIAL MIX BY VALUE 2012 40
CHART 17 UK PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS - % MIX BY TYPE OF INSTALLATION 2012 41
CHART 18 CENTRAL HEATING AND POTABLE WATER PIPE SYSTEMS - MATERIAL MIX BY VALUE 2012 42
TABLE 19 COPPER PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS - ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES 44
CHART 20 PLASTIC PLUMBING PIPE - PRODUCT MIX BY VALUE 2012 47
TABLE 21 PLASTIC PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS - ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES 48
TABLE 22 PLUMBING PIPE SYSTEMS - MARKET SHARES BY VALUE 2012 50
TABLE 23 UK RAINWATER, SOIL AND WASTE PRODUCTS BY VALUE (£M MSP) 2007-2017 51
CHART 24 RAINWATER, SOIL AND WASTE PRODUCTS - PRODUCT MIX BY VALUE 2012 53
CHART 25 RAINWATER PRODUCTS - MATERIAL MIX BY VALUE 2012 54
CHART 26 SOIL AND WASTE PRODUCTS - MATERIAL MIX BY VALUE 2012 55
TABLE 27 PLASTIC RAINWATER PRODUCTS - ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES 56
TABLE 28 CAST IRON RAINWATER PRODUCTS - ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES 57
TABLE 29 RAINWATER, SOIL AND WASTE PRODUCTS - MARKET SHARES BY VALUE 2012 61
TABLE 30 UK SUPPLIERS OF PLASTIC PIPES AND FITTINGS - MARKET SHARES BY VALUE 2012 62
TABLE 31 UK SUPPLIERS OF METAL PIPES AND FITTINGS - MARKET SHARES BY VALUE 2012 63
CHART 32 DISTRIBUTION OF PIPES AND FITTINGS - MIX BY CHANNEL 2012 73
CHART 33 UK VAT REGISTERED PLUMBING AND HEATING CONTRACTORS 2011 81

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