This study analyzes the world water pipe industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by market (e.g., buildings, sewer and drainage, transmission and service, irrigation), product (e.g., plastic, copper, steel, ductile iron, concrete), world region and for 22 major countries. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry participants.
World demand to rise 6.8% annually through 2017
Global demand for water pipe is forecast to increase 6.8 percent per year through 2017 to almost 14 billion meters, an acceleration from the pace of the 2007- 2012 period. Advances will result from two key factors: in developing nations, access to water supply and sanitation will be increased; in developed nations, a rebound in construction spending will boost demand for building pipe. Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains, as these types continue to displace concrete and metal materials in a range of markets, particularly water distribution.
China to claim half of all new water pipe demand
China alone is forecast to account for one-half of the increase in global water pipe demand generated between 2012 and 2017. The country’s vast population makes infrastructure and sewage system development a necessity, supporting demand by households that previously did not have a piped water supply. Other industrializing countries in Asia, such as India and Indonesia, and in the Africa/ Mideast region will also contribute to overall water pipe demand.
Building to remain leading global water pipe market
Among markets, building will remain the leading market through the forecast period. Recovery in the US economy, especially a rebound in US housing starts, will boost demand for water pipe. Gains in sewer and transmission applications will be prompted by expansion of water supply services, access to which in many countries remains considerably low, due to a lack of funding. In the least developed parts of Asia and Africa, market gains will continue, but even a robust level of growth will leave several hundred million people without access to safe water or even minimal sanitation facilities.
Plastic to be most rapidly growing water pipe material
Plastic pipe will experience the fastest growth through 2017. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will remain the leading plastic resin due to its use in small diameter applications in the potable water distribution and irrigation markets. HDPE pipe will supplant concrete, PVC, and steel pipe in drainage, storm sewer, and potable water applications. Concrete pipe will benefit from increased infrastructure spending, and copper pipe will benefit from a recovery in construction spending. However, gains for both materials will be adversely impacted by competition from plastic pipe.
Profiles global competitors such as CEMEX, China Liansu, Hanson Pipe, JM Eagle, McWane, and Wavin
This comprehensive study analyzes the world water pipe industry by product and market. Historical data for 2002, 2007, and 2012 and forecasts for the years 2017 and 2022 are provided. The term “demand” refers to apparent consumption and is defined as production (also referred to as “output,” “shipments,” or “supply”) from a country’s indigenous manufacturing facilities plus imports minus exports. Demand is used interchangeably with terms such as “market,” “sales,” and “consumption.” Data for water pipe are presented in millions of meters by product and market. The primary markets for water pipe are the building, sewer and drainage, transmission and service, and irrigation and other sectors. Water pipe products are plastic, copper, steel, ductile iron, concrete, and other.
In addition to providing a market outlook, the study identifies and profiles the major industry participants and discusses the key strategic competitive variables. The entire report is framed within the world water pipe industry’s economic and market environments. World water pipe market share data presented in the “Industry Structure” section are estimated based on consultation with multiple sources.
Data on global water pipe demand are derived from differing sources and developed from statistical relationships. Variations are commonplace in this type of international reporting and, consequently, data presented in this study are historically consistent but may differ from other sources. Variances may occur because of definitional differences, undistributed exports, inventory accumulations, and goods-in-transit. Total world water pipe imports and exports have been assumed to balance in any given year. Tabular details may not always add to totals due to rounding. All dollar values cited for the industry are at the basic manufacturers’ level.
Macroeconomic and demographic indicators presented in this study were obtained from The Freedonia Group Consensus Forecasts dated January 2013. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) historical data are derived from the national income and products accounts from the Organisation for Economic Co- Operation and Development (OECD) for its member countries, from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for its member countries, and from the International Monetary Fund for its member countries that are not part of the OECD or EBRD. Sources of GDP estimates for other countries are based on information from the World Bank and a variety of sources including the countries’ statistical bureaus. GDP forecasts are developed from a consensus of public agencies and private firms.