Market Study Plastic Pipes Asia-Pacific Is Major Sales Market for Plastic Pipes
Pipes made from plastics have advantages compared to those made from other materials such as aluminum, concrete, cast iron, copper, and steel. Due to their low weight, their resistance to corrosive effects and chemicals as well as the simple handling increases their importance. Ceresana has analysed this market in detail.
Konstanz – The market research institute Ceresana is forecasting total global revenues of more than US$80 million in 2019. Major sales market for plastic pipes is Asia-Pacific that accounts for just above 50 percent of total global demand. North America ranks second, followed by Western Europe.
In the past, developing countries in Asia-Pacific have already been able to profit from the dynamic development of sales markets for plastic pipes. Market researchers at Ceresana expect Asian-Pacific countries to increase their market share of global demand to more than 60 percent by 2019.
Plastic pipes are mainly used in the areas sewage, drinking/potable water and gas supply, cable protection as well as in agriculture and industry; they are likely to gain further importance in the future. Depending on application area, importance of the different types of plastics used 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. ”While pipes based on polypropylene and polyethylene are still in the process of challenging the dominance of PVC-pipes in potable water supply, they are already playing a notable part in both gas supply and in industrial applications”, explains Oliver Kutsch, Ceresana CEO.
During the upcoming years, the utilization of other plastics, such as polybutylene, polyamide and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, is likely to become more and more widespread. Among others, these pipes are used for specialty applications such as ceiling cooling, compressed air systems, heating installations as well as construction of automobiles and naval vessels. Yet PVC will remain the major raw material for the pipe industry with an expected market share of more than 55 percent. Second most important material is polyethylene, HDPE in particular. For this type, forecast market shares vary greatly depending on region and were between 28 and 45 percent in 2011.