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Large diameter pipe demand in the US is projected to expand 2.2 percent yearly to 183 million feet in the year 2003, valued at more than $7 billion.

Large diameter pipe demand in the US is projected to expand 2.2 percent yearly to 183 million feet in the year 2003, valued at more than $7 billion. Advances will flow from efforts to meet clean water mandates, needs to revitalize aging and obsolete sewer and drain networks, and continued building, highway and street construction. Further growth will be limited by financial constraints and the use of more durable materials. Concrete pipe will remain dominant due to the material's durability and cost effectiveness. Plastic pipe will grow at the fastest pace as a result of broadened sewer and water distribution uses brought about by improvements in pressure tolerance and crush resistance. Below average growth is expected for cast iron and steel pipe, due to competition from plastic pipe, although opportunities are anticipated in areas such as water distribution. These and other trends are presented in Large Diameter Pipe, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market researc h firm.

Large diameter plastic pipe demand is projected to increase 4.4 percent per annum to nearly 38 million feet in the year 2003 as a result of advantages over other materials such as lower cost, lighter weight, inherent corrosion and chemical resistance, durability and installation ease. This will create a market for almost one billion pounds of resin. Polyvinyl chloride and high density polyethylene will exhibit the best growth prospects based on increased usage in water distribution, sewer and drainage applications. Nevertheless, concrete pipe will remain dominant with demand growing 1.8 percent per annum to almost 100 million feet. Advances will be paced by anticipated growth in large sewer and drainage applications, brought about by the widespread replacement or expansion of infrastructural pipe networks.

Storm sewers will remain the leading large diameter pipe market because of ongoing sewer upgrading programs. Concrete will remain the dominant material used due to its durability, corrosion resistance, strength, tapping ease and versatility. However, significantly higher growth rates are anticipated for corrugated high density polyethylene pipe in storm sewers due to advantages over concrete such as higher chemical and abrasion resistance, lower cost and easier installation. Best large diameter pipe growth is anticipated in natural gas and sanitary sewer pipe as a result of growing energy demands and efforts to meet more stringent clean water standards.

Large Diameter Pipe (published 7/9g, 161 pages) is available for $3400 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail pr@freedoniagroup.com. Full text is also available online through commercial database companies and the www.freedoniagroup.com Web site.

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Comment:Large diameter pipe demand in the US is projected to expand 2.2 percent yearly to 183 million feet in the year 2003, valued at more than $7 billion.
Publication:Research Studies - Freedonia Group
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Date:Jul 1, 1999
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