Plastic & Competitive Pipe demand to exceed 16 billion feet in 2009.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will remain the dominant pipe resin with best opportunities expected in large diameter drain and sewer uses. High density polyethylene (HDPE) will rise at the fastest pace due to its flexibility, sturdiness, joint integrity and trench-laying capabilities. Growth areas include corrugated drain, gas and potable water pipe. Crosslinked PE (PEX) represents a rapidly growing niche product in markets such as underfloor radiant heating.
Copper pipe demand will expand at a near average pace based on its excellent thermal transfer properties and durability, making it ideally suited for refrigeration and indoor potable water applications. Steel pipe demand will increase at a slower annual pace as a result of mature process industry and structural applications, as well as competition from other materials in areas such as conduit and potable water. Like copper, concrete and aluminum pipe will grow at near average paces through 2009. Storm sewers will remain the leading application for concrete, with water distribution and drainage providing better growth potential. Aluminum will exhibit the best pipe opportunities in structural and mechanical areas such as motor vehicles, as well as refrigeration tubing.
Plastic & Competitive Pipe (published 07/2005, 363 pages) is available for $4,300 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information may also be obtained through www.freedoniagroup.com.
For Immediate Release
PIPE DEMAND (minion feet) % Annual Growth Item 1999 2004 2009 04/99 09/04 Pipe Demand 15120 14510 16350 -0.8 2.4 Plastic 6285 5777 6600 -1.7 2.7 Copper 5648 5637 6370 -- 2.5 Steel 2487 2411 2630 -0.6 1.8 Aluminum, Concrete, Cast Iron & Clay 700 685 750 -0.4 1.8 [c] 2005 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.
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|Publication:||Research Studies - Freedonia Group|
|Date:||Oct 30, 2004|
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