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US pipe demand will exceed 16 billion feet in the year 2005.

Pipe demand in the US is expected to increase 2.4 percent per annum through 2005 to over 16 billion feet. Pacing advances will be the expansion or replacement of deteriorating potable water, sewer, drainage and other pipe networks. Further advances will be threatened by declining housing starts and the uncertainties endemic to government funded storm and sewer pipe projects. Best opportunities are anticipated for plastic pipe based on the material's corrosion resistance, long service life and lower installed costs compared to concrete, cast iron and other materials. This will create demand for 6.4 billion feet of plastic pipe in 2005. Copper pipe will remain the footage leader due to its excellent thermal transfer properties and durability, making it ideally suited for refrigeration and indoor potable water applications. These and other trends are presented in Plastic & Competitive Pipe, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will remain the leading pipe resin based on its durability, stiffness and low cost. Improvements in PVC pipe's compressive strength and other characteristics, combined with anticipated cost efficiencies, will quicken inroads into drain and sewer applications, particularly in larger diameters. Best opportunities, however, are anticipated for high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe as a result of the resin's flexibility, sturdiness, joint integrity and trench-laying capabilities. Particularly good opportunities are anticipated in conduit and corrugated drain applications. Rapidly growing niche applications for HDPE include geothermal piping and radiant underfloor heating systems.

Concrete and aluminum pipe applications will center around systems requiring high pressure capabilities or compressive strength. Steel pipe demand will expand slowly, with primary uses in arduous situations such as oil and gas well drilling, and structural and mechanical roles. Marginal growth for cast iron pipe is expected based on competition from plastic pipe, which has weight, cost and performance advantages in areas such as drain, waste and vent piping.

Construction, the largest pipe market, will experience annual demand growth of 2.3 percent to 7.8 billion feet in 2005. Potable water will remain the leading application although more rapid growth is expected in drainage/irrigation and drain/ sewer uses. Advances will reflect replacement and capacity upgrades for deteriorated or undercapacity drain and sewer systems.

Plastic & Competitive Pipe published 10/2001, 301 pages)is available for $3,800 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 Information may also be obtained through

A limited license to use or reprint information from this news release is granted to you provided attribution for same -- including, if possible, the price of the report -- is given to The Freedonia Group, Inc. (Cleveland, OH). We would also appreciate the courtesy of receiving a copy of the article or publication in which we appear.
(million feet)

 % Annual Growth
Item 1995 2000 2005 00/95 05/00

Total Pipe Demand 11496 14374 16145 4.6 2.4
 Copper 4576 5780 6507 4.8 2.4
 Plastic 4052 5596 6401 6.7 2.7
 Steel 2217 2218 2381 -- 1.4
 Other 651 780 856 3.7 1.9

[c] 2001 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.

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Publication:Research Studies - Freedonia Group
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 29, 2001
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