US pipe demand will exceed 16 billion feet in the year 2005.
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.
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US PIPE DEMAND (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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|Date:||Oct 29, 2001|
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