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Demand for pipe in the US is projected to climb 2.9% per year through 2024 to $47.4 billion, rebounding from a low 2019 base. Increases in water and sewer construction spending will be a major driver of growth. On the other hand, a weaker economic outlook will depress construction and oil and gas drilling activity for some time, constraining demand in these major applications for pipe.

Structural & Mechanical Market Sees Boost From Ongoing Shift in Consumer Behavior

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered consumer behavior and shopping patterns, and a number of these shifts are expected to continue after the pandemic ends, which will support demand for pipe-intensive home appliances:

  • Consumers are expected to continue to cook at home more frequently and purchase larger quantities of groceries while making fewer trips to supermarkets, encouraging them to increase their storage by upgrading to larger refrigerators. Demand for commercial refrigerators will also increase as food retailers continue to expand their curbside pick-up programs.
  • Aging air conditioning units will be replaced as consumers spend more time at home and make improvements to these residences.

Ongoing Infrastructure Needs Support Water & Sewer Markets

America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 has already funded several billion dollars in much needed improvements to the US potable water supply and wastewater disposal infrastructure. Nevertheless, much of the pipe currently in service is at the end of its useful life or has passed it. In May 2020, an update to the 2018 law was introduced in the US Senate. These and other measures are expected to support increases in water and sewer pipe demand, as states and municipalities acquire federal funding to replace aging pipelines.

Advantages of PVC & HDPE to Drive Plastic Pipe Increases

Plastic pipe such as PVC and HDPE will continue to gain share over other material types in many markets due to such benefits as corrosion resistance – key for such applications as sewers and buried pipe applications with acidic soils – flexibility, which is important for trenchless installation, and low cost per linear foot due to their light weight. In addition, pipe replacement projects are expected to benefit suppliers of plastic pipe. Many communities are facing the replacement of aging water and sewer infrastructure, resulting in good growth for these sizable end markets for PVC and HDPE pipe.

Industry Mergers Leading to a More Concentrated Pipe Market

In January 2020, Tenaris completed its acquisition of IPSCO Tubulars, a division of TMK (Russia). Tenaris’ resulting position in the US steel pipe market will make it over twice as large as its nearest competitor in steel, Zekelman Industries. Although the pipe industry has historically supported both small and large firms, the biggest companies are an increasing share of the market.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Overview

Study Scope

Demand by Market

Market Value

Demand in Linear Feet

Demand in Pounds

Demand by Material

Market Value

Demand in Linear Feet

Demand in Pounds

Trade & Tariffs

Pricing Trends

Impact of COVID-19 on the Pipe Industry

Sustainability, Recycling, & Reuse

3. Oil & Gas Pipe

Market Scope & Definitions

Factors Impacting Oil & Gas Pipe Demand

Drilling & Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

Oil & Gas Pipeline Construction

Oil & Gas Pipe Demand Outlook

Oil & Gas Pipe Demand by Material

Plastic Oil & Gas Pipe by Resin

Steel OCTG & Line Pipe

Demand by Application

Oil & Gas Drilling Pipe

Oil & Gas Transmission Pipe

Natural Gas Distribution Pipe

Oil & Gas Pipe Suppliers

4. Potable Water Pipe

Market Scope & Definitions

Potable Water Infrastructure Construction Overview

Potable Water Pipe Demand Outlook

Demand by Material

Plastic Potable Water Pipe Demand by Resin

Demand by Application

Water Transmission Pipe

Water Distribution Pipe

Service Pipe & Rural Water Pipe

5. Storm & Sanitary Sewer Pipe

Market Scope & Definitions

Sewer Infrastructure Construction Overview

Sewer Pipe Demand Outlook

Demand by Material

Plastic Storm & Sewer Pipe Demand by Resin

Demand by Market Sector

Storm Sewer Pipe

Sanitary Sewer Pipe

6. Conduit Pipe

Market Scope & Definitions

Telecommunications Construction Overview

Conduit Pipe Demand Outlook

Demand by Material

Conduit Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin

7. Industrial Processing Pipe

Market Scope & Definitions

Process Manufacturing Outlook

Process Pipe Demand Outlook

Demand by Material

Plastic Process Pipe Demand by Resin

8. Drain, Waste, Vent (DWV) Pipe

Scope & Definitions

Building Construction Outlook

Drain, Waste, Vent Pipe Demand Outlook

Demand by Material

Plastic Drain, Waste, Vent Pipe Demand by Resin

9. Irrigation Pipe

Scope & Definitions

Agricultural Industry & Land Usage Trends

Irrigation Pipe Demand Outlook

Demand by Material

Plastic Irrigation Pipe Demand by Resin

10. Structural & Mechanical Pipe

Scope & Definitions

Factors Impacting Pipe Demand

Structural & Mechanical Pipe Demand Outlook

Demand by Material

Plastic Structural & Mechanical Pipe Demand by Resin

Mechanical Pipe Demand by Application

Refrigeration Equipment & Appliances

Transportation Equipment

Other Mechanical Pipe Applications

11. Metal Pipe

Scope & Definitions

Demand by Material

Steel Pipe

Supply & Demand

Demand by Market

Steel Pipe Applications, Drivers, & Restraints

Market Share

Copper Pipe

Demand by Market

Market Share

Ductile Iron Pipe

Demand by Market

Market Share

Aluminum Pipe

Demand by Market

Aluminum Pipe Applications, Drivers, & Restraints

Market Share

Other Metal Pipe (Titanium, Nickel)

Demand by Market

Market Share

12. Plastic Pipe

Scope & Definitions

Plastic Pipe Applications, Drivers, & Restraints

Demand by Resin

Demand Overview

PVC

HDPE

PEX

CPVC

Fiberglass

ABS

Other Resins (Polypropylene, LDPE, Other)

Demand by Market

Market Share

13. Concrete & Clay Pipe

Concrete

Scope & Definition

Demand by Market

Market Share

Clay

Scope & Definition

Demand by Market

Suppliers

14. Industry Structure

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

List of Industry Participants

15. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Residential Building Construction

Commercial Building Construction

Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures


List of Tables

2. Overview

Table 2-1 | Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-2 | Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million linear feet)

Table 2-3 | Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million pounds)

Table 2-4 | Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-5 | Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million linear feet & million dollars)

Table 2-6 | Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million pounds & million dollars)

Table 2-7 | Average Pipe Prices by Material, 2009 - 2029 (dollars per pound & dollars per linear foot)

3. Oil & Gas Pipe

Table 3-1 | OCTG & Line Pipe Applications & Definitions

Table 3-2 | Oil & Natural Gas Pipe Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 3-3 | Oil & Natural Gas Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Plastic Oil & Natural Gas Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Steel Oil & Natural Gas Pipe Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Oil & Gas Drilling Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Oil & Gas Transmission Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-8 | Natural Gas Distribution Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

4. Potable Water Pipe

Table 4-1 | Potable Water Applications & Definitions

Table 4-2 | Potable Water Pipe Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 4-3 | Potable Water Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Plastic Potable Water Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-5 | Water Transmission Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Water Distribution Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Other Potable Water Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

5. Storm & Sanitary Sewer Pipe

Table 5-1 | Storm & Sanitary Sewer Pipe Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 5-2 | Storm & Sanitary Sewer Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 5-3 | Plastic Storm & Sanitary Sewer Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 5-4 | Storm Sewer Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 5-5 | Sanitary Sewer Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

6. Conduit Pipe

Table 6-1 | Conduit Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 6-2 | Conduit Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-3 | Plastic Conduit Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

7. Industrial Processing Pipe

Table 7-1 | Industrial Processing Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 7-2 | Industrial Processing Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-3 | Plastic Industrial Processing Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

8. Drain, Waste, Vent (DWV) Pipe

Table 8-1 | Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 8-2 | Drain, Waste, & Vent Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 8-3 | Drain, Waste, & Vent Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-4 | Plastic Drain, Waste, & Vent Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

9. Irrigation Pipe

Table 9-1 | Irrigation Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 9-2 | Irrigation Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 9-3 | Plastic Irrigation Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

10. Structural & Mechanical Pipe

Table 10-1 | Structural & Mechanical Pipe Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 10-2 | Structural & Mechanical Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 10-3 | Plastic Structural & Mechanical Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

11. Metal Pipe

Table 11-1 | Metal Pipe Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 11-2 | Steel Pipe Supply & Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 11-3 | Steel Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 11-4 | Steel Pipe Markets: Major Applications, Drivers, & Restraints

Table 11-5 | Copper Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 11-6 | Ductile Iron Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 11-7 | Aluminum Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 11-8 | Aluminum Pipe Markets: Major Applications, Drivers, & Restraints

Table 11-9 | Other Nonferrous Metal Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

12. Plastic Pipe

Table 12-1 | Plastic Pipe Markets: Major Applications, Drivers, & Restraints

Table 12-2 | Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-3 | PVC Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-4 | PVC Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 12-5 | HDPE Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-6 | HDPE Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 12-7 | PEX Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-8 | PEX Pipe Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 12-9 | CPVC Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-10 | CPVC Pipe Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 12-11 | Fiberglass Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-12 | Fiberglass Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 12-13 | ABS Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-14 | ABS Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 12-15 | Other Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 12-16 | Plastic Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

13. Concrete & Clay Pipe

Table 13-1 | Concrete Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 13-2 | Clay Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

14. Industry Structure

Table 14-1 | US Pipe Sales by Company, 2019 (million dollars)

Table 14-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

Table 14-3 | Selected Industry Participants

15. Appendix

Table 15-1 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 15-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 15-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 15-4 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 15-5 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2029 (millions)

Table 15-6 | Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 15-7 | Commercial Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 15-8 | Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | US Pipe Products Market

2. Overview

Figure 2-1 | Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

10. Structural & Mechanical Pipe

Figure 10-1 | Refrigeration Equipment & Appliance Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 10-2 | Transportation Equipment Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 10-3 | Other Structural & Mechanical Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

11. Metal Pipe

Figure 11-1 | Steel Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 11-2 | Copper Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Figure 11-3 | Copper Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 11-4 | Ductile Iron Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Figure 11-5 | Ductile Iron Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 11-6 | Aluminum Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Figure 11-7 | Aluminum Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 11-8 | Other Nonferrous Metal Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Figure 11-9 | Other Nonferrous Metal Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (million dollars)

12. Plastic Pipe

Figure 12-1 | Plastic Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Figure 12-2 | Plastic Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

13. Concrete & Clay Pipe

Figure 13-1 | Concrete Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Figure 13-2 | Concrete Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 13-3 | Clay Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

14. Industry Structure

Figure 14-1 | US Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 14-2 | US Pipe Market: Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 14-3 | US Pipe Market: Second Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 14-4 | US Pipe Market: Third Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 14-5 | US Pipe Market: Fourth Leading Supplier, 2019

15. Appendix

Figure 15-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 15-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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