Study #: 3898 | Published: 10/2020 | Pages: 101 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Plastic pipe demand is expected to grow 3.5% per year through 2024 to $14.4 billion. Plastic pipe will continue to capture market share from more traditional metal and concrete pipe materials in a number of applications.

Water & Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades to Benefit Plastic Pipe Suppliers

Water and sewer supply construction spending is forecast to see relatively healthy growth through 2024, as many communities face replacement of their aging water infrastructure. Federal spending is expected to constitute a significant driver of growth in these applications, especially as local and state government face budget shortfalls due to the negative economic impact of COVID-19.

Among the programs expected to boost water and sewer construction spending are:

  • the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), which extended over $6 billion in loans in fiscal year 2019
  • the proposed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, an update to the same legislation of 2018, which would invest $19.5 billion in such projects as wastewater and flooding management
  • the USDA’s investment in rural water supply through its Water and Waste Disposal Loan Grant

Plastics Continues to Take Product Share in Natural Gas

The aftereffects of the coronavirus pandemic are expected to leave oil and gas extraction activity depressed for some time. Nevertheless, the distribution of natural gas will represents an opportunity for plastic pipe through 2024.

Plastic will outperform competitive materials – steel and aluminum – in transmission applications by a wide margin, and will be the only material to see growth in distribution applications going forward. HDPE, the most commonly utilized resin in oil and gas pipe, will be the primary driver of growth, due to its:

  • flexibility
  • ease of installation
  • low cost per linear foot compared to fiberglass
  • corrosion resistance
  • leakproof joining methods

Larger Diameter Applications Boost Plastic Pipe Growth in Volume Terms

One commonality between major water, sewer, and oil and gas transmission projects is pipeline size. Where plastic pipelines are replacing older infrastructure, these new plastic pipes are almost universally of a larger diameter than the ones they are replacing. As US water, sewer, and energy needs grow, so too does the diameter of pipes required to handle these needs adequately. As a result, the average diameter of plastic pipes is increasing, which will support growth in weight and value terms through 2024 and beyond.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

Report Details

Study Scope & Product Description

3. Overview

Historical Market Trends

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Supply & Demand

Trade & Tariffs

Long-Term Forecast

Drivers & Restraints

Pricing Trends

Competitive Products

4. Markets

Demand by Market

Potable Water

Storm & Sanitary Sewer

Conduit

Industrial Processing

Oil & Natural Gas

Drain, Waste, & Vent

Irrigation

Structural & Mechanical

5. Resins

Resin Demand Forecast

Pipe Demand by Resin

PVC

HDPE

PEX

CPVC

Fiberglass

ABS

Other Resins (Polypropylene, LDPE, & All Other)

6. Suppliers & Market Share

Industry Composition

Key Suppliers & Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

7. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

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

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Plastic Pipe Demand, 2000 - 2019 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 3-2 | Plastic Pipe Supply & Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Plastic Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 3-4 | Plastic Pipe Markets: Major Applications, Drivers, & Restraints

4. Markets

Table 4-1 | Plastic Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Plastic Potable Water Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Plastic Storm & Sanitary Sewer Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

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

Table 4-5 | Plastic Industrial Processing Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Plastic Oil & Gas Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Plastic Drain, Waste, & Vent Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Plastic Irrigation Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-9 | Plastic Structural & Mechanical Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

5. Resins

Table 5-1 | Resin Consumption in Plastic Pipe Production, 2009 - 2029 (million pounds)

Table 5-2 | Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 5-3 | PVC Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 5-4 | PVC Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

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

Table 5-6 | HDPE Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 5-7 | PEX Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 5-8 | PEX Pipe Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 5-9 | CPVC Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 5-10 | CPVC Pipe Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

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

Table 5-12 | Fiberglass Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 5-13 | ABS Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

Table 5-14 | ABS Pipe: Performance Against Competitive Materials by Market

Table 5-15 | Other Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars, million pounds, & million linear feet)

6. Suppliers & Market Share

Table 6-1 | US Plastic Pipe Sales by Company, 2019 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

7. Appendix

Table 7-1 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 7-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 7-3 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 7-4 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2029 (millions)

Table 7-5 | Residential Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 7-6 | Commercial Building Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)

Table 7-7 | Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars & billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Key Trends in the Plastic Pipe Market

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Plastic Pipe Demand, 2000 - 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Plastic Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

4. Markets

Figure 4-1 | Plastic Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-2 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Potable Water Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-3 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Storm & Sanitary Sewer Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-4 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Conduit Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-5 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Industrial Processing Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-6 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Oil & Gas Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-7 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Drain, Waste, & Vent Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-8 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Irrigation Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 4-9 | Growth Comparison for Plastic Structural & Mechanical Pipe Value Demand by Resin, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

5. Resins

Figure 5-1 | Plastic Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

6. Suppliers & Market Share

Figure 6-1 | US Plastic Pipe Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

7. Appendix

Figure 7-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 7-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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