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Polyethylene (PE) pipe includes pipe made from HDPE (high density polyethylene), PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), and PE-RT (polyethylene of raised temperature), among other resins. Demand for PE pipe is projected to grow 3.7% per year to 15.3 million metric tons in 2024, driven by increasing utilization of polyethylene pipe across all markets.

Global Infrastructure Needs Boost HDPE Sales

Construction spending contracted in most countries in 2020 as governments faced decreased income and budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, HDPE pipe demand will record healthy growth on average through 2024 as pipe made from this resin is favored over other materials in water and sewer applications:

  • Higher-income countries continue to turn to HDPE pipe for repair and replacement of older pipelines due to its corrosion resistance and compatibility with trenchless installation.
  • In lower- and middle-income countries, HDPE pipe suppliers will benefit from the ongoing expansion of water and sewer infrastructure to meet the needs of their populations, especially in areas where access to improved water and sanitation facilities is still limited.

HDPE to Gain Share over Steel in Energy

Steel remains the dominant material in energy pipe applications. However, plastic pipe – HDPE in particular – will continue to increase its share of the product mix in this market:

  • HDPE already possesses a sizable share of sales in gas distribution applications, a position that will only become stronger going forward as older steel pipelines are replaced.
  • It is also growing in drilling and transmission applications, albeit from a much smaller base, with sales opportunities advancing in small and medium diameters.

PEX & PE-RT Continue to Displace Copper & Other Plastics in Water Distribution

PEX and PE-RT have become a key materials in water distribution applications due to their flexibility and high-temperature resistance. Additionally, like all plastic pipe, they are resistant to corrosion, which further boosts their use at the expense of copper pipe. While these resins are most common in North America and Europe, PE pipe is gaining share in other regions as well.

In addition, PEX is widely used in radiant floor heating systems, which are gaining popularity across the globe and are standard in new construction in many countries. However, PEX faces stiff competition from competitive plastics with similar properties, such as PP and PB.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

Report Details

Study Scope & Product Description

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

3. Overview

Historical Market Trends

Demand by Resin

HDPE Pipe

PEX Pipe

Demand by Market

Demand by Region

Pricing Trends

Competitive Products

Leading Producers

4. North America

North America: Demand by Country

United States

Mexico

Canada

5. Central & South America

Central & South America: Demand by Country

Brazil

Other Central & South America

6. Western Europe

Western Europe: Demand by Country

Germany

France

United Kingdom

Italy

Spain

Other Western Europe

7. Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe: Demand by Country

Russia

Other Eastern Europe

8. Asia/Pacific

Asia/Pacific: Demand by Country

China

India

Japan

Indonesia

South Korea

Australia

Other Asia/Pacific

9. Africa/Mideast

Africa/Mideast: Demand by Country

Saudi Arabia

Turkey

Iran

Other Africa/Mideast

10. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Country Lists by Region

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Global Economic Outlook

Demographic Trends

Global Manufacturing Outlook

Global Building Construction Outlook

Global Nonbuilding Construction Outlook


List of Tables

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2019 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 3-3 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 3-4 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Region, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons & million dollars)

4. North America

Table 4-1 | North America: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 4-2 | United States: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 4-3 | Mexico: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 4-4 | Canada: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

5. Central & South America

Table 5-1 | Central & South America: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 5-2 | Brazil: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 5-3 | Other Central & South America: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

6. Western Europe

Table 6-1 | Western Europe: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 6-2 | Germany: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 6-3 | France: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 6-4 | United Kingdom: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 6-5 | Italy: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 6-6 | Spain: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 6-7 | Other Western Europe: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

7. Eastern Europe

Table 7-1 | Eastern Europe: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 7-2 | Russia: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 7-3 | Other Eastern Europe: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

8. Asia/Pacific

Table 8-1 | Asia/Pacific: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 8-2 | China: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 8-3 | India: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 8-4 | Japan: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 8-5 | Indonesia: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 8-6 | South Korea: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 8-7 | Australia: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 8-8 | Other Asia/Pacific: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

9. Africa/Mideast

Table 9-1 | Africa/Mideast: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 9-2 | Saudi Arabia: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 9-3 | Turkey: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 9-4 | Iran: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

Table 9-5 | Other Africa/Mideast: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (thousand metric tons)

10. Appendix

Table 10-1 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 10-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 10-3 | Relevant NACE Codes

Table 10-4 | Countries in North America

Table 10-5 | Countries in Central & South America

Table 10-6 | Countries in Western Europe

Table 10-7 | Countries in Eastern Europe

Table 10-8 | Countries in the Asia/Pacific Region

Table 10-9 | Countries in the Africa/Mideast Region

Table 10-10 | Global Gross Domestic Product by Region & Country, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2018 dollars)

Table 10-11 | Global Population by Region & Country, 2009 - 2029 (million persons)

Table 10-12 | Global Manufacturing Value Added by Region & Country, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2018 dollars)

Table 10-13 | Global Building Construction Expenditures by Region & Country, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2018 dollars)

Table 10-14 | Global Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures by Region & Country, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2018 dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Market Outlook

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Demand, 2009 - 2019 (thousand metric tons)

Figure 3-2 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Resin, 2009 - 2019 (thousand metric tons)

Figure 3-3 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market, 2009 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

Figure 3-4 | Global Polyethylene Pipe: Volume Demand Change by Region, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 3-5 | Global Polyethylene Pipe Pricing, 2009 - 2024 (dollars per kilogram)

4. North America

Figure 4-1 | North America: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

5. Central & South America

Figure 5-1 | Central & South America: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

6. Western Europe

Figure 6-1 | Western Europe: Polyethylene Pipe Demand Share by Country, 2009 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

7. Eastern Europe

Figure 7-1 | Eastern Europe: Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Country, 2009 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

8. Asia/Pacific

Figure 8-1 | Asia/Pacific: Polyethylene Pipe Demand Share by Country, 2009 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

9. Africa/Mideast

Figure 9-1 | Africa/Mideast: Polyethylene Pipe Demand Share by Country, 2009 - 2024 (thousand metric tons)

10. Appendix


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