Global Residential Plumbing

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This study analyzes the global market for residential plumbing products, which are comprised of plumbing fixtures, faucets and taps, and plumbing fittings:

Plumbing fixtures covered in this study include:

  • bathtub and shower fixtures (bathtubs, whirlpool bathtubs, and shower stalls and receptors)
  • toilet fixtures (water closet bowls and flush tanks, urinals, bidets)
  • sink fixtures (lavatories, kitchen sinks, and other sinks – such as those installed in bars, laundry rooms, utility rooms, and washrooms)
  • other fixtures (hot tubs and spas, and all other fixtures)

Faucets and taps covered in this study include:

  • bathroom sink faucets
  • bathtub and shower faucets
  • kitchen sink and other faucets including bar faucets, sediment and sill (i.e., outdoor) faucets, and faucets for laundry and other utility sinks

Plumbing fittings covered in this study include:

  • bathtub and shower fittings, such as antiscald valves and miscellaneous hardware used in bathtubs and showers
  • other plumbing fittings, including:
    • miscellaneous sink fittings (sink strainers, pot fillers, spray attachments)
    • lawn and hose fittings (spray guns, sprinkler fittings, flow-switching attachments)
    • flush valves and controls (toilet levers, flappers, float/tank balls, sealant rings, seals, seat discs, flapper chains, repair valves)
    • drains and overflows
    • P- and S-traps
    • all other plumbing fittings, including escutcheons; mechanical connecting fittings for iron pipes; compression fittings; fire sprinkler heads and related components; hangers, brackets, and supports; spa pumps; plugs and caps; strainers; drain outlets; drain gates; and fittings not mentioned elsewhere)

Demand is also segmented by application:

  • new residential
  • residential improvement and repair

In addition, major manufacturers of plumbing products are identified. Historical data for 2009, 2014, and 2019 and forecasts to 2024 and 2029 are provided in current dollars (which are not adjusted to account for inflation) for each major product and application segment.

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Demand by Region

Global demand for residential plumbing products is expected to expand 4.4% annually through 2024 to $52.2 billion. Advances will be driven by growth in housing completions as well as trends in the leading improvement and repair segment, including:

  • rising incomes and government efforts enabling more residential end users in developing countries to install bathroom plumbing products in their households for the first time
  • a high level of homeowner interest in renovating kitchens and adding and renovating bathrooms
  • increasing use of plumbing products that can facilitate aging in place, as these products are often sold at higher price points than standard versions
  • rising homeowner interest in other higher value plumbing products, such as fixtures with high visual appeal or sustainability benefits

The fastest growth will be in developing areas of the Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions, where there remains opportunity for first-time installation of the products.

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Demand by Product

Global demand for residential plumbing products is forecast to rise 4.4% annually to $52.2 billion in 2024, supported by such factors as:

  • increasing global residential building construction
  • rising incomes and expanding access to water delivery networks in developing countries
  • heightened interest in installing plumbing products that lower water consumption or facilitate aging in place, as these products are generally sold at higher price points

Plumbing fixtures, which accounted for the larger share of global residential plumbing product demand in 2019, will grow at a solid rate through 2024, accounting for a significant share of total plumbing market gains. Advances will be boosted by such factors as:

  • rising incomes and government efforts enabling more residential end users in developing countries to install bathroom products such as showers, sinks, and toilets in their households for the first time
  • rising use of higher value products that are visually appealing – such as cast iron bathtubs – to add to the aesthetics and value of a home

Faucets, taps, and plumbing fittings will continue to account for smaller shares due to:

  • the generally lower per-unit price of these products compared to plumbing fixtures
  • the durable nature of most metal plumbing fittings, faucets, and taps, which limits replacement demand
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Demand by Application

Residential markets for plumbing products can be divided into two main sectors:

  • new residential construction
  • improvement and repair markets

Global demand for residential plumbing products is forecast to rise 4.4% annually to $52.2 billion in 2024. While demand in the larger and more resilient improvement and repair segment will continue to account for the majority of gains, demand in new applications is projected to accelerate. A projected rebound in new housing construction following pandemic related declines – particularly in developing parts of the world where not every household has historically had access to indoor plumbing – will boost opportunities for first-time installation.

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Residential Improvement & Repair

Through 2024, global demand for plumbing products in residential improvement and repair applications is forecast to grow 4.3% annually to $33.7 billion and remain the dominant residential market for plumbing products:

  • The Asia/Pacific region will account for the greater share of segment gains through 2024, driven primarily by government efforts in large markets such as China and India to expand water delivery and sanitation networks.
  • North America and Western Europe will also post sizable gains as:
    • homeowners in both regions replace fixtures with higher value products that can raise home values
    • homeowners in the US undertake home improvement projects that involve adding showers, lavatories, and prep sinks to their homes to enhance convenience
  • Significant gains are also expected in the small but rapidly growing Africa/Mideast region, where rising standards of living and government efforts are enabling more residential end users in developing countries to install bathroom plumbing products in their households for the first time.

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