The aging water and sewer infrastructure in many U.S. cities is driving demand for more durable plastic alternatives such as PVC. Increasingly, PVC is replacing pipelines made of aluminum, concrete, cast iron, copper or steel because of its light weight and chemical and corrosion resistance, according to a new market study, PVC Pipes, from Ceresana (Konstanz, Germany).
The most important PVC pipe applications are sewage disposal, potable water supply and cable protection. Ceresana expects the total production of PVC pipe manufacturers to increase by an average of 3.7% per year over the next few years.
Because PVC sewage pipes weigh less than concrete or metal pipes, individual segments can be much longer and require fewer fittings. This significantly reduces the time required for connecting the segments. PVC pipes can often be installed without heavy equipment, and transporting and cutting them to various sizes is also facilitated.
Another advantage is the variable shapes of PVC pipes: Non-circular pipes, for example, are suitable for relining old drainage pipelines, which often have non-circular geometries. PVC pipes can be used to reline old metal or concrete pipelines without having to dig up and remove the old pipes, saving cities and states a lot of financial resources.
Ceresana’s new study provides a description and analysis of the global market for PVC pipes through 2025. It examines 16 major countries in detail including revenue, demand, production, and import and export statistics. Sewage, drinking water, cable protection, agriculture, industrial and other application areas for PVC pipes are covered.
The report also contains in-depth profiles of 55 producers. including Aliaxis Group, China Lesso Group Holdings, Fletcher Building, Georg Fischer, Mexichem, Sekisui Chemical Co., Tessenderlo Group, Uponor Corp. and Westlake Chemical Corp.