Ceresana published 2nd Edition of the most comprehensive European study on the market for plastic pipes, tubes made of plastic are becoming more popular in all areas. You have compared to other materials, about aluminum, concrete, cast iron, copper or steel, clear advantages. Due to their low weight, resistance to corrosion and chemicals, as well as ease of use, including by trenchless laying techniques, increasing their importance in all applications. For 2020, the market research institute Ceresana for plastic pipes anticipates a Europe-wide turnover of EUR 12.7 billion. Variability as a competitive advantage, there are hardly any areas in which plastic pipes have become due to their positive properties at least an option. The importance of the application areas for each type of tube differs considerably.
Pipes made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are relatively cheap and are used especially for waste water, drinking water and cable protection. Based on polypropylene and polyethylene tubes make the in the drinking water PVC pipes increasing competition; in the field of gas supply and industrial applications, they have already taken an important role. The use of tubes made of other plastics, such as polybutylene, polyamide, and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, will grow significantly in the next few years. Here, we expect an increase of 2.7% per year on average for the next eight years. These tubes used among other things for special areas such as ceiling cooling, compressed air systems, heating installations, in the auto and shipbuilding industries, as well as in other industrial processes”, explains Oliver Kutsch, Managing Director of Ceresana. By use of composite tubes made of several materials such as PE-X and aluminium, properties can be optimized systematically pipes. Substitution effects slightly attenuate the construction crisis most important European market for plastic pipes in the year 2012 was Germany with a share of around 13.5% of consumption.