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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI5109
  • Pages :108
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

Global PVC Pipes Market is estimated to be valued at USD 25.97 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 34.87 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2024 to 2031.

PVC Pipes Market Key Factors

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PVC pipes are widely used in plumbing, drainage and irrigation systems in residential and commercial applications due to properties like durability, longevity and resistance to corrosion.  Renovation and infrastructure development activities boosts demand for PVC pipes. Rising urbanization along with growth in construction sector particularly in developing regions can drive the market growth. However, availability of alternatives like HDPE and steel pipes can hamper the market growth. Regulatory norms regarding use of PVC can also hamper the market growth.

Construction Industry Growth

Global construction industry has witnessed strong growth over the past few years. There has been increase in infrastructure development activities around the world as many countries are investing heavily in building roads, highways, metros, rail networks, airports, utilities and others to boost connectivity and mobility. Urbanization is continuing at a rapid pace with vast majority of the population now living in cities. This has led to a boom in residential and commercial construction with constantly growing needs for housing, office spaces, malls and other real estate.  PVC pipes play a crucial role in construction projects as these are used extensively for plumbing & drainage works. Whether it is laying water supply lines, setting up sewage networks or drainage systems, PVC pipes have emerged as one of the most popular choices among builders, contractors and plumbers. Their corrosion resistance, durability and long lifespan specially makes them suitable for carrying water and waste over many years with minimum maintenance requirements. PVC pipes are also significantly lighter than traditional pipes which helps to reduce construction costs and makes transportation and laying of pipes much easier. With infrastructure development efforts likely to remain strong and urbanization continuing unabated, the enormous construction activities globally are expected to sustain high demand for PVC pipes in the coming years.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

PVC Pipes Market Concentration By Players

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Government Initiatives for Water Infrastructure Modernization

Government initiatives for upgrading ageing water infrastructure are playing a major role in driving the growth of the global PVC pipes market. Many countries around the world have recognized the importance of modernizing their water supply systems as the existing infrastructure in many cities is old and prone to leakage. This is placing a huge strain on valuable water resources. For example, in the United States, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that drinking water infrastructure needs USD 105 billion investment over next 20 years just for pipeline rehabilitation and replacement. In India as well, the government has launched the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' with an outlay of USD 50 billion by 2024 to provide functional household tap connections to all rural households. Similar massive investment plans have been unveiled in European countries and China as well to replace old transmission pipelines and connect more households. This substantial public expenditure on water infrastructure modernization has been a boon for the PVC pipes industry. As PVC pipes are widely used for transporting potable water due to their durability, safety and affordability. Various government projects involve installing kilometers of PVC pipelines for water distribution systems both in urban and rural areas.

 Key Takeaways of Analyst:

Global PVC pipes market continues to grow steadily due to its increasing demand from the construction industry globally. The market is expected to witness new opportunities emerging from infrastructure development projects across major countries. The replacement of old pipeline infrastructure in developed markets will further propel demand for these pipes.

Environmental regulations advocating the use of green materials can benefit PVC as it is considered more eco-friendly than other plastic alternatives. However, volatility in raw material prices remains a concern for manufacturers as fluctuations directly impact production costs. Nonetheless, established suppliers with large profit margins are better positioned to absorb price shocks.

Rising disposable incomes are boosting residential and commercial construction in developing nations. This expanding construction output favors market growth over the next decade. PVC pipes are a popular choice for plumbing, sewerage, and drainage applications because of their durability and cost-effectiveness against other options.

Challenge: Volatility in raw material prices

Volatility in raw material prices can hamper the growth of the PVC pipes market. PVC resin is the primary raw material used in manufacturing of PVC pipes. However, the prices of PVC resins have witnessed steep fluctuations over the past few years. For instance, according to International Energy Agency Data, between January 2020 to December 2022, global crude oil prices varied between US$ 20 per barrel to over US$ 120 per barrel. Since PVC resins are derived from petroleum-based chemicals such as ethylene and propylene, thus, changes in crude oil prices have a direct impact on prices of PVC resins.  The uncertain geopolitical environment along with supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated the volatility in oil and gas prices over the past 3 years. This made it extremely difficult for PVC pipe manufacturers to adopt a stable long term pricing strategy.

Opportunity: Developing economies rapid urbanization

Rising urbanization in developing economies provides significant opportunities for growth of PVC pipes market. As more people migrate to cities in search of employment and improved standards of living, there is a constant need to develop modern housing and infrastructure. According to the data published by United Nations, 64% of populations in developing regions will be living in urban areas by 2050, increase of 31% from 1950. Countries like India, China, Nigeria and others are expected to account for a major share of this urban growth in the near future.  This rapid urbanization creates massive demand for piped water supply and sewage systems. PVC pipes have emerged as the preferred choice for such applications due to their durability, flexibility and affordability as compared to traditional pipe materials. These require low maintenance and have a longer lifespan. This makes PVC pipes an attractive option for cash-strapped municipal bodies in developing nations facing challenges of population boom and infrastructure bottleneck. PVC pipes also save construction time and costs as compared to concrete or metal pipes.

PVC Pipes Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Insights, By Type: Unplasticized segment contributes the highest share of the market owing to its superior properties

Among type, unplasticized segment is estimated to contribute the 34.5% share of the global PVC pipes market in 2024, due to their excellent resistance to chemical and corrosion. Not containing any plasticizers, unplasticized PVC has high flexibility even at low temperatures and does not become brittle with age like other plasticized variants. This makes it ideal for applications involving the transportation of chemicals and corrosive substances. Unplasticized PVC is highly durable and can withstand exposure to alkalis, acids, salts, mild acids, and other chemical solutions. It does not decay with time and maintains its structural integrity for decades with little maintenance. This long-lasting quality and chemical resistance have cemented its use in the oil and gas industry for transporting extraction chemicals as well as in plumbing systems carrying sewage and wastewater. Its non-reactive nature prevents chemical permeation, thus, blocking environmental hazards.  It is physically robust and can withstand heavy pressures from transported liquids and gases as well as accidental mechanical impacts during installation, transit, and use. Compared to other plasticized variants, unplasticized PVC also has lower permeability to gases like carbon dioxide and oxygen, thus, reducing product contamination. The combination of chemical resistance, durability, flexibility, low permeability, and physical strength has enabled unplasticized PVC pipes to gain widespread preference over other types in applications involving chemically active substances. With the growing oil extraction, plumbing, and industrial waste transport industries, there will be huge demand for unplasticized PVC.

Insights, By Application: Water supply segment contributes the highest share due to extensive necessity for clean drinking water infrastructure

Among application, water supply segment is estimated to hold the 37.8% share of the global PVC pipes market in 2024, owing to pressing need for water supply networks around the world. Clean drinking water is a basic necessity, but its accessibility remains limited in many developing regions lacking modern piped infrastructure.  PVC piping has emerged as the material of choice for water supply projects due to its affordability, strength, longevity and safety for transporting potable water. Compared to materials like steel, PVC piping incurs much lower transportation and installation costs. It is also lightweight, thus, making it easier to work with than heavier metal alternatives. PVC pipes are highly durable for over 50 years with little maintenance required. These prevent corrosion and do not leak or crack with age like old metallic pipes. This translates to long-term cost-effectiveness for water utilities with less pipeline repairs and replacement work over decades of use. PVC pipes are safe for carrying drinking water as these do not leach potentially toxic substances into the water.

Regional Insights

PVC Pipes Market Regional Insights

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North America has been the dominant region in the global PVC pipes market for several years with estimated 37.6% share in 2024. The U.S. accounts for the bulk of demand due to strong construction activity across sectors such as infrastructure, real estate and oil & gas. The U.S. has witnessed significant investment in repairing and upgrading its pipeline infrastructure as well as urban water distribution systems. This has boosted demand for PVC pipes used in applications including pressure pipes, drainage systems and sewage network. The presence of major manufacturers in the region such as Charlotte Pipe and Foundry and Orbia also ensures adequate supply. The United States International Trade Commission has imposed anti-dumping duties on PVC pipe imports from various countries, thus, providing a competitive advantage to domestic players.

Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing market for PVC pipes globally. Rapid urbanization and industrialization have boosted infrastructure development across nations like China, India and South East Asian countries. Mega construction projects in transportation, residential and commercial buildings require extensive use of piping materials for functions such as plumbing, drainage and irrigation. Countries in South East Asia in particular have ambitious plans for developing smart cities and upgrading urban sanitation facilities in the near future. For example, the Indonesian government's programs to expand access to treated water and sewage services can offer opportunity for the market growth.

Market Report Scope

PVC Pipes Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 25.97 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 4.3% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 34.87 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Unplasticized, Chlorinated, Molecular Oriented, Others (High Impact, etc.)
  • By Application: Irrigation, Water Supply, Sewerage, Plumbing, Oil & Gas, Others (HVAC, etc.) 
Companies covered:

Finolex Industries Ltd., Wavin Vectus, China Lesso Group Holdings Limited, Hebei Bosoar Pipe Co. Ltd, Plasticos Ferro S.L., Fuijan Aton Advanced Material Science & Technology, Pipelife Austria Gmbh & Co KG., APL Apollo, Georg Fischer Ltd., JM Eagle Inc., Astral Pipes, Supreme Industries Ltd., Vinidex Pty Ltd., Aliaxis Group S.A., Prince Pipes, Ashirvad Pipes, Unitech Pipes, Pushpa Pipes, Suridhi Industries Pvt. Ltd., Austro Pipes

Growth Drivers:
  • Construction Industry Growth
  • Government Initiatives for Water Infrastructure Modernization 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Volatility in raw material prices
  • Stringent environmental regulations

Key Developments

  • In 2024, India launches anti-dumping probe into s-PVC imports
  • In December 2021, North American Pipe Corporation (NAPCO) launched a new PVCO pipe that has a lower carbon footprint than other water main materials.
  • In October 2020, Molecor launched the world's first DN1000 mm Oriented PVC pipe, a milestone in the pressure pipeline sector.
  • In 2020, PVC4Pipes launches 2020 Training Package for PVC pipe industry

*Definition: PVC Pipes Market involves the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of piping systems made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic material. PVC pipes are widely used in construction projects for applications like water supply lines, drainage and sewerage systems, irrigation lines, and more due to properties like flexibility, rigidity, durability and corrosion resistance.

Market Segmentation

  • Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Unplasticized
    • Chlorinated
    • Molecular Oriented
    • Others (High Impact, etc.)
  •  Application Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Irrigation
    • Water Supply
    • Sewerage
    • Plumbing
    • Oil & Gas
    • Others (HVAC, etc.)
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Finolex Industries Ltd.
    • Wavin Vectus
    • China Lesso Group Holdings Limited
    • Hebei Bosoar Pipe Co. Ltd
    • Plasticos Ferro S.L.
    • Fuijan Aton Advanced Material Science & Technology
    • Pipelife Austria Gmbh & Co KG.
    • APL Apollo
    • Georg Fischer Ltd.
    • JM Eagle Inc.
    • Astral Pipes
    • Supreme Industries Ltd.
    • Vinidex Pty Ltd.
    • Aliaxis Group S.A.
    • Prince Pipes
    • Ashirvad Pipes
    • Unitech Pipes
    • Pushpa Pipes
    • Suridhi Industries Pvt. Ltd.
    • Austro Pipes

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global PVC pipes market is projected to be 4.3% from 2024 to 2031.

Construction industry growth and government initiatives for water infrastructure modernization are the major factors driving the growth of global PVC pipes market.

Volatility in raw material prices and stringent environmental regulations are the major factors hampering the growth of global PVC pipes market.

In terms of type, unplasticized segment is estimated to dominate the market in 2024.

Finolex Industries Ltd., Wavin Vectus, China Lesso Group Holdings Limited, Hebei Bosoar Pipe Co. Ltd, Plasticos Ferro S.L., Fuijan Aton Advanced Material Science & Technology, Pipelife Austria Gmbh & Co KG., APL Apollo, Georg Fischer Ltd., JM Eagle Inc., Astral Pipes, Supreme Industries Ltd., Vinidex Pty Ltd., Aliaxis Group S.A., Prince Pipes, Ashirvad Pipes, Unitech Pipes, Pushpa Pipes, Suridhi Industries Pvt. Ltd., Austro Pipes are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global PVC pipes market.

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