Plastic Hot and Cold Water Pipe Systems in Europe

Plastic Hot and Cold Water Pipe Systems in Europe

Published: August 2018

In recent years the Europe plastic pipes industry has gone through a period of changing dynamics due to changing regulations, corporate restructuring and the need to continuously achieve and prove higher performance levels. Much has occurred since the latest edition (2014) of AMI Consulting’s ‘Hot and Cold Water Pipes’ report.

Europe’s construction industry has suffered heavily from the effects of the economic crisis. There were significant differences between the various European countries and regions.  Even more importantly, the recovery trajectory is starkly different. Some countries appear to be well on their way to recovery and are experiencing significant and persistent growth; others are lingering in stagnation and are likely to only very slowly ‘crawl’ out of the dip.

The European plastic pipes industry is presented with a mixture of challenges and opportunities.

On one hand, the economic environment remains difficult.  In many regions, both private and public investments have decreased sharply and are likely to remain relatively low, due to austerity policies, high underemployment and tight credit availability. Politically there is much tension within and between nations. On the other hand, in Europe there is an ever-increasing focus on water and energy, driven by an environmental and social ethics agenda.  This will generate new opportunities for all water and energy-related industries.

It is fascinating to follow the current domestic heating and cooling technology mix.  In Europe this mix includes air-conditioning and other electricity operated systems; hydronic systems such as radiator heating; large surface (under-floor or in-wall) heating and cooling systems; as well as district heating and cooling.  In turn, the hydronic systems can be operated using ‘traditional’ methods, such as household or building boilers, operated using electricity, gas or liquid hydrocarbons. These can also be district heating/cooling, which in turn can be based on traditional technologies or on renewable/recoverable sources, and non-conventional sources such as geo-thermal energy, solar energy, thermal mass technologies, etc.  Companies which achieve a more accurate understanding of the trends and align their efforts, resources and product mix accordingly are likely to be better at exploiting these opportunities.  The report will provide an in-depth analysis of such market trends.  The data included in the report aims to help companies make informed decisions in this area.

In comparison to the previous edition, the geographic segmentation of the current project has been changed to better meet our clients’ needs. 

Application scope and segmentation

The study encompasses the following application segments:

  • Hot & cold water plumbing pipes
  • Radiator connection pipes
  • Underfloor and related climate control systems
  • District heating and cooling pipes

The demand for fittings and accessories is also quantified, as an additional ‘application’.

Materials scope

The study will include the following systems:

  • PEX
  • PPr (including PPrct)
  • PB1
  • PVCc
  • PErt
  • Multilayer-M systems 

In addition, the pipe demand analysis includes copper and steel-based systems for market comparison.

Reporting basis

The study provides demand and production data as follows:

  • Base year (2017)
  • Estimated current (2018)
  • Historical demand (2011-2017)
  • Forecasts to 2023

Geographical scope and segmentation

For the purpose of this report, Europe is defined as the European Union (28 countries), as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.  To enable meaningful analysis, the 31 countries were divided among the following segments:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • UK
  • Benelux
  • Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden)
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Other occidental countries (Austria, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Iceland)
  • Other Central and Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Slovak republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)

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Subscribers will receive one printed copy of the study plus a downloadable PDF and a statistical appendix of the underlying data. This is supplied with a corporate-wide license for which the terms and conditions of copyright are detailed below. 

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