Published: September 2018
The previous edition of AMI’s European Pressure Pipes market report was been published in 2014. Much has changed since then.
Like most other sectors, the plastic pipes industry has been shaken by the economic crisis. To its credit, however, the industry has in general exhibited a lot of resilience and capacity to adapt to the new economic circumstances. Today the European plastic pipes industry faces a mixture of challenges and opportunities.
In some European regions the economic environment remains very difficult even today. Other regions have experienced recovery and may be expected to pick up speed. Growth opportunities exist in the further substitution of ‘traditional’ pipes (mainly ductile iron), as well as in the development and commercialisation of new plastic-based systems, designed to provide better solutions (in terms of cost/performance) for modern-day needs.
The market for infrastructure pipes is reputed for its conservatism. At AMI Consulting, we strongly disagree with such characterisation. Admittedly, the market moves cautiously and gradually – and rightly so. But over the years we have seen tremendous changes, which – despite the cautious, gradual adoption rates – can only be described as revolutionary. In recent years, for instance, practically every meter of low pressure gas distribution pipe installed in Europe has been plastic pipe. If nothing else, this example shows unequivocally that the market recognises, accepts and rewards valuable innovation.
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.
The companies that achieve a more accurate understanding of the trends and align their efforts, resources and product mix accordingly are more likely to be successful in this industry.
The updated edition of the Pressure Pipes Europe report analyses the market trends in depth and presents them in an easily digestible format. The report thus constitutes an invaluable tool, aimed at helping companies make informed decisions.