Gravity Pipes European Market 2022

Gravity Pipes European Market 2022

Published: June 2022


The new edition of this report by AMI Consulting quantifies the market, its structure, the status of the technology and the changes which are underway. It builds on the prior editions of the report published in 2018.

After recovering from the Great Recession of 2008, most European countries continued growing, transitioning from the recovering stage to economic expansion. However, the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the global economy and with it, the European pipes industry. Nevertheless, the construction sector was not as negatively affected as other areas in the economy. Also, the plastic pipe industry has in general exhibited a lot of resilience and capacity to adapt to the new economic circumstances.

Confidence levels were high at the beginning of 2021 and companies picked up previously approved projects. Therefore, 2021 is expected to be a rebound year for the sector. However, the question is if this rebound will be enough to bring the construction sector to pre COVID-19 levels. On top of this, due to high uncertainty and the weaker financial position of many firms, investment levels on new longer-term projects could decline, negatively impacting additional construction activity and thus, the plastic pipes industry.

However, there are still growth opportunities for this sector. A large proportion of the demand for gravity pipes comes from the infrastructure sector. Europe (and especially Western Europe) already has a well-developed infrastructure, including sewerage, roads and railway networks, as well as power and telecommunication cables.  Nevertheless, major parts of that infrastructure need maintenance or modernisation. Further to this, thermoplastic pipes are gaining market share at the expense of non-thermoplastics for drainage and sewerage pipes, soil and waste pipes, roof drainage pipes and road and railway drainage. This will continue to drive demand for plastic pipes. The arrival of new standards and regulations, the development of new solutions and inter material competition trends will shape the future of the industry.

Today, the European plastic pipes industry faces a mixture of challenges and opportunities and 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 market.

The updated edition of the Gravity 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.

Reporting basis

The study provides demand data as follows:

  • Past: 2016, 2019, 2020
  • Present: 2021
  • Future: 2022, 2026

Application scope and segmentation

The study encompasses the following application segments:

  • Underground Drainage & Sewerage
  • Soil & Waste
  • Roof Drainage Systems
  • Road and land drainage
  • Cable Protection

Materials scope

The study includes the following thermoplastic-based systems:

  • PVC-based systems
  • Polyethylene-based systems
  • Polypropylene-based systems

In addition to thermoplastics, the pipe demand analysis includes also non-thermoplastic pipe systems:

  • Glass-reinforced polymeric pipes (GRP)
  • Ductile cast iron systems
  • Clay pipes
  • Concrete pipes

Where beneficial, the report further analyses thermoplastic pipes by type of material (for instance PP-HM versus regular PP) and by pipe structure, i.e., solid wall, foamed wall and twin wall.

Units of measure

  • Demand for pipes is reported in kilometres.
  • Raw material data is reported in thousands of metric tonnes.
  • Financial metrics are typically expressed in Euro.

For the purpose of this report, Europe is defined as the European Union (27 countries), as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. To enable meaningful analysis, the 31 countries were divided among the following segments:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • UK
  • Benelux: Belgium & Luxembourg, and the Netherlands
  • Nordic countries, by country: Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Other occidental countries (OOC), by country: Austria, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, and Other (Iceland, Malta, and Cyprus)
  • Other Central and Eastern European countries (OCEE), by country: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Slovak republic, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania


There are two purchasing options available:

  • Option A:
    • Report
    • Spreadsheet with Pivot tables
  • Option B:
    • Report
    • Spreadsheet with Pivot tables
    • Database Thermoplastics Pipe extruders in Europe (2018) Excel version

* Review meetings and discussions will be held at AMI's offices, arrangements at other locations will incur travelling costs to be invoiced separately.

The report is supplied as a downloadable, non-editable, non-copyable PDF with an enterprise-wide license agreement together with one printed bound copy of the report and one review meeting to discuss the report’s contents. The Customer may download and store the PDF on a secure Company intranet in accordance with Customer’s Obligations set out in the Full Terms and Conditions.

The spreadsheet with Pivot tables include market data for all years between 2016 and 2026, segmenting and analysing the market in a number of ways.

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