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Large Diameter Pipe

US demand to rise 6.2% annually through 2016
US demand for large diameter pipe is projected to rise 6.2 percent annually through 2016 to 197 million feet. For the purposes of this study, large diameter pipe is defined as pipe with a diameter exceeding 15 inches. Large diameter pipe sales increases will be due primarily to the deteriorating water and wastewater networks. Many pipe projects were put on hold during the 2006-2011 period due to state and municipal budget concerns. However, spending on public infrastructure projects by states and municipalities is expected to improve going forward, which will stimulate pipe demand. Additionally, the need to expand oil and gas transmission lines will benefit advances. Demographic trends will also impact demand, as the US population continues to migrate toward the less developed South and West regions of the country.

In value terms, demand for large diameter pipe is forecast to grow 7.1 percent per year to $9.8 billion in 2016, reaching a total weight of 35 billion pounds. Price increases will decelerate from the growth seen over the 2001-2011 period, as the cost of raw materials -- such as cement, metals, and plastics -- is expected to moderate.

Storm & sanitary sewers to remain largest market
Sewers, which include both storm and sanitary sewers, will continue to be the leading market for large diameter pipe through 2016, accounting for one-half of total demand. Sanitary sewers will be the faster growing of the two sectors, benefiting from the need to repair and replace public infrastructure. Gains in large diameter storm sewer pipe will come in large part from the US population migrating toward the less developed South and West regions of the country. Additionally, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates will provide opportunities for growth, as regulations regarding combined sewer overflows have become more stringent.

Drainage to be fastest growing large pipe market
However, the large diameter drainage market will experience the most robust growth through the forecast period, benefiting significantly from the rebound in building construction expenditures. Advances in the oil and gas market will arise primarily from line pipe applications in unconventional sources, such as in shale plays. Because the infrastructure surrounding shale wells has not been fully developed, many plays utilize trucks to transport material. Pipelines, which provide a continuous flow of product, are a significantly cheaper option.

HDPE to become leading large diameter pipe material
HDPE pipe will post above average gains as it continues to replace other materials in many applications, and become the top large pipe material in 2016. While steel was the leading large diameter pipe material in 2011, accounting for 31 percent of total demand, opportunities in the sizable oil and gas industry will spur demand, as steel is the preferred material in both line pipe and OCTG applications. Concrete will post the most rapid growth, as the material continues to benefit from its entrenched position in most water markets and its unmatched performance advantages in the largest diameter uses.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table Large Diameter Pipe Demand (million feet)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table Macroeconomic Indicators (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table Population Trends (million persons)
    • Construction Outlook
      • Table Construction Expenditures (billion dollars)
      • Building Construction
        • Table Building Construction Expenditures (billion dollars)
      • Nonbuilding Construction
        • Table Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures (billion dollars)
    • Pipe Industry Overview
      • Table Pipe Industry Overview
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table Large Diameter Pipe Market, 2001-2011
    • Pricing Factors
      • Table Large Diameter Pipe Pricing Trends by Material
    • Regulatory & Environmental Considerations
      • Water Regulation
      • Government Spending
      • Drilling Regulation
      • Pipeline Regulation
    • Recycling
    • Foreign Trade
    • International Activity
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table Large Diameter Pipe Demand by Market (million linear feet)
    • Sewer
      • Sewer Construction Outlook
        • Table Sewer Construction Expenditures
      • Pipe Demand by Material
        • Table Large Diameter Sewer Pipe Demand by Material & Market Segment (million feet)
        • Table Large Diameter Storm Sewer Pipe Demand by Material (million dollars)
        • Table Large Diameter Sanitary Sewer Pipe Demand by Material (million dollars)
    • Drainage
      • Highway Spending
        • Table Highway Spending (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Pipe Demand by Material
        • Table Large Diameter Drainage Pipe Demand by Material (million feet)
    • Oil & Gas
      • Oil & Gas Industry Outlook
        • Table Oil & Gas Indicators
      • Pipe Demand by Material
        • Table Large Diameter Oil & Gas Pipe Demand by Material & Market Segment (million feet)
        • Table Large Diameter Natural Gas Pipe Demand by Material
        • Table Large Diameter Oil Pipe Demand by Material
    • Water Transmission
      • Water Use & Withdrawal Outlook
        • Table Water Use & Withdrawal (trillion gallons)
      • Pipe Demand by Material
        • Table Large Diameter Water Transmission Pipe Demand by Material (million feet)
    • Industrial Processing
      • Manufacturing Outlook
        • Table Manufacturers' Shipments
      • Pipe Demand by Material
        • Table Large Diameter Industrial Processing Pipe Demand by Material (million feet)
    • Irrigation & Other
      • Agricultural Outlook
        • Table Agricultural Indicators
      • Pipe Demand by Material
        • Table Large Diameter Irrigation & Other Pipe Demand by Material (million feet)
  • MATERIALS
    • General
    • Pipe Demand by Length
      • Table Large Diameter Pipe Demand by Material in Linear Feet (million linear feet)
    • Pipe Demand by Value
      • Table Large Diameter Pipe Demand by Material in Dollars (million dollars)
    • Pipe Demand by Weight
      • Table Large Diameter Pipe Demand by Material in Pounds (million pounds)
    • Steel Pipe
      • Table Large Diameter Steel Pipe Demand
      • Markets
        • Table Large Diameter Steel Pipe Demand by Market (million dollars)
        • Table Large Diameter Steel Oil & Gas Pipe Demand by Type & Market Segment (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • High Density Polyethylene
      • Table Large Diameter High Density Polyethylene Pipe Demand
      • Markets
        • Table Large Diameter High Density Polyethylene Pipe Demand by Market (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Concrete Pipe
      • Table Large Diameter Concrete Pipe Demand
      • Markets
        • Table Large Diameter Concrete Pipe Demand by Market (million dollars)
        • Table Large Diameter Concrete Storm Sewer Pipe Demand by Size (million dollars)
        • Table Large Diameter Concrete Sanitary Sewer Pipe Demand by Size (million dollars)
        • Table Large Diameter Concrete Drainage & Culvert Pipe Demand by Size (million dollars)
        • Table Large Diameter Concrete Water & Irrigation Pipe Demand by Size (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
      • Table Large Diameter Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe Demand
      • Markets
        • Table Large Diameter Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe Demand by Market (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Ductile Iron
      • Table Large Diameter Ductile Iron Pipe Demand
      • Markets
        • Table Large Diameter Ductile Iron Pipe Demand by Market (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Fiberglass & Other
      • Table Large Diameter Fiberglass & Other Pipe Demand by Material
      • Markets
        • Table Large Diameter Fiberglass & Other Pipe Demand by Market (million dollars)
      • Producers
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table Large Diameter Pipe Sales by Company, 2011 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
    • Manufacturing Requirements
    • Marketing Strategies
    • Channels of Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table Selected Cooperative Agreements
    • Company Profiles
      • Advanced Drainage Systems Incorporated
      • American Cast Iron Pipe Company
      • AMSTED Industries Incorporated
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Can-Clay Corporation
      • CEMEX SAB de CV
      • Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Company
      • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
      • CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC
      • Cretex Companies Incorporated
      • Denali Incorporated
      • Duininck Companies LLC
      • Dura-Line Holdings Incorporated
      • EVRAZ plc
      • Fischer (Georg) Limited
      • Future Pipe Industries Group Limited
      • HeidelbergCement AG
      • HOBAS Engineering GmbH
      • J-M Manufacturing Company Incorporated
      • KWH Group Limited
      • Lane Enterprises Incorporated
      • Logan Clay Products Company
      • MCP Industries Incorporated
      • McWane Incorporated
      • Mitsubishi Corporation
      • Mueller Water Products Incorporated
      • National Oilwell Varco Incorporated
      • National Pipe & Plastics Incorporated
      • Northwest Pipe Company
      • Pacific Corrugated Pipe Company
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Synalloy Corporation
      • Tenaris SA
      • TrueNorth Steel
      • United States Pipe and Foundry Company LLC
      • United States Steel Corporation
      • Vianini Pipe Incorporated
      • Westlake Chemical Corporation
    • Additional Companies Mentioned in the Study

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