“The U.S. Market for Plastic Pipe” added to ReportBuyer.com

Total plastic pipe and tubing in the U.S. was more than 9 billion pounds in 2011 and is projected to reach nearly 10 billion pounds in 2016, a CAGR of 2%.
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Total plastic pipe and tubing in the U.S. was more than 9 billion pounds in 2011 and is projected to reach nearly 10 billion pounds in 2016, a CAGR of 2%.
The building and construction segment accounts for most of the market, totaling 6.4 billion pounds in 2011. This segment is expected to increase at a 2% CAGR and reach more than 7 billion pounds in 2016.
The electrical and communications segment accounts for the next largest share of the market, totaling 1 billion pounds in 2011. Increasing at a CAGR of 1.8%, this segment should total 1.1 billion pounds by 2016.

Piping and tubing (P/T, with the term tubing used to describe small diameter pipe; it is also often flexible), and the U.S. industries that fabricate and install these materials, seemingly are rather prosaic businesses, something that most people take more or less for granted as part of civilized life. After all, pipes and tubes transport water to our houses and businesses and carry away our liquid wastes. They also transport virtually all liquid and gaseous products over short distances (such as a milk transfer line in a dairy) or long ones (such as a transcontinental petroleum products pipeline). Most individuals would not consider a water transmission or sewer line as particularly high tech.
However, the piping industry is quite sophisticated and newer materials, especially the plastics covered in this study, are especially so. Not only are new materials and technologies coming into use to compete with older ones, but P/T is used in a number of industries in which fluid transport is not involved. These include the electrical and electronics industry's use for conduits and other means of carrying conductors and other wires. Mechanical tubing is used for furniture and light poles. There is piping and tubing that merely moves the same fluid through a closed loop, for example, in refrigeration and air conditioning systems and in hot water heating systems.
Since humankind first learned to transport fluids through hollow tubes, piping and tubing have become important parts of modern technology and lifestyles. Over the years, many different materials have been and continue to be used for pipe and tubing. These include metals like iron, steel, copper and aluminum; inorganic materials like clay and concrete; and plastics, the subject of this report.

J. Charles Forman has an SB degree from MIT and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University, all in chemical engineering. Forman worked for Abbott Laboratories for 20 years, was executive director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for 10 years and since 1987, has been an independent technical writer and researcher, authoring many single- and multi-client reports, 44 alone for BCC Research.

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