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Ductile Iron Pipes Market

Ductile Iron Pipes Market

Ductile Iron Pipes Market By Diameter (DN 80 - DN 300, DN 350 - DN 600, DN 700 - DN 1000, DN 1200 - DN 2000), By Application (Potable Water Distribution, Irrigation), By External Protection (Zn/Zn-Al + Bitumen/Epoxy, PE, PU), By Region - Global Insights 2021 to 2031

Ductile Iron Pipes Market

Ductile Iron Pipes Industry Outlook

The market value for ductile iron pipes is set to be valued at around US$ 7.8 Bn in 2021 and was expected to grow at 6% CAGR by 2031.

Due to their long lifespan and reliability that they offer, 700 to 1,000 diameter ductile iron pipes will experience most demand and account for ¼ market share over the coming years, with the MEA being the most lucrative market for manufacturers.

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Key Points Covered in Ductile Iron Pipes Market Survey:

  • Market Estimates and Forecasts (2016-2031)
  • Key Drivers and Restraints Shaping Market Growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand Share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact on Ductile Iron Pipes and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

Sales of Ductile Iron Pipes from 2016 to 2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021 to 2031

During the historical period of 2016 to 2020, enhanced penetration of ductile iron pipes has been observed across regions owing to adoption of water supply policies. Key countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, and North African countries together have provided huge impetus over the past half-decade. These countries are anticipated to hold the torch of market growth over long-run forecast period.

Ductile iron pipes can’t be considered for normal pipe connections, but rather, have significant application in public infrastructure such as potable water distribution, irrigation, sewage & waste water transportation, and mining, among other applications. Therefore, analysing the point of usage, it could be assessed that market growth is proportionally dependent on government spending on water infrastructure.

The COVID-19 crisis has hit the rapid moving ship of investments in Q2 and Q3 of FY2020, owing to reduced investor confidence across potential markets. Despite this shrink in investments and market valuation, strong focal point of countries such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates will provide a boost to the market over the short-run.

Growing applications of iron pipes along with key market trends are expected to expand the market for ductile iron pipes at a healthy CAGR of close to 6% during forecast period of 2021 – 2031.

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What are the Key Opportunities on Offer for Ductile Iron Pipe Manufacturers?

Growing number of smart city and infrastructure development projects are driving demand for ductile iron pipe. Moreover, economic progress and growing pressure to advance sanitation in urban areas are leading governments to start water and wastewater management projects. Furthermore, a variety of industrial application areas are expected to offer ample market opportunities.

Rapid awareness for clean and safe drinking water, increasing technological advancement, and improving wastewater management solutions are some of the trends that offer significant growth opportunities. Moreover, stringent regulations for wastewater management and agricultural irrigation offer noteworthy market openings for manufacturers of ductile cast iron pipes.

Increasing government spending on water treatment and wastewater management to bolster procurement of DIP and ductile iron pipe fittings, thus providing ample avenues for ductile iron pipe suppliers.

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Which Region Offers the Maximum Opportunity for Sales of Ductile Iron Pipes?

As per the ductile iron pipes industry report by Fact.MR, during the past half-decade, East Asia dominated the market with a share of 30%. This dominance is anticipated to continue over the long-run forecast period. In this region, key players such as XinXing and Kubota held nearly 40% market share in FY2020.

Over the same period, China has evolved as a prominent supplier of ductile iron pipes across the globe, and has consistently maintained exports and captive regional consumption ratio of 3:2. This scenario is anticipated to change with the surge of anti-dumping duties across major economies. Rise in competition is gradually affecting the stance of players positioned in China.

Consumption of ductile iron pipes in China is anticipated to surge owing to incentives and taxation benefits provided to building & construction stakeholders. Moreover, rising population and extensive demand for potable water will bolster public infrastructure spending, thus cascading the effect to the demand for ductile iron pipe.

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Country-wise Analysis

Why are GCC Countries on the Radar of Ductile Iron Pipe Makers?

In 2020, GCC countries market value amounted to US$ 425 Mn, with a market volume of 638 KT. GCC countries together captured 60% of the Middle East & Africa market share in the same year.

Ductile iron pipe trends shows that GCC countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman have set up their long-run focus on ensuring potable water to residents. Policies framed by these countries are anticipated to bolster demand for ductile iron pipes over long-run forecast period.

  • For instance, in FY2020, the UAE opened up a multi-million dollar government funded project for water desalination and transportation of desalinated water for public welfare. This project has opened the gates for prominent DIP manufacturers such as Saint Gobain, Jindal SAW, and Kubota.
  • In the same year, ACCIONA promised to build a fifth desalination plant worth US$ 384 Mn in Saudi Arabia, which shall improve water supply and status of the people residing in Southwest Saud Arabia.

Why is India Termed as an Impenetrable Market for Foreign Players Manufacturing Ductile Iron Pipes?

In FY2020, India registered 80% market share in South Asia & Oceania. Key player positioned in the country are Jai Balaji Group, Jindal SAW Ltd, Electrotherm, Electrosteel, and Tata Metaliks, among others. These players together hold a prominent market share, not only in India, but also in South Asia & Oceania.

Despite trade liberalization, the country has put set of norms that impose tariffs on the imports of DIP from foreign players. Moreover, the Government of India is obliged to procure from regional players to strengthen regional businesses of DIP. These factors act as hurdles for prominent international players looking to up their footprint in high potential markets such as India.

First-hand bidding for procurement tenders by regional players such as Jai Balaji, Jindal SAW, and Electrosteel, among others, will strengthen the market for regional players. Moreover, DIP is extensively procured by key construction firms in the country, such as L&T, Tata Construction, and others.

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Category-wise Insights

Why are DN 700 – DN 1000 Ductile Iron Pipes Most Sought-after?

DN 700 – DN 1000 pipes are extensively used for sewerage purposes. These pipes have high alumina cement mortar lining that allows them to withstand operating conditions that are highly alkaline to highly acidic. These pipes are also used to distribute drinking water from dams to urban areas.

Inner coatings are required for these pipes, as they are vulnerable to corrosion. These pipes are also used in mining applications. With increasing usage of DI pipes for portable water distribution, this segment is expected to account for more than 1/4 of global market share by 2031.

Furthermore, Earthquake Resistance Ductile Iron Pipe (ERDIP) pipes are known to absorb ground displacement with its high strength and resistivity against earthquakes. Key players are focusing on capacity expansion to meet increasing demand in earthquake prone areas.

  • For instance, Kubota Corp. has increased their production capacity after areas in Japan have experienced landslides. These pipes help in protecting water supplying service even under critical conditions with low operating cost.
  • U.S. Pipe, one of the main makers from United States offers wide assortment of seismic items, which incorporate seismic fittings, seismic gathering and earthquake safe ductile iron pipes.

How are Regional Policies Affecting Demand for Ductile Iron Pipes?

Governments across the globe are taking measures to meet the growing demand for water. Rapid urbanization in emerging economies has significantly fueled demand for infrastructure services such as roads, transportation, electric & power supply, water supply, and sanitation. Further, due to rise in migration rate of the population towards urban centers, the waste water pipes has also increased.

Unsafe sanitation is one of the major concerns for governments across the globe, and it is becoming more serious as the global population is increasing. Almost 4.5 billion people, i.e. more than half of the global population, still practice open defecation or use unsafe sanitary facilities and services.

Governments across the world are undertaking measure for water sanitation. On the back of easy installation with added advantage of recyclability, demand for ductile iron pipes is poised to increase at close to 6% CAGR over the next ten years.

What Impact Has COVID-19 Had on Demand and Sales of Ductile Iron Pipes?

Ductile iron pipes sales have seen a major downturn in Q2 and Q3 of FY2020. This is majorly due to restricted trade of goods across regions. But in Q4 of FY2020, the market observed a major surge.

Despite a slowdown observed over two quarters, DIP procurement is majorly governed by governments across regions. Their budgets are mostly static, which is why the pandemic has had a minor impact on DIP business.

Competitive Landscape

Majority of companies have focused on product launches and expanding their manufacturing units in developing regions. Strategies include innovation, collaborations with key players, partnerships, strategic alliances, and strengthening of regional and global distribution networks.

Some of the key developments are:

  • In 2021, Jindal SAW Ltd accepted to supply ductile iron pipes for 3 projects of Etihad Water & Electricity in Northern Emirates, which is divided to 43.5 km, 17.7 km and 42 Km. Supply of Dip has begun in April 2021. Along with the existing project, company also agreed to support all upcoming U.A.E. projects as well.
  • On April 3, 2019, Saint Gobain PAM has decided to sell its loss making unit “Pont a mousson” positioned in France to a Chinese ductile iron pipes giant Xingxiang.
  • In August 2019, Tata Metaliks has announced its plan to double its production capacity of ductile iron pipes. This would be in operation by the end of 2021. The company is looking forward to increase the percentage contribution of ductile iron pipes segment from 55% to 70% with this strategic move.
  • On April 1, 2021 McWane, Inc. acquired Clear Water Manufacturing Corp, It will expand our existing fabricated pipe business into regions other than US and improve our ability to service distribution partners in other parts of the country.

Similarly, recent developments related to companies manufacturing ductile iron water pipes have been tracked by the team at Fact.MR, which are available in the full report.

Report Scope

Attribute Details
Forecast Period 2021-2031
Historical Data Available for 2016-2020
Market Analysis US$ Mn for Value; Kilo Tons for Volume
Key Regions Covered
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Key Countries Covered
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • GCC Countries
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Key Segments Covered
  • Diameter
  • Application
  • External Protection
  • Sales Channel
  • Region
Key Companies Profiled
  • Saint Gobain PAM
  • Jindal SAW Ltd.
  • Kubota Corporation
  • Tata Metaliks
  • Saudi Arabian AMINTIT
  • U.S. Pipe
  • McWane Inc.
  • Construtec Ductile
  • American Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • Duktus (Wetzlar) GmbH & Co. KG
  • Electrosteel Steels Ltd.
  • Svobodny Sokol Poland
  • CNBM International Corporation
  • Electrotherm
  • Kurimoto, Ltd. and many others
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Key Market Segments Covered in Ductile Iron Pipes Industry Analysis

  • By Diameter

    • DN 80 - DN 300 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 350 - DN 600 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 700 - DN 1000 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 1200 - DN 2000 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 2000 & Above Ductile Iron Pipes
  • By Application

    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Potable Water Distribution
    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Sewage & Wastewater
    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Irrigation
    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Mining
    • Centrifugal DI Pipes
    • Others
  • By External Protection

    • Zn/Zn-Al + Bitumen/Epoxy Ductile Iron Pipes
    • PE Ductile Iron Pipes
    • PU Ductile Iron Pipes
    • Ceramic Epoxy Ductile Iron Pipes
    • Electrosteel DI Pipes
  • By Sales Channel 

    • Direct Sales of Ductile Iron Pipes
    • Indirect Sales of Ductile Iron Pipes

- FAQs -

The global ductile iron pipes market is set to be valued at around US$ 7.8 Bn in 2021, owing to extensive usage for potable water distribution and sewage & waste water purposes.

The market for ductile iron pipes experienced moderate growth of 3.9% CAGR in past half-decade, where East Asia’s market grew the fastest at 4.4%.

Rising government spending on provision of potable water and extensive spending on public infrastructure to bolster demand for ductile iron pipes.

Increasing desalination projects across MEA to provide potable water to residents and rising investments by key international bodies are key trends in the market.

Top manufacturers of DIP are included under tier-1 companies, who together accounted for around 30% share of global revenue in 2020.

China, Germany, GCC Countries, and India account for majority consumption of ductile iron pipes.

North America, being a mature market, holds 1/5 share of the global market.

Middle East & Africa is the most lucrative market, expected to rise at a healthy CAGR of more than 4.5% through 2031.

China, India, France, and Japan are key exporters of ductile iron pipes across the world.

The market in South Korea and Japan is estimated to progress at 3.2% and 4.9% CAGRs, respectively, during 2021-2031.

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