U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market

U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market Analysis By Diameter (DN 80 – DN 300, DN 350 – DN 1000, DN 1100 – DN 1200, DN 1400 & DN 2000, DN 2000 & Above), By External Protection (PE, PU, Ceramic Epoxy), By Application, By Sales Channel - United States Market Insights 2022-2032

Analysis of U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market Outlook (2022-2032)

The United States ductile iron pipes market is valued at US$ 1.21 billion and is estimated to climb to US$ 1.88 billion by the end of 2032, expanding at a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast years of 2022-2032. The top 5 manufacturers of ductile iron pipes in the U.S. account for around two-thirds market share.

The market is likely to grow on the back of the development of sound underground infrastructure to provide basic amenities of water and gas to the population, along with preventing the damaging impacts of disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.

Report Attributes


U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market Size (2021A)

US$ 1.7 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2022E)

US$ 1.21 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 1.88 Billion

U.S. Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

4.4% CAGR

West U.S. Market Share (2021)


West U.S. Growth Rate (2022-2032)

~4.9% CAGR

Market Share of Top 5 Companies


Key Companies Profiled

  • American Cast Iron Pipe Company
  • U.S. Pipe
  • McWane Ductile
  • C&B Piping, Inc.
  • Clinch River Casting
  • Electrosteel USA
  • Tricon Piping, Inc.

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U.S. Sales Analysis of Ductile Iron Pipes (2017-2021) Vs Market Forecasts (2022-2032)

Ductile iron pipes carry good corrosion resistance and mechanical properties, coupled with high strength and durability. These properties make them ideal for application in high-pressure conditions.

Ductile iron is able to withstand the most severe operating conditions and environmental impact as it is formed by treating magnesium with molten low-sulphur base iron under closely controlled conditions. It can withstand extremely high and low temperatures without any effect on its brittleness as opposed to the alternative materials such as plastics that are heavily influenced by temperatures.

  • Short Term (2022 Q2 to 2025): Development of underground infrastructure to support short term market growth.
  • Medium Term (2025-2028): Need to prevent the damaging impacts of disasters such as earthquakes, tornados, cyclones, etc., on the underground distribution of life necessities such as water and gas supply, to drive medium-term market growth.
  • Long Term (2028-2032): Product innovation in ductile iron pipes to fuel long-term demand.

The historic CAGR registered for the U.S. Ductile iron pipes market was 2.9% during 2017-2021. The market is projected to expand at a higher CAGR of 4.4% during the assessment period (2022-2032, according to analysis by Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider.

U.S. ductile iron pipes market forecast by Fact.MR

How is Infrastructure Development Driving Demand for Ductile Iron Pipes in the U.S.?

“Rapid Development of Underground Infrastructure to Support Market Growth”

Regional governments are focusing on developing underground infrastructure that includes the supply of essential services such as water, oil, natural gas, etc. They are focusing on replacing old pipelines and installing new systems.

Use of pipes to transport oil & natural gas along with water is increasing at a fast pace. Ductile iron pipes can tolerate high pressure while transporting oil & gas, prevent water from mixing with chemicals from the external environment, and also maintain the pH level of water.

Earthquakes cause a vast amount of destruction to the water pipelines laid underground and other distribution systems, leading to substantial loss of precious necessary supplies. Therefore, the government of the United States is installing ductile iron pipes in key parts to safeguard critical water distribution lines against potential damaging impacts caused by environmental hazards.

Thus, all these factors are poised to provide the necessary uplift to the growth of ductile iron pipes market in the United States over the coming years.

What Issues Can Dent Demand Growth of Ductile Iron Pipes in the U.S.?

“High Costs and Susceptibility to Corrosion – Restraining Factors”

The cost of ductile iron pipes is high as compared to other piping solutions such as HDPE, PVC, etc. Overall cost of the installation of these pipes makes them costlier than other alternatives.

The longevity of ductile iron pipes has plummeted because of thinner walls and their risen susceptibility to corrosion. Augmented use of recycled ductile iron to manufacture these pipes can accelerate corrosion, in turn reducing the quality of ductile iron, thereby reducing service life.

Use of these ductile iron pipes for underground applications makes them more prone to corrosion and leaks, and they also affect the quality of the soil, making it infertile. These corroded pipes can then leak fluid and suffer from failure. Thus, these factors are likely to hamper demand growth of ductile iron piping systems in the U.S. over the coming years.

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Region-wise Insights

Which U.S. Region Accounts for Higher Demand for Ductile Iron Pipes?

The West U.S. ductile iron pipes market dominates the United States by holding 27.1% market share, while the South-West U.S. ductile iron pipes market holds 24.7% market share. These region al markets are expected to rise at 4.9% and 4.5% CAGRs, respectively, over the forecast years.

Higher market is attributed to factors such as the greater number of disasters registered in these regions over the past years. Weather and climate disasters such as tornado outbreaks, tropical cyclones, etc., are witnessed in great numbers in these regions, which lead to the disruption of necessities of life such as water and gas supply.

These disasters have led to significant economic losses amounting to billions of dollars. Therefore, the application of ductile iron pipes can lead to the prevention of substantial economic losses.

For instance, earthquakes have caused damage to California's underground water pipelines and other distribution systems, thus marking the debut of ductile iron pipes in key parts of the cities to bear the impact, supporting regional market demand and growth.

Category-wise Insights

Why Do DN350-DN 1000 Ductile Iron Pipes Account for a Higher Market Share?

Under the diameter segment, the ductile iron pipes market is divided into DN 80–DN 300 ductile iron pipes, DN 350–DN 1000 ductile iron pipes, DN 1000–DN 1200 ductile iron pipes, DN 1400 & DN 2000 ductile iron pipes, DN 2000 and above ductile iron pipes.

Amongst them, DN350-DN 1000 ductile iron pipes account for 25.2% of the overall market share. The segment is likely to expand at 3.6% CAGR on the back of their extensive use for sewerage purposes.

DN 350–DN 1000 ductile iron pipes can withstand harsh operating conditions as they have a high alumina cement mortar lining and are highly alkaline to highly acidic. These pipes are being widely used to supply drinking water to the population and are also used in mining applications.

Will Ductile Iron Pipe Usage Continue to Remain Highest in Portable Water Distribution?

Under application, the United States ductile iron pipes market is segmented into potable water distribution, sewage and wastewater, irrigation, mining, and others.

Amongst them, portable water distribution holds 39% market share. The segment is projected to rise at 4.2% CAGR over the assessment period as there is major use of ductile iron pipes for water distribution and their deployment in wastewater treatment facilities, sewage outfall lines, and pump stations.

Application of ductile iron pipes in irrigation accounts for 27.8% market share. The segment is projected to rise at 4.3% CAGR over the forecast years.

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Competitive Landscape

Prominent players in the United States ductile iron pipes market are focusing on innovations on the technical front and developing pipe products of superior quality. They are focusing on launching pipes that perform effectively against ground displacement caused by disasters such as hurricanes, landslides, etc.

Market Developments :

  • McWane, Inc. acquired Clear Water Manufacturing Corporation in 2021. This acquisition is likely to expand its existing fabricated pipe business outside the United States and also improve its ability to service distribution partners across the country.
  • Forterra Building Products acquired U.S. Pipe in 2019. This acquisition is likely to add valuable growth to the company in terms of manufacturing and fabrication facilities throughout Mexico and the United States.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of ductile iron pipes positioned across regions in the U.S., sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Industry Research

  • U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market by Diameter :

    • DN 80 – DN 300 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 350 – DN 1000 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 1100 – DN 1200 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 1400 & DN 2000 Ductile Iron Pipes
    • DN 2000 and Above Ductile Iron Pipes
  • U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market by Application :

    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Potable Water Distribution
    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Sewage & Waste Water
    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Irrigation
    • Ductile Iron Pipes for Mining
    • Others
  • U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market by External Protection :

    • Zn/Zn-Al + Bitumen/Epoxy Ductile Iron Pipes
    • PE Ductile Iron Pipes
    • PU Ductile Iron Pipes
    • Ceramic Epoxy Ductile Iron Pipes
  • U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market by Sales Channel :

    • Direct Sales of Ductile Iron Pipes
    • Indirect Sales of Ductile Iron Pipes
  • U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market by Region :

    • West U.S.
    • South-West U.S.
    • Mid-West U.S.
    • North-East U.S.
    • South-East U.S.

- FAQs -

The U.S. ductile iron pipes market is currently valued at US$ 1.21 billion and is anticipated to reach US$ 1.88 billion by 2032-end.

Over the 2017-2021 time period, the U.S. market for ductile iron pipes market expanded at 2.9% CAGR.

Key manufacturers of ductile iron pipes are American Cast Iron Pipe Company, U.S. Pipe, and McWane Ductile.

West U.S. leads the pack with 27.1% of the U.S. market share.

Portable water distribution accounts for 39% share in the application of ductile iron pipes in the United States.

U.S. Ductile Iron Pipes Market

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