Infrastructure and real estate requirements for UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Expo 2020 have led to an increase in the popularity of PE plastic pipes.
A study by Ken Research states that the boost to the construction industry as a result of the country’s strategy, combined with the hosting of the global mega event, has had a positive effect on the pipe market locally.
Analysis also shows that the UAE’s plastic pipe and fittings market is expected to register positive CAGR of more than 5% until 2022, and will be valued at $625million by the end of the period.
“Private sector investments in various industries in the country are expected to increase, which will increase the demand for plastic pipes and fittings,” stated the report.
“The plastic pipes and fittings market in the UAE is heading towards consolidation, with the top four or five manufacturers accounting for the majority of the market revenue.”
“The market has a positive outlook for the future. The demand of uPVC pipes is likely to grow further owing to the expected growth of residential and commercial real estate in the country.
“PE pipes are likely to witness the highest growth rate owing to the increasing application in various industries and gradual replacement of PVC pipes in many industries with PE pipes.”
A shift in attitudes towards environmentally-friendly building has also been touted as a significant driving factor for market segment growth. The report stated: “Introduction of local green building codes like Estidama in Abu Dhabi and Sa’fat in Dubai, and international equivalent systems like LEED and BREEAM, has led manufacturers to utilise construction material which is more recyclable.
“This is further likely to propel the plastic pipe and fittings industry towards innovation and research for environment friendly materials.
“The revenue share of organised players is likely to further increase owing to the expected capacity expansion by the leading players in the market.
“Entry of some small scale manufacturers and traders is also likely to take place, which will further promote import and export of plastic pipes and fittings from the UAE.
“In the case of end user application, water supply and sewage applications will continue to be the dominant end user industry, followed by plumbing, chemical and oil and gas, irrigation and others respectively.
“Real estate and infrastructural development, industrial growth, growth in public sector spending, and rise in private investments are the major factors that are likely to drive the market in the future.”
Meanwhile, growing adoption of PVC pipes has led experts to predict that the global market will swell at a CAGR of 4%.
A study by Report Linker stated: “Some of the superior properties of PVC pipes include excellent chemical resistance, abrasive resistance, temperature resistance, resistance to wear and tear, UV resistance, load-bearing capacity, and dimensional stability at room temperature.
“Also, its unique physical properties such as versatility, strength, and high ductility of PVC pipes makes it ideal for use in applications including plumbing, HVAC, irrigation, oil and gas, sewerage, and water supply.
“They are extensively used in oil and gas and irrigation industries because they can be easily installed and are light in weight.
“The growing adoption of PVC pipes will lead to the expansion of the global PVC pipes market at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period.”