FARMINGTON, Conn., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- From industrial settings, particularly in the gas and oil sector, to commercial buildings and residential areas, a network of pipes and tubes surrounds us. Energy and water supply needs are the main driver of pipes and tubes infrastructure. The latest strategic business reports from Global Information (GII), in partnership with Global Industry Analysts, delve into the global markets for welded and seamless pipes and tubes. Highlights from the featured reports are provided below.
Electric Resistance Welded Pipes
Global shipments of electric resistance welded (ERW) pipes are projected to reach 91.5 million tons by the year 2018, primarily driven by intensifying oil and gas exploration and transmission activity, particularly for shale gas projects.
In addition to conventional markets of oil and gas pipelines and water infrastructure, steel pipes and tubes are increasingly being targeted at newer sectors such as urban infrastructure, construction, metros, piped gas distribution, fire safety segments, malls, airports, and commercial passenger vehicles. In these markets, pipes and tubes are used in applications such as fencing, cabling, fire safety, scaffolding, and bus body parts. Continuous rise in infrastructure investments in sectors such as power generation and automotive and increasing government investments in infrastructure projects including water and sewage systems augur well for the ERW pipes market.
Major players profiled in the report include Arabian Pipes Company, ArcelorMittal SA, ChelPipe, EVRAZ North America, JFE Steel Corporation, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Northwest Pipe Company, OAO TMK, Salzgitter Mannesmann Line Pipe GmbH, Tata Steel Europe, Techint Group SpA, Tenaris S.A., United States Steel Corporation, and United Metallurgical Company /OMK, among others.
Seamless Pipes and Tubes
The global market for seamless pipes and tubes is projected to reach 113.8 million tons by 2018, with demand growth mirroring the dynamics of the energy sector and gains led by the rise in rig count and increasing prices of oil and gas, particularly in North America, the Middle East and Latin America.
Major players profiled in the report include ArcelorMittal SA, Boomerang Tube LLC, Bri-Chem Corporation, EVRAZ North America, ChelPipe, JFE Steel Corporation, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Jindal SAW Ltd., OAO TMK, United Metallurgical Company /OMK, Techint Group SpA, Tenaris S.A., Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corporation, UMW Group, United States Steel Corporation, and Vallourec & Mannesmann Tubes, among others.
Continuous Welded Pipes and Tubes
The global market for continuous welded pipes and tubes is projected to reach 24.2 million tons by 2018, driven by the sustained need to address the global gas and water supply needs. Global market for steel pipes and tubes is highly fragmented and intensely competitive. Major players profiled in the report include ChelPipe, JFE Steel Corporation, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, and Wheatland Tube Company.
As the dynamics of the steel pipes and industry are closely linked to the trends in the construction, oil and gas, and infrastructure development projects, prevailing economic conditions play a major role in determining the pace and extent of demand for steel pipes and tubes. While the year 2011 registered strong demand for steel pipes and tubes globally, growth slowed down in early 2012 due to reduced orders from construction, automotive, and mechanical engineering sectors although energy sector registered strong rise in demand for steel tubes.
Spiral Welded Pipes and Tubes
The global market for spiral welded pipes and tubes is projected to reach 24.6 million tons by 2018, driven by economic recovery, level of activity in the energy sector, and intensifying pipeline construction activity.
Global demand for spiral welded pipes, which are primarily used in the transportation of oil and gas and in water transportation projects, is closely linked to the investments in the energy sector. The energy sector makes use of spiral welded pipes with diameters of up to 60 and up to 80 feet in length. Another factor that is expected to fuel demand for spiral pipes and tubes is new pipeline construction activity due to the shift of population from traditional centers that would necessitate development of infrastructure for delivering oil and natural gas to the new locations.
Major players profiled in the report include American SpiralWeld Pipe Company LLC, ArcelorMittal SA, Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Europipe GmbH, EVRAZ North America, JFE Steel Corporation, Jindal SAW Ltd., Man Industries Ltd., National Pipe Company Ltd., Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, PSL Limited, Shengli Oil & Gas Pipe Holdings Limited, Stupp Corporation, Volzhsky Pipe Plant, UMW Group, and Welspun Corp Ltd.
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