The collapsing housing market slashed demand for drainage construction and products
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
Plastic sewer and storm drainpipe manufacturers produce high-grade, high-performance plastic pipes for many industries and applications. End users include water-supply, sewer-line and storm-drain system contractors. Similar to other manufacturing industries, demand for the Plastic Sewer and Storm Drainpipe Manufacturing industry has been volatile over the five years to 2012. “As the housing market collapsed, demand declined for many downstream users as utility construction activities for housing starts stalled and slowed purchases,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Deonta Smith. “This decline hindered revenue growth for plastic sewer and storm drainpipe manufacturers.” As such, industry revenue has declined at an estimated annualized rate of 1.1% to $1.4 billion over the five years to 2012. In the past couple years, however, the economy has slowly begun to recover and housing starts have increased. As a result, demand for end users like sewer contractors also grew, improving demand for industry-related products.
In 2012, IBISWorld estimates there are 43 establishments operating in the industry. Over the past five years, the number of industry operators has contracted at an average annual rate of 2.9%, with larger declines of 5.9% in 2008 and 4.2% in 2009. These two years of decline were primarily due to the decrease in housing starts, which adversely affected demand for sewer and storm drainpipe construction. “In light of future uncertainty, keeping high levels of production became a major concern as municipalities shifted their priorities in the wake of the economic downturn,” says Smith. In reaction to fewer available sewer and storm drain construction projects, some firms expanded into foreign markets while others merged (e.g. J-M Manufacturing and PW Eagle). Within the Plastic Sewer and Storm Drainpipe Manufacturing industry, there is a high level of concentration among firms, indicating relatively high levels of competition since the largest suppliers dominate a limited number of downstream markets. At the same time, external competition, mainly from cheaper imports, has been increasing imported pipes' share of domestic demand. Competition is expected to increase as less capitalized firms become acquisition targets for the major companies or exit the industry completely. Current major players include JM Eagle (formed by the aforementioned merger), Advanced Drainage Systems and North American Pipe Corporation.
In the next five years, an anticipated increase in the demand for sewer line and storm drain construction is expected to boost utility infrastructure construction and maintenance investment. IBISWorld forecasts that a recovery in the housing market, improvements in state and local government investment and increased private investment will support a healthy recovery for the industry. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Plastic Sewer and Storm Drainpipe Manufacturing in the US industry report page.
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Establishments in this industry primarily convert plastic resins into rigid plastic pipes and pipe fittings for well casing, irrigation, plumbing, storm drains and sewers.
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