Market of Pipes for Architecture and Civil Engineering (25 Types) in Japan: Research Findings in 2019
Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) has conducted a survey on the domestic market of pipes for architecture and civil engineering (25 types), and has found out the trends by pipe and by segment, the trends of market players, and the future outlook.
The market size of pipes for architecture and civil engineering (25 types) for FY2018, based on the shipment volume (calculated by converting into the weight of steel pipes), scaled down by 1.8% to 2,618 thousand tons. When the consumption tax rate had risen to 5% to 8% in 2014, the last minute surge in demand had affected the market to expand. The market has gone through ups and downs by a few percentages since then, but the general perspective of the market is likely to be on a slight decline.
According to the statistics on construction starts by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the number of new housing starts was relatively stable at around 900 thousand. The construction works for non-dwelling buildings were also steadily growing, including those for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, the works for infrastructure (waterworks, electricity and gases) and public works for farmlands and in provincial areas generally showed moderate growth, though there were increase and decrease according to segment.
Not Only Performance, but Also Workability Becoming Reason for Being Selected
As the issues of aging workmen and shortage of manpower becoming prominent in the field of construction and civil engineering, they have started affecting piping works. While pipe joints needed welding in the past, new types of pipe joints have been developed and attracted attention, which include those that do not need welding and those that allow simplified piping works. In addition, the pipe materials have been increasingly switched from those made from heavy metals to lighter resin in various occasions.
In recent years, however, there has been a strong tendency of selecting the pipe types according to the intended use. This has slowed down the growth as well as the decline of shipment volume for each pipe type that stemmed from replacement or switching of pipe types.
On the other hand, because of large-scale urban development in Tokyo stably begun, the shipment volume of some pipe types for architecture is expected to grow; which include steel pipes, stainless welded steel pipes, polyethylene pipes, bridged polyethylene pipes, and polybutene pipes. For the pipes for civil engineering, in view of disaster measurement, the following types of pipes are expected to grow: Ductile iron pipes, corrugated pipes, large caliber polyethylene pipes, industrial polyethylene pipes, and FEP pipes.
The market size of pipes for architecture and civil engineering (25 types) for FY2019, based on the shipment volume (calculated by converting into the weight of steel pipes), is projected to rise by 0.6% to achieve 2,634 thousand tons.
While FY2019 can expect last minute surge in demand just before the consumption tax hike starting in October 2019 to raise some level of consumption, it is not likely for sudden downturn from it to occur, indicating that the market would hardly be affected by the tax hike. Due to progress of construction works for the Olympic and Paralympic Games together with the investment to infrastructure likely to be the same level as or more than last year, the market size is projected to be about the same as FY2018.
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