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01-30-2012

AMI: Plastic Pipe Industry

Three new reports of plastics industry consultant, Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI) make evident that the effects of global recession are still taking their toll on the plastics industry and that the pipe extrusion industry is no exception.

A 12% drop in the number of pipe extruders listed in AMI’s guide to the pipe extrusion industry in Europe, 5th Edition highlights the effects of the global economic crisis of the previous years on the European pipe industry. The recovery in the building market in Europe from the recession has been slower and more cautious than for most other plastic market segments resulting in only relatively modest gains in polymer demand for pipe applications in 2010/11.

The aim of AMI’s guide to the pipe extrusion industry in NAFTA, 1st Edition is to provide up-to-date information on pipe extrusion plants in Canada, Mexico and the USA. It not only provides a directory and listing of 520 pipe extruders within the NAFTA region, but also an overview and summary of the current status of the industry. The market also saw declining sales volumes for pipe producers in 2008 /09 although, as in Europe, there has been a modest recovery in 2010/11.

In contrast the demand for pipe extrusion in Latin America has been growing strongly, and AMI published a new report detailing these developments: AMI’s guide to the pipe extrusion industry in South America, 1st Edition. This shows that the region’s committed development to improving infrastructure has had a resounding effect on the expansion of the pipe industry, with over 200 production sites listed within the report.

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