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Global Ductile Iron Pipe Market: Overview
Cast iron, also known as grey cast iron, is a type of pipe manufactured in the 19th and 20th centuries that is used as a pressure pipe for transmission of water and sewage. Cast iron pipe was gradually superseded by ductile iron pipe, with most existing manufacturing plants transitioning to the new material during the 1970s and 1980s. Ductile iron pipe is made of ductile cast iron and is commonly used for potable water distribution and transmission. Ductile iron pipe is characterized by the spheroidal or nodular nature of graphite within iron. Ductile iron pipe is manufactured using centrifugal casting in metal or resin lined molds.
Global Ductile Iron Pipe Market: Key Segments
The ductile iron pipe market can be segmented based on type of joint, application, and region. Based on type of joint, the ductile iron pipe market can be classified into flanges and spigot & socket. Flanges are flat rings around the end of pipes that mate with an equivalent flange from another pipe. The two are held together by bolts usually passed through holes drilled through the flanges. Spigot & socket comprises a normal pipe end and a spigot, which is inserted into the socket or bell of another pipe or fitting. A seal is made between the two within the socket. In terms of application, the ductile iron pipe market can be segmented into water supply and water treatment, oil & gas, mining, trenchless applications, and others.
One of the advantages of using ductile iron pipes is they can be recycled after long use. Ductile iron pipes are also durable and can withstand extreme ranges in temperature. New and advanced technologies are emerging in order to reduce the costs and improve the quality of ductile iron pipes.
One of the drawbacks of using a ductile iron pipe is that it is prone to internal and external corrosion in aggressive handling conditions. Moreover, the pipes are prone to several manufacturing defects such as variation in the wall thickness of the pipes. Like most ferrous materials, ductile iron is susceptible to corrosion. Therefore, its useful life depends on the impact of corrosion.
In terms of geography, countries in Asia Pacific such as India, China, Singapore, and Japan are emerging countries of the ductile iron pipe market due to rapid industrialization and urbanization. Demand for ductile iron pipes is increasing significantly in North America due to its plans to develop infrastructure for wastewater and sewage treatment plants. In the U.S., the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association represents manufacturers of ductile iron pipes. The association provides research on and promotes the use of ductile iron piping in utility projects (water and sewer), focusing on its strength, recyclability, and life cycle cost compared with alternative products such as PVC. Ductile iron pipes manufactured in the U.S. have been certified as a sustainable product by the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability. Demand for ductile iron pipes is high in countries in Europe such as the U.K., Germany, and France due to rapid industrial growth. The ductile iron pipe market is estimated to develop in the countries in Africa and Latin America after they recover from economic slowdown. Countries in Middle East, especially the Gulf Council Countries (GCC), which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Bahrain, have substantially increased the usage of ductile iron pipes for improving their infrastructure.
Global Ductile Iron Pipe Market: Key Players
Key market players in the ductile iron pipe market are Saint Gobain, Kubaat, US PILE and Foundry Company, Jindal SAW, Xinxing Ductile Iron Pipes, SUNS, etc.
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