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Copper Pipes & Tubes - Global Strategic Business Report

  • Published: February 2009
  • Region: Global
  • 379 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Copper Pipes & Tubes in Thousand tons. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2006 through 2015.

The report profiles 219 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as Cerro Flow Products, Inc., Crane Group Limited, Fabrika bakarnih cevi Majdanpek, Foshan Shunde Lecong Hengxin Copper Tube Factory, Gao Xin Zhangtong Limited-Liability Company, Global Brass and Copper, Inc., Grupo IUSA, S.A. de C.V., Cambridge-Lee Industries, H & H Tube & Manufacturing Company, Hailiang Group Co., Ltd, HALCOR Metal Works S.A., Henan Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Inc., Hitachi Cable, Ltd., KME Group S.p.A., Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube, Ltd., Luvata Oy, MM Kembla Products, Mueller Industries, Inc., National Copper & Smelting Company Inc., Ningbo Jintian Copper (Group) Co., Ltd., Poongsan Corporation, The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Wieland-Werke AG, and Wolverine Tube, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles READ MORE >

COPPER PIPES & TUBES
A GLOBAL STRATEGIC BUSINESS REPORT

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITION

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1
Disclaimers I-2
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2
Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3
Product Definition and Scope of Study I-3

II. Executive Summary

1. Industry Overview II-1
Copper Pipes & Tubes Market II-1
End-use Applications II-1
Plumbing II-1
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II-1
Industrial II-2
Current and Future Analysis II-2
Historic Review II-2
Table 1: World Historic Review for Copper Pipes & Tubes by
Geographic Region - USA, Canada, Japan, Europe (France,
Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific
(China, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific), and Rest of World
Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2005
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-3
Production II-3
Table 2: Global Market for Copper Pipes and Tubes (2006):
Percentage Volume Breakdown of Production for China, USA,
Japan, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Mexico, and Rest of World
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-3

2. Trends & Issues II-4
Copper Pricing - Highly Volatile II-4
Economic Slowdown Threatens Demand for Copper Pipes II-4
High Copper Prices Affect Fabricators II-4
Thinner Pipes to the Rescue of Copper Pipe Manufacturers II-5
Copper Losing Sheen to Plastics in Plumbing II-5
Substitution - Towards Short-term Gains II-5
High Prices Increase Recycling Rate II-5
Environmental Concerns to the Rescue of Copper Tubes II-6
Flat Aluminum Tubes - A Threat to Copper Tubes II-6
Direct-Exchange Geothermal Climate Control Systems II-6
Copper Heat Exchangers in Condensing Tank-less Gas Water Heaters II-7
Copper as Bactericide II-7
Press-Connect and Push-Connect Fittings Gaining Prominence in
the US II-8
Waste Heat Recovery Systems II-8
Power-Pipe™ Waste Heat Recovery System II-9

3. Product Overview II-10
Introduction II-10
Definition II-10
Copper Tubes - An Overview II-10
Types of Copper Tubes II-11
Minibore II-11
Pancake Coil II-11
Level Wound Coil II-11
Straight Tube II-11
Advantages of Copper Tubes II-11
Corrosion Resistance II-11
Easy & Leak-Proof Joints II-11
Light and Compact II-12
Formability II-12
Flow II-12
Fabrication II-12
Safe II-12
Dependability II-12
Recyclability II-12
Additional Advantages II-12
Drawbacks of Copper Tubes II-13
Hazardous with Acidic Water II-13
Contamination II-13
Susceptible to Failure II-13
Labor Intensive II-13
Other Disadvantages II-13
Copper Tube Sizes II-14
Copper Tube Standards II-14
Type K, L, M Tubes II-14
ACR Tubes II-15
DWV Tubes II-15
Medical Gas Tubes II-15
Joining Methods II-15
Soldering II-15
Brazing II-15
Other Joining Methods II-16
Press-Connect and Push-Connect Joining II-16
End-use Applications II-16
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration II-16
Direct-Exchange Geothermal Cooling/Heating II-17
Domestic Water Service & Distribution II-17
Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) II-17
Fire Sprinklers II-17
Copper Fuel Gas Systems II-18
Plumbing & Heating Systems II-18
Plumbing II-18
Heating II-18
Medical Gas Systems II-19
Snow Melting Systems II-19
Solar Systems II-19
Irrigation and Agricultural Sprinkler Systems II-19

4. Worldwide Copper Industry: An Overview II-20
Copper: A Major Sub-Sector Of The Non-Ferrous Metals Industry II-20
Mining Structure II-20
Mining Presence in Select Regions II-21
Latin America II-21
Africa II-21
South Africa II-21
Zambia II-21
Overview of Copper II-21
Copper: The Red Metal II-21
History of the Metal II-21
Properties and Related Applications II-22
Stages of Production II-23
Mining II-23
Concentrating II-23
Pure Copper Cathodes II-23
Finished Products II-23
Manufacturing Process II-23
Flotation Process II-23
In-Situ Mining II-23
Working of In-Situ Mining II-24
Standard for Copper Extracted from In-Situ Leaching II-24
Primary Hydraulic Control II-24
Secondary Hydraulic Control II-24
Energy Required for Recovering Copper from Earth's Crust II-24
Extraction Process: Traditional Vs Present II-24
Solvent Extraction: Accounting for Increased Copper Production II-24
Electrowinning II-25
Smelting Process II-25
Welsh Process II-25
Flash Converting II-25
Electrorefining II-26
Copper Extrusions and Casting II-26
Continuous Casting II-26
Seamless Copper Tube II-26
Copper Recycling II-27

5. Substitute Materials II-28
Substitution - A Major Threat for Copper Pipes & Tubes II-28
Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) II-28
Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) II-28
Aluminum Plastic Composite Pipes II-28
Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) II-29

6. Copper Fabricating Industry: An Overview II-30
Copper Rollings II-30
Copper Foils II-30
Copper Drawings II-30
Oxygen Free High-Conductivity Copper II-30
Wires and Cables II-30
Cables II-30
PIJF Cables II-30
Power Cables II-31
Bare Copper Wires II-31
Copper Extrusions II-31
Plumbing Fittings II-31
Waterheating II-31
Copper Tubes II-31

7. Recent Industry Activity II-32
Hailiang Company Secures License for Copper and Alloy Pipe Plant II-32
Nissan Copper to Establish Greenfield Facility in Silvasa II-32
Golden Dragon to Establish Copper Tube Facility in Mexico
(Mexico) II-32
Outokumpu to Divest Copper Tube Assets to Cupori II-32
Gaoxin to Acquire Majority Stake in Jiangsu Copper Products
Company II-33
Poongsan Corporation and Poongsan Industrial Merge II-33
Wieland to Acquire Minority Stake in Wolverine's Chinese
Subsidiary II-33
Nissan Copper to Expand Copper Production Capacity in India II-33
Hunan Valin Guangyuan Suspends Copper Tube Production II-33
KPS Capital Acquires Olin Corporation's Metals Business II-34
Madeco and Nexans Merge II-34
Paranapanema Expands Production Capacity at Caraiba and Eluma II-34
Okumura to Relocate Shanghai Processing Plant II-34
Polstiernan Acquires R-man II-34
Outokumpu Changes Name to Luvata II-35
Yorkshire Medical Gas Tubes Receives Kitemark Certification II-35
Mueller Establishes Copper Tube Joint Venture in China II-35

8. Product Innovations/Introductions II-36
Outokumpu Launches tub-e® Copper Tube II-36
Furukawa Launches Thermo-In BIRUMEITO Copper Tube II-36
Ridge and Viega Launch ProPress® XL-C System II-36
KM Europa Develops Innovative Copper Tube, Q-tec II-37
Titan Piping Company Develops CoPro ‘Push to Connect' Copper
Piping System II-37

9. Focus on Select Players II-38
Cerro Flow Products, Inc (USA) II-38
Crane Group Limited (Australia) II-38
Fabrika bakarnih cevi Majdanpek (Serbia) II-38
Foshan Shunde Lecong Hengxin Copper Tube Factory (China) II-39
Gao Xin Zhangtong Limited-Liability Company (China) II-39
Global Brass and Copper, Inc. (USA) II-39
Grupo IUSA, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) II-39
Cambridge-Lee Industries (USA) II-40
H & H Tube & Manufacturing Company (USA) II-40
Hailiang Group Co., Ltd (China) II-40
HALCOR Metal Works S.A. (Greece) II-41
Henan Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Inc. (China) II-41
Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (Japan) II-41
KME Group S.p.A. (Italy) II-41
Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube, Ltd (Japan) II-42
Luvata Oy (Finland) II-42
MM Kembla Products (Australia) II-42
Mueller Industries, Inc. (USA) II-42
National Copper & Smelting Company Inc (USA) II-43
Ningbo Jintian Copper (Group) Co., Ltd (China) II-43
Poongsan Corporation (South Korea) II-43
The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (Japan) II-44
Wieland-Werke Ag (Germany) II-44
Wolverine Tube, Inc. (USA) II-44

10. Global Market Perspective II-45
Table 3: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes by Geographic Region - USA, Canada,
Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of
World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) II-45

Table 4: World 10-Year Perspective for Copper Pipes & Tubes by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Consumption
for USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding
Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years
2006, 2009 & 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-46

III. MARKET

1. The United States III-1
A.Market Analysis III-1
Outlook III-1
Factors Affecting Demand III-1
Overview III-1
Downturn in Home Building Sector Affects Copper Pipes Market III-1
Table 5: US Market for Copper Pipes and Tubes (2006 &
2007): Percentage Breakdown of Value Shares for Plumbing,
Refrigeration, and Drainage Applications (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-1
Declining Automobile Production Impacts Copper Market III-2
Imports & Exports III-2
Table 6: US Imports of Copper Pipes and Tubes (2006 &
2007): Percentage Breakdown of Value Imports for China,
Mexico, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-2

Table 7: US Exports of Copper Pipes and Tubes (2006 &
2007): Percentage Breakdown of Value Exports for Mexico,
Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-3
Strategic Developments and Launches III-3
Focus on Select Players III-4
B.Market Analytics III-7
Table 8: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7

2. Canada III-8
A.Market Analysis III-8
Outlook III-8
Factors Affecting Demand III-8
Imports & Exports III-8
Table 9: Canadian Imports of Copper Pipes and Tubes (2006 &
2007): Percentage Breakdown of Value Imports for US, China,
South Korea, Chile, Germany, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8

Table 10: Canadian Exports of Copper Pipes and Tubes (2006 &
2007): Percentage Breakdown of Value Exports for US, UK,
Singapore, China, and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-9
B.Market Analytics III-9
Table 11: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9

3. Japan III-10
A.Market Analysis III-10
Overview III-10
Outlook III-10
Factors Affecting Demand III-10
Product Launch III-10
Focus on Select Players III-11
B.Market Analytics III-12
Table 12: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-12

4. Europe III-13
A.Market Analysis III-13
Outlook III-13
Factors Affecting Demand III-13
Overview III-13
Proactive Policies of EU to Drive Growth of Copper Pipes III-13
Plastics Gaining Over Copper III-13
Strategic Development III-14
B.Market Analytics III-15
Table 13: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Copper Pipes & Tubes by Geographic Region - France,
Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, and Rest of Europe Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15

Table 14: European 10-Year Perspective for Copper Pipes &
Tubes by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume
Consumption for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, and Rest
of Europe Markets for Years 2006, 2009 & 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

4a. France III-17
A.Market Analysis III-17
Outlook III-17
Factors Affecting Demand III-17
B.Market Analytics III-17
Table 15: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-17

4b. Germany III-18
A.Market Analysis III-18
Outlook III-18
Factors Affecting Demand III-18
Product Launch III-18
Focus on Select Player III-18
B.Market Analytics III-19
Table 16: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19

4c. Italy III-20
A.Market Analysis III-20
Outlook III-20
Factors Affecting Demand III-20
Focus on Select Player III-20
B.Market Analytics III-21
Table 17: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-21

4d. The United Kingdom III-22
A.Market Analysis III-22
Outlook III-22
Table 18: UK Market for Copper Pipes and Tubes (2006-2008):
Percentage Breakdown of Value Shares for Process Plant,
Plumbing Tube, and Tube Fittings (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-22
Factors Affecting Demand III-22
Strategic Development III-23
B.Market Analytics III-23
Table 19: UK Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

4e. Spain III-24
A.Market Analysis III-24
Outlook III-24
Factors Affecting Demand III-24
B.Market Analytics III-24
Table 20: Spanish Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-24

4f. Rest of Europe III-25
A.Market Analysis III-25
Outlook III-25
Factors Affecting Demand III-25
Overview III-25
Economic Activity Driving Growth of Copper III-25
Strategic Development III-26
Focus on Select Players III-26
B.Market Analytics III-27
Table 21: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future
Analysis for Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-27

5. Asia-Pacific III-28
A.Market Analysis III-28
Outlook III-28
Demand Drivers and Inhibitors III-28
Overview III-28
Plumbing Tubing III-29
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Tubing III-29
Industrial Applications III-29
B.Market Analytics III-29
Table 22: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future
Analysis for Copper Pipes & Tubes by Geographic Region -
China, South Korea, and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets
Independently Analyzed with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-29

Table 23: Asia-Pacific 10-Year Perspective for Copper Pipes &
Tubes by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of
Volume Consumption for China, South Korea, and Rest of
Asia-Pacific Markets for Years 2006, 2009 & 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

5a. China III-31
A.Market Analysis III-31
Outlook III-31
Factors Affecting Demand III-31
Overview III-31
Increasing Usage for Plumbing III-31
Sustaining Global Demand III-31
Chinese Copper Market III-32
Huge Consumer of Copper Scrap III-32
Strategic Developments III-32
Focus on Select Players III-34
B.Market Analytics III-35
Table 24: Chinese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption Figures in
Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35

5b. South Korea III-36
A.Market Analysis III-36
Outlook III-36
Significant Market for Copper Tubes III-36
Strategic Development III-36
Focus on Select Player III-36
B.Market Analytics III-37
Table 25: South Korean Recent Past, Current & Future
Analysis for Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

5c. Rest of Asia-Pacific III-38
A.Market Analysis III-38
Outlook III-38
Factors Affecting Demand III-38
A Mixed Bag III-38
Strategic Developments III-38
Focus on Select Players III-39
B.Market Analytics III-40
Table 26: Rest of Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future
Analysis for Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-40

6. Rest of World III-41
A.Market Analysis III-41
Outlook III-41
Factors Affecting Demand III-41
Strategic Developments III-41
Focus on Select Player III-42
B.Market Analytics III-42
Table 27: Rest of World Recent Past, Current & Future
Analysis for Copper Pipes & Tubes with Annual Consumption
Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2006 through 2015
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Properties of copper such as excellent thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance, and machinability enable application of pipes across various end-use markets such as plumbing, air conditioning & refrigeration, and other industrial applications. Though copper is one of the ideal materials for plumbing applications, rapid increase in price has led to substitution by competing materials, mainly steel and various plastic pipes. However, the metal’s inherent strengths such as corrosion resistance and durability, and high thermal efficiency are expected to drive recovery in the coming years. Additionally, the bactericidal property of copper is gaining importance worldwide, which is also expected to drive demand in the global copper pipes and tubes market.

Traditionally large markets for copper pipes and tubes such as North America, Japan, and Western Europe are witnessing negative or flat demand, as stated in a recent report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. Growth in the market is projected to emanate from emerging economies in Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and Middle east. Despite slowdown in the global economy, these markets are expected to increase significantly over the next few years owing to continuing economic development. China represents the largest as well as the fastest growing market for copper pipes and tubes in the world. Ongoing industrialization and urbanization activity in the region are acting as major growth drivers for copper as well as copper pipes and tubes market.

Some of key players profiled in the study include Cerro Flow Products, Inc, Crane Group Limited, Foshan Shunde Lecong Hengxin Copper Tube Factory, Global Brass and Copper, Inc., Hitachi Cable, Ltd., KME Group S.p.A., Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube, Ltd, Luvata Oy, Mueller Industries, Inc., Ningbo Jintian Copper, and The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.

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