The North American Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) Market is Growing Steadily, and UV Cure Technology is Gaining Popularity

CIPP is a resin-saturated felt pipe or strong casing composed of polyester that can be inverted or pulled into aging and damaged sewage pipes. Typically, CIPP-lined pipes are inserted into damaged pipes by the action of air or water pressure. The resin is cured using hot water or steam, and then forms a solid, corrosion-resistant mass that lines the interior dimensions of sewer pipes, takes the form of pipes and provides a seamless, tight-fitting, and corrosion-resistant lining.

Based on curing type, the CIPP market is segmented into hot water curing, steam curing, and UV curing. Of the three types, steam curing is the most widely marketed due to its shorter curing time and stronger finished product. The overall curing time of the steam process is lower than the hot water curing time because the heat transfer is faster in the steam process compared to the hot water. Steam curing systems are also faster to set up than hot water curing systems and do not require the large amounts of water required for hot water curing. UV liners do not require refrigeration; therefore, they can be delivered directly to the Jobsite ahead of time. They are 3 to 5 times stronger than traditional felt CIPP liners, help reduce emissions, and are not temperature sensitive. In terms of sales volume, in 2020, the market shares of the above three CIPPs will be 21.62%, 42.28%, and 36.10%, respectively. Ultraviolet light is expected to be the fastest-growing curing method during the forecast period.

Based on different application areas, the cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) market is segmented into municipal and utilities, industrial, and others. Municipal and public utilities are municipal facilities undertaken and funded for the benefit of municipalities and communities, including any municipal infrastructure or highway or construction projects. Industrial refers to the use in factories and other places, and the industries involved include energy, chemical industry, etc. In 2020, CIPP used in municipal and public utilities, industry and other fields accounted for 57.15% and 27.16% respectively.

The resin types commonly used in CIPP technology mainly include unsaturated polyester resin, epoxy resin and phenolic resin, among which CIPP based on the unsaturated polyester resin is the largest market. Unsaturated polyester resins impregnate the lining material well and still cure at near freezing temperatures. High flexural modulus, low elongation and good chemical resistance make it mainly used in sewer rehabilitation, and its low cost drives the market demand. Epoxy resin is environmentally friendly and meets the requirements of drinking water, and is mainly used for the repair of drinking water pipes, but the high cost limits the use of epoxy resin in CIPP.

The U.S. Leads the North American Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) Market

After a period of development, the cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) industry is in a mature stage. The United States is the largest revenue market, with a market share of 89.10% in 2015 and 88.94% in 2020, a decrease of 0.16%. In 2020, Canada ranked second with a market share of 8.59%, followed by Mexico with only 2.47%.

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The cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) market is highly concentrated, with companies primarily from North America. The top three companies are Layne Inliner, LLC, Aegion Corporation and Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (IPR), with 22.04%, 19.25% and 18.38% of the revenue market share in 2019, respectively.

The U.S. alone has about 800,000 miles of drains and 500,000 miles of lateral sewers that are more than 60 years old and in need of repair, according to the National Blue-Green Alliance Foundation. Second, the number of sewers and stormwater pipes is increasing due to the demands of urban development. At the same time, aging drinking water and wastewater structures, increased remediation spending by municipalities and utilities, and increased awareness of the advantages of trenchless technology will increase the demand for CIPP. As much as 20-25% of treated water entering water systems is lost to leaks, according to American Progress magazine, with an estimated 1.7 trillion gallons of wastewater in the U.S. in 2016. This has increased the demand for CIPP rehabilitation techniques.

The Improvement of Service Quality Will Become an Important Driving Force and Opportunity for the Entire Industry

Good service is a necessary condition to improve user satisfaction and increase user loyalty. Taking the vital interests of users as the premise, providing good pre-sale, in-sale and after-sale services will bring a good reputation to the company and establish a high-quality brand image. Bring more users and improve business efficiency. On the contrary, if the problems reported by users cannot be solved in a timely, rapid and proper manner, they will inevitably turn to buy competitors\' products. Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) involves manufacturing, sales, installation, after-sales service and other links. Good pre-sale, in-sale and after-sale service is an important reference element for users to purchase equipment. Taking ensuring the user\'s production efficiency as its responsibility, and providing timely, fast and proper pre-sale, in-sale and after-sale services, can not only improve the user\'s satisfaction with the brand, but also create a good reputation for the product. In addition, good pre-sale, in-sale, and after-sale services can help companies understand the market feedback on products promptly, discover product deficiencies, and provide decision-making data for improvements in procurement, R&D, and production. The improvement of service quality will become an important driving force and opportunity for the entire industry.

According to our research, the total sales of the North American Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) market was USD 706.38 million in 2015, increasing to USD 849.65 million by 2020. The North American cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) market is expected to witness moderate growth over the forecast period owing to growing demand from downstream industries. We predict that the cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) market value can reach USD 1164.26 million by 2027, with a CAGR of 4.14% from 2019 to 2027.

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