Middle East plastic pipe market to see rapid growth to 2020

Geberit has been coming up with innovative piping products every year, says Louise Pitt, marketing & CRM manager 


The Middle East plastic pipe market was estimated at 1.1 million tonnes in 2014 and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 6% in the next five years to reach 1.6 million tonnes in 2020.

Water supply and sewage (drainage) are the major applications of plastic pipes, constitute together more than 50% share of the Middle East plastic pipe market.

When talking about the plumbing market, Louise Pitt, marketing & CRM manager, Geberit Gulf Regional Office Dubai, says: “With numerous mega projects and the sheer volume of residential projects either being planned or currently under construction, the market is quiet buoyant. With the price of oil edging up and the strategic initiatives being set in motion by governments across the region, the market is optimistic.”

According to a study, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes alone accounts for more than 50% share in Middle East plastic pipe market in 2014, followed by polyethylene (PE), and others. However, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has been catching a lot of attention. Pitt says: “Our clients understand and appreciate HDPE as a material and the advantages that come with it are ease of installation, easy maintenance and a long life cycle.”

The right pipe

Pitt claims that Geberit’s HDPE pipes prove their superiority against PVC in every project as they are innovative, durable, eco-efficient and offer considerable benefits as sustainable solutions. She says:  “It is not economical to try to cut costs with the use of sub-standard products that require constant maintenance and/or early renovations.

"Problems arising from cheap piping material and the wrong connection technology often leads to problems in the drainage system of the buildings and it is clearly understood that sometimes a cheap price tag can lead to poor quality products.”

Pitt says that soon after construction is done with such sub-standard products, the pipes will start to leak, and bathrooms stink and toilets may not flush properly. 

Innovative products

Demand in the region is growing for siphonic roof drainage. Conventional roof drainage systems rely on gravity and water’s ability to spread out and flow to the lowest point – channelling from the roof down through the gutter, outlets and downpipes to the ground below.

As water enters the downpipe, air is also drawn in and this significantly reduces the drainage capacity, making it less efficient. Additionally, gutters tend to get clogged with debris. Blocked pipes and gutters cause the water to stagnate on the roof, which then may cause damage to the roof, at the very least.

By contrast, a siphonic roof drainage system contains an anti-vortex plate that acts as a restrain and prevents air and debris from entering the piping system at full flow, allowing the pipes to completely fill up with water.

The water is sucked or siphoned from the roof down into the drain at high velocity. The lack of air and the downward pull of the water creates a vacuum, making the drainage process fast and efficient.

Pitt says that Geberit has been perfecting the technology behind its Pluvia siphonic roof drainage system since the 1980s. 

“Every year Geberit introduces new innovative solutions to their existing products ranges and 2017 was no exception,” Pitt says.  “With cost as a priority, savings in construction by installing fewer stacks is of great interest.

The flow-optimised Geberit Sovent fittings facilitate a cost-effective configuration of stacks in high-rise buildings and take care of pressure compensation in discharge stacks, producing a continuous column of air in the stack.

In doing so, they increase the capacity of the stacks and eliminate the need to install a parallel ventilating pipe and the stacks can be smaller in dimension in many cases, which leads to substantial cost savings in terms of both material and labour. Less space required and less materials.”

The other issue Pitt says is that waste water could generate unwanted noise and sometimes waste water noise is neglected in planning with installation elements placed in direct contact with walls and floors and drainage pipes.  

She says: “Geberit’s two sound-insulated piping systems – the sound-optimised Geberit Silent-PP and the sound-absorbing Geberit Silent-db20 – can be combined together for optimal results in keeping noise to a minimum.  

In multi-storey residential buildings, Silent-PP has proven itself in the inexpensive connection of washbasins, showers and toilets to the discharge stack. From here, the Silent-db20 then comes to the fore. When used together, plumbers can achieve an optimal cost-benefit ratio.” 

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