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KWD market report: How are Europe’s pipe markets developing in times of crisis?

Answers and forecasts in the new update of the KWD Market + Charts “Heating & Plumbing Pipes Europe 2023”. It shows the consumption of pipes for domestic installations in Europe by materials and application per country! NOW with Long Time Charts for the TOP 5 countries!

The consumption of pipes in hot and cold water installations is of course firmly linked to the building construction activity, both new construction and modernization, in the individual European countries. Therefore, a basis is also the Euroconstruct study, which represents 15 Western European and 4 Eastern European countries in terms of construction volume.

Ludwig Dorffmeister from the ifo Institute in Munich, which is the German member of Euroconstruct, recently gave a summary of building construction activity in the coming years based results of the latest Euroconstruction Conference at November 2022.

Nearly all factors negative as European construction looks set to stagnate: Following strong growth in 2021 and 2022 (+ 5.8 percent and + 3.0 percent), the European construction sector is likely to be spared another downturn. This year and next, the market will stagnate, and in 2025 it will grow only slowly at just over one percent. The stimulus factors here include government modernization aid in building construction, in some cases considerable investment requirements in the housing and infrastructure sectors, and the much more positive economic outlook again from 2024. “The European construction sector is benefiting in particular from rising construction demand in France, Spain and the UK. Growth rates there are between two and a half and just under seven percent.” explains Ludwig Dorffmeister. In Germany, a significant decline in new residential construction is expected, but the large construction backlog and long project implementation times will stabilize the new construction market for the time being.

The now published report KWD Market + Charts “Heating & Plumbing Pipes Europe 2023” estimates how many millions of meters of pipe have been or will be installed in domestic installations in Europe and lists them by pipe material and application area per EC19 country.

The following pipe materials are analyzed in the application areas of underfloor/surface heating, radiator connection and sanitary installation:

  • Metal pipes: steel / copper / stainless steel
  • Plastic pipes: PEX / PE-RT / PP-R / PB
  • Multilayer composite pipes: PEX or PE-RT – Aluminum – PEX or PE-RT

New this year are Long Time Charts. It shows the long-term development over 20 years, i.e. from 2006 to 2025 for Europe and the 5 strongest pipe countries: Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Poland.

Crisis Calculator: Da nach nahezu überstandener Corona Pandemie sich aber durch gestiegene Bauzinsen, hohe Realisierungskosten und wirtschaftliche Abkühlung der Neubaumarkt weiterhin schwierig vorhersagen lässt, fügen wir wieder den Crisis Calculator bei. Mit dessen Hilfe lassen sich von jedem individuell pro Land die Vorhersagen für 2024 und 2025 durch Eingabe von einer prozentualen Veränderung verändern.

The study costs 1.200,- Euro for our subscribers, for all others 1.450,- Euro (in Germany plus Tax, abroad with prepayment). Authors are as always Jutta Hix, chief editor of the KWD information services and Achim Seydel of Seydel Consulting.

Detailed information on the study and order forms are enclosed with this issue.

Contact: HIX Publishing, Jutta Hix, hix@kwd-online.de.

THE Machines develops specific process for reinforced multilayer composite pipes

THE Machines Yvonand SA has conducted an intensive development and test program to achieve high pressure resistant multilayer composite pipe constructions for various applications such as AC (air conditioning) installations, hydrogen transport, industrial applications and raw material reduction projects.

A double central binder solution makes it possible to produce variable pitches with different types of filaments adapted to the specific process and at remarkable production speeds:

The new double central binding unit will be available as stand-alone solution for easy integration in any existing production line. For the THE MFWL series (Mulitlayer Forming/Welding Lines) will be developed a fully integrated user interface including recipe system for different pressure ranges.

For basic lab testing, please request different samples of 16 x 2 mm reinforced composite pipe from our Product Manager Metal, Mr. Thierry de la Harpe (delaharpe.t@the-machines.ch).

Contact: THE Machines Yvonand SA, Switzerland, www.the-machines.ch

GEBERIT Silent-db20 for 25 years: Highly sound-insulated drainage system

Proven for 25 years – the highly sound-insulated drainage system Geberit Silent-db20 still confidently meets the current state of the art. Thanks to numerous product advantages and simple and safe processing and application, the system is the absolute standard in installation technology.

“When we developed the Geberit Silent-db20 system and introduced it to the market in 1997, we were already looking to the future,” says Philipp Claus, Product Manager Piping Systems at Geberit. “Geberit Silent-db20 not only met the needs of users when it was introduced, but even then it met the necessary fire and noise protection requirements of today.”

Product advantages at a glance

  • The pipe system does not require any joints – this results in less waste and scrap, less setup work and simpler stock-keeping. It therefore scores not only in terms of processing, but also in terms of sustainability.
  • In addition, hydraulically optimized fittings facilitate drainage performance: the branches have a bend radius that ensures 30% higher drainage performance compared with drainage systems with branches without a bend radius. Thanks to shortenable fittings, the system is ideally suited to tight construction situations.
  • The plastic pipes and fittings also have high chemical resistance and are thus resistant to internal and external corrosion. It is also largely insensitive to external mechanical influences.
  • For a secure connection, Geberit Silent-db20 can be joined in three ways: With a clamping connector, with an electrofusion socket and by mirror welding. The last two connection techniques are material and longitudinal force-locking, whereas the former is detachable. No special tools are required for the connection by means of a clamping connector – a pipe cutter and a cordless screwdriver are sufficient.

For almost all areas of application: These include multi-story residential construction with requirements for increased sound insulation, domestic wastewater, and interior rainwater pipes. These are pressure-resistant with welded connections up to a geodetic height of 30 meters (3 bar). The system – with welded connections – can also be used in special buildings or applications. This applies in particular to hospitals, laboratories, chemical wastewater in industry, grease-containing wastewater in commercial kitchens and pressure lines in lifting plants. In addition to the permanently tight, material-locking connection, the welded joints also have the advantage of a longitudinal force-locking connection.

Geberit Silent-db20 is available in numerous dimension widths: DN 56, 70, 90, 100, 125 and 150. The dimensions DN 56 to DN 100 were already available when the product was launched in 1997; the other pipe dimensions were introduced as system supplements at a later date. In addition, there are also system pipe clamps matched to the system. Only one pipe clamp is required for fixed and sliding points. The system pipe clamp can be completely closed without any negative influence in terms of sound insulation and linear expansion. A wide range of special fittings complements the system, which is constantly being adapted to changing conditions: “Even after 25 years, we are still bringing a novelty to the Silent-db20 drainage system in the form of the Geberit Offset fitting. Thanks to the offset fitting, offsets of up to 10 cm can be implemented in downpipes without causing stress. And in addition, a sliding pipe clamp can be dispensed with within the floor,” says Philipp Claus.

All standards are met: When it was introduced in 1997, the system already met the standards required today: It has sound insulation certificates in accordance with DIN 4109 and VDI 4100. In addition, a large number of sound insulation certificates are available from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP for various building situations. The system also reliably meets fire protection requirements: The Rohrschott90 Plus EN fire protection sleeves with R 30, R 60 and R 90 and Rohrschott120 with R 30, R 60, R 90 and R 120 reliably seal pipe penetrations through walls and ceilings in the event of a fire within the scope of the applicable test regulations for – depending on the model – 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes. With the pipe bulkhead90 Plus EN, numerous solutions with zero distance to supply and ventilation pipes according to DIN 18017-3 are also possible. Pipe bulkhead120 can be used in ceilings via clamping connectors or E-muffs in the area of the pipe bulkhead. Last but not least, Silent-db20 is a component of the Geberit system solution Geberit Quattro for the requirements in classified installation shafts I 30 and I 90 as well as in classified installation walls F 30 and F 90. The Geberit Quattro system solution I 30 and I 90 offer an approved solution for all special ceilings such as wood joist ceilings or cross laminated timber ceilings.

Contact: Geberit Vertriebs GmbH, Pfullendorf /DEU, www.geberit.com.

Copper Alliance: LCA study shows Copper helps reduce Carbon Emissions in Buildings

Scientific LCA study highlights copper’s superior properties as the material of choice over plastic: Comparativer LCA of Water Installation Tube Systems based on Copper, PEX-AL Multilayer and PEX.

KWD-globalpipe, 12.12.2022. The buildings and construction sector accounts for about 35 percent of energy use and creates 40 percent of global energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually. Building operations are responsible for 28 percent of the emissions each year, while manufacturing building materials and the construction process (also referred to as embodied carbon) are responsible for an additional 11 percent.

Embodied carbon emissions are locked in place as soon as a building is built and cannot be reduced through improvements to energy efficiency or by introducing renewable energy systems. Therefore, building construction products (e.g., piping in an apartment) with lower emission impacts are key in addressing embodied carbon.

Research conducted by ICA (International Copper Association) in collaboration with Sphera and led by Dr. Constantin Herrmann examined three water installation tube systems—copper, plastic multilayer pipes (PEX-Al) and plastic cross-linked polyethylene (PEX)—via a scientific life cycle assessment (LCA) comparison in accordance with ISO14040. (Comparative LCA research investigation parameters meet global standards).

The comparative findings, backed by a scientific review panel, definitively concluded that only a copper system ensures high levels of recyclability and material circularity that significantly reduces the environmental impact of a building.

The comparative research shows that when copper is intelligently used in buildings, it reduces CO2 emissions and supports the 1.5°C goal to mitigate climate change and global warming, as stated by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Study findings indicate that using copper in a building’s drinking water system cuts around one-third of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG, Graphic 1) and energy use (Graphic 2) compared to systems made from plastic (PEX-Al and PEX). This is true not only for a drinking water system, but in every application where copper tubes are used to transport fluids in buildings (e.g., heating, air conditioning and gases).

A focus on CO2 emissions and primary energy reduction: An LCA assesses the environmental impact of a product from its creation through its use and eventual deconstruction or disposal. Sphera’s LCA study compared three water installation tube systems to determine if the production, lifetime use and deconstruction were comparable for all three systems. The LCA researchers investigated the comparative water use for a 100m2 (~1,076ft2) apartment and covered tubes and additional system components, such as fittings and connectors that combine and fix the tubes. The key variables for comparison included the material’s composition and properties, manufacturing, and respective recycling potential.

Copper cuts operational and embodied CO2 emissions: When it comes to operational emissions, copper’s intrinsic properties provide additional GHG savings. For instance, in the EU, heating, cooling and domestic hot water account for 80 percent of household energy consumption. Waste Water Heat Recovery (WWHR) is an available and effective energy-efficiency solution to reduce the energy demand for domestic hot water via direct heat recovery from shower drains. Copper’s excellent thermal conductivity saves approximately 40 percent of energy use and CO2 emissions from domestic hot water production. The combined operational and embodied carbon savings make copper a key contributor to decarbonizing buildings.

As presented in the study, additional emission reductions can be achieved through copper recycling, conservation, and material circularity. Copper can be recycled over and over again without any loss of its properties. By pursuing responsible  sourcing and recycling practices across the copper value chain, copper will continue to be the material of choice for sustainable decarbonization technologies.

Contact: International Copper Association, Ltd., www.copperalliance.org. PR: olivier.tissot@copperalliance.org
Copper Alliance® is a registered trademark of the International Copper Association, Ltd.

New BVF info sheet published: Tips for cost savings through efficient heating with an underfloor heating system

Heating costs account for a considerable proportion of a building’s annual operating costs. No wonder that users try to reduce heating costs. Starting with modernization measures, such as building insulation, to the installation of modern heating technology.

KWD-globalpipe, November 2022. Underfloor heating and its optimization play a significant role in reducing heating costs, as it is a low-temperature heat distribution system. It enables a comfortable indoor climate and at the same time leads to lower heating costs compared to other heat distribution systems, as the flow temperature is significantly lower. The BVF would like to provide users of underfloor heating systems with the most important information for evaluating the situation as well as sensible measures with a new information sheet.


Underfloor heating convinces with its extreme longevity. If the pipes, which have a service life of at least 50 years, are not damaged, there will be no signs of wear. Through the right user behavior as well as the installation of modern, retrofittable control technology, energy costs can be saved even with older systems. Another advantage of underfloor heating systems is that they can be combined with all regenerative heat generators, such as heat pumps, solar thermal systems and photovoltaic systems.

Which possibilities users of floor heatings, in order to save energy, a new info. sheet of the Federal association for surface heatings and surface coolings registered association leads out. The information sheet is one of a series of practical aids published by the BVF in recent years. So far, tips for the modernization of existing floor heating systems and electric floor heating systems as well as tips for the retrofitting of ceiling systems have already been published.

On 4 pages, the BVF shows how to operate the heating system more efficiently and thus save energy with just a few measures. Briefly, the following aspects are highlighted:

  • Annual maintenance with possible measures
  • Self-monitoring of energy consumption
  • Implementation of hydraulic balancing
  • Installation and updating of control technology for individual room control

Also the correct ventilation behavior plays an important role in the context of the possibilities for cost saving and finally the info sheet shows, which assistance the federation can give beyond the info sheet for the increase of the efficiency of the under-floor heating. The info. sheet is available on flaechen-heizung.de for the Download.

With the help of the new info sheet ‘Tipps zur Kosteneinsparung durch effizientes Heizen mit einer Fußbodenheizung’ (Tips for cost savings through efficient heating with underfloor heating – only in German language available), the BVF shows how, with new control technology, adaptation of the heating curve and heating limit temperature, as well as hydraulic balancing, the optimal and thus efficient function of the underfloor heating system can be ensured for the next decades, with potential savings of up to 20% in heating costs.

Contact: Bundesverband Flächenheizungen und Flächenkühlungen e.V., Dortmund /DEU, www.flaechenheizung.de

Info sheet energy saving tips for download:

ISH 2023 confronted with cancellations, e.g., Viega and Uponor cancelled participation


KWD-globalpipe, 17.11.2022. After the digital edition in 2021, ISH 2023 is to be held live again, but with a supplementary digital platform. Nevertheless, some exhibitors have decided not to participate in the next edition of ISH.

Here are some of the reasons given by companies that do not wish to participate in ISH 2023:

Uponor will be exploring new ways of addressing customers in the future in order to respond to changing customer needs. For this reason, the company has decided not to participate in ISH 2023,” Udo Strache, Director Marketing DACH & Benelux, informs us. “Driven by the COVID 19 pandemic and the current market situation, the way in which information is communicated and passed on has changed considerably. Trade fairs play a lesser role as a source of information for Uponor customers than they did a few years ago. As a result, Uponor is revising its marketing and communication mix for 2023, and is planning several touchpoints, both digital and physical, to engage customers with its innovations throughout the year

„The Viega management has decided to cancel its participation in the world’s leading trade fair ISH in March 2023. This cancellation is well-considered and aligned with key milestones in the coming year. The decision has been coordinated with the owners. With a view to its own customers, Viega will concentrate in 2023 on the Viega World seminar centre, which will be ceremoniously opened in January 2023. In Viega World, the Viega product world and the range of quality, service and solutions will be presented in a modern way with new formats and concepts geared to the customer,” says a spokeswoman for the company.

Zehnder, the indoor climate specialist, is sparing itself the ISH in 2023 and is instead focusing on addressing customers for its new “Center of Climate” and individual sales campaigns. The “Center of Climate”, realised with an investment volume of more than 20 million euros, is to be opened in 2023 at the German company location in Lahr. It is intended as a future communication centre for customers and employees, and as a centre for a healthy indoor climate for Zehnder Germany, but also for its European partner markets.

KEUCO, the full-range supplier of high-quality bathroom accessories, is now also cancelling its participation in ISH 2023. Instead, events and brand events are to flank the product launches of tomorrow. In the last two years, Keuco has already carried out the most intensive product launches in its history beyond the ISH launch rhythm.

Dornbracht, a leading specialist for superior designer fittings and accessories for bathrooms, spas, and kitchens from Iserlohn, has also announced that it will not be taking part in ISH 2023 with its Alape and Dornbracht brands. The reason given is the current challenges in the sanitary industry with declining frequency in bathroom exhibitions, limited capacities in the trade and a general reluctance to invest.

KWD-globalpipe, 17.11.2022. Stefan Seitz, Director ISH Brand Management ISH, about the relevance of the upcoming international industry meeting place, on the expectations of the trade fair, but also on the cancellations from the industry:

“In 2022, many related industries started again with trade fair presentations, showing how important and necessary personal exchange still is. ISH, the leading innovation show for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Water will be back in March 2023. Stefan Seitz, Director ISH Brand Management ISH, about the relevance of the upcoming international industry meeting place.

The last regular ISH took place in 2019. A lot has changed since then. This concerns both the dynamics of the industry and the trade fair as a marketing instrument. Corona, geopolitical developments and the partly gloomy economic forecasts in submarkets of the ISH have led to the participation decision being made at much shorter notice by both visitors and exhibitors. For this reason, the planning work is still in progress and new enquiries are coming in daily.

In parallel, it leads to individual exhibitors deciding at short notice to withdraw from their participation in ISH. Unfortunately, this is currently the case, but only in the Water sector and mostly with national manufacturers. The main reasons given by the companies are the declining willingness to invest in the sanitation market, higher energy prices and the general global political situation. Nevertheless, they all continue to emphasize the importance of the ISH as the leading trade fair for the sector and that the decisions were very difficult for them. This development is of course very regrettable.

Currently, 1,250 companies have already signed their contracts. This corresponds to 70% compared to 2019. In addition, there are 320 companies that currently have a placement proposal or will receive one in the next few days. Therefore, it is currently difficult to estimate the final number of exhibiting companies.

At the last ISH 2021, the industry came together purely digitally. That was a valuable experience, but it also showed that face-to-face meetings are indispensable. Messe Frankfurt has meanwhile tried out many different event formats. The learning from this is that digital offerings are a perfect complement to the physical event. That is why we are accompanying ISH 2023 in Frankfurt with a digital platform. Parallel to the industry meeting point in Frankfurt, we will provide the ISH Digital Extension. It will then be available for use for one week longer, until 24 March 2023. This means that everyone can make the most of their time at the fair and, for example, view missed programme items afterwards. Another advantage is the possibility to make targeted contact. Using AI-supported matchmaking, suitable business partners can be found and contacted at the fair or digitally. “

The ISH Contactor at www.ish.messefrankfurt.com/contactor provides a daily update on all exhibitors taking part.

Contact: Redaktion KWD-SHK, Dipl.-Ing. Jutta Hix – Chiefeditor, hix@kwd-online.de
ISH 2023, Messe Frankfurt, Germany, https://ish.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html

Aliaxis’s Drain Water Heat Recovery Unit Helps to Reduce Energy Consumption

With energy prices on the rise, sustainable heating solutions for households are vital to helping reduce energy costs. Aliaxis’s latest product development, the Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) unit, is a solution made to reduce household energy consumption.

Aliaxis drain water heat recovery unit preheats cold water towards the mixer tap, using a type of radiator, which captures heat from the warm drain water that typically used to go directly to the sewage network. The device works without any additional energy through a passive system using gravitation. No long-term technical failures, no maintenance is necessary and no need to dismantle the unit if the shower piping needs to be cleaned.  The exchanger is made of double layer copper tubes guaranteeing an effective protection not to mix the drain water with the clean water.

Approximately, 50% of the energy used in the individual houses is consumed to heat water used in the bathroom. “This system is beneficial both to environment and to the end-users as the households will pay back the investment in an average of seven years, thanks to a 20% reduction in hot water consumption,” says Benoît Fabre, who leads Aliaxis’s operations in France. “This investment is an easy solution to make savings in heating bills while taking an impactful action for climate.”

Aliaxis is the first manufacturer to offer this heat recovery unit at an industrial scale in Europe. The product is currently available in France. The heat recovery unit will be extended to Spain and United Kingdom in the near future.

Contact: www.aliaxis.com

REHAU’s whisper quiet RAUPIANO PLUS soundproof pipe system celebrates 25 years

RAUPIANO PLUS acoustic soil and waste system comes in significantly below the required values of VDI 4100 sound protection guideline, with sound levels of just 17 dB(A)*. Quieter than a whisper, because all the components – pipe, fittings and jointing technology – helps to ensure that RAUPIANO PLUS works without any noise nuisance.

KWD-globalpipe, 12.10.2022.

RAUPIANO PLUS offers optimum fire protection and a high level of safety with a wide range of specially developed solutions. Special fire stop collars seal hermetically in the event of a fire and thus prevent smoke and fire from penetrating through fire-resistant, room-sealing walls and ceilings: intumescent material foams up, closes the “breach” and forms a smoke- and fire-tight seal. The coordinated components ensure compliance with legal requirements.

As a quick-to-install, cost-effective alternative to conventional fire stop collars, REHAU has space-saving and sound-isolating fire protection tapes in its product range. They have fire resistance class R 120 as well as general design approval and are prefabricated from DN 32 to DN 110 in the length of the respective pipe diameter. They are installed flush with the underside of the ceiling. One person is all that is needed for tool-free installation on site – simply place the fire protection tape around the pipe and glue it shut, without drilling or doweling.

RAUPIANO PLUS also impresses with its short installation time. Molded socket joints and fitting lengths can save up to 30% time. The new pipe scaling makes installation easier. Thanks to tested zero spacing, the pipes (RAUPIANO and RAUTITAN) can be laid in the smallest possible area, thus saving space – and above all, in the case of large-scale projects, cash in the later sale of the residential unit.

For download the technical sales brochure “RAUPIANO PLUS 17 B quiet” please click here.




Uponor PEX pipes celebrate 50th anniversary

Today, we are celebrating 50 years of being part of the lives of millions of people who have benefited from safe drinking water, comfort, and energy savings thanks to more than 6 billion meters of Uponor PEX pipes installed worldwide. But this is just the beginning. 50 years later, the pipes have proven to be resistant and versatile and are not only still around but continue to be the basis for further sustainable innovations.

  • Uponor introduced cross-linked polyethylene tubin (PEX) in 1972 an revolutionized the entire industry.
  • PEX pipes are durable, resistant, and easy to install and handle.
  • Uponor launched the first bio-based PEX pipes, PEX Pipes Blue, in 2022.

In September of 1972, Uponor (formerly Wirsbo) was the first manufacturer worldwide to launch cross-linked polyethylene pipes, or PEX in short ― a game changer for the industry. In the past 50 years, the durable and non-corrosive material has boasted flexibility and proven to be versatile: able to withstand temperatures of up to 95°C, it is suited for a variety of applications. First used in underfloor heating, PEX pipes are mainly used in heating and cooling systems, tap water and radiator connections today.

Versatile and easy-to-install industry standard

The material’s flexibility makes installation particularly easy: the pipes are delivered on large coils or boxes and can be cut on-site meeting the individual needs. In addition to their outstanding chemical and hygienic properties, PEX also features a thermal memory, the so-called “memory effect”, allowing for a fast and secure connection with the Uponor Q&E fittings that were launched in 1994: Once expanded, the pipes shrink back to their original size around the fittings.

“What started in Wirsbo, Sweden in 1972 not only changed the industry of underfloor heating, drinking water and radiant cooling applications but the lives of many people. Uponor PEX pipes still define the standard worldwide to ensure safe and pure water supply. We want to thank everyone who has accompanied Uponor’s journey and achievement in bringing Uponor PEX pipes crosslinking polyethylene structure to the top of the industry during these past 50 years,” says Michael Rauterkus, President and CEO, Uponor Corporation. “We look forward to a bright future where we have already taken the next step: PEX pipes Blue which are now based on up to 90% renewable feedstock is our next milestone on our journey of moving forward to a better tomorrow.”

Continuing innovation: PEX Pipes Blue

Even 50 years after its initial launch, Uponor PEX pipes continue to innovate and accelerate sustainability. Earlier this year, Uponor launched PEX Pipes Blue, the world’s first bio-based PEX pipes with ISCC certification based on the mass balance approach. The pipes feature a reduced CO2 footprint of up to 90% compared to fossil-based PEX pipes, while keeping the same outstanding performance, features, and quality. Thanks to the reduced CO2 footprint, Uponor PEX Pipes Blue allow construction projects to be more sustainable.


Uponor in brief

Uponor is rethinking water for future generations. Our offering, including safe drinking water delivery, energy-efficient radiant heating and cooling and reliable infrastructure, enables a more sustainable living environment. We help our customers in residential and commercial construction, municipalities and utilities, as well as different industries to work faster and smarter. Uponor employs about 3,900 professionals in 26 countries in Europe and North America and Uponor’s products are sold in more than 80 countries. In 2021, Uponor’s net sales totalled approximately €1.3 billion. Uponor Corporation is based in Finland and listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

KWD Fitting Report Europe 2022 confirms: The press fitting is fitting no. 1 in Europe

The press fitting is the fitting with the highest sales figures in many European countries. These have also increased continuously in recent years and we expect a further increase in the coming years.

KWD-globalpipe, 22.09.2022. In radiator connection and sanitary installation, the press fitting is “state of the art”. With it, the craftsman can easily and quickly create a fixed pipe connection.

The advantages of press fittings are well known: Installation is faster compared to traditional methods such as welding or screwing, which reduces installation times and thus costs. As there is no need for gas cylinders or welding equipment during the pressing process, so there is no risk of fire. The professionally pressed press fitting gives a firm and secure hold, many manufacturers have a leak test function in the fittings, which indicates incorrectly or not pressed fittings even before the system pressure test.
In contrast to this, the costs for fittings and pressing tools must be considered. Furthermore, the pressing devices require space for attachment, especially for large pipe diameters, and they must be serviced regularly in order to achieve a secure press connection.

In our KWD Fitting Report Europe 2021/2022 we have illustrated a survey that shows for 12 European countries which fitting types are used in percent. In the chart you can see how high the share of press fittings are. Four countries are above 70 percent, these are Austria, Netherlands and Belgium and Germany.

The KWD Fitting Report Europe estimates the amount of fittings used in the European market. Furthermore, the study contains basic chapters explaining the different fitting constructions. It shows for which applications and pipe materials they can be used.

In recent years, too, there have been new or more advanced fitting developments without replacing proven fittings. The question of metal or plastic as the fitting material is often no longer a decisive criterion; instead, intelligent solutions are sought for the respective areas of application, often as composite constructions of metal and plastic.

The reason for the updated edition of the fitting report is the significantly higher consumption volumes for fittings compared to the last edition of the study. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that Euroconstruct’s estimates for new construction figures are now higher than the initially significantly more negative estimates due to the Corona shock in the market report from the beginning of 2020. In addition, due to the steadily growing share of modernizations, we have taken these into account to a significantly greater extent in our conversions. This is because modernizations consume significantly more fittings per meter of pipe than new construction.

This update of the KWD Fittings Report is based on the Fittings Study 2021. The main new features are the consumption figures for fittings for the years 2020 – 2024, which were compiled on the basis of new market data. Buyers of the KWD Fitting Report 2021 therefore receive a 30% discount!

The KWD Fitting Report Europe 2021/2022 still costs 970,- Euro for our subscribers (plus VAT in Germany, prepayment abroad) and is only available in digital form. Both the fitting consumption figures 2020-2024 and the list of fittings available in Europe are available separately as an Excel list.

For more Infos please see: https://www.globalpipe.de/market-reports/on-fittings-heating-plumbing/