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Irrigation systems can be traced as far back as 3000 B.C., when ancient Babylonians built irrigation systems from clay and straw. Yet, it is only recently that pipelines have been produced from a material with exceptional durability for the future: plastic.

Western Europe became the driving force behind the implementation of plastics in pipe systems after the Second World War. The availability of low-cost "thermoplastics," combined with an enormous need for infrastructure replacement, led to a huge increase in the use of polymers. While these early thermoplastics could not compete with traditional iron and steel pipe, that is no longer the case, with today’s plastics offering outstanding economic and environmental opportunities.

Historically, many market sectors have relied on metal, concrete, and clay for pipe products. However, new economic pressures have hit many pipe manufacturers hard, leading to an increasing need for pipe solutions offering a balance of higher performance and reduced cost. Technical innovation and development have increasingly made plastic the material of choice. Plastic pipes have a great future in a variety of sectors, including:

  • Potable (drinking) water
  • Natural gas distribution
  • Oil and gas production
  • Mining (slurry, leachates)
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Irrigation
  • Plumbing
  • Underfloor heating
  • Road heating and cooling