Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) is a composite material made of a polymer matrix reinforced with fibres. The FRP pipe market in Asia-Pacific region is growing at a high pace. According to an analysis by Research and Markets, the global FRP pipe market size in terms of value, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5 per cent between 2015 and 2020 to reach $4 billion by 2020.

In recent times, the Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) pipes have became one of the best alternatives or an option for large and small diameter pipe where undoubtedly a rapid growth has been seen in diversified industries like in - oil and gas, industries, water/ waste water and irrigation.

High corrosion resistance, enhanced strength and durability are the few distinguishing properties that make GFRP pipes perfect for water and waste water applications, including irrigation.

In India, the irrigation sector has witnessed good traction over the last year and is likely to see improved execution with increased funding support from the State and the Central Governments budgetary allocation and the Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF) of NABARD. This will drive the demand for GFRP pipes market in India.

Last year, Maharashtra government has announced its decision to build a network of pipelines to fetch water from dams, scrapping the existing open canal system etc.

"The pipeline system will not only save money but also stop water leakages and thefts," said Water Resources Minister, Girish Mahajan as quoted in a news report published in Economic Times. He adds, "We will not build canals henceforth. Instead, we will lay down underground pipelines to give water to farms as well as cities for drinking purpose."

According to the report, Mahajan claimed, "At present 40 to 45 per cent water is either stolen or gets leaked. The closed pipelines will also save 20 to 25 per cent water from being evaporated."

Some other states have also expressed similar interests in converting existing open canal system in to network of pipelines. GFRP can play the most crucial role in successful implementation of these essential projects.

Other benefits of GFRP

Over the years, GFRP has emerged as a replacement for steel reinforcements to get better durability and corrosion issues connected with reinforced concrete structures. In future, GFRP pipe market could be driven by improved performance, new application development, and lower operating cost for supporting the water distribution, petrochemical, infrastructure, and other power and energy sectors etc.


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