# 1998 Gothenburg
First introduced only 10 years ago, PElOO started to grow on the market really from the Midnineties . At the present growth rate the world-wide requirement for PE100 should reach 250 000 todyear by the turn of the century . The main market is still of course Europe but the penetration is increasing rapidly in the Pacific area (even if the Asian crisis is definitely slowing-down the investments) and to a lesser extent in Latin America . Rut let's try to understand what is behind this development and what kind of impact PE100 is likely to have on the global plastic pipes market .
What is PElOO offering from a technical point of view?
The technical possibilities offered by the third generation Polyethylene (PE100) are now well know by most pipe manufacturers and consultants : a) Increased service pressure b) Reduced pipe wall thickness c) Increased hydraulic capacity d) Possibility to produce larger pipes e) Improved mechanical properties
Author(s) : Espersen
Over the last 20 years the Danish natural gas distribution network has been using 2nd generation PE materials classified as PE80. When introducing the PE materials (MDPE) right from the start of the Danish gas project expectations were that they would last for more than 50 years. The Danish standard for PE pipes and...