The global steel pipes & tubes market size was valued at USD 133.20 billion in 2023 and is estimated to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% in terms of revenue from 2024 to 2030. The rising construction of new petrochemical plants worldwide is expected to boost consumption of steel pipes & tubes across the forecast period. Product is consumed in piping systems, pressure tubes, and heat exchangers in the chemicals & petrochemicals industry. Thus, increasing investment in the construction of petrochemical plants is expected to benefit market growth. For instance, in December 2022, Essar Group announced its plan to invest ~USD 4,905.4 million for a petrochemical complex in Odisha, India. This oil-to-petrochemical complex is anticipated to have an annual production capacity of 7.5 million tons.
The U.S. oil & gas industry is among the primary end-users of steel pipes & tubes that are used in upstream, midstream, as well as downstream processing of crude oil. The market is anticipated to grow at a steady rate over the forecast period owing to developments in the U.S. oil & gas industry. In December 2023, crude oil production in the U.S. reached a record of 13.21 million barrels per day.
As of June 2023, when Russia and OPEC+ countries have announced production cuts, the U.S. crude oil production is anticipated to rise to 12.61 million barrels per day in 2023. One of the major oil producers in U.S., Exxon Mobil, announced its aim to double its production from U.S. shale holdings over five years with the help of advanced technologies.
Similarly, in June 2022, Chevron Corporation announced to ramp up its production in onshore Permian basin from 700k to 1 million barrels per day by 2025. As of March 2023, despite labor shortages, the company is on track for this expansion. Also, global crude oil proved reserves increased by 1.3% on a y-o-y basis (as of December 2022), reaching 1,757 billion barrels. Thus, increasing investment in oil production is likely to augment need for pipes & tubes for transportation and other operational purposes over the coming years.
The global market is fragmented in nature, with presence of various key players such as ArcelorMittal, Nippon Steel Corporation, and ThyssenKrupp AG, as well as a few medium and small regional players operating in different parts of the world. Companies are also focused on collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, and joint ventures to broaden their product portfolio and regional presence.
The ongoing crisis in Red Sea shipping routes is expected to harm developing nations. This crisis is expected to lead to longer cargo travel distances and higher freight rates, potentially leading to higher costs. For instance, attacks on cargo ships bound for Suez Canal by the Houthi rebels have reduced the impact of fresh Asian steel import proposals due to changes in shipping routes that have led to increased expenses and longer delivery timelines.
Several Asian producers, such as Jindal Stainless Ltd, have reduced their exports to European market due to a USD 75 per ton increase in shipping expenses and a three-week shipping route around South Africa's Cape of Good Hope. Prominent shipping firms, such as Denmark's Maersk, rerouted their vessels away from Suez Canal, where, under normal circumstances, 15% of the world's shipping traffic flows.
Seamless held a revenue share of over 67.0% in 2023 of the global market. Billets are heated after being perforated to form the tubular section, which is used to produce seamless. Seamless is used in a variety of sectors, including power generation, oil & gas, and chemicals & petrochemicals.
Electric resistance welded (ERW) section is gaining prominence in the market due to its modest performance and low price. This segment is anticipated to be driven by plans for fertilizer, oil & gas, and power companies to construct transportation pipelines. For instance, in December 2023, Energean partnered with Chariot to develop a large natural gas project offshore Morocco. The project includes the Anchois natural gas development, which has a capacity of 18 billion cubic meters (gross), and also has significant exploration potential.
Submerged arc welded (SAW) is another crucial segment of the market. SAW primarily competes with ERW and seamless, mainly in the product range of 16 inches to 24 inches. However, SAW is the best pick for pipelines that are above 24 inches. Different types of SAW include longitudinal type (LSAW) and spiral type (SSAW).
Oil & gas segment held the largest market share in 2023 and accounted for over 55.0% of global revenue in 2023. The product is largely consumed in oil country tubular goods (OCTG),distribution, process piping, and other applications in the oil & gas sector. Increasing investment in the cross-country oil and gas transportation pipeline network is expected to propel the demand for products across the forecast period.
For instance, in December 2023, an agreement worth USD 3.5 billion was signed between the U.S. company Apache and the Egyptian government. The agreement allows Apache to explore, develop, and produce crude oil and natural gas in concession areas located in Egypt's Western Desert. The main objective of this agreement is to expand the production rates of crude oil and natural gas beyond the current level of 575,000 barrels per day while overcoming the natural depletion of wells.
In terms of revenue, chemicals & petrochemicals segment is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2024 to 2030.Pipes & tubes are increasingly being used in petrochemical plants for process refining on account of their characteristics, such as strong corrosion and oxidation resistance.
The construction industry is another vital end-use for the market where pipes & tubes are used for building structures, foundations, balconies, railings, and many more. Rapid urbanization and industrialization, especially in developing economies, are anticipated to augment segment growth over the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific dominated the market and accounted for over 60.0% share of global revenue in 2023. The large share is attributed to countries like China, South Korea, India, and Japan, which are the major consumers of products due to the presence of huge manufacturing and petrochemical sectors.
China is the fastest-growing market in the Asia Pacific. The increasing investment in oil & gas, petrochemicals, and water treatment industry is propelling the market growth. For instance, in January 2024, SABIC announced its final investment decision on a joint venture of USD 6.40 billion manufacturing complex in Fujian, southern China. The construction of the refinery is expected to be completed by 2026.
The complex will comprise a mixed-feed steam cracker that can produce up to 1.8 million tons of ethylene per year and a range of downstream units that will manufacture various products such as ethylene glycols (EG), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC), and more. Construction is set to commence during the first half of 2024 and is anticipated to be constructed by the second half of 2026.
The country aims to boost domestic oil and gas production while reducing exports, which is expected to drive up demand in the forecast period.For instance, in December 2023, Oil India and ONGC started negotiations with Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Japan Petroleum Exploration (Japex), and Mitsui to collaborate on improving domestic exploration and production (E&P) activities. This collaboration aims to double the geographical area under exploration and actively participate in multiple production-sharing contracts.
Rising investment in the oil & gas and water treatment industry is propelling demand for the product in Saudi Arabia. For instance, in January 2024, Saudi Aramco awarded contracts worth over USD 3.3 billion to two companies, China's Sinopec and Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas, to construct a gas facility in Saudi Arabia. This new facility will fractionate 510,000 barrels per day (MBD) of natural gas. The project is expected to take about 46 months for Package 1 and about 41 months for Package 2.
Brazil is the largest consumer of pipes & tubes in Central & South America. Rising investment in petrochemical, oil and gas, and construction industry is propelling demand for product in the country. For instance, Brazil achieved record oil and gas production in September 2023, reaching a daily extraction of 4.666 million barrels of oil equivalent. In the same period, natural gas production reached 157.99 million cubic meters per day, reflecting a 6.9 percent month-on-month increase and a substantial 10.4 percent rise compared to September 2022, according to EBC in November 2023.
Increasing utilization of diverse pipes & tubes in offshore wind farm projects in Turkey is a key driver behind the market’s growth. These components play a crucial role in the construction and infrastructure of offshore wind turbines, ensuring structural integrity and reliability in challenging marine environments.
Some of the key players operating in the market include ArcelorMittal, and Nippon Steel Corporation.
ArcelorMittal is a steel manufacturing and mining company. The company's portfolio includes flat steel, long steel, mining products, and pipes and tubes for various applications. ArcelorMittal operates in various regions, including the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It markets its products locally and through a centralized marketing organization to appliance, engineering, construction, and machinery sectors.
Nippon Steel Corporation is a Japanese steel producer with manufacturing bases in Japan and over 15 countries. The company operates in four business segments: steelmaking and fabrication, engineering, chemicals and materials, and system solutions. The company delivers high-quality steel products to various industries, including automotive, construction, and industrial machinery.
Suraj Limited., and Nova Steel Corporation are some of the emerging market participants.
Nova Steel Corporation specializes in manufacturing various types of pipes & tubes. The product of the company caters to the demands of various industries such as chemical, oil & gas, petrochemical, paper & pulp, power plant, environmental & water projects, and engineering projects.
Qingdao Wuxiao Group Co., Ltd. was founded in 1993 and has since then expanded to cover an area of over 600,000 square meters. The company owns total assets of CNY 1.38 billion (USD 0.19 million) and employs more than 2,000 staff with an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons. The company offers a wide range of products, including steel structures, pipes & tubes, flanges, wind turbine towers, towers, and high-quality transmission towers.
The following are the leading companies in the steel pipes & tubes market. These companies collectively hold the largest market share and dictate industry trends. Financials, strategy maps & products of these steel pipes & tubes companies are analyzed to map the supply network.
In December 2023, Jindal Stainless Limited acquired Rabirun Vinimay Private Limited (RVPL), which manufactures stainless steel cold sheets with rolled coils and profiles. The company is expected to spend USD 11.50 million to acquire RVPL. RVPL has a cold rolling manufacturing unit in West Bengal, India, which produces steel pipes & tubes with a capacity of 50,000 mt per year
In August 2023, NST Mechanical Tubular Products Sales Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Nippon Steel Trading Corporation, acquired the business and a part of its assets from SAKAISHIN, Ltd. The company markets semi-furnished metal products such as pipes and tubes. The acquisition aims to improve the efficiency of distribution processing centers and sales bases, thus strengthening its sales platform to enhance customer satisfaction.
In July 2023, Rama Steel Tubes Limited, signed a MOU with JSW Steel Group to procure hot-rolled coils and manufacture pipes & tubes. The partnership aims to procure 100,000 tons of Hot Rolled Coils (HRC) from JSW Steel to support the manufacturing of various pipes & tubes.
Market size value in 2024
USD 134.96 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 192.60 billion
CAGR of 6.1% from 2024 to 2030
2018 - 2022
2024 - 2030
Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Technology, application, region
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; Russia; France; Italy; China; India; Japan; Indonesia; Philippines; Brazil; Saudi Arabia
Key companies profiled
ArcelorMittal; United States Steel; Nippon Steel Corporation; Tata Steel; Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.; Rama Steel Tubes Limited; Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL); Hyundai Steel; AM/NS INDIA; ThyssenKrupp AG
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This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at country & regional levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global steel pipes & tubes market report based on technology, application, and region:
Technology Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Electric Resistance Welded
Submerged Arc Welded
Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Oil & Gas
Chemicals & Petrochemicals
Automotive & Transportation
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kil0tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global steel pipes & tubes market size was estimated at USD 133.20 billion in 2023 and is expected to drop down to USD 134.96 billion in 2024.
b. The global steel pipes & tubes market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.1% from 2024 to 2030 to reach USD 192.60 billion by 2030.
b. Oil & gas dominated the steel pipes & tubes market with a revenue share of over 57.0% in 2023, owing to incessant oil & gas production and rising drilling activities in various countries.
b. Some of the key players operating in the steel pipes & tubes market include ArcelorMittal, United States Steel, Nippon Steel Corporation, Tata Steel, JSW, and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
b. The key factors that are driving the steel pipes & tubes market include an increase in petroleum E&P activities in the U.S., Indonesia, Venezuela, China, Nigeria, and Canada and rising installation capacities of powerplants in various countries.
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