Fittings and Pipe Connections Information / Page Samples

Fittings and Pipe Connections 2012 - Report on Situation and Trends in Europe
The last report on the market situation and trends for fittings and pipe connections in Europe had
been published by KWD-globalpipe in 2007. Since then the development of connecting techniques
for pipe systems has been rapid with no end in sight.
You’d think in the meantime the entire innovation strength of the pipe systems
industry has been focused on this area. This has led to numerous more or less
convincing fitting solutions mostly aimed at simplifying the connecting process
and/or shortening the installation time. From tool-free compression joints and
„raxial“ press fittings to push fit fittings in a variety of different designs - there
seem to be no limits to imagination.
On the other hand well-tried techniques gain renewed popular-
ity. Thus, polyfusion welding, also known as hot plate socket welding,
has recently been employed for metal-composite pipes and been pre-
sented as groundbreaking.
In the same way, the almost old-fashioned radial press
fitting has gone a long way to be the worldwide industrial
standard. Sophisticated designs, large quantities and increas-
ing compatibility of pressing tools have paved the way for
In light of this stream of innovations it is increasingly dif-
ficult even for experts to keep track of things. Which fit-
ting made of which material is best suited for which type of
pipe and application? What is the difference between the join-
ing techniques available and which are the most important sup-
pliers? The aim of this report is to provide an overview
of major developments and trends in the recent past as well
as of the major European suppliers of pipe connecting prod-
ucts. Because of the importance of some companies from out-
side Europe, we have included their fitting program in our list-
Maybe it is thus possible to give answers to the most important ques-
tions and provide assistance with regard to finding the „ideal“ pipe
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The Report includes the printed book as well a CD with the market report as a pdf-file and the listing of
fittings as well as the consumption of fittings in Europe as Excel-files.
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Introduction, Terms and definition and a brief Look Back
3.2 Sliding Sleeve - Axial Compression
3.3 Press Fitting - Radial Compression
3.4 Push fit fitting
3.5 Welding fittings
3.6 Fitting developments outside Europe
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Basic Designs of Pipe Connections / some Trends
The chapter „Basic designs of pipe connections“ describes the different types of fittings and pipe
connections, classified in:
• Mechanicale pipe connections
– Compressen Screw fittings
– Press fittings radial
– Press fittings axial / sliding sleeve
– Push fit fittings
• Integrally-joined connection
– Welded connections for plastic pipes
• Special designs
All different connection methods are described according to the following criteria:
• Applications
• Pipe types
• Design
• Operating principle
• Fitting materials
• Installation
• Pros + Cons
The descriptions will be complimented by many examples of fittings: Colour fotos, if possible with section*
drawings or exploded drawings and a description of the manufacturer.
Some page samples:
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Fittings and Pipe Connections Information / Page Samples
6.3 Press fittings axial / Sliding sleeve
6.4 Push fit fittings
6.5 Welding or Gluing fittings
6.6 Special desings
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Volume Trends for Fittings
Volume trends for fittings for heating and plumbing pipe systems
As opposed to pipes only limited long-term statistical and trend information is available for fittings and pipe
connections in heating and plumbing systems. Thus, it is hard to paint a reliable picture of volume trends. One
reason for that might be the larger number of manufacturers and the much larger variety of types compared
to the pipe market so that the data collection is much more difficult.
Besides, fittings are just underappreciated plain and simple pipeline components or pipe accessories which
have not received the same attention of statisticians as the market situation for pipe. Wrongly so, considering
that the percentage of value for fittings and pipes is 2:1 for an average installation!
7.3 Conversion factors
7.4 Number of Fittings in Europe 2011 depending on pipe material
For all European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Den-
mark, Spain, France, Finland, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Netherlands,
Portugal, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Baltics and Totals for Western-Europe, Eastern-
Europe and Europe.
Fittings and Pipe Connections Information / Page Samples
The number of fittings is divided by applications into „underfloof/surface heating and cooling systems“, „ra-
diator connection“, „sanitary systems“ as well as in „heating & plumbing systems“ which is a total of the first
three applications. For each application, the fittings for the most important pipe materials are shown in a chart.
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Companies worldwide alphabetical
All companies worldwide, that
either distributor or manu-
facturer of fittings for heat-
ing & plumbing systems are
Basis is the KWD-database
with some hundreds of com-
panies, which is regularly up-
Included are the following in-
company name, address, tele-
phone and fax number, general
e-mail and web-address as well
as the production program di-
vided my manufacturing or dis-
German Translation / Grundlagenkapitel in Deutsch
Da wir wissen, dass in vielen Unternehmen En-
glisch Konzernsprache ist und somit solche Stu-
dien fast immer in englischer Sprache bestellt
werden, lohnt es sich leider für uns kaum,
diese Studien auch in deutscher Sprache her-
Um aber die Textbereiche, die sehr viel Informatio-
nen beinhalten, auch jedem verständlich darzubrin-
gen, haben wir uns entschlossen die Grundla-
genkapitel auch in Deutsch abzudrucken.
Lediglich auf die ausführlichen Bildbeispiele im
Kapitel 4 bei den unterschiedlichen Grundbauarten
haben wir in diesen Kapiteln verzichtet. An den
entsprechenden Stellen gibt es aber einen Hinwes,
wo diese zu finden sind.