UK Plumbing market report
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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Plumbing market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.
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For the purposes of this report, the UK domestic central heating market has been defined as follows:
- Heat Controls
The UK commercial heating market has been defined as follows:
- Commercial Boilers
- Steel Radiators
- Other Radiators
- Heat Emitters
- Warm Air Heaters
- Radiant Heaters
The UK bathroom and sanitary ware market has been defined as follows:
- Sanitary ware
- Taps & Mixers
- Bathroom Accessories
The UK tubes, pipes and fittings market for plumbing has been defined as follows:
- Copper Tube
- Copper Fittings
- Plastic Pressure Pipes & Fittings
- Plastic Non-Pressure Pipes & Fittings
What you need to know
Plumbing products are significantly dependent on the R&M market, supported by demand from new construction activity and in the case of central heating products, legislation and government policy. The market traverses the residential market through to significant commercial applications, with hotel builds and refurbishments a significant source of demand for bathroom products. The residential R&M market is strongly affected by house price inflation, which encourages householders to view expenditure as an investment.
Bathrooms and kitchens tend to be big ticket investments, so the market is also impacted by interest rate changes. House price inflation also encourages house moving activity, which is a significant issue for the plumbing products sector, with both kitchens and bathrooms seen as major lifestyle statements.
UK house sizes are very small by international comparison. This affects the choice of plumbing products, particularly in bathrooms, where en-suite facilities are often placed in confined areas. Another impact of this more confined space is the move to open plan living, combining the kitchen, eating area and living area, with no dividing wall. This accentuates the importance of the kitchen’s appearance as every visitor now sees the room.
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Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
Plumbing products are highly reliant on the R&M market, though new construction growth is also boosting demand and legislation is a determinant in the heating sectors. Against these positive influences, increases to interest rates and the potential for house price inflation/moving activity to dampen following Brexit will reduce the level of market growth.
Senior B2B Analyst
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