CIPP turned 50 in 2021, and to commemorate we chatted with some industry professionals about the market. Here, we’ve gathered their insights on where the market is at and what’s in store for the future.
Taking part in our informal Q&A are:
- Jennifer Glynn, P.E., Woodard & Curran
- Lynn Osborn, LEO Consulting LLC
- Jeff Urbanski, HammerHead Trenchless
1. CIPP turned 50 this year! Can you discuss the overall health of the market?
Glynn: The CIPP market is extremely healthy and continues to grow. It is one of the more well-known technologies out in the marketplace. A lot of municipalities have used the method and have established a reasonable comfort with using it on future rehabilitation projects. As an instructor for NASTT’s Introduction to Trenchless Rehabilitation Course, I have noticed that it is the technology most asked about by those attending the class.
Osborn: Overall health is good. Gravity sewer renewal is the principal market, and CIPP is a commodity product in this market. There are many installers, and revenue from gravity sewer projects pays the bills for many CIPP companies. Several installers are diversifying into the pressure sewer and drinking water market, and this market segment is significant and continues to grow. There is also activity from very specialized installers in the gas market. It’s a good mix; part of the CIPP market is mature and part is still developing.
Urbanski: When it comes to the overall health of the CIPP market, I foresee nothing but opportunity moving forward. CIPP’s roots trace back to 1971 throughout the European market and it wasn’t until a later date that CIPP made its debut in the United States. I have witnessed CIPP flourish and transform into an accepted practice across the industry for both sewer and water pipe rehabilitation. CIPP has earned approvals from both engineers and municipalities across the country as a viable method for restoration of our aging infrastructure. I believe that CIPP’s progression will begin to pay off on a larger scale given the potential CIPP has to be a contributing method to improving infrastructure grades.
To get more insight from these CIPP specialists, follow this link to read the whole story in the 2021 Pipe Relining Guide.