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1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and presentation

Plumbing covers all the activities involved in ensuring the proper circulation of fluids in buildings, in particular through the use of pipes. There are several types of activity, depending on the type of building (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.), with a second distinction between new and old. New buildings require the installation of plumbing systems, while older buildings are more suited to maintenance and renovation work.

Worldwide, the plumbing market is enjoying solid growth, driven by several factors.

-on the one hand, the world's growing population is mechanically driving greater demand for this type of installation.

-secondly, the market for new housing and construction in general is booming worldwide, boosting demand for plumbing in new homes.

-finally, as the existing housing stock grows steadily, the need for maintenance and renovation increases proportionately, all the more so as some countries are implementing proactive policies to reduce the energy consumption of housing.

In Spain, the plumbing market reached its peak in 2008. Driven by an overheating real estate market, demand for plumbing exploded across the peninsula. After years of decline, the market has rebounded over the period 2013-2021 with a return to growth in the sector. Leading companies in the Spanish market include:Giroa SA, Arce Clima Sistemas y Aplicaciones and Remica Servicios Energéticos SA. Today, the plumbing profession is one of those under pressure, with job vacancies outstripping demand.

1.3 The domestic market

Although there are no precise data on sales in the plumbing sector in Spain, the CNAE **.* statistical code defined byINE enables us to estimate sales within the Spanish construction sector.

The sector comprises :

Plumbing activities Electrical installations Other housing installations (***).

Sales of these activities fell sharply in **** (***) as a result of ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Developments in Spain's construction sector

Spanish real estate structure:

In ****, the structure of the Spanish real estate market was dominated by multi-unit buildings.

Breakdown of housing types in Spain Spain, ****, in thousands Source: ****

In ****, the breakdown between apartment buildings and single-family homes will be **.**% for apartment buildings and **.**% for single-family homes.

Breakdown buildings/houses Spain, ****, % Source: ...

2.2 The Spanish construction budget

The graph below shows how much Spaniards will spend on a complete renovation of their home in ****. It can be seen that, in ****, **% of respondents had a budget in excess of €**,***.

Spending by Spaniards on work to completely renovate their homes. Spain, ****, euros Source: ****

In ****, **% of respondents had a budget of ...

2.3 The sociological profile of the consumer

According to a survey carried out in **** by Habitissimo, a platform that compares quotes from service providers in the renovation sector, we obtain the following data on consumers in the renovation sector (***).

**% of end-users are women.

Breakdown of end-users by gender Spain, ****, % (***) Source: ****

Also, *% of consumers appear to be between ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Value chain

The diagram below shows the value chain in the plumbing sector:

Supply of materials: Manufacture of pipes, fittings, faucets, valves, pumps and other plumbing equipment. Distribution of materials to wholesalers and retailers. Distribution: Wholesalers and retailers buy materials in bulk from manufacturers and then distribute them to industry professionals and end ...

3.2 Market structure

While there are no official statistics on the number of plumbers in Spain, the CNAE statistical code "**.* Instalaciones eléctricas, de fontanería y otras instalaciones" according to the nomenclature produced by theINE can tell us more about the sector. This CNAE code includes :

-Electrical, plumbing and HVAC installations.

Growth in ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Offer typology

Plumbers mainly offer the following range of services:

Plumbing installation, inspection and replacement: Installation, inspection and replacement of various items such as toilets, kitchen and bathroom sinks, showers, bathtubs, faucets, water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, pipes, backflow protection systems and septic tank systems. Toilet repairs: Solving problems such as clogs, overflows ...

4.2 Prices

Cronoshare is a Spanish website that compares quotes from thousands of plumbing professionals throughout Spain. Thanks to their data, we can obtain the average price of various plumbing services in Spain.

In ****, the average cost of plumbing services ranged from €** to €** per hour, with an average minimum and maximum of €** and ...

4.3 Plumbing Services Price Index

The following graph shows the variation in the price index for plumbing services in Spain, with a base *** established in ****. Prices have been rising steadily since ****, accelerating between ****-**** and ****-**** (***). This increase is due in particular to the rise in materials prices triggered by the post-Covid economic recovery in **** and ...

4.4 Supply trends

In Spain, plumbing trends focus on three main areas: environmental sustainability, material resistance and design:

Environmental sustainability:

Rainwater harvesting systems are becoming increasingly popular, allowing water to be reused for gardening, cleaning and other non-potable water activities, helping to save water. Durable, environmentally-friendly plumbing materials such as PP-R (***) are gaining in ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulations

The CTE :

The Technical Building Code (***). In addition to addressing fundamental requirements such as structural safety, fire prevention and environmental protection, the CTE also guarantees accessibility in accordance with the Equal Opportunities for the Disabled Act. In addition to its national function, the CTE transposes European directives promoting energy efficiency. Thus, ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Segmentation

The table opposite shows the sales of the ** largest companies in the sector belonging to CNAE code **.* Electrical and plumbing installations and other activities.

  • Triade Electronique (Veolia)
  • Carrier Refrigeration France
  • Valtria
  • Remica, Sa
  • Agefred Slu
  • Nordes Ancin, S.a.
  • Cofrico Sociedad Limitada
  • Socenergy Sl. (Obremo)
  • Arce Clima Sistemas Y Aplicaciones Sl

List of charts presented in this market study

  • Number of companies in CNAE code 43.2
  • Evolution of personnel employed within CNAE code 43.2
  • Company structure in Spain's construction sector
  • Average plumber costs in Spain
  • Prices for different plumbing services
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Gilles Donnat, new General Manager of engineering specialist Carrier France - 03/05/2024
  • **Number of employees at three European plants**: 1,200
  • - **Plant locations**: Montluel (Ain), Culoz-Béon (Ain), and Montilla, Spain
  • - **Carrier's main products in France**: water chillers, heat pumps (more than half of activity), air-cooling terminals, air handling units and roof-top units
  • - **Number of heat pumps produced per year in France**: 100,000 PACs
Triade Electronique: Veolia invests 20 million to recycle refrigerators and freezers - 01/11/2023
  • Work rate for the new Triade Electronique unit: a refrigerator every 30 seconds.
  • Inauguration date: October 25 at Verrières-en-Anjou, on the outskirts of Angers.
  • Plant investment: 20 million euros.
  • Plant specialization: depollution and dismantling of large cold household appliances.
  • The plant is France's largest recycling facility for this type of appliance.
  • Triade Electronique has 4 plants of this type in France.
  • Processing capacity of the new plant: 1,800 to 2,000 refrigerators per day.
  • Annual capacity doubled Number of employees at the new plant: 40.
Veolia invests 20 million euros in its Triade Electronique subsidiary in Angers, France - 28/10/2023
  • Triade Electronique, a Veolia subsidiary
  • Inauguration of a depollution and dismantling unit for large cold household appliances (Gem froid): refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, refrigerated display cases at Verrières-en-Anjou, on the outskirts of Angers (Maine-et-Loire)
  • Investment of 20 million euros
  • Plant capable of processing 1 refrigerator every 30 seconds, i.e. 1,800 to 2,000 refrigerators a day, doubling annual capacity to 25,000 tonnes
  • 40 employees for the new plant; between 200 and 300 on site
  • Material recovery, extraction of scrap metal, aluminum and plastic fractions with purity levels close to 100%.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Triade Electronique (Veolia)
Carrier Refrigeration France
Remica, Sa
Agefred Slu
Nordes Ancin, S.a.
Cofrico Sociedad Limitada
Socenergy Sl. (Obremo)
Arce Clima Sistemas Y Aplicaciones Sl

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