The US has long been one of the leading producers of the type of welded metal tube that has been used in construction for years.
And now, with the introduction of a new type of plastic tube that can be recycled, the US is seeing a resurgence of its once-dominant industry.
The metal tube industry was once dominated by US companies like Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP), a company that manufactured the tubes in the US until it was bought out by a Chinese firm in 2013.
But since then, the industry has seen a resurgence in the last couple of years, with companies like B&H Photo and Metal Tech in the UK and US making the most popular types of metal tube in the market.
While the UK is the most dominant market for metal tube production, with just 1% of the market, China has been gaining ground, as evidenced by its rapid growth in metal tube manufacturing.
According to the New York Times, China is now the world’s second-largest producer of the tube, with more than 5 million tubes manufactured in China.
China is also one of a handful of countries that produce the metal tube with a total output of around 100 million metric tons.
A major source of supply is Japan, which is the largest producer of metal tubes and the largest consumer of the tubes worldwide.
Japan has been a major source for the metal tubes, as Japan is home to the world-famous metal tube factory at Toyohashi-Fujioka in Kobe, which has been producing the tubes for more than 150 years.
“Japan is the biggest consumer of these tubes in Asia, and we are also a major producer in Europe and the United States,” a spokesperson for B&A told Business Insider.
In fact, Japan’s metal tube supply is already nearly double what it was in 2005, according to B&I.
Japan’s plastic tube industry has been in decline for a while, as the country has lost many manufacturing jobs in recent years.
But with the adoption of plastic tubes, Japanese companies are finding that they can bring more new jobs to the country, and that means a return to the production of the old tube.
As a result, Japan is now one of just three countries in the world that can export plastic tube production.
“We’ve had to replace a lot of old tubes, and they were going to be shipped overseas,” an unnamed Japanese company representative told Business Associate.
“But now, it’s easier for us to import it.”
B&As spokesperson added that the company was looking at manufacturing new metal tube for the domestic market, and also looking at the possibility of exporting it to Europe.
While B&O is currently the biggest metal tube producer in the U.S., B&T and the UK are also growing in the domestic metal tube market.
B&Y, which manufactures metal tube welders in the Netherlands, recently added the UK as a source market for its metal tube welding machines.
And in 2018, British metal tube maker Nylon Group began manufacturing metal tube joints in the United Kingdom.
“The UK is now our second largest market, with over 30% of all metal tube exports coming from the UK,” B&B’s spokesperson said.
“Since the start of this year, we’ve seen a significant increase in the volume of new metal tubing exports from the U, UK, and Germany.”