The number of new steel pipes in use in the U.S. is on track to double to 11.4 million, with the U, Japan, China, and India among the top five nations, according to a report from the U’s National Institute for Standards and Technology.
The report, released Thursday, said that the increase in production and use of steel pipes has been driven largely by demand from the automobile industry, which has been working to upgrade the pipes in vehicles.
The U.N. estimates that 1.4 billion new vehicles will be built in the next 20 years, which means that as demand for more energy-efficient vehicles grows, the demand for steel pipe will also grow.
That means that the number of pipe-makers could reach 10 million by 2025, according the report.
“That’s the kind of rapid growth that’s needed to keep the demand of the automotive industry strong, and to keep pace with the growing demand for fuel-efficient electric vehicles,” said Dr. Tom Johnson, president of the Institute of Materials and Energy Engineering in California, which is a leading proponent of the use of natural materials in the automotive pipes.
The industry is also developing more advanced steel pipes for use in vehicles, and it has expanded into other sectors.
For example, in Japan, Suzuki is planning to produce more than 1.3 million steel pipe pipes, or about 30 percent of the total amount of steel pipe production in the country.
Suzuki will also make and sell an electric version of the pipe, which could become a more popular product in the market.
But the company has been criticized by environmentalists, who argue that its plans are based on a faulty assumption that the pipes will be more energy efficient.
The new pipe technology was developed with the help of U.C. Berkeley and other universities, and is currently being used by some automakers.
The company has pledged to make the new pipe energy-saving by 2040.
The United States is home to more than 3 million steel-piping facilities, and the number is expected to double over the next decade.
About half of the new pipes are being made by the U., and many of the other states are also adding their own facilities, including California and Virginia.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) are jointly sponsoring the new study, and Johnson said that he hopes that the report will prompt more companies to invest in the research.
“What we’re looking at is the potential of what it takes to make a pipe that is energy-effective and carbon-neutral, which requires that it has a certain amount of energy to heat, and a certain level of pressure to move water,” Johnson said.
The researchers said that by 2050, demand for pipe-making will grow by 1.8 million per year, while the industry is expected by 2025 to generate nearly 1.9 million jobs.
In a statement, Suzuki said that its plan will create up to 300,000 jobs in the United States, and that it expects to invest $3 billion to create up the capacity needed to meet that demand.
Suzuki says it will begin making its electric version next year.