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US Geosynthetics Market

  • June 2015
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  • Freedonia
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  • 274 pages

US demand to rise 3.8% annually through 2019

Demand in the US for geosynthetics is forecast to grow 3.8 percent annually to 1.3 billion square yards in 2019, valued at $2.5 billion. A projected rebound in building construction spending and a modest recovery in expenditures on transportation infrastructure will spark an acceleration in demand for geosynthetics. Additional support for geosynthetics demand will come from environmental regulations that focus on preventing harmful materials from contaminating groundwater supplies.

Construction to remain largest market

Construction was the largest market for geosynthetics in 2014, representing onethird of all demand in area terms. Going forward, the construction market is forecast to remain the largest application for geosynthetics, with growth being driven by a rebound in construction expenditures. Geotextiles find use in these applications as a means of sediment control, capturing sediment suspended in storm water runoff and preventing it from contaminating bodies of water. Geogrids are embedded into the ground in order to stabilize weak soil or reinforce aggregate base materials. This spreads out vehicular and equipment loads to a larger surface area, reducing the pressure applied to the subgrade. The transportation infrastructure market represents another important application for geosynthetics, as geotextiles and geogrids find significant use in the construction and repair of the nation’s roads and highways. Through 2019, demand growth is expected to lag the overall average, in part due to uncertainty surrounding federal transportation infrastructure funding, which may cause new and reconstruction roadway projects to be put on hold, limiting demand for geosynthetics used in these applications. Geosynthetics have a variety of functions in this market, including geotextiles used for separation purposes to allow the base aggregate to maintain its drainage and strength properties, as well as geogrids used to redistribute pressure from above and provide a greater reinforcement.

Environmental regulations to boost geosynthetic gains

Regulatory activity designed to address environmental concerns is expected to further boost demand for geosynthetics. For example, in December 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized regulations regarding the disposal of coal combustion products (CCPs). Concerns over the leaching of these harmful materials into groundwater led the EPA to require that storage sites be lined to prevent leakage, which will bolster demand for geomembranes.

Geotextiles to remain top product segment by area

Geotextiles accounted for the largest share of geosynthetics demand by area in 2014, and are expected to remain the dominant product type going forward due to their versatility, which makes them appropriate for a wide variety of applications. In value terms, geomembranes, which are significantly more expensive per square yard than other types of geosynthetics, accounted for the greatest share of the market in 2014. Geomembranes find significant usage as liners in landfills, and are also used in CCP containment and water impoundment applications at shale oil and gas sites. More application-specific products such as geogrids, geonets, geosynthetic clay liners, and geofoams are also expected to register demand gains, although from smaller bases.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Geosynthetics, is available for $5300. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) plus forecasts (2019 and 2024) by product, market, and US region. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 US industry players.

Table Of Contents

US Geosynthetics Market
General 4
Macroeconomic Environment 4
Demographics 9
Construction Trends 12
Residential Building Construction Expenditures 15
Housing Starts 16
Housing Stock 20
Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures 23
Improvements and Repairs 25
Nonresidential Building Stock 26
Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures 28
Nonbuilding Construction Stock 30
Highway Spending 32
Agricultural Trends 35
Waste Stream Overview 39
Environmental and Regulatory Issues 41
Raw Materials 46
Resins 47
Other Raw Materials 50
Pricing Trends 51
Foreign Trade 52
Imports 55
Exports 57
World Market 59
General 62
Area Demand 63
Value Demand 66
Geotextiles 68
Demand by Market 71
Product Characteristics 71
Demand by Type 72
Nonwovens 73
Wovens and Knits 76
Geomembranes 80
Demand by Market 82
Product Characteristics 84
Polyethylene Materials 85
All Other Materials 87
Producers 88
Geogrids 89
Demand by Market 90
Product Characteristics 91
Producers 92
Other Geosynthetics 93
Geonets 94
Geosynthetic Clay Liners 96
Preformed Geocomposites 99
All Other 100
Geocells 101
Geofoams 102
Miscellaneous Geosynthetics 104
Geosynthetics Demand by Material 104
General 107
Area Demand by Market 107
Value Demand by Market 110
Construction 113
Demand by Product 115
Market Characteristics 116
Stabilization and Reinforcement 117
Drainage and Filtration 118
Erosion and Sedimentation Control 119
Transportation Infrastructure 121
Demand by Product 123
Market Characteristics 125
Landfills 127
Demand by Product 128
Market Characteristics 130
Liquid Containment 131
Demand by Product 132
Market Characteristics 134
Other Markets 135
Mining 136
Oil and Gas 137
Coal Combustion Products 138
General 140
Regional Demographics and Economic Activity 141
Population Patterns 141
Economic Outlook 144
Construction Activity 147
Geosynthetics Demand by Region 150
Northeast 153
New England 156
Middle Atlantic 158
Midwest 160
East North Central 164
West North Central 166
South 168
South Atlantic 170
East South Central 172
West South Central 173
West 175
Mountain 179
Pacific 181
General 183
Industry Composition 184
Market Share 187
Competitive Strategies 191
Research and Development 193
Marketing 195
Distribution 197
Mergers and Acquisitions 198
Cooperative Agreements 201
Company Profiles 204
ADS Incorporated 205
AFITEX-TEXEL Geosynthetics, see ADS
AGRU Kunststofftechnik GmbH 208
AMCOL International, see Minerals Technologies
Belton Industries Incorporated 210
Brawler Industries LLC 211
Bridgestone Corporation 213
Burke Industries, see Mannington Mills
Carthage Mills Incorporated 215
Colbond, see Low and Bonar
Colloid Environmental Technologies, see Minerals
CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC 217
Conwed Plastics, see Leucadia National
Cooley Group Holdings Incorporated 219
Don and Low, see Thrace Plastics
Dow Chemical Company 221
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 223
Environmental Fabrics Incorporated 225
Fiberweb, see Polymer Group
Firestone Building Products, see Bridgestone
GeoDynamics, see Nilex
Glen Raven Incorporated 226
GSE Holding Incorporated 228
Hanes Geo Components, see Leggett and Platt
HUESKER Synthetic GmbH 232
In-Line Plastics, see Brawler Industries
Integra Plastics, see Raven Industries
Inteplast Group Limited 234
Leggett and Platt Incorporated 235
Leucadia National Corporation 238
Low and Bonar plc 240
Lumite, see Thrace Plastics
LyondellBasell Industries NV 242
Mannington Mills Incorporated 243
Minerals Technologies Incorporated 244
Nilex Incorporated 246
North American Green, see Tensar
Plastatech Engineering Limited 248
Poly-America LP 249
Poly-Flex, see Poly-America
Polymer Group Incorporated 250
Presto Geosystems, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Propex Operating Company LLC 252
Raven Industries Incorporated 254
Reef Industries Incorporated 256
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited 258
Royal Ten Cate NV 260
Saint-Gobain 263
SKAPS Industries Incorporated 265
Solmax International Incorporated 266
Strata Systems, see Glen Raven
Tensar Corporation 269
Texel, see ADS
Thrace Plastics Company SA 272

Summary Table 3
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Population and Households 12
3 Construction Expenditures 14
4 Residential Building Construction Expenditures 16
5 Housing Starts 19
6 Housing Stock by Type 22
7 Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures 25
8 Nonresidential Building Improvement and Repair Expenditures 26
9 Nonresidential Building Stock 28
10 Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures 30
11 Nonbuilding Construction Stock 32
12 Highway Spending by Type 34
13 Agricultural Indicators 38
14 Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recovery, and Disposal 41
15 Raw Material Demand in Geosynthetics 47
16 Geosynthetics Pricing 52
17 Geosynthetics Foreign Trade 54
1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Product 65
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Product 67
3 Geotextiles Demand by Type and Market 70
4 Nonwoven Geotextiles Demand 75
5 Woven and Knit Geotextiles Demand 78
6 Geomembranes Demand 82
7 Geogrids Demand 90
8 Other Geosynthetics Demand by Product and Market 94
9 Geosynthetics Demand by Material 106
1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Market 109
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Market 112
3 Construction Geosynthetics Demand 114
4 Transportation Infrastructure Geosynthetics Demand 123
5 Landfill Geosynthetics Demand 128
6 Liquid Containment Geosynthetics Demand 132
7 Other Markets Geosynthetics Demand 136
1 Population by Region 144
2 Gross Domestic Product by Region 147
3 Construction Expenditures by Region 150
4 Geosynthetics Demand by Region 152
5 Northeast Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 156
6 Midwest Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 164
7 South Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 170
8 West Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 179
1 US Geosynthetic Sales by Company, 2014 186
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 200
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 202

1 Year of Construction of Housing Stock, 2014 22
2 World Geosynthetics Demand, 2014 61
1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Product, 2014 66
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Product, 2014 68
1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Market, 2014 110
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Market, 2014 113
1 Geosynthetics Demand by Region, 2014 152
1 US Geosynthetics Market Share, 2014 188

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