US Geosynthetics Market

  • March 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 288 pages

US demand to rise 8.4% annually through 2017

Demand for geosynthetics is forecast to climb 6.5 percent per year to 1.3 billion square yards in 2017. Improved macroeconomics, particularly accelerated spending on the construction of structures and roads, will promote growth. Gains in geosynthetics demand will also benefit from increased market penetration, as engineers continue to become more aware of the long-term cost and performance advantages of these products at the expense of traditional geotechnical solutions (e.g., compacted soil and stone aggregate layers). In value terms, demand for geosynthetics is forecast to grow 6.5 percent per year to $2.9 billion in 2017, benefiting from price increases and renewed growth for some higher value, specialty geosynthetics.

Geotextiles to remain dominant product type

Geotextiles will remain the largest product segment, projected to account for 70 percent of total area demand in 2017.

Geotextiles’ position is dependent on its versatility, which allows these products to be used in a wide range of markets and applications. Favorable gains in geotextiles demand will benefit from their dominant position in the transportation infrastructure and construction markets.

Further promoting gains is the fact that engineers continue to realize the benefit of using these materials in road and other construction activities. Nonwoven geotextiles, for example, are finding expanded use in concrete road rehabilitation applications as an alternative to hot-mix asphalt in unbounded concrete overlays. However, in 2017, higher price geomembranes are projected to represent 46 percent of total geosynthetics demand in value terms. More application specific products -- e.g., geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, geonets, and geofoams -- are expected to post the fastest gains in area demand through 2017.

Construction to be fastest growing market

Construction and transportation infrastructure markets accounted for 60 percent of total area demand for geosynthetics in 2012. Historically, construction accounted for the largest share of geosynthetics area demand; however, the market slipped from its leading position in 2012 due to a severe downturn in construction spending after 2007. Going forward, the construction market is projected to register the most rapid gains through 2017, aided by a recovery in construction spending. The transportation infrastructure market will provide opportunities for a number of geosynthetics as spending on highways accelerates from rates achieved during the 2007 to 2012 period. Geogrids are among the geosynthetics expected to benefit from improved spending on transportation infrastructure. These products, for example, are being used more fequently in order to reduce the need for excavation and fill material when constructing roadbeds. Increased concerns regarding environmental protection will provide additional incentives to use geosynthetics. For example, the implementation of proposed Federal rulemaking regarding coal ash disposal has the potential of creating rapid gains for geosynthetics to line and cap coal ash containment sites. Concerns regarding the leaching of hazardous material into soil and groundwater at mining and shale gas sites will also pro-mote geosynthetics use in containment applications. Protecting soil against erosion is another environmental use of geosynthetics.

Study coverage

Details on these and other key findings are contained in this upcoming Freedonia industry study, Geosynthetics, available for $5100. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007, 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product, market, and region of the US. The study also assesses market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles 40 US industry players, such as GSE Leggett & Platt, Propex, Raven Industries, Royal Ten Cate, Tensar, and Thrace Plastics.

Table Of Contents

US Geosynthetics Market




General 4
Macroeconomic Environment 4
Demographics 8
Construction Trends 11
Residential Building Construction Expenditures 14
Housing Starts 16
Housing Stock 19
Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures 22
Improvements and Repairs 24
Nonresidential Building Stock 25
Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures 28
Nonbuilding Construction Stock 29
Highway Spending 30
Agricultural Trends 32
Waste Stream Overview 37
Environmental and Regulatory Issues 39
Raw Material Considerations 44
Resins 45
Other Raw Materials 48
Pricing Trends 49
Foreign Trade 51
Imports 53
Exports 55
World Market 57


General 60
Area Demand 61
Value Demand 64
Geotextiles 67
Demand by Market 70
Product Characteristics 71
Demand by Type 72
Nonwovens 73
Wovens and Knits 77
Geomembranes 81
Demand by Market 83
Product Characteristics 85
Polyethylene Materials 87
All Other Materials 88
Producers 90
Geogrids 91
Demand by Market 92
Product Characteristics 93
Producers 94
Other Geosynthetics 95
Geonets 96
Geosynthetic Clay Liners 98
Preformed Geocomposites 101
All Other 102
Geocells 103
Geofoams 104
Miscellaneous Geosynthetics 106
Geosynthetics Demand by Material 107


General 109
Area Demand by Market 109
Value Demand by Market 112
Transportation Infrastructure 115
Demand by Product 117
Market Characteristics 119
Construction 121
Demand by Product 122
Market Characteristics 124
Stabilization and Reinforcement 125
Drainage and Filtration 126
Erosion and Sedimentation Control 127
Landfills 129
Demand by Product 131
Market Characteristics 133
Liquid Containment 134
Demand by Product 135
Market Characteristics 137
Other Markets 138
Mining 140
Oil and Gas 141
Coal Ash Containment 142


General 144
Regional Demographics and Economic Trends 145
Population Patterns 145
Economic Outlook 148
Construction Activity 151
Geosynthetics Demand by Region 153
Northeast 156
New England 160
Middle Atlantic 162
Midwest 164
East North Central 170
West North Central 172
South 173
South Atlantic 177
East South Central 179
West South Central 180
West 182
Mountain 186
Pacific 188


General 190
Industry Composition 191
Market Share 194
Competitive Strategies 197
Research and Development 200
Marketing 201
Distribution 203
Mergers and Acquisitions 204
Cooperative Agreements 207
Company Profiles 211
ADS Incorporated 212
AFITEX-TEXEL Geosynthetics, see ADS
AGRU Kunststofftechnik GmbH 215
AMCOL International Corporation 217
Belton Industries Incorporated 219
Bridgestone Corporation 221
Burke Industries, see Mannington Mills
Carthage Mills Incorporated 222
CETCO, see AMCOL International
Colbond, see Low and Bonar
Colloid Environmental Technologies, see AMCOL
Consolidated Divisions Incorporated 225
CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC 226
Conwed Plastics, see Leucadia National
Cooley Group Holdings Incorporated 229
CSI Geosynthetics, see Leggett and Platt
Don and Low, see Thrace Plastics
Dow Chemical Company 230
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 232
Environmental Fabrics Incorporated 234
Environmental Protection Incorporated 235
Fiberweb plc 237
Firestone Specialty Products, see Bridgestone
Glen Raven Incorporated 239
GSE Holding Incorporated 241
Hallaton Incorporated 244
Hanes Geo Components, see Leggett and Platt
HUESKER Synthetic GmbH 245
In-Line Plastics LC 247
Inteplast Group Limited 248
Leggett and Platt Incorporated 249
Leucadia National Corporation 252
Low and Bonar plc 254
Lumite, see Thrace Plastics
LyondellBasell Industries NV 256
Mannington Mills Incorporated 257
NAUE GmbH and Company KG 259
Nilex Incorporated 261
North American Green, see Tensar
Performance Fabrics and Fibers, see AGRU
Plastatech Engineering Limited 263
Poly-America LP 264
Poly-Flex, see Poly-America
Presto Geosystems, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Price and Company, see Leggett and Platt
Propex Operating Company LLC 266
Raven Industries Incorporated 268
Reef Industries Incorporated 270
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited 271
Royal Ten Cate NV 273
Saint-Gobain 276
SKAPS Industries 277
Solmax International Incorporated 279
Strata Systems, see Glen Raven
SynTec, see GSE Holding
TENAX International BV 280
TenCate Geosynthetics North America, see Royal Ten
Tensar Corporation 282
Texel, see ADS
Thrace Plastics Company SA 286
Watersaver, see Consolidated Divisions
World-Pak, see Inteplast Group



Summary Table 3


1 Macroeconomic Indicators 7
2 Population and Households 11
3 Construction Expenditures 13
4 Residential Building Construction Expenditures 15
5 Housing Starts 19
6 Housing Stock by Type 21
7 Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures 24
8 Nonresidential Building Improvement and Repair Expenditures 25
9 Nonresidential Building Stock 27
10 Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures 29
11 Nonbuilding Construction Stock 30
12 Highway Spending by Type 32
13 Agricultural Indicators 36
14 Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recovery, and Disposal 39
15 Raw Material Demand 44
16 Geosynthetics Pricing 50
17 Geosynthetics Foreign Trade 53


1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Product 63
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Product 66
3 Geotextiles Demand by Type and Market 70
4 Nonwoven Geotextiles Demand 76
5 Woven and Knit Geotextiles Demand 79
6 Geomembranes Demand 83
7 Geogrids Demand 92
8 Other Geosynthetics Demand by Product and Market 96
9 Geosynthetics Demand by Material 108


1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Market 111
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Market 114
3 Transportation Infrastructure Geosynthetics Demand 117
4 Construction Geosynthetics Demand 122
5 Landfill Geosynthetics Demand 131
6 Liquid Containment Geosynthetics Demand 135
7 Other Markets Geosynthetics Demand 139


1 Population by Region 148
2 Gross Domestic Product by Region 151
3 Construction Expenditures by Region 153
4 Geosynthetics Demand by Region 155
5 Northeast Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 160
6 Midwest Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 169
7 South Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 177
8 West Geosynthetics Demand by Subregion and Market 186


1 US Geosynthetics Sales by Company, 2012 193
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 207
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 209



1 Year of Construction of Housing Stock, 2012 22
2 World Geosynthetics Demand, 2012 59


1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Product, 2012 64
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Product, 2012 67


1 Geosynthetics Area Demand by Market, 2012 112
2 Geosynthetics Value Demand by Market, 2012 115


1 Geosynthetics Demand by Region, 2012 156


1 US Geosynthetics Market Share by Company, 2012 195

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