Investments and Acquisitions Transform the Geotextiles Market – Nonwovens Industry Magazine
China is expected to contribute significantly to the demand for geotextiles due to its increasing penetration in the construction of new roads and drainage systems. In addition, the Chinese government has invested a large number of resources in infrastructure development, where major investments have been made in the construction of highways and railways.
Geotextiles are used to control erosion due to their reinforcing characteristics. In addition, the product helps to hold soil particles together and also promotes vegetation growth, which reduces erosion in the long term. The use of
Geotextiles in drainage systems help create a solution for constant water flow, thus complementing market growth.
Market players are actively involved in investing in new technologies, creating joint ventures and licensing agreements, and acquiring complementary technologies to gain competitive advantage.
Here is an overview of recent activity in the geotextiles market.
• In August 2021, based in Bangladesh Trusted Infrastructure Ltd. announced the installation of two complete lines of needle punched geotextile fabric. Using state-of-the-art technology, Confidence Infrastructure is able to adapt to ever-increasing market demands and to react quickly and flexibly to individual customer needs. Growing demand in recent years has led to the decision to invest in two new production lines for geotextile fabrics.
The scope of supply includes a complete fiber opening and mixing solution, a Double Doffer card, a Topliner coater with WebMax web profile control and Stylus NL needling machines with winders. Confidence Infrastructure will produce a non-woven polypropylene and polyester geotextile of 300 to 600 g / m² with a maximum width of 4.2 m. The majority of the production will be consumed in the application of geosacks for erosion control.
The project is designed to meet the growing demand for geotextiles in Bangladesh and international markets. Shahid Islam, Managing Director and COO of Confidence Infrastructure, said: “We chose Autefa as a partner for this project because of its proven technology in the area of needling nonwovens. This contract marks the start of a long partnership between the Confidence group and Autefa Solutions.
• In March 2021, Puerko Sp. Zoo announced that it would install an Andritz needling line in Myszków, Poland. The line will process fibers from recycling clothing waste for the production of technical felts dedicated to furniture and geotextile applications. The final products will have grammages ranging from 300 to 500 g / m², and the production capacity will reach up to 750 kg / h. Installation and commissioning are scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.
Andritz will supply a complete neXline eXcelle needling line – from web forming to needling – as well as the engineering and scanning gauge recently launched by ANDRITZ. This is the second Andritz line to be supplied to Pureko, thus demonstrating the strong partnership between the two companies. Three years ago, Pureko invested in a new modern factory supplied by ANDRITZ Asselin-Thibeau to produce fluffy nonwovens used in the furniture, textile and clothing industries. The new range will allow Pureko to continue its continuous growth.
Founded in 2009, Pureko is one of the largest producers of nonwovens in Poland. The company’s non-woven products are mainly used for wadding; they are free of chemicals, pose no health risk and are hypoallergenic. Pureko products carry the best certificates such as INTERTEK, FIRA, OEKO-TEX and the National Institute of Hygiene.
• In April 2021, Bondex, a European producer of geotextiles for civil engineering applications, acquired 100% of the shares of the company based in West Yorkshire (UK) ABG SA, specializing in the development and sale of geosynthetic systems with a leading market position in the UK.
Through this acquisition, completed on April 23, 2021, BontexGeo will strengthen its position in the important British market.
ABG Ltd is a market leader in the design, development, manufacture and technical support of high performance geosynthetic systems for use in a wide range of civil engineering, environmental and sustainable construction projects. ABG is located in Meltham, between Manchester and Leeds.
“This acquisition allows us to strengthen our position in the UK market and reinforces our commitment to invest in growth opportunities following the spin-off of Low & Bonar plc. »Explains Rob van der Valk, CEO of BontexGeo. “ABG’s portfolio and expertise allow us to continue to build on our success over the past few years.
ABG will remain operational under the same name, within the BontexGeo group. Alan Bamforth, Managing Director of ABG, will retain his current position to continue running the business with his team.
“We look forward to our future as a member of the BontexGeo group,” says Bamforth. “ABG has worked with BontexGeo for a long time and this step will give both parties the opportunity to benefit even more from each other’s expertise and experience. “
• Solmax, a world leader in the production of high quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, has entered into an agreement with Koninklijke Ten Cate (Netherlands) for the acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics, a global supplier of geosynthetics and of industrial fabrics. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Solmax’s long-term financial partners, are both investing in this transaction.
“This is the union of two leading companies in their respective segments, recognized worldwide for the quality of their products and services, bringing together for the first time their geosynthetic products under one roof. This transaction will increase the use of their products in civil engineering. , road infrastructure, hydraulic and environmental works ”, explains Jean-Louis Vangeluwe, Chairman of Solmax. “This is a game-changer in the history of geosynthetics manufacturers who develop lesser-known technical products that are essential for environmental protection and the development of infrastructure projects. “
“I am very happy to position our company alongside Solmax. We are both among the leaders in our respective segments and we will now unite to create a stronger global leader in geosynthetics. Solmax’s long term vision around sustainability aligns very well with that of TenCate Geosynthetics, and I am motivated to lead my team with confidence in this new business environment where we can bring even more value together, ”said Wally Moore, CEO of TenCate Geosynthetics.
“I am delighted to see the family growing again. The addition of TenCate Geosynthetics to Solmax will have a positive overall effect on the geosynthetics industries. Together, with our products, services and available resources, we will be able to have an impact on the quality of life of individuals and of society as a whole, ”concludes Jacques Côté, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Solmax.
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals.