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Geosynthetics: Materials, Applications and Markets

Geosynthetics: Materials, Applications and Markets

The U.S. market for geosynthetics will reach nearly $2.4 billion in 2015 and should reach nearly $2.8 billion by 2020, demonstrating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% between 2015 and 2020.

This report provides:

An overview of the global markets and applications for geosynthetics.

Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.

Descriptions of various types of geosynthetics including geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geomembranes, geocomposites, geocells and geofoams.

Discussion of applications for each type of geosynthetics material.

Analysis of the market's dynamics, including growth drivers, inhibitors, and opportunities.

Company profiles of major players in the geosynthetics field.


The scope of report covers the U.S. market for all types of geosynthetics between 2014 and 2020, including:

Geotextiles.
Geogrids and geonets.
Geomembranes.
Geocomposites.
Other types (e.g., geocells, geofoams, geo-others).

The report also includes a general discussion of developments in the geosynthetics market outside the U.S. The study format includes the following major elements:

Executive summary.
Types of geosynthetics, their respective properties, advantages and disadvantages, and applications.
Conditions and trends in major markets (e.g., road construction) that affect the demand for advanced materials and technologies.
Size, segmentation, and growth trends of the U.S. geosynthetics market.
General perspectives on the international geosynthetics market.
Industry structure and market shares.
Appendices (vendor profiles, key patents).

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
STUDY BACKGROUND
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
INTENDED AUDIENCE
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER
CHAPTER 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
SUMMARY TABLE U.S. GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
SUMMARY FIGURE U.S. GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET BY SEGMENT, 2014-2020 ($ MILLIONS)
CHAPTER 3 GEOSYNTHETICS OVERVIEW
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF GEOSYNTHETICS
DEFINITIONS
Geosynthetics
Geotechnical Structures
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
TYPES OF GEOSYNTHETICS
Geotextiles
Geonets/Geogrids
Geomembranes
Geocomposites
Other Types of Geosynthetics
Geocells
Geofoams
Geocombs
Geopipes
FUNCTIONS
TABLE 1 GEOSYNTHETICS FUNCTIONS
Soil Reinforcement
Soil Separation
Filtration
Drainage
Fluid/Gas Containment
Erosion Control
GENERAL ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF GEOSYNTHETICS
GEOSYNTHETICS MARKETS
TABLE 2 U.S. GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET BY TYPE OF MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 1 U.S. GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET TRENDS, 2014-2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 2 TRENDS IN MARKET SHARES OF DIFFERENT GEOSYNTHETICS, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL SALES)
TABLE 3 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOSYNTHETICS BY END USE, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 3 TRENDS IN GEOSYNTHETIC MARKET BY END-USER SEGMENT, 2014-2020 (%)
CHAPTER 4 TRENDS IN MAJOR GEOSYNTHETIC END-USER MARKETS
TRANSPORT
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Geosynthetics Applications
Reinforcement
Separation
Filtration
Drainage
Erosion Control
Tunnel Liners
Current Situation
TABLE 4 U.S. HIGHWAY EXPENDITURES, THROUGH 2010 ($ BILLIONS)
TABLE 5 EXTENT OF U.S. ROAD AND HIGHWAY NETWORK, 2008-2013 (MILES)
Market Prospects
TABLE 6 U.S. HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES, THROUGH 2020 ($ BILLIONS)
FIGURE 4 TRENDS IN TOTAL U.S. HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES, 2014-2020 ($ BILLIONS)
RAILROADS
Geosynthetics Applications in Railroads
Reinforcement
Embankment Reinforcement
Separation
Ballast Stabilization
Current Status
FIGURE 5 OWNERSHIP OF U.S. RAILWAY TRACKS, 2014 (% OF TOTAL TRACK MILEAGE)
FIGURE 6 TRENDS IN TRACK-RELATED RAILROAD INCIDENTS/ACCIDENTS, 2000-2010 (NUMBER AND RATE PER MILLION TRAIN MILES)
Market Prospects
FIGURE 7 U.S. RAILROAD AND RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM EXPENDITURES ON TRACK AND RELATED STRUCTURES, 2013 (%)
TABLE 7 EXPENDITURES ON RAILWAY TRACK NEW CONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 8 U.S. RAILROAD AND RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM EXPENDITURES ON TRACK AND RELATED STRUCTURES, 2020 ($ MILLIONS/%)
AIRPORTS
Potential Geosynthetics Applications
Reinforcement
Runways and Taxiways
Runway Embankments
Drainage
De-Icing Facilities
Current Status
Markets Prospects
TABLE 8 RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 9 TRENDS IN EXPENDITURES ON AIRPORT RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION, 2014-2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FLOOD CONTROL
POTENTIAL GEOSYNTHETICS APPLICATIONS
Reinforcement
Levee Strengthening
Containment
Waterproofing Dams
CURRENT STATUS
Levees
Dams
FIGURE 10 OWNERSHIP OF U.S. DAMS, 2013 (%)
Market Prospects
TABLE 9 TOTAL U.S. SPENDING ON FLOOD CONTROL DAMS AND LEVEES, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Levees
TABLE 10 PUBLIC SPENDING ON LEVEE REHABILITATION AND CONSTRUCTION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
Dams
TABLE 11 TOTAL PUBLIC SPENDING ON DAM SAFETY, REHABILITATION, AND CONSTRUCTION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
WASTE MANAGEMENT
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
Geosynthetics Applications
Reinforcement
Separation
Filtration
Drainage
Containment
Erosion Control
Other Contributions of Geosynthetics to Landfills
Current Status
FIGURE 11 TRENDS IN DISCARDS TO U.S. LANDFILLS, 1980-2012 (TONS)
Market Prospects
FIGURE 12 ANNUAL LANDFILL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY, 1996-2014 (AVERAGE NUMBER OF LANDFILLS CLOSED, OPENED, OR MODIFIED)
FIGURE 13 TRENDS IN TOTAL AND AVERAGE LANDFILL CAPACITY, 1990-2013 (BILLION TONS/MILLION TONS)
WASTEWATER
Geosynthetics Applications
Containment
Anaerobic Lagoon Cover Systems
Lagoon Liner Systems
Drainage
Current Conditions
Market Prospects
TABLE 12 U.S. INVESTMENTS IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES, THROUGH FY 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 14 TRENDS IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT INVESTMENTS, FY 2014-FY 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT
Geosynthetics Applications
Current Status
FIGURE 15 INDUSTRY SEGMENTS' SHARES OF WATER POLLUTION ABATEMENT EXPENDITURES (% OF TOTAL INDUSTRY EXPENDITURES)
Market Prospects
FIGURE 16 TRENDS IN INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT EXPENDITURES, 2014-2020 ($ BILLIONS)
HAZARDOUS WASTES
Geosynthetic Applications
Containment
Drainage
Surface Water
Leachate
Current Status
FIGURE 17 TRENDS IN HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL IN LANDFILLS/SURFACE IMPOUNDMENTS, 2001-2011 (THOUSAND TONS/% OF TOTAL HAZARDOUS WASTES)
Market Prospects
TABLE 13 U.S. HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINMENT CAPITAL COSTS, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
MINING
GEOSYNTHETICS APPLICATIONS
Containment
Heap Leach Pads
Evaporation Ponds
Tailings Dams
Reinforcement
Mine Supports
Access Roads
Stockpiles
Remediation and Reclamation
Remediation
Reclamation
CURRENT STATUS
FIGURE 18 TRENDS IN U.S. PRODUCTION OF METAL ORES, 2007-2014 (2007=100)
FIGURE 19 COMPOSITION OF U.S. MINING WASTES, 2014 (% OF TOTAL)
FIGURE 20 TRENDS IN MINE RECLAMATION BOND RELEASES, 2002-2010 (NUMBER OF ACRES RELEASED)
MARKET PROSPECTS
FIGURE 21 TRENDS IN NUMBER OF NEW FEDERAL MINING PERMITS
ISSUED, 2003-2013
AGRICULTURE
LIVESTOCK
Geosynthetics Applications
Drainage
Fluid/Gas Containment
Livestock Waste Systems
Industry Conditions
TABLE 14 U.S. LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY POPULATION TRENDS, THROUGH 2014 (MILLION ANIMALS)
Market Prospects
IRRIGATION
Geosynthetic Applications
TABLE 15 IRRIGATION CANAL LINER PERFORMANCE COMPARISONS
Current Status
FIGURE 22 TRENDS IN ACRES OF U.S. FARMLAND IRRIGATED BY OPEN SURFACE CANALS AND DITCHES, 2003 AND 2013 (THOUSAND ACRES)
TABLE 16 MILES OF OPEN SURFACE IRRIGATION CANALS AND DITCHES, THROUGH 2013
TABLE 17 U.S. EXPENDITURES ON MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF IRRIGATION FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT, THROUGH 2013 ($ MILLIONS)
Market Prospects
AQUACULTURE
Geosynthetics Applications
Current Status
FIGURE 23 TRENDS IN SALES OF U.S. AQUACULTURE PRODUCTS, 2005 AND 2013 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 24 TRENDS IN NUMBER OF U.S. AQUACULTURE FARMS AND AVERAGE SALES PER FARM, 2005 AND 2013 (UNITS/$)
FIGURE 25 TRENDS IN USE OF PONDS AND RACEWAYS IN U.S. AQUACULTURE, 2005 AND 2013 (NUMBER OF FARMS)
Market Prospects
PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION
GEOSYNTHETIC APPLICATIONS
Reinforcement
Retaining Walls
Seismic Protection
Separation
Below Grade Enclosures
Drainage/Filtration
Turf Drainage
Foundation Drainage
Containment
Gas Barriers
Erosion Control
Erosion Control Blankets
Turf Reinforcement Mats
CURRENT STATUS
FIGURE 26 TRENDS IN U.S. PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION SPENDING, 2007-2014 ($ BILLIONS)
MARKET PROSPECTS
CHAPTER 5 MARKET FOR GEOTEXTILES
TYPES OF GEOTEXTILE
WOVEN GEOTEXTILES
NONWOVEN GEOTEXTILES
GEOTEXTILE MATERIALS AND PROPERTIES
SYNTHETICS
TABLE 18 GEOTEXTILE POLYMER CHARACTERISTICS
NATURAL MATERIALS
TABLE 19 TYPES OF BIODEGRADABLE GEOTEXTILES
GEOTEXTILE APPLICATIONS
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Reinforcement
Separation
Drainage/Filtration
Erosion Control
RAILROAD TRACK CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE
Separation
Reinforcement
Drainage/Filtration
Airport Runways
FLOOD CONTROL AND COASTLINE PROTECTION
Reinforcement
Coastline Restoration and Protection
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Separation
Geomembrane Liner Cushion
Filtration
Leachate Filtration
Sludge De-watering
Erosion Control
Landfill Reclamation
MINING
Separation
Reinforcement
Erosion Control
Capping and Sealing Waste Storage Facilities
Mine Site Reclamation
AGRICULTURE
Drainage
Cow Carpets
PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION
Reinforcement
Retaining Walls
Separation
Driveway Fabric
Below Grade Structures
Drainage/Filtration
Drain Filters
Erosion Control
Temporary Silt Fences
Erosion Control Blankets
Turf Reinforcement Mats
GEOTEXTILE MARKETS
TABLE 20 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOTEXTILES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
TABLE 21 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOTEXTILES BY END USE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 27 U.S. GEOTEXTILES MARKET SHARES BY END-USER SEGMENT, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION IN $)
FIGURE 28 U.S. GEOTEXTILES MARKET SHARES BY FUNCTION, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION)
CHAPTER 6 MARKET FOR GEOMEMBRANES
TYPES OF GEOMEMBRANES
GEOSYNTHETIC CLAY LINERS
REINFORCED GEOMEMBRANES
PROPERTIES
TABLE 22 GEOMEMBRANE PROPERTIES
GEOMEMBRANE APPLICATIONS
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Tunnel Liners
AIRPORTS
De-icing Pads and Ponds
FLOOD CONTROL
Containment
Waterproofing Dams
Storm Water Runoff Retention
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Municipal Solid Waste
Containment
Wastewater
Containment
Anaerobic Lagoon Cover Systems
Lagoon Liner Systems
Hazardous Wastes
MINING
Containment
Heap Leach Pads
Evaporation Ponds
Tailings Dams
AGRICULTURE
Fluid/Gas Containment
Livestock Waste Systems
Irrigation
Containment
GEOMEMBRANE MARKETS
TABLE 23 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOMEMBRANES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 29 U.S. GEOMEMBRANE MARKET SHARES BY TYPE OF MATERIAL, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION IN $)
TABLE 24 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOMEMBRANES BY END USE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 30 U.S. GEOMEMBRANE MARKET SHARES BY END-USER SEGMENT, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION IN $)
CHAPTER 7 MARKET FOR GEONETS AND GEOGRIDS
TYPES OF GEONETS AND GEOGRIDS
BIAXIAL GEONETS AND GEOGRIDS
UNIAXIAL GEONETS AND GEOGRIDS
MATERIALS/FABRICATION
PROPERTIES
TABLE 25 KEY PROPERTIES OF GEOGRIDS
APPLICATIONS
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
RAILROADS
AIRPORTS
Runways
Runway Embankments
FLOOD CONTROL
WASTE MANAGEMENT
MINING
Mine Roads
Mine Wall and Ceiling Supports
PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION
GEOGRID MARKETS
TABLE 26 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOGRIDS AND GEONETS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
TABLE 27 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOGRIDS AND GEONETS BY END USE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 31 U.S. GEOGRID MARKET SHARES BY END-USER SEGMENT, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION IN $)
CHAPTER 8 MARKET FOR GEOCOMPOSITES
TYPES OF GEOCOMPOSITES
MATERIALS
PROPERTIES
TABLE 28 PROPERTIES OF DIFFERENT GEOCOMPOSITE TYPES
APPLICATIONS
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
RAILWAYS
WASTE MANAGEMENT
MINING
PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION
MARKETS
TABLE 29 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOCOMPOSITES, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQ(MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
TABLE 30 ANNUAL SALES OF GEOCOMPOSITES BY END USE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 32 U.S. GEOCOMPOSITE MARKET SHARES BY END-USER SEGMENT, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION)
CHAPTER 9 MARKET FOR OTHER TYPES OF GEOSYNTHETICS
TYPES
GEOCELLS
GEOFOAMS AND GEOCOMBS
GEOPIPES
MATERIALS
PROPERTIES
APPLICATIONS
SOIL REINFORCEMENT
DRAINAGE
MARKETS
TABLE 31 ANNUAL SALES OF OTHER GEOSYNTHETICS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION SQUARE YARDS/$ MILLIONS)
TABLE 32 ANNUAL SALES OF OTHER GEOSYNTHETICS BY END USE, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 33 U.S. GEOGRID MARKET SHARES BY END-USER SEGMENT, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION IN $)
FIGURE 34 U.S. OTHER GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET SHARES BY FUNCTION, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL CONSUMPTION IN $)
CHAPTER 10 GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVES
FIGURE 35 GLOBAL MARKETS FOR GEOSYNTHETICS, 2014 (% OF TOTAL GLOBAL MARKET)
FIGURE 36 PROJECTED TRENDS IN GLOBAL GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET, 2014-2020 ($ BILLIONS)
TABLE 33 PROJECTED SALES OF GEOSYNTHETICS IN MAJOR GLOBAL MARKETS, THROUGH 2020 ($ BILLIONS)
FIGURE 37 PROJECTED TRENDS IN REGIONAL GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET SHARES, 2014-2020 (%)
CHAPTER 11 INDUSTRY CHARACTERISTICS
FIRMS
FIGURE 38 GEOSYNTHETICS MANUFACTURERS PRODUCING FOR THE U.S. MARKET BY PRINCIPAL PRODUCT, 2014 (%)
MARKET SHARES
GEOTEXTILES
FIGURE 39 U.S. GEOTEXTILE MARKET SHARES, 2013 (% OF TOTAL GEOTEXTILES CONSUMPTION)
GEOMEMBRANES
FIGURE 40 U.S. GEOMEMBRANE MARKET SHARES, 2013 (% OF TOTAL GEOTEXTILES CONSUMPTION)
GEONETS AND GEOGRIDS
FIGURE 41 U.S. GEOGRID MARKET SHARES, 2013 (% OF TOTAL GEOGRID CONSUMPTION)
GEOCOMPOSITES
FIGURE 42 U.S. GEOGRID MARKET SHARES, 2013 (% OF TOTAL GEOGRID CONSUMPTION)
CHAPTER 12 COMPANY PROFILES
GEOTEXTILES
BELTON INDUSTRIES INC.
CONTECH CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS INC.
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND CO,
FLINT INDUSTRIES
LUN-DRAIN
POLYMER GROUP INC.
PROPEX INC.
RODEWISCH INC.
SOLENO TEXTILES
TENCATE GEOSYNTHETICS AMERICAS
THRACE-LINQ CO.
WATERSOLVE LLC
GEOGRIDS
STRATA SYSTEMS INC.
SYNTEEN TECHNICAL FABRICS INC.
TENSAR INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
GEOMEMBRANES
ACCUGEO
AGRU AMERICA INC.
BURKE INDUSTRIES INC.
CETCO LINING TECHNOLOGIES
ENVIRONMENTAL FABRICS INC.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INC.
FIRESTONE SPECIALTY PRODUCTS
GSE HOLDING INC.
FIGURE 43 GUNDLESLT ENVIRONMENTAL REVENUES BY MARKET SEGMENT, 2013 (% OF TOTAL REVENUES)
MPC CONTAINMENT INC.
POLY-AMERICA LP.
RAVEN INDUSTRIES INC.
REEF INDUSTRIES INC.
SOLMAX INTERNATIONAL INC.
WATERSAVER COMPANY INC.
GEOCELLS
PRESTO GEOSYSTEMS
GEOCELL SYSTEMS
GEOPRODUCTS
GEOFOAMS/GEOCOMBS
AFM CORP.
BEAVER PLASTICS LTD.
BENCHMARK FOAM INC.
BRANCH RIVER PLASTICS INC.
CARPENTER CO.
CELLOFOAM NORTH AMERICA INC.
DYPLAST PRODUCTS LLC
FALCON FOAM
GEOTECH SYSTEMS CORP.
HANES GEO COMPONENTS
INSULATION CORP. OF AMERICA
INSULATION TECHNOLOGY INC.
INSULFOAM
NORTHWEST FOAM PRODUCTS INC.
PLYMOUTH FOAM BUILDING MATERIALS
ROYAL FOAM INC.
STYROTECH INC.
THERMAL FOAMS INC.
GEOPIPES
ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
CRUMPLER PLASTIC PIPE INC.
PRINSCO INC.
DIVERSIFIED MANUFACTURERS
CARTHAGE MILLS EROSION CONTROL CO.
CHECKMATE GEOSYNTHETICS
COLBOND INC.
HANES GEO COMPONENTS
HUESKER INC.
LAYFIELD ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
MACCAFERRI INC.
NILEX INC.
SHANDONG TAIFENG GEOSYNTHETICS CORP.
TENAX CORP.
TERRAFIX GEOSYNTHETICS
U.S. FABRICS INC.
CHAPTER 13 PATENT ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION
PATENTS BY TYPE OF MATERIAL
FIGURE 44 PATENT SHARES BY TYPE OF MATERIAL (% OF ALL PATENTS ISSUED THROUGH MARCH 15, 2015)
PATENTS BY APPLICATION
FIGURE 45 PATENTS ISSUED FOR GEOSYNTHETIC FABRICATION
TECHNOLOGIES VS. APPLICATIONS (% OF ALL PATENTS ISSUED THROUGH MARCH 15, 2015)
PATENT ASSIGNEES
TABLE 34 MAJOR GEOSYNTHETICS PATENT HOLDERS (AS OF MARCH 15, 2015)

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