Geosynthetics

How the Trump administration might affect coal ash regulation

Under the Obama administration, the EPA made unprecedented efforts to address what it saw as risks from the disposal of coal containment products (CCP), which includes the leaching of hazardous contaminants into the groundwater. In December 2015, the EPA finalized new regulations on the disposal of CCP, requiring utility companies to develop coal ash containment systems at new coal ash pits to address these dangers, including the installation of a geomembrane liner at the bottom of the storage area to protect against groundwater contamination. These initiatives were expected to boost geosynthetics demand going forward. However, the election of Donald Trump as president has thrown the future of these new regulations into significant doubt. In the run-up to the election, Trump promised to “end the war on coal,” implying that any regulations enacted under the Obama administration viewed hostile to the coal industry were likely to be repealed. The American Coal Council, among others, have long argued that overregulation unnecessarily sacrifices jobs in the pursuit of environmental purity. Given the consistency with which Trump has supported the coal industry on the campaign trail, complaints against regulations such as required geomembrane liners are likely to find a receptive ear at the head of the EPA in the coming four years.

Key Findings in the Geosynthetics Study

Rising construction activity and environmental regulations to fuel demand growth

US demand for geosynthetics is forecast to increase 3.8 percent annually to 1.3 billion square yards in 2019, valued at $2.5 billion. Projected rebounds in construction spending and expenditures on transportation infrastructure will spark an acceleration in demand

Construction is one of the largest markets for geosynthetics, representing about one-third of total demand in area terms in 2014. After a sluggish performance over the 2009-2014 period, growth will be driven by a rebound in building construction and an acceleration in spending for nonbuilding projects. Further bolstering growth will be the increased incorporation of geosynthetics into construction projects because they can reduce long term maintenance costs and increase the lifespan of structures. Geosynthetics are expected to further displace traditional soil and aggregate alternatives in construction applications thanks to marketing efforts by geosynthetics producers designed to further spread awareness of the cost and performance benefits of geosynthetics.

Transportation market to remain the largest

Transportation infrastructure represents an important market 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. While geotextiles have long been used in the construction of roadways for their filtration properties, demand for geosynthetics in this market will grow as these products are increasingly used in other applications, including erosion control, roadside drainage, and the construction of retaining walls.

Environmental regulations to spur geosynthetics demand

Additional support for growth will come from environmental regulations that focus on preventing harmful materials from contaminating groundwater supplies. In the landfills, liquid containment, and other markets, geosynthetics demand is influenced by environmental regulations regarding the storage of hazardous substances. Regulatory activity concerning proper storage practices at landfills and other sites boosts demand for geomembranes in particular. For example, in December 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized regulations regarding the disposal of coal combustion products (CCPs). Concerns about the leaching of these harmful materials into groundwater led the EPA to require that storage sites be lined with a geomembrane to prevent leakage.

Geotextiles represent the largest product category

Geotextiles account for the largest share of geosynthetics demand by area 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, account for the greatest share of total sales and are also expected to register the fastest growth through the forecast period. Geomembranes find significant use 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 -- geogrids, geonets, geosynthetic clay liners, and geofoams -- are also expected to register demand gains, although from smaller bases.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $1.0 billion US geosynthetics industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by product (geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geonets, geosynthetics clay liners, preformed geocomposites), market (construction, transportation infrastructure, landfills, liquid containment, mining, oil and gas, coal combustion products), and region. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 44 industry competitors, including GSE Holding, Hanes Geo Components, Propex, Raven Industries, TenCate Geosynthetics, Tensar, and Thrace-LINQ.

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  1. Geosynthetics

    $5,300.00

  2. INTRODUCTION: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

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  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

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  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

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  5. Overview

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  6. GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards) 2009 - 2024

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  7. MARKET ENVIRONMENT: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

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  8. General

    $35.00

  9. Macroeconomic Environment (1 of 3)

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  10. Macroeconomic Environment (2 of 3)

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  11. Macroeconomic Environment (3 of 3)

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  12. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  13. Demographics (1 of 3)

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  14. Demographics (2 of 3)

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  15. Demographics (3 of 3)

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  16. POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons) 2004 - 2024

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  17. Construction Trends

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  18. CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  19. Residential Building Construction Expenditures

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  20. RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  21. Housing Starts (1 of 3)

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  22. Housing Starts (2 of 3)

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  23. Housing Starts (3 of 3)

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  24. HOUSING STARTS (thousand units) 2004 - 2024

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  25. Housing Stock (1 of 2)

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  26. Housing Stock (2 of 2)

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  27. HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE (million units) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  28. YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING STOCK, 2014 (percent)

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  29. Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures (1 of 2)

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  30. Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures (2 of 2)

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  31. NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  32. Nonresidential Improvements & Repairs

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  33. NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  34. Nonresidential Building Stock

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  35. NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING STOCK (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  36. Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures

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  37. NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  38. Nonbuilding Construction Stock

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  39. NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION STOCK (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  40. Highway Spending (1 of 2)

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  41. Highway Spending (2 of 2)

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  42. HIGHWAY SPENDING BY TYPE (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

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  43. Agricultural Trends (1 of 3)

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  44. Agricultural Trends (2 of 3)

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  45. Agricultural Trends (3 of 3)

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  46. AGRICULTURAL INDICATORS 2004 - 2024

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  47. Waste Stream Overview (1 of 2)

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  48. Waste Stream Overview (2 of 2)

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  49. MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE GENERATION, RECOVERY, & DISPOSAL (million tons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  50. Geosynthetics: Environmental & Regulatory Issues (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  51. Geosynthetics: Environmental & Regulatory Issues (2 of 4)

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  52. Geosynthetics: Environmental & Regulatory Issues (3 of 4)

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  53. Geosynthetics: Environmental & Regulatory Issues (4 of 4)

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  54. Geosynthetics: Raw Materials (1 of 4)

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  55. Geosynthetics: Raw Materials (2 of 4)

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  56. Geosynthetics: Raw Materials (3 of 4)

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  57. Geosynthetics: Raw Materials (4 of 4)

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  58. RAW MATERIAL DEMAND IN GEOSYNTHETICS (million pounds) 2004 - 2024

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  59. Geosynthetics: Pricing Trends

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  60. GEOSYNTHETICS PRICING (dollars per square yard) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  61. Geosynthetics: Foreign Trade (1 of 2)

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  62. Geosynthetics: Foreign Trade (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  63. GEOSYNTHETICS FOREIGN TRADE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  64. US Imports (1 of 2)

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  65. US Imports (2 of 2)

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  66. US Exports (1 of 2)

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  67. US Exports (2 of 2)

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  68. World Market (1 of 2)

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  69. World Market (2 of 2)

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  70. PRODUCTS: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

    $1,860.00

  71. General

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  72. Geosynthetics: Area Demand

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  73. GEOSYNTHETICS AREA DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  74. Geosynthetics: Value Demand

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  75. GEOSYNTHETICS VALUE DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  76. Geotextiles: Overview (1 of 2)

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  77. Geotextiles: Overview (2 of 2)

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  78. GEOTEXTILES DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  79. Geotextiles: Demand by Market

    $35.00

  80. Geotextiles: Product Characteristics

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  81. Geotextiles: Nonwovens (1 of 4)

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  82. Geotextiles: Nonwovens (2 of 4)

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  83. Geotextiles: Nonwovens (3 of 4)

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  84. Geotextiles: Nonwovens (4 of 4)

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  85. NONWOVEN GEOTEXTILES DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  86. Geotextiles: Wovens & Knits (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  87. Geotextiles: Wovens & Knits (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  88. Geotextiles: Wovens & Knits (3 of 3)

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  89. WOVEN & KNIT GEOTEXTILES DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  90. Geomembranes: Overview

    $35.00

  91. GEOMEMBRANES DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  92. Geomembranes: Demand by Market (1 of 2)

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  93. Geomembranes: Demand by Market (2 of 2)

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  94. Geomembranes: Product Characteristics

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  95. Geomembranes: Polyethylene Materials

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  96. Geomembranes: All Other Materials

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  97. Geomembranes: Producers

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  98. Geogrids: Overview

    $35.00

  99. GEOGRIDS DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  100. Geogrids: Demand by Market

    $35.00

  101. Geogrids: Product Characteristics & Producers

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  102. Other Geosynthetics: Overview

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  103. OTHER GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  104. OTHER GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  105. Geonets (1 of 2)

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  106. Geonets (2 of 2)

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  107. Geosynthetic Clay Liners (1 of 2)

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  108. Geosynthetic Clay Liners (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  109. Preformed Geocomposites (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  110. Preformed Geocomposites (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  111. All Other Geosynthetics (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  112. All Other Geosynthetics (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  113. All Other Geosynthetics (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  114. All Other Geosynthetics (4 of 4)

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  115. Geosynthetics: Demand by Material

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  116. GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  117. MARKETS: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

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  118. General

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  119. Geosynthetics: Area Demand by Market (1 of 2)

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  120. Geosynthetics: Area Demand by Market (2 of 2)

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  121. GEOSYNTHETICS AREA DEMAND BY MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  122. Geosynthetics: Value Demand by Market

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  123. GEOSYNTHETICS VALUE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  124. Construction: Geosynthetics Demand

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  125. CONSTRUCTION GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  126. Construction: Geosynthetics Demand by Product (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  127. Construction: Geosynthetics Demand by Product (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  128. Construction: Geosynthetics for Stabilization & Reinforcement

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  129. Construction: Geosynthetics for Drainage & Filtration

    $35.00

  130. Construction: Geosynthetics for Erosion & Sedimentation Control (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  131. Construction: Geosynthetics for Erosion & Sedimentation Control (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  132. Transportation Infrastructure: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  133. TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  134. Transportation Infrastructure: Geosynthetics Demand by Product (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  135. Transportation Infrastructure: Geosynthetics Demand by Product (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  136. Transportation Infrastructure: Geosynthetics Functions (1 of 2)

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  137. Transportation Infrastructure: Geosynthetics Functions (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  138. Landfills: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  139. LANDFILL GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  140. Landfills: Geosynthetics Demand by Product (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  141. Landfills: Geosynthetics Demand by Product (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  142. Landfills: Geosynthetics Functions

    $35.00

  143. Liquid Containment: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  144. LIQUID CONTAINMENT GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  145. Liquid Containment: Geosynthetics Demand by Product

    $35.00

  146. Liquid Containment: Geosynthetics Functions

    $35.00

  147. Other Markets for Geosynthetics

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  148. OTHER MARKETS GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  149. OTHER MARKETS GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  150. Mining: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  151. Oil & Gas: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  152. Coal Combustion Products: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  153. REGIONS: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

    $1,565.00

  154. General

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  155. Regional Population Patterns (1 of 2)

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  156. Regional Population Patterns (2 of 2)

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  157. POPULATION BY REGION (million persons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  158. Regional Economic Outlook (1 of 2)

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  159. Regional Economic Outlook (2 of 2)

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  160. GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  161. Regional Construction Activity

    $35.00

  162. CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  163. Geosynthetics Demand by Region

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  164. GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY REGION (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  165. Northeast Region: Geosynthetics Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  166. Northeast Region: Geosynthetics Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  167. Northeast Region: Geosynthetics Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  168. NORTHEAST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  169. New England States: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  170. Middle Atlantic States: Geosynthetics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  171. Middle Atlantic States: Geosynthetics Demand (2 of 2)

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  172. Midwest Region: Geosynthetics Demand (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  173. Midwest Region: Geosynthetics Demand (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  174. Midwest Region: Geosynthetics Demand (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  175. Midwest Region: Geosynthetics Demand (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  176. MIDWEST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  177. East North Central States: Geosynthetics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  178. East North Central States: Geosynthetics Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  179. West North Central States: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  180. South Region: Geosynthetics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  181. South Region: Geosynthetics Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  182. SOUTH GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  183. South Atlantic States: Geosynthetics Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  184. South Atlantic States: Geosynthetics Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  185. East South Central States: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  186. West South Central States: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  187. West Region: Geosynthetics Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  188. West Region: Geosynthetics Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  189. West Region: Geosynthetics Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  190. WEST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  191. Mountain States: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  192. Pacific States: Geosynthetics Demand

    $35.00

  193. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

    $730.00

  194. General

    $35.00

  195. Industry Composition (1 of 2)

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  196. Industry Composition (2 of 2)

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  197. US GEOSYNTHETIC SALES BY COMPANY, 2014 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  198. Market Share (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  199. Market Share (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  200. Market Share (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  201. US GEOSYNTHETICS MARKET SHARE BY LEADING COMPANIES, 2014 (percent)

    $60.00

  202. Competitive Strategies (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  203. Competitive Strategies (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  204. Research & Development

    $35.00

  205. Marketing (1 of 2)

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  206. Marketing (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  207. Distribution

    $35.00

  208. Mergers & Acquisitions

    $35.00

  209. SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

    $60.00

  210. Cooperative Agreements

    $35.00

  211. SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

    $60.00

  212. COMPANY PROFILES: GEOSYNTHETICS TO 2019

    $1,400.00

  213. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  214. ADS Incorporated (Texel) (AFITEX-TEXEL)

    $35.00

  215. AGRU Kunststofftechnik

    $35.00

  216. Belton Industries

    $35.00

  217. Brawler Industries (In-Line Plastics)

    $35.00

  218. Bridgestone Corporation (Firestone)

    $35.00

  219. Carthage Mills

    $35.00

  220. CONTECH Engineered Solutions

    $35.00

  221. Cooley Group Holdings

    $35.00

  222. Dow Chemical Company

    $35.00

  223. DuPont (EI) de Nemours

    $35.00

  224. Environmental Fabrics

    $35.00

  225. Glen Raven (Strata)

    $35.00

  226. GSE Holding (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  227. GSE Holding (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  228. HUESKER Synthetic

    $35.00

  229. Inteplast Group

    $35.00

  230. Leggett & Platt (Hanes Geo)

    $35.00

  231. Leucadia National (Conwed)

    $35.00

  232. Low & Bonar (Colbond)

    $35.00

  233. LyondellBasell Industries

    $35.00

  234. Mannington Mills (Burke)

    $35.00

  235. Minerals Technologies (AMCOL) (Colloid Environmental)

    $35.00

  236. Nilex Incorporated (GeoDynamics)

    $35.00

  237. Plastatech Engineering

    $35.00

  238. Poly-America LP (Poly-Flex)

    $35.00

  239. Polymer Group (Fiberweb)

    $35.00

  240. Propex Operating Company

    $35.00

  241. Raven Industries (Integra Plastics)

    $35.00

  242. Reef Industries

    $35.00

  243. Reynolds Group Holdings (Presto)

    $35.00

  244. Royal Ten Cate (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  245. Royal Ten Cate (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  246. Saint-Gobain

    $35.00

  247. SKAPS Industries

    $35.00

  248. Solmax International

    $35.00

  249. TENAX SpA

    $35.00

  250. Tensar Corporation (North American Green) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  251. Tensar Corporation (North American Green) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  252. Thrace Plastics Company (Don & Low) (Lumite)

    $35.00

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