Geosynthetics

Gains will be driven by a projected recovery in construction spending from a reduced 2010 base and by increased spending on transportation infrastructure.

US demand to rise 6.8% annually through 2015

Demand for geosynthetics in the US is projected to advance 6.8 percent annually to 1.3 billion square yards in 2015, valued at $3.1 billion. This growth rate is a healthy rebound over the decrease posted between 2005 and 2010, when sales of geosynthetics were restrained by the recession that occurred in the latter half of that period. Gains will be driven by a projected recovery in construction spending from a reduced 2010 base and by increased spending on transportation infrastructure.

Geosynthetics can be used to improve the lifespan of roads and other structures by stabilizing foundations, promoting drainage and filtration, and separating dissimilar solid materials, generally at a lower cost than alternative products. Additionally, environmental concerns will continue to generate demand for geosynthetics in such increasingly popular projects as methane recovery systems and green roofs.

Growth prospects remain bright for geotextiles

In 2010, geotextiles accounted for 70 percent of area demand, as their versatility makes them appropriate for a wide range of applications. Growth prospects for geotextiles remain bright, as they are the most frequently used geosynthetic in both the construction and transportation infrastructure markets -- the two markets in which demand for geosynthetics is forecast to advance most rapidly. Geonets, which are used primarily as components of drainage systems, are expected to achieve the fastest gains in area demand, albeit from a reduced 2010 base.

The rebound in construction spending and increased recognition of the performance advantages of geonets, such as chemical resistance and ease of installation, will boost gains. 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, comprising nearly half in 2010. Geomembranes will continue to hold the leading share of value demand in 2015. However, nonwoven geotextiles will experience the most rapid value gains.

Transportation infrastructure to remain top market

The transportation infrastructure market was the largest market for geosynthetics in 2010, accounting for one-third of total area demand. Historically, construction has been the largest market for geosynthetics; however, the effects of the 2007- 2009 recession were particularly strong in the construction market. The transportation infrastructure market will remain the largest market for geosynthetics in 2015, benefiting from the allocation of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. However, demand for geosynthetics will grow most rapidly in the rebounding construction market.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 904 million square yard US geosynthetics industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010, and forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by product (e.g., geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geonets), market (e.g., construction, transportation infrastructure, landfills, liquid containment) and region.

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 industry players, including GSE Lining Technology, Propex and TenCate Geosynthetics North America.

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  1. Geosynthetics

    $4,900.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $116.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $134.00

      1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,727.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $203.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographics

        $202.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Construction Trends

        $1,037.00

        1. 3.4.1 Construction Expenditures

          $141.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 3.4.2 Residential Construction Expenditures

          $456.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

          2. Table | HOUSING STARTS (thousand units)

          3. Table | HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE (million units)

        3. 3.4.3 Nonresidential Construction Expenditures

          $305.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

          2. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

          3. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING STOCK (billion 2005 dollars)

        4. 3.4.4 Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures

          $82.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        5. 3.4.5 Nonbuilding Construction Stock

          $82.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION STOCK (billion 2005 dollars)

      5. 3.5 Highway Spending

        $105.00

        1. Table | HIGHWAY SPENDING BY TYPE (billion 2005 dollars)

      6. 3.6 Agricultural Trends

        $186.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL INDICATORS

      7. 3.7 Waste Stream Overview

        $183.00

        1. Table | MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE GENERATION, RECOVERY & DISPOSAL (million tons)

      8. 3.8 Environmental & Regulatory Issues

        $183.00

      9. 3.9 Pricing Trends

        $86.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS PRICING (dollars per square yard)

      10. 3.10 Foreign Trade

        $289.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS FOREIGN TRADE (million dollars)

        2. 3.10.1 Imports

          $95.00

        3. 3.10.2 Exports

          $92.00

      11. 3.11 World Market

        $225.00

        1. 3.11.1 North America

          $82.00

        2. 3.11.2 Western Europe

          $82.00

        3. 3.11.3 Asia/Pacific

          $82.00

        4. 3.11.4 Other Regions

          $82.00

    4. 4 PRODUCTS

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      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Area Demand

        $106.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS AREA DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million square yards)

      3. 4.3 Value Demand

        $94.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS VALUE DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million dollars)

      4. 4.4 Geotextiles

        $717.00

        1. 4.4.1 Demand by Type

          $454.00

          1. Table | GEOTEXTILE DEMAND BY TYPE (million square yards)

          2. Table | NONWOVEN GEOTEXTILE DEMAND (million square yards)

          3. Table | WOVEN & KNIT GEOTEXTILE DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 4.4.2 Demand by Market

          $82.00

        3. 4.4.3 Product Characteristics

          $82.00

      5. 4.5 Geomembranes

        $452.00

        1. Table | GEOMEMBRANE DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 4.5.1 Demand by Market

          $92.00

        3. 4.5.2 Product Characteristics

          $233.00

        4. 4.5.3 Producers

          $82.00

      6. 4.6 Geogrids

        $198.00

        1. Table | GEOGRID DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 4.6.1 Demand by Market

          $82.00

        3. 4.6.2 Product Characteristics

          $82.00

        4. 4.6.3 Producers

          $82.00

      7. 4.7 Geonets

        $136.00

        1. Table | GEONET DEMAND (million square yards)

      8. 4.8 Other Geosynthetics

        $475.00

        1. Table | OTHER GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 4.8.1 Geosynthetic Clay Liners

          $110.00

        3. 4.8.2 Preformed Geocomposites

          $115.00

        4. 4.8.3 All Other

          $191.00

      9. 4.9 Geosynthetics Demand by Material

        $135.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million square yards)

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $1,627.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 5.2 Area Demand by Market

        $127.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS AREA DEMAND BY MARKET (million square yards)

      3. 5.3 Value Demand by Market

        $110.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS VALUE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

      4. 5.4 Construction

        $480.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 5.4.1 Demand by Product

          $118.00

        3. 5.4.2 Market Characteristics

          $274.00

      5. 5.5 Transportation Infrastructure

        $285.00

        1. Table | TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 5.5.1 Demand by Product

          $108.00

        3. 5.5.2 Market Characteristics

          $113.00

      6. 5.6 Landfills

        $246.00

        1. Table | LANDFILL GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 5.6.1 Demand by Product

          $122.00

        3. 5.6.2 Market Characteristics

          $82.00

      7. 5.7 Liquid Containment

        $181.00

        1. Table | LIQUID CONTAINMENT GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 5.7.1 Demand by Product

          $82.00

        3. 5.7.2 Market Characteristics

          $82.00

      8. 5.8 Other Markets

        $155.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 5.8.1 Demand by Product

          $82.00

        3. 5.8.2 Market Characteristics

          $82.00

    6. 6 REGIONS

      $1,624.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 6.2 Regional Demographics & Economic Trends

        $332.00

        1. 6.2.1 Population Patterns

          $108.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)

        2. 6.2.2 Economic Outlook

          $109.00

          1. Table | GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2005 dollars)

        3. 6.2.3 Construction Activity

          $82.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 6.3 Geosynthetics Demand by Region

        $1,240.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY REGION (million square yards)

        2. 6.3.1 Northeast

          $203.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        3. 6.3.2 Midwest

          $262.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        4. 6.3.3 South

          $369.00

          1. Table | SOUTH GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

        5. 6.3.4 West

          $288.00

          1. Table | WEST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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      1. 7.1 General

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      2. 7.2 Industry Composition

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        1. Table | US GEOSYNTHETICS SALES BY COMPANY, 2010 (million dollars)

      3. 7.3 Market Share

        $164.00

      4. 7.4 Competitive Strategies

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      5. 7.5 Research & Development

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      6. 7.6 Marketing

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      7. 7.7 Distribution

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      8. 7.8 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      9. 7.9 Cooperative Agreements

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      10. 7.10 Company Profiles

        $4,210.00

        1. 7.10.1 ADS Incorporated

          $153.00

        2. 7.10.2 Agru America Incorporated

          $96.00

        3. 7.10.3 AMCOL International Corporation

          $175.00

        4. 7.10.4 Belton Industries Incorporated

          $112.00

        5. 7.10.5 Bridgestone Corporation

          $87.00

        6. 7.10.6 Carthage Mills Erosion Control Company

          $116.00

        7. 7.10.7 CONTECH Construction Products Incorporated

          $152.00

        8. 7.10.8 Cooley Group Holdings

          $90.00

        9. 7.10.9 Dow Chemical Company

          $82.00

        10. 7.10.10 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $82.00

        11. 7.10.11 Environmental Fabrics Incorporated

          $82.00

        12. 7.10.12 Environmental Protection Incorporated

          $128.00

        13. 7.10.13 Fiberweb plc

          $142.00

        14. 7.10.14 GSE Lining Technology LLC

          $197.00

        15. 7.10.15 Hallaton Incorporated

          $82.00

        16. 7.10.16 HUESKER Synthetic GmbH

          $95.00

        17. 7.10.17 In-Line Plastics LC

          $82.00

        18. 7.10.18 Inteplast Group Limited

          $82.00

        19. 7.10.19 Leggett & Platt Incorporated

          $139.00

        20. 7.10.20 Low & Bonar plc

          $96.00

        21. 7.10.21 LyondellBasell Industries NV

          $82.00

        22. 7.10.22 Mannington Mills Incorporated

          $82.00

        23. 7.10.23 NAUE GmbH & Company KG

          $93.00

        24. 7.10.24 Nilex Incorporated

          $107.00

        25. 7.10.25 Plastatech Engineering Limited

          $82.00

        26. 7.10.26 Poly-America LP

          $89.00

        27. 7.10.27 Propex Operating Company LLC

          $159.00

        28. 7.10.28 Raven Industries Incorporated

          $96.00

        29. 7.10.29 Reef Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        30. 7.10.30 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $98.00

        31. 7.10.31 Royal Ten Cate NV

          $264.00

        32. 7.10.32 Saint-Gobain

          $89.00

        33. 7.10.33 SKAPS Industries

          $82.00

        34. 7.10.34 Solmax International Incorporated

          $93.00

        35. 7.10.35 Soprema SA

          $82.00

        36. 7.10.36 Strata Systems Incorporated

          $93.00

        37. 7.10.37 TENAX International BV

          $99.00

        38. 7.10.38 Tensar Corporation

          $237.00

        39. 7.10.39 Thrace Plastics Company SA

          $127.00

        40. 7.10.40 Watersaver Company Incorporated

          $82.00

      11. 7.11 Additional Companies

        $82.00

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