Geosynthetics

Gains will be spurred by improved construction spending and by increased market penetration based on the advantages of geosynthetics over compacted soil and stone aggregate layers.

US demand to rise 6.6% annually trough 2017

Demand in the US for geosynthetics is forecast to increase 6.6 percent per year to 1.3 billion square yards in 2017, valued at $2.9 billion, spurred by improved spending on the construction of structures and roads. 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). Increased concerns regarding environmental protection will provide additional incentives to use geosynthetics in such applications as mining and shale gas containment sites. Geosynthetics such as geogrids, geofoams, geocells, and erosion control blankets will also be increasingly used to prevent soil erosion.

Construction to be fastest growing market

The construction and transportation infrastructure markets together accounted for 60 percent of total demand for geosynthetics in 2012. Historically, construction was the largest market in area terms; however, it slipped from the leading position prior to 2012 due to the severe downturn in construction spending between 2007 and 2011. Going forward, the construction market is projected to post the most rapid gains through 2017, aided by a continued recovery in building construction activity. The transportation infrastructure market was the largest in 2012 and will provide opportunities for a number of geosynthetics as spending on highways accelerates somewhat through 2017. Geogrids are among the geosynthetics expected to benefit from improved spending on transportation infrastructure. These products are increasingly used to reduce the need for excavation and fill material when constructing roadbeds.

Geotextiles to remain largest product segment

Geotextiles will remain the largest product segment, accounting for 69 percent of total area demand in 2017. Geotextiles benefit from their versatility, as these products are used in a wide range of markets and applications. Because two-thirds of geotextile sales in area terms in 2012 were in the transportation infrastructure and construction markets, improvements in construction and highway spending will boost growth. Additionally, market penetration is rising as engineers continue to realize the benefit of using these materials in road and other construction activities. For example, nonwoven geotextiles are increasingly used in concrete road rehabilitation applications as alternatives to hot-mix asphalt in unbounded concrete overlays.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 915 million square yard US geosynthetics industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product (e.g., geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geonets, geosynthetic clay liners, preformed geocomposites), market (e.g., transportation infrastructure, construction, landfills, liquid containment, mining, oil and gas, coal ash containment) and region. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 industry players such as GSE Holding, Propex, and Tensar.

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  1. Geosynthetics

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $118.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $145.00

      1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND (million square yards)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,794.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $159.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographics

        $195.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Construction Trends

        $892.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 3.4.1 Residential Building Construction Expenditures

          $395.00

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

          2. Table | HOUSING STARTS (thousand units)

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

        3. 3.4.2 Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures

          $265.00

          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. 3.4.3 Nonbuilding Construction Expenditures

          $82.00

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

        5. 3.4.4 Nonbuilding Construction Stock

          $82.00

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

      5. 3.5 Highway Spending

        $104.00

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

      6. 3.6 Agricultural Trends

        $233.00

        1. Table | AGRICULTURAL INDICATORS

      7. 3.7 Waste Stream Overview

        $137.00

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

      8. 3.8 Environmental & Regulatory Issues

        $251.00

      9. 3.9 Raw Material Considerations

        $274.00

        1. Table | RAW MATERIAL DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 3.9.1 Resins

          $197.00

        3. 3.9.2 Other Raw Materials

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 Pricing Trends

        $82.00

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

      11. 3.11 Foreign Trade

        $324.00

        1. Table | GEOSYNTHETICS FOREIGN TRADE (million dollars)

        2. 3.11.1 Imports

          $124.00

        3. 3.11.2 Exports

          $96.00

      12. 3.12 World Market

        $118.00

    4. 4 PRODUCTS

      $2,384.00

      1. 4.1 General

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      2. 4.2 Area Demand

        $99.00

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

      3. 4.3 Value Demand

        $84.00

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

      4. 4.4 Geotextiles

        $663.00

        1. Table | GEOTEXTILES DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (million square yards)

        2. 4.4.1 Demand by Market

          $82.00

        3. 4.4.2 Product Characteristics

          $82.00

        4. 4.4.3 Demand by Type

          $413.00

          1. Table | NONWOVEN GEOTEXTILES DEMAND (million square yards)

          2. Table | WOVEN & KNIT GEOTEXTILES DEMAND (million square yards)

      5. 4.5 Geomembranes

        $532.00

        1. Table | GEOMEMBRANES DEMAND (million square yards)

        2. 4.5.1 Demand by Market

          $127.00

        3. 4.5.2 Product Characteristics

          $254.00

        4. 4.5.3 Producers

          $82.00

      6. 4.6 Geogrids

        $219.00

        1. Table | GEOGRIDS 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 Other Geosynthetics

        $626.00

        1. Table | OTHER GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET (million square yards)

        2. 4.7.1 Geonets

          $95.00

        3. 4.7.2 Geosynthetic Clay Liners

          $148.00

        4. 4.7.3 Preformed Geocomposites

          $97.00

        5. 4.7.4 All Other

          $234.00

      8. 4.8 Geosynthetics Demand by Material

        $96.00

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

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $1,663.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 5.2 Area Demand by Market

        $110.00

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

      3. 5.3 Value Demand by Market

        $102.00

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

      4. 5.4 Transportation Infrastructure

        $281.00

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

        2. 5.4.1 Demand by Product

          $99.00

        3. 5.4.2 Market Characteristics

          $106.00

      5. 5.5 Construction

        $463.00

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

        2. 5.5.1 Demand by Product

          $112.00

        3. 5.5.2 Market Characteristics

          $281.00

      6. 5.6 Landfills

        $221.00

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

        2. 5.6.1 Demand by Product

          $99.00

        3. 5.6.2 Market Characteristics

          $82.00

      7. 5.7 Liquid Containment

        $82.00

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

      8. 5.8 Demand by Product

        $136.00

        1. 5.8.1 Market Characteristics

          $82.00

      9. 5.9 Other Markets

        $264.00

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

        2. 5.9.1 Mining

          $82.00

        3. 5.9.2 Oil & Gas

          $82.00

        4. 5.9.3 Coal Ash Containment

          $84.00

    6. 6 REGIONS

      $2,284.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 6.2 Regional Demographics & Economic Trends

        $391.00

        1. 6.2.1 Population Patterns

          $135.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)

        2. 6.2.2 Economic Outlook

          $133.00

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

        3. 6.2.3 Construction Activity

          $89.00

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

      3. 6.3 Geosynthetics Demand by Region

        $1,841.00

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

        2. 6.3.1 Northeast

          $403.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards)

        3. 6.3.2 Midwest

          $497.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards)

        4. 6.3.3 South

          $474.00

          1. Table | SOUTH GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards)

        5. 6.3.4 West

          $373.00

          1. Table | WEST GEOSYNTHETICS DEMAND BY SUBREGION & MARKET (million square yards)

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,907.00

      1. 7.1 General

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      2. 7.2 Industry Composition

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        1. Table | US GEOSYNTHETICS SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)

      3. 7.3 Market Share

        $137.00

      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

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        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      9. 7.9 Cooperative Agreements

        $110.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      10. 7.10 Company Profiles

        $3,958.00

        1. 7.10.1 ADS Incorporated

          $151.00

        2. 7.10.2 AGRU Kunststofftechnik GmbH

          $95.00

        3. 7.10.3 AMCOL International Corporation

          $140.00

        4. 7.10.4 Belton Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        5. 7.10.5 Bridgestone Corporation

          $82.00

        6. 7.10.6 Carthage Mills Incorporated

          $145.00

        7. 7.10.7 Consolidated Divisions Incorporated

          $82.00

        8. 7.10.8 CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC

          $158.00

        9. 7.10.9 Cooley Group Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        10. 7.10.10 Dow Chemical Company

          $90.00

        11. 7.10.11 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $109.00

        12. 7.10.12 Environmental Fabrics Incorporated

          $82.00

        13. 7.10.13 Environmental Protection Incorporated

          $125.00

        14. 7.10.14 Fiberweb plc

          $94.00

        15. 7.10.15 Glen Raven Incorporated

          $82.00

        16. 7.10.16 GSE Holding Incorporated

          $209.00

        17. 7.10.17 Hallaton Incorporated

          $82.00

        18. 7.10.18 HUESKER Synthetic GmbH

          $94.00

        19. 7.10.19 In-Line Plastics LC

          $82.00

        20. 7.10.20 Inteplast Group Limited

          $82.00

        21. 7.10.21 Leggett & Platt Incorporated

          $172.00

        22. 7.10.22 Leucadia National Corporation

          $95.00

        23. 7.10.23 Low & Bonar plc

          $88.00

        24. 7.10.24 LyondellBasell Industries NV

          $82.00

        25. 7.10.25 Mannington Mills Incorporated

          $82.00

        26. 7.10.26 NAUE GmbH & Company KG

          $88.00

        27. 7.10.27 Nilex Incorporated

          $121.00

        28. 7.10.28 Plastatech Engineering Limited

          $82.00

        29. 7.10.29 Poly-America LP

          $82.00

        30. 7.10.30 Propex Operating Company LLC

          $141.00

        31. 7.10.31 Raven Industries Incorporated

          $91.00

        32. 7.10.32 Reef Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        33. 7.10.33 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $97.00

        34. 7.10.34 Royal Ten Cate NV

          $183.00

        35. 7.10.35 Saint-Gobain

          $82.00

        36. 7.10.36 SKAPS Industries

          $82.00

        37. 7.10.37 Solmax International Incorporated

          $82.00

        38. 7.10.38 TENAX International BV

          $82.00

        39. 7.10.39 Tensar Corporation

          $236.00

        40. 7.10.40 Thrace Plastics Company SA

          $139.00

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