Geotextiles are the ideally chosen textile products which are gaining demand in the civil or environmental engineering projects. Initially, they were proposed to be used as a substitute for the soil filters. Now, these fabrics are utilized to reinforce and protect the soil worldwide. Consequently, rise in public investments mainly in infrastructures and in mining and waste management industries is driving the demand of geotextiles everywhere. The benefits of geosynthetics above traditional materials are gaining traction from designers and enticing greater use of geotextiles. Geotextiles play a vital role particularly in filtration of seepage through and under the bank of dams, which is the reason behind its wide range of applications in dam construction. Additionally, its ability in separating the natural materials to avoid the contamination in the neighboring zones of the embankment is boosting the market growth. 

The global geotextile market is valued at $6.3 billion and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period 2019-2025.

Foregoing demand for constructions proliferated the need for various geosynthetic raw materials such as geotextiles. Especially woven geotextiles have become a principal choice to be used in the construction of roads. Owing to its load capacity and high tensile strength. And also, a mixture of these geotextiles with soil improves road stability. These textiles are popularly known for reinforcement and separation functions. Woven fabric mechanics together with soil mechanics provide an effective solution to resolve innumerable problems associated with the construction and design of roads. However, this requires a clear thought matching between textile professionals and civil engineers. Thus, the widespread use of geotextiles in civil engineering products is contributing to the geotextiles market growth. Application of geotextile in the road industry is growing at a faster rate that is with a CAGR of 7.2% throughout the above-mentioned forecast period. In addition to this, the rising demand is depicted in numerous constructions which include railway works, agriculture, and drainage.  

Erosion Control:

Basically, soil erosion control has been noticed as a primary growth factor of the global geosynthetics market. On the other hand, the increasing usage of geotextiles-geosynthetic raw material to improve the quality and strength of the soil by preventing soil erosion is boosting the growth of the global geotextiles market. Non-woven textiles are highly preferred for soil erosion control. Because they are good at fulfilling the needs especially in case of drainage, filtration and separation functions. Furthermore, natural geotextiles are apt for erosion control projects, mainly when they are needed to bio-degrade in a short span of time. Generally used natural fibers in geotextiles are listed as ramie and jute. During dam construction, geotextiles are highly accepted because they act as armor systems, which are helpful in order to reduce the erosion associated with the dams and sediment transport. Normally, geotextiles are made up of either synthetic or natural fibers which are associated with soil thin pieces. These textiles not only improve the stability of soil but also effectively decreases the wind & water erosion. Moreover, they help in preventing the soil erosion draining off the rainwater and thereby, improving the soil characteristics such as friction and support of loads in the respective plane. Geotextiles safeguard river banks from being prone to soil erosion owing to currents. When these are used in combination with either natural or artificial encroachments, they act as efficient filters. Physical, mechanical, hydraulic, degradation and endurance characteristics of the geotextiles are helpful in avoiding soil erosion and promotes the growth of plant roots by allowing the rainwater into the soil.

Philippines construction statistics from approved building permits. Increase in the total number of constructions has represented 16.7 percent growth from 2017 to 2018. In September 2017, 36, 076 constructions got recorded and it has reached to 42,111 constructions by September 2018. In China, a growing number of infrastructure large-scale projects are impacting the growth of geotextiles. A large area of land availability is creating significant opportunities for geotextiles to fulfill the need for erosion control in this country. Furthermore, robust demand for the infrastructure sector in India is representing the requirement of $777.7 billion investment in this sector by 2022. Government of India is projected to invest mostly in renewable energy, urban transport, and highways as a part of the infrastructure sector. It is interested in providing initiatives to boost the infrastructure sector. In the union budget of 2019-20, it has announced that amount of $11.5 billion is allocated for road transport and highway constructions. Hence, the APAC region is considered as the leading region with its domineering regional share of 47% among other regions in the global geotextile market, as of 2018.

Major Players in Geotextile Market Include:

Some of the prominent players which are involved in the global geotextile market are listed as Koninklijke TenCate (Netherlands), Low & Bonar (UK), Fibertex Nonwovens (Denmark), Thrace Group (Greece), Huesker (Germany), Berry Global (US), DuPont (US), Strata Systems (US), Leggett & Platt (US), Officine Maccaferri (Italy), GSE Environmental (US), Kaytech (South Africa), Mattex (Saudi Arabia), NAUE (Germany), Propex Operating Company (US), Carthage Mills (US), and Asahi Kasei Advance Corporation (Japan). These companies have been continuously concentrating on acquisitions, and plant expansion strategies to strengthen their product portfolio and their stable existence in respective geographies.   

Latest Innovations in the Geotextile Market:

·     In 2018, Danish industrial conglomerate Schouw & Co. acquired Brazilian nonwovens manufacturer Fibertex Nonwovens A/S for an amount of DKK 100 million. Burgeoning sales of nonwoven textiles by the South American customers has become the strongest reason for the expansion of the production capacity of Fibertex nonwoven textile plant by 20% in Brazil. Additionally, it is also intended to fulfill the increasing demand from the automotive, furniture, filtration and construction industries, particularly for special-purpose products such as seats and parcel trays, headliners, and exterior applications which are used in wheel housings, motor insulation parts. In 2017, Fibertex Nonwovens is contributing DKK 1.4 billion out of Schouw & Co., revenue DKK 17 billion. It is targeted to reach DKK 1.9 billion by 2020. Thus, rising usage of nonwoven textiles is influencing the growth for geotextiles market.

·   Geotrst Environmental Science Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has introduced a TRST PPWR-Series Woven PP/PET geotextile for Hydraulic Environment. It is used in fascine mattress as offers protection to riverbeds and riverbanks against erosion by the floating water. This woven geotextile is specifically designed with grid intervals and the fabrication of mattresses afford easy installation even in the marine and hydraulic environment.   

·    Khator Technical Textiles Ltd. (KKTL) is supporting Indian and worldwide Geosynthetics demand through its focused vision.  It deals with both the production and marketing of Nonwoven PP &PET geotextile and TAPE X TAPE Geotextiles. This company has a geographically diversified customer base among nearly 15 countries. Hence, the supply of approved geotextiles in these countries is increasing the growth of global geotextiles market.   

·    HUESKER & MKB Company’s combination has launched a new product namely SILTRON silt fencing geotextile in October 2018. Both the companies collectively have developed new perimeter fencing geotextile. This novel design of geotextile is ensuring the utmost level of environmental protection at a construction site. It comprises of three-layer composite, which is strong and capable enough to resist punctures and tears without wire backing while trapping viscous pollutants. 

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