Managing Geomembrane Wrinkles: A Manufacturer’s Approach

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On April 27 at 1:00 pm EST, Solmax will tackle a very hot topic with a free webinar: managing geomembrane wrinkles. This session follows the discussion created by the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) recent webinar in which Dr. Robert Koerner spoke strongly against wrinkles left in or left to develop in a geomembrane installation. The GSI webinar highlighted a number approaches that might be used to... »

Competitors to Partners: Western Excelsior Acquires North American Green

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Western Excelsior is celebrating its 40th anniversary in dramatic fashion. The company has entered into an agreement to acquire the 32-year-old company North American Green as of March 31. The move brings together two of the most well known names in erosion and sediment control. Since 2004, North American Green has operated under the Tensar International umbrella. In a release announcing the acqui... »

Raven Adds New Reinforced Geomembranes to DURA-SKRIM Series

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Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division has extended its well-known reinforced geomembranes family. The new DURA-SKRIM® materials include the N-Series (scrim-reinforced polyethylene line), NT-Series (scrim-reinforced, textured polyethylene), and NQ-Series (scrim-reinforced polypropylene). The NT’s texturing is rooted in the company’s GeoGrip™ texture technology. “DURA-SKRIM N, NT and NQ-Series... »

A High-Strength Uniaxial Geogrid from NAUE

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The Secugrid® line of geogrids have developed a strong reputation around the world with both biaxial and uniaxial geogrid constructions (Secugrid® Q and R), as well as a composite reinforcement solution with a geotextile embedded within the geogrid bars (Combigrid®). NAUE has also supported the line not just with collateral that backs the brand but with regular publications about geogrid reinforce... »

David Zill Joins THRACE LINQ’s Geosynthetics Team

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Thrace LINQ’s geosynthetics team is growing, this time with the addition of industry veteran David Zill. He brings more than two decades of experience in sales and management. He’ll serve as Thrace LINQ’s Western Regional Manager – Geosynthetics. Zill’s hiring is part of a re-energized approach for the larger Thrace Group to the marketplace. In late 2016, for example, the Thrace Group added vetera... »

Raven Expands Production Capacity in Midland, Texas

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Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN) is the latest geosynthetics company to announce production capacity expansion. Raven’s Engineered Films Division, which manufactures geomembranes along with various other film and sheet materials, is increasing production capacity at its Midland, Texas facility. The company noted that the move is in response to increased demand for geomembranes, particularly fo... »

Customized Geomembranes and a New Website for Solmax

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The energy continues to flow from Solmax’s international headquarters near Montreal. The company acquired the Houston-based assets of the former Brawler Industries, providing even more efficient service to key markets in the US. Now, it has announced the availability of a cost-controlling, bespoke service: customized geomembranes. Further, the company has launched a new website with tools such as ... »

Imagine IM to Present Graphene Solutions at Startup Booster Competition

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Australia-based graphene solutions company Imagine Intelligent Materials (Imagine IM) has been selected to compete in the Startup Booster competition at JEC World 2017, the world’s largest composites show. JEC World takes place 14 – 16 March 2017 in Paris. The Startup Booster event will be held on March 14. GRAPHENE SOLUTIONS AT JEC WORLD Graphene solutions are arriving for a great many materials,... »

Solmax Establishes Solmax USA in Houston

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One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geomembranes, Solmax Inc., is after 35 years of cross-border work establishing a physical presence in the United States. The company has acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. in Houston, Texas. A new company has been incorporated: Solmax USA LLC. “[The facility] must undergo a major upgrade in the months ahead,” writes the company... »

Graphene Applications, Including with Geosynthetics, Draw Investment

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Imagine IM (Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd) has been expanding the possibilities in graphene applications, work which has included new materials development in geosynthetics. The Sydney, Australia-based has just raised another $2 million in new capital. The influx of capital will support further development of conductive coatings and sensing technologies for industrial textiles. In a releas... »

Inland Tarp & Liner Acquires Brawler’s Midland Assets

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Inland Tarp & Liner (ITL®), LLC has revealed news that many in the geosynthetics manufacturing sector had been looking for: an acquisition involving Brawler Industries. Inland released a notice that it had acquired the “physical assets and equipment of Brawler Industries and Brawler Environmental Containment located at Midland, Texas.” The company entered the acquisition carefully, keeping man... »

New Geocomposite Drainage System for Roadways

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Roadway integrity can be undermined by poor drainage on the surface and in the subgrade of the road. The new GSE RoaDrain™ geocomposite drainage system has been engineered to provide high compressive strength (> 50,000 psf), a permeability greater than 10x that of drainage stone, and long-term performance under roads and at expansion joints to provide an effective capillary break that stops the... »

HUESKER Officially Opens New Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina

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In mid-December, HUESKER Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its state-of-the-art, new manufacturing facility in Shelby, North Carolina. The 150,000 sq. ft. facility was built on the site of the previous plant and represents a tripling of the space. The company also celebrated the 25th anniversary in 2016 for its North America operations. In a release on the new center’s opening... »

US Commerce Dept Finalizes Geogrid Product Dumping Case

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Two documents were published in the Federal Register on 11 January 2017 pursuant to the lengthy investigation into product dumping of “certain biaxial geogrids” from China into the United States. The case, which originated in July 2015 and collected documentation through the end of December 2015, led the US Department of Commerce, through its International Trade Administration arm, to determine th... »

New Appointments for Andreas Lake and Brian Sparks with Thrace

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The Thrace Group continues its development through optimizing the roles for key personnel. Andreas Lake has been appointed to a newly created position as Group Development Director for the Technical Fabrics division. Brian Sparks, who previously served as a VP of Sales and Business Development, will replace Lake as the General Manager of the Thrace LINQ. Thrace LINQ is a supplier of woven and nonw... »

Video: Conductive Geomembranes and Enhanced CQA

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In November, Solmax provided the third of its high-level webinars on geomembranes with a session on “Enhancing Quality Assurance with Conductive Geomembranes.” The presentation is now available for free via the company’s YouTube channel, as are the previous two webinars. Those other sessions dealt with Blown Film vs. Flat Die Geomembranes and Geomembrane Resin and Additive Packages. ENHANCED CQA W... »

HUESKER Acquires NBW Mining in Australia

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For 20 years, Australia-based NBW Mining has supplied HUESKER Minegrid® into longwall mining applications. Now, NBW Mining is joining the HUESKER family. HUESKER Synthetic GmbH, the international headquarters for the global HUESKER corporation, has announced the acquisition of its long-time Australian mining market partner. “This is a great opportunity for HUESKER and NBW Mining to combine our str... »

Exports to 50+ Countries Drive Record Year for Concrete Canvas

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In its latest financial results, Concrete Canvas Ltd has revealed another record year of growth for the South Wales-based manufacturer. Its international presence for its primary “concrete on a roll” geosynthetic product has grown significantly. Material has been supplied to more than 50 countries in the past year, including throughout Latin America and in high-profile projects (e.g., LNG facility... »

Options Grow for EVOH Geomembranes

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Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH) has been a promising addition to geomembrane manufacturing options. A thin EVOH layer has the capability to reduce dramatically the permeability of membranes to gases of all kinds and provide to the geomembrane excellent gas barrier characteristics. This enhances their environmental and functional benefits far beyond any existing solution. But, as with most innovation... »

Geosynthetics Asia 2016 Makes Last-Minute Venue Change

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Only days away, the 6th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (Geosynthetics Asia 2016) has had to make a venue change due to unresolvable logistical contraints with the original site. The new site–the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel–is able to hold the November 8 – 11 event on the same schedule as planned by IGS India and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Counci... »

Webinar: Enhancing Quality Assurance with Conductive Geomembranes

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On November 17, the next webinar in Solmax’s series of deeper-level geosynthetics discussions continues with presentation on “Enhancing Quality Assurance with Conductive Geomembranes.” The free session will be offered at 1:00 EST. REGISTER ONLINE CONDUCTIVE GEOMEMBRANES Previous webinars in the series have looked at blown film and flat die geomembranes and at HDPE additives in manufacturing as the... »

Agru America Ups Its Geosynthetics Manufacturing Capacity

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Over the past few years, Agru America has extended its product lines, with new introductions and enhancements to established brands. Now, the company has moved into its next phase of growth, supported by new geosynthetics manufacturing capacity, with a focus on geomembranes. Capacity has been added to Agru’s Georgetown, South Carolina and Fernley, Nevada production centers, which now enables signi... »

Thrace Group Adds Lothspeich as Director of Engineering – Geosynthetics

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Steve Lothspeich has been announced as the new Director of Engineering – Geosynthetics for Thrace Group companies Thrace Linq, Thrace NG, and Lumite. Lothspeich is a veteran of the geosynthetics field, with a substantial engineering and leadership background in technical sales and marketing, geosynthetic product and system development, and consulting. The move is part of a reinvigorated approach t... »

Solmax Adds Doyin Adesokan as Technical Manager

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has announced the addition of Doyin Adesokan, B. Eng. MSc. as its new Technical Manager. She brings to the company deep global experience in civil engineering, having held positions in Africa, Europe, and North America. Adesokan is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and has previously  worked f... »

Petrochemical Industry Fuels Growth for GCCMs

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Concrete Canvas Ltd. continues growing. The company introduced its CC HydroTM product to the wider international geosynthetics and geotechnical community last month at EuroGeo 6, the 6th European Conference on Geosynthetics. This follows a year in which the company’s unique barrier solutions were sold into 50+ countries and drew considerable attention from the petrochemical industry. CC Hydro™, li... »