Solmax USA Open and Manufacturing Geomembranes in Houston

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Two months ago, the 35-year-old international geosynthetics company Solmax Inc. announced that would for the first time begin manufacturing geomembranes in the United States. The company had acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. Now, after spending weeks upgrading equipment and instituting its own quality control programs, Solmax USA is officially open for business and manu... »

Titan Environmental USA Opens Houston Office

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After a string of product development and research updates, Titan Environmental has announced a new Texas-based office for its US division. Titan Environmental USA has established an office in the Brittmoore Tanner Office Park in Houston. The company reports that industry veterans Robert West and Sonja Wilkerson will head up the location’s sales and administration. Both West and Wilkerson previous... »

Bituminous Geomembranes for Gas Depot Secondary Containment

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By Natalie Daly, Bertrand Breul, and Bernard Breul – The Chevron Willbridge Terminal is located in Portland, Oregon near the Willamette River. The facility stores refined petroleum products. Currently, the site features 11 light product tanks, 10 lube oil tanks of smaller diameter, and 3 waste tanks. The terminal has been in operation for more than 100 years, and the tanks are of varying sizes and... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Reinforced Soil at Underground Storage Facilities

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By Bonar – CEPRO a.s., a government-owned major distributor of crude oil in the Czech Republic chose to build a large-capacity underground storage facility in Loukov to improve crude oil supply in the eastern part of country. The challenges of reinforced soil structures around tanks were answered to by Enka Solutions. Safety is critical for storage of combustible liquids and any failure has to be ... »

A Chemically Resistant Geomembrane on a GCCM

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When EuroGeo 2016 opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia this month, Concrete Canvas® will showcase its new barrier material: CC Hydro™. The product features a chemically resistant geomembrane backing. EuroGeo 2016 is the 6th European Conference on Geosynthetics. Concrete Canvas® is a Silver Sponsor of the September 25 – 28 event. Nick Kastoumis will present a paper on this new class of containment material... »

MSE Walls Engineered for Oil Drilling Operations

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Molisht is an underground resource-rich area in Berat, Albania. Numerous important oil and gas wells are found there. For an energy plant, Maccaferri engineered retaining wall solutions to support the site’s oil drilling works. The Molisht-1 well has the potential to produce 8,000 – 10,000 barrels of oil per day. It is considered a crucial supply point for the owner. Over a 9-month period, the com... »

Geosynthetic-Concrete Composite Barrier for Brazilian Mine

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In October 2015, a Concrete Canvas® GCCM  (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat) composite barrier was used to line a newly constructed drainage lagoon at Votorantim Metais Zinco mine in Vazante, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The site needed to transport alkaline mine water through a series of drainage ditches—also to be lined—to the lagoon where the water would be treated. (EDITOR’S NOTE: See sl... »

VIDEO: CQA and Extrusion Separation of Geomembranes

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CQA Solutions’ Glen Toepfer has made a name in the field through elevating construction quality assurance not just on site but in conference discussions and in publications. On Uncontained, a column and video-driven content site produced as an offshoot of his main CQA Solutions company website, he takes up a wide range of issues, such as extrusion separation of welded geomembranes. Of extrusion se... »

InterWrap Earns GAI-LAP Laboratory Accreditation in India

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International Packaging Products Pvt. Ltd (IPP), a wholly owned InterWrap Inc. company (now part of Owens Corning), has received GAI-LAP laboratory accreditation for its Silvassa, India location. In an announcement about the achievement, InterWrap noted that it is the first company in India to have received GAI-LAP accreditation in a manufacturing facility. It is also, according to the company, on... »

Brawler Adds 7-Layer Blown Film Line

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Brawler Industries continues growing. The company has invested significantly in its geomembrane capabilities and capacity in the past year. This week, it announced the addition of a 7-layer blown film line. The move expands what Brawler can offer for agriculatural, construction, and environmental barrier systems. CEO John Keating noted that the line’s addition, as with the company’s other upgrades... »

Solmax Reflects on the 2015 Geosynthetics Market

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In 2015, there was little time for rest. Solmax launched four new products and filed two patents. We summarize some of the biggest developments here. These highlights are not just a story of our company; they are representative of where the geosynthetics market and containment applications are going, for improved value, efficiency, safety, and enhanced performance. Our “Get out of the Dark&#... »

Brawler Re-Invests in Its Geomembrane Manufacturing

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In May 2014, Brawler Industries acquired In-Line Plastics, LC. The move extended Brawler’s geomembrane manufacturing and fabrication abilities, joining In-Line’s large Houston facility with the acquiring company’s plant in Montana and two other facilities in Texas. This year, Brawler added an additional $10 million investment in capacity and capabilities in Houston. The company a... »

CLI Opens Geomembrane Fabrication Facility in California

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Colorado Lining International has opened a new geomembrane fabrication facility in California. The strategic location—Colton, California—will serve customers in the western United States even more efficiently, with excellent access to major roadways. The new facility is also less than two hours from four major ports: Long Beach, Hueneme, Los Angeles, and San Diego. “The additional fabricatio... »

CLI Brands Hydro-Cap(TM) Floating Cover System

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Colorado Lining International, Inc. (CLI) is giving its well-established floating cover system a new brand: Hydro-Cap™. The system has been used in a broad range of environmental conditions for more than a decade in water conservation, evaporation control, oil and gas, and anaerobic digester installations. In a release on the brand update, CLI Regional Manager Andre Harvey noted, “We have been des... »

VIDEO: Construction Mats for Haul Roads on Soft Soils

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In this video from Presto Geosystems, Joe Karbon of the Manitowoc County Highway Department (Wisconsin) discusses the challenge of haul roads on soft soils and how construction mats are being used as an efficient solutions. GeoTerra® and GeoTerra® GTO Construction Mats are profiled. The lightweight mats are up to 50% more economical than timber mats but extremely durable. They are being used for s... »

Geocellular Stabilization for Oil and Gas Access Roads

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By Geo Products – Ecopetrol, one of the principal petroleum companies in Latin America, has been expanding its reach deeper into the forests of Colombia. Drilling exploratory wells in remote locations such as the Putumayo basin concurs with a very aggressive growth strategy. The area around Orito is an extremely dense, undulating forest with poor soils and wet subgrades, nearly impossible to drive... »

Tensar International Strengthens Local Presence in Bakken Shale Region

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ATLANTA – Tensar International, the global leader in geosynthetic site development technology, is pleased to announce the relocation of Scott Whaley, regional sales manager, from Alpharetta, Ga., to Mandan, N.D. This strategic move will strengthen Tensar’s footprint in the area surrounding the Bakken shale formation and address the growing infrastructure demands of the oil and gas industry. “... »

7ICEG Program and Early Registration

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The 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (7ICEG) will be held 10 – 14 November 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. This multi-disciplinary event will bring together the entire geotechnical field, including geosynthetic experts, for field-forward keynotes, panel discussions, technical sessions, product advancements, and high-level networking in its international trade show. The organiz... »

Concrete Canvas Wins Queen’s Award

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Concrete Canvas Ltd was presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation on the 17 July 2014 by the Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan Mrs Kate Thomas. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence in each category. Concrete Canvas Ltd. has been presented with this award due to its ground breaking material, Concrete Canvas GCCM*, whi... »

New Warehouse and Stocking Facility for Layfield in Texas

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HOUSTON – To accommodate our continuous expansion and to better serve our Texas Oil & Gas customers, Layfield Environmental Containment is pleased to announce our new warehouse and stocking capabilities in Odessa, Texas. This stocking facility is located in the heart of the Permian Basin and will provide quick turnaround service to oil and gas shale plays located in Texas, Oklahoma, New ... »