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... »

NZ’s Central Plains Headrace Canal Update: 600,000 Sq M of HDPE Geomembrane

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The ongoing infrastructure works in Canterbury, New Zealand’s ambitious Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme is centered around a 55m-high dam and affiliated storage and diversion canals. Up to 60,000 ha (148,230 acres) of land will be irrigated by the project. The Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers would be connected the 280 million cubic meter-capacity reservoir via a 56km-long headrace canal. The... »

Solmax Seeks US Market Development Manager

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Solmax is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of geomembranes and affiliated fluid transportation solutions (e.g., HDPE pipes, valves, fittings and accessories). The company operates major manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Malaysia, and Chile. Currently, Solmax is hiring a market development manager for the US territory. A description of requirements from Solmax follows... »

Solmax Invites CIM 2017 Attendees to Tour Manufacturing Plant

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The manufacturing process for geosynthetics is complex but learning more about these processes is extremely instructive for how to properly utilize and understand geosynthetic materials. During CIM 2017, one of the biggest mining conferences in Canada, Solmax will open its doors to tours of its state-of-the-art geosynthetics manufacturing plant in Montreal. CIM 2017 is the annual conference of the... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

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... »

VIDEO STORY: Solmax Cleans Up 150 Tons at an Illegal Dump

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has been undergoing a change in its identity from that of a commodity producer to a provider of value-added solutions. It hasn’t lost its focus on the environment, though. That old focus has intensified, as exemplified by the recap video the company has shared of its day doing volunteer cleanup of an illegal dump. The project, conducted in collaborat... »

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... »

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... »

VIDEO: Flat Die and Blown Film Geomembranes

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Solmax made public its well-received presentation on blown film geomembranes and flat die geomembranes. The July 2016 talk, led by Mathieu Cornellier, P.Eng, addresses the differences between the two plastic extrusion processes, how they influence the final high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane product, relevant standards for selecting these materials, and potential misunderstandings about ... »

Three Companies’ Geosynthetics Combined for CCR Capping Systems

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Geosynthetics are playing an enormous role in updating how coal combustion residuals (CCRs) are managed and stored, both in the near term and for long-term environmental security. INOVA Geosynthetics is now bringing together the engineering insight of three major North American geosynthetics companies to promote CCR capping systems. The Coal Ash Performance Products (CAPP) approach from Pennsylvan... »

Additive Packages, Resins, and Geomembrane Performance

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How do additive packages, resins, HPOIT and OIT testing, and other components and quality control measures to geomembranes affect material durability and performance? Solmax engineer Mathieu Cornellier led a webinar on these topics earlier this month. The company has posted the presentation on its YouTube Channel. Cornellier focuses on polyethylene (PE) geomembranes, including high-density (HDPE) ... »

HDPE Geomembrane Additives – September 7 Webinar

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Solmax continues its series of deeper-level discussions on how geosynthetics are manufactured and how those decisions—equipment, raw materials, quality control, etc.—translate into successful engineering designs. On September 7, the company will host a free webinar on HDPE geomembrane additives and their link to long-term services lives. Registration links for the webinar are below. HDPE GEOMEMBRA... »

A Conductive Prime Finish for Spark Testing Geomembranes

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Last month, Solmax announced a new multi-day conductive geomembrane training program. Now, the company has furthered its information offerings in the field with the release of a new Conductive Prime Finish brochure. The new electrically conductive geomembrane skin enhances the ability to use spark testing for liner integrity verification. DOWNLOAD THE CONDUCTIVE PRIME FINISH BROCHURE (PDF) Conduct... »

Solmax Unveils Conductive Geomembrane Training Program

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A new training program from international barrier system manufacturer Solmax aims to increase user understanding of conductive geomembrane. The three-day training will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at Solmax’s headquarters. Conductive geomembrane are greatly improving the ability of geosynthetics installers, facility owners, and regulators to prove the integrity of the construction wor... »

JOBS: Solmax Adding Technical Engineer – Sales

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Solmax, an international manufacturer of geomembranes and affiliated containment solutions, has posted a new position for which it is currently accepting resumes: Technical Engineer – Sales. Send resumes to hrcanada@solmax.com. A description of the position is posted below. TECHNICAL ENGINEER – SALES Summary of Responsibilities The Technical Engineer – Sales is the technical expert sup... »

Solmax Offers a Fix with Geomembrane Folds

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Geosynthetics are used for a host of reasons, but economy, construction efficiency, and long-term performance (often linked to project economy) are frequently influential in the design and material selection process. Solmax has applied its extensive geomembrane experience to make geomembrane folds part of a highly efficient solution for geosynthetic installations. The new EZ-Fix Series a unique ta... »

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&#... »

Geosynthetic Liners: Technical Note on ULC S668-12

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Solmax’s new series of technical notes includes a just-released one regarding ULC S668-12, Standard for Liners Used for Secondary Containment of Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tanks. The standard provides minimum properties and performance requirement for secondary containment liners. VIEW & DOWNLOAD A COPY Solmax’s technical note efficiently summarizes the standard, ... »

Solmax Names Jean-Louis Vangeluwe New CEO

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has announced the appointment of company veteran Mr. Jean-Louis Vangeluwe as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vangeluwe has spent nearly two full decades with the company. He will serve as CEO for Solmax International (headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada) and Solmax International Asia-Pacific (headquartered in Malaysia). Mr. Vangeluwe, MBA,... »

Solmax Launches Hot Liquid Rated (HLR) Series Geomembranes

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The innovation trend for more application-specific enhancements to geomembranes continues. Solmax, which not long ago unveiled greater investment in its reflective/white geomembrane lines, has now released the HLR Series. These Hot Liquid Rated, patent-pending geomembranes utilize a special resin and additive package to improve the hydrostatic strength and long-term durability in atypical service ... »

IGS News Focuses on International Engineering Events

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has just release Volume 31, Issue 1 of its IGS News. Published three times per year in support of the often-updated news on its website (www.geosyntheticssociety.org), IGS News combines event reports, chapter updates, education opportunities, society business, case studies, industry profiles, and more. The first issue of 2015 has a significant focus on... »

Shale Gas Risk Assessment and Geosynthetics

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Solmax, an international manufacturer of geosynthetic technologies, has published a paper on risk assessment for the shale gas industry and implications for geosynthetics. A version of this case study was presented in February at the Geosynthetics 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon. DOWNLOAD A COPY (via Solmax) Authored by Mathieu Cornellier, P.E., and Daniel Tan, P.E., the paper addresses frac t... »