PGI Rebrands as AVINTIV

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Polymer Group International (PGI), which made a big entry into geosynthetics only a couple years ago in acquiring Fiberweb and its key TYPAR Geosynthetics and Terram brands, is changing its corporate brand. In a release, the company noted it will now be known as AVINTIV. The new name combines “advanced,” “inventive,” and “innovative.” “The unveiling of our... »

Anniversaries in Geosynthetics 2013

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Each year one finds a good number of anniversaries to recognize. In engineering, you might recognize company milestones, professional society anniversaries, a particular geotechnical event, the invention of a material, etc. Here, we’ve compiled a handful of the anniversaries in geosynthetics that passed in 2013. NOTE: Slideshow will run automatically. Scroll over and use the arrows on either side ... »

Polymer Group Completes Acquisition of Fiberweb

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Polymer Group Inc (PGI) has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Fiberweb plc, a global developer and manufacturer of specialty nonwoven products and materials for a variety of industrial end markets. As a result of the acquisition, PGI is the world’s largest manufacturer of nonwovens. The acquisition of Fiberweb marks a critical step in PGI’s stra... »

PGI Increases Offer for Fiberweb

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Reuters has reported that nonwovens giant Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) has gained stronger support from Fiberweb‘s Board of Directors in PGI’s bid to acquire Fiberweb.  Fiberweb is a major international manufacturer of geotextiles, tree shelters, construction products and more. PGI initially made an offer in August 2013; today’s announced acquisition bid comes after the initial bid ... »

Ian Fraser Joins Fiberweb plc

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Fiberweb is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Fraser as Business Director of Geosynthetics. Ian has more than 25 years of experience working in the geotechnical industry and has played a significant role in increasing the profile of geotechnical and geosynthetic solutions through his work with the International Geosynthetics Society, Ground Forum and the Construction Industry Council. Ian... »

INTERVIEW: Comparing Turbidity Removal Methods

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Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs  had a chance to interview Brian H. Whitaker, P.E., CPESC of Fiberweb during the International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) 2013 Region One conference and exhibition (Environmental Connection). He discusses turbidity removal designs, check dams, geocell utilization, and other stormwater and sediment control issues. Fiberweb was part of turbidity control test... »

Fiberweb Acquires Control of Terram India

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Fiberweb plc is pleased to announce it has acquired control of its existing geosynthetics joint venture in Gujarat, India, raising its stake from 26% to 65%. Terram India is based in a coastal industrial park in a duty-free zone near Mundra. It was initially established as an initiative of private investors together with assets, technology transfer and investment from Fiberweb’s Terram geotextile ... »

Typar Geotextiles Continues 40 Years of Innovation

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27 March 2013 – TYPAR Geosynthetics, one of the world’s largest and leading suppliers of high-performance geotextiles, is proud to announce the latest addition to 40 years of innovation in TYPAR geotextiles: TYPAR C-Class Construction Fabrics. Engineered for use in AASHTO M-288 applications and to provide exceptional strength, uniformity, and durability characteristics, TYPAR C-Class p... »

Springs Eternal

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Tazewell, Tenn., is a small town situated on the northern slope of Wallen Ridge in the Appalachians. Fiberweb's Brian Whitaker writes on how the construction of a highway bypass near the community caused a significant sediment threat to the area's natural springs. To alleviate concern and meet increasing regulatory scrutiny, the project team opted to use a 3-D geotextile geocelluar system to filte... »

Louisville District Uses New Technology to Support Smithland Flood Fight

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"They figured they only had about 75 hours," USACE's John Neville writes. He was referring to the window of time before the city of Smithland, Kentucky might be flooded. The US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District office joined this flood fight in late April, taking on a scale of flooding that hadn't been experienced in nearly 75 years in some parts of the region. For Smithland, the Corps u... »

Battling the Flood in Smithland with Defencell

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This project represents the largest ever emergency installation of a Defencell Flood Wall system in the United States. The Defencell Flood Wall is a geotextile-based system, originally developed for ballistic defenses in military operations, and can be quickly constructed utilizing local fill, sand, or other common aggregates. Within 24 hours of receiving a call from the USACE, Fiberweb delivered ... »