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Wallops Island is one of the islands off the coast of Virginia (US). Here the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA, the American space agency, has a complex for launching not only rockets particularly for its own reconnaissance missions, but also probes for commercial space flights.
In addition to floods and hurricanes, sea level rise is a major challenge. These factors pose a threat to the Wallops Flight Facility, whose costs run into billions of dollars. Numerous measures have already been taken, but without sufficient result.
In 2006 Hurricane Ernesto and the resulting tropical storms severely damaged the beaches and posed a threat to the adjacent launch pad. Civil engineers from NASA turned to TenCate for a site assessment. The outcome was an aggressive plan using TenCate Geotube® technology to rebuild the shore and protect it from further damage. Part of the solution was to install and fill 23 interconnected 70-metre-long tubes with slurry (sand brought in from off-site and mixed with salt water pumped from the ocean and fresh water from the river estuary).
A layer of geotextile was placed underneath the line of containers to provide extra stabilisation. The result was a barrier 1.5 kilometres long and 2 metres high – quite a challenge from the technical perspective but the project was completed in two months. The launch programme could proceed as planned. The installation using TenCate Geotube® was actually a temporary measure and the intention was to protect the island with a barrier of coarser rock.
Although in 2011 a number of tubes were added and a few units damaged by rubble were replaced, the performance of the seawall proved to be excellent – even in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy struck. All the same, additional beach replenishment was needed to restore the system to project design levels.]]>
The catastrophic flood of 1953 cost the lives of more than 1,800 people in the Netherlands and claimed over 300 victims in the United Kingdom
The disastrous flood of 1953 was the impetus for developing substantially improved coastal defences by building extensive storm surge barriers: in the Netherlands the Delta Works; in England the Thames Barrier and the Hull Tidal Surge Barrier.
After the high waters of 1993 and 1995, the Delta Plan for Major Rivers was implemented. In the period up to 2002, the vulnerable dykes and quays along the major rivers were raised and reinforced.
The Netherlands is situated on the sea and in the delta of three large rivers, the Maas, Schelde and Rhine, with the IJssel – although a tributary of the Rhine – as a good fourth. Over 18% of the surface area consists of water and a little over a quarter of our country lies below sea level
As far as the Netherlands is concerned, the work on the dykes is unending. Therefore, it’s necessary to explore better, quicker and cheaper ways of raising and strengthening dykes. A number of trans-project studies have been initiated within the Flood Protection Programme, with considerable attention being paid to knowledge and product innovation. Simply increasing the height and width of dyke bodies is not always an adequate response. Dykes must also become more intelligent. That’s why the water authorities and the government launched the trans-project research programme Piping. The aim is to devise innovative and effective solutions for piping, a significant failure mechanism. As the result of a large difference in water levels, water can stream through a quay or dyke, causing leaching. This can create small tunnels that weaken the structure, ultimately leading to subsidence or a dyke breach.
The Netherlands behind the dykes is subsiding slightly. This make the land vulnerable to flooding from the major rivers, the lakes, the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. In the Netherlands there are more than 3,500 kilometres of dykes, dams and dunes, which are crucial for safety; there is also some 523 kilometres of coastline. The Westfriese Omringdijk (photo) once protected people and animals against the sea
The Netherlands is also involved internationally in water management. It occupies a leading position in the field of integral water management. The country makes a key contribution, particularly in terms of expertise, to no fewer than 426 projects of the Dutch water sector worldwide. The proposed approach of the Netherlands to worldwide water problems is defined in ‘Converging Streams’, the International Water Ambition (IWA).
Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Henk Ovink is thematic ambassador for the IWA of the Netherlands. He was actively involved in the Rebuild by Design programme in the US. ‘The Netherlands is traditionally one of the few countries with a true water culture’, said the water envoy in the 2016 spring edition of txtures. ‘That culture is visible in the way we have created and organised our country. The Dutch delta and water technology and our maritime sector are distinctive worldwide.’]]>
Date of publication: 18 September 2016.
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Sri Kijang Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is a aresort located at Pantai Cenang facing the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Langkawi. This archipelago lies some 30 kilometres off the mainland coast of Malaysia. Pantai Cenang offers a gorgeous mix of white sand, crystalline, turquoise-blue waters and verdant palm trees.
Sand-coloured TenCate Geotube® containers were used to protect the beachfront property
However, the shoreline of the Sri Kijang Bank Negara Resort has been gradually retreating over the years and the beachfront has narrowed as a result. Erosion during storm surges has intensified and some of the verdant palms have toppled during such storms. Many others are in danger of suffering the same fate.
The containers are each 25 metres long, with a circumference of 10.8 metres, and are hydraulically filled with sand
In 2003 the resort management decided to implement remedial works to mitigate the shoreline erosion that is beginning to impact severely on the valuable beachfront property. The resort management wanted a solution that would blend in well with the sandy beach environment.
The TenCate Geotube® units are covered with sand
The result is a robust system that is not only stable against high waves and storm surges but can also withstand weathering and sunlight exposure over the long term.
The project is a part of the Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point Reformulation Study looking at long-term coastal storm risk management alternatives along the south shore of Suffolk County, Long Island. The devastation brought on by Super Storm Sandy in 2012 accelerated the implementation of the mitigation efforts outlined in this Study.
During the repair work: TenCate Geobag® units were used for strengthening and protecting the coastline
Montauk is the easternmost hamlet in the Town of East Hampton on Long Island, the island is in the state of New York off the Atlantic coast. East Hampton has some 170 kilometres of shoreline. On its northern coast are a number of sheltered harbours; the Atlantic coastline has beaches, dunes and berms. This is a vulnerable area, which is regularly subjected to the full force of north-easterly storms and hurricanes, leaving badly eroded beaches and dunes and damaged buildings in their wake.
In view of its vulnerability and the urgent nature of the situation, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the engineering agency of the US Army, needed to develop an approach to expedite construction of the necessary stabilization measures. This resulted in the Downtown Montauk Stabilization Project, which was developed in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, town officials from East Hampton and TenCate Geosynthetics.
The project includes reinforcing the existing dune and berm system along the Downtown Montauk project area over a distance of more than a kilometre. The dune will be returned to its original height and the beach will be widened. Due to restrictions on the placement of hard structures in the coastal zone (stone, concrete), it was decided to use TenCate Geobag®.
TenCate Geobag® is the brandname of a wide range of bag- or pillow-shaped containers. Just like the TenCate Geotube® and TenCate Geocontainer® they provide high UV- and abrasion resistance and are used in hydraulic engineering structures, such as the protection of coastlines and berms (like dune cores).
At Montauk a total of 14,500 units of TenCate Geobag® was used. After the bags were laid on a sand-coloured geotextile measuring more than 1,000 metres in length, they were covered with a thick layer of sand and plantings.
The town of Montauk and the USACE consider this project using the TenCate Geobag® system a success, also because it was completed within three months. And ultimately what is important is that the engineered dune does its job: maintaining the dune profile, protecting the town from flooding and infrastructure damage and saving lives.]]>
The sea level in the Caribbean is expected to rise by at least one, and possibly six, metres between now and 2100
Beaches that are ravaged by storms and strong swell need protection against erosion. This applies particularly when they form the outer coastline of islands in a natural and vulnerable area, such as the Maldives. The Maldives are also the lowest-lying country in the world: over eighty per cent of its coral islands are less than one metre above sea level. Rising sea levels thus form a real threat.
Along the western coast of Gan sand-coloured units of TenCate Geotube® have been installed to protect and raise the beaches
Along the western coast of Gan (Addu Atoll) sand-coloured units of TenCate Geotube® have already been installed to protect the runways at Gan International Airport. At a number of beaches on the Ari Atoll TenCate Geobag® has been used for erosion protection. Both solutions were selected because the tubular and bag-shaped UV-resistant containers can easily be filled with locally available sand and then sealed. Using rocks or other materials would have incurred high transport costs.
Graphic of the shoreline and beach of a SIDS
Aruba and Curaçao, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, are also experiencing a serious threat from the rise in sea levels. According to Mike Eman, Prime Minister of Aruba and Chair of SIDS, fifty-two of the islands that are members of the group are directly threatened. ‘For some that is very acute and even life threatening’, said the Prime Minister. ‘In Aruba it is the coastal area in particular that is involved, where we have eight thousand hotel rooms. These hotels are on a coastline that protrudes just one metre above the sea. Together they form eighty per cent of our economy.’
A dyke must offer protection against high water levels and powerful waves. In Zeeland a safety standard of 1: 4000 appplies, which means that a dyke must be able to withstand a superstorm surge that occurs on average once every 4,000 years.
The sea wall at Cadzand on the coast of Zeeland has been reinforced is thus completely safe for at least the next fifty years
Using materials like TenCate Bidim®, TenCate Geolon® and TenCate geocomposite, a total of 325 kilometres of dyke were reinforced and adapted in 2015 to meet current standards, thus making the sea wall completely safe for at least the next fifty years.]]>
On a wide, sandy beach on the Pacific coastline, 100 kilometres south of the capital Lima (Peru), a luxury resort has been created. The complex, La Jolla, consists of houses and appartments, surrounded by palm trees and abundant greenery. Its most striking feature is a large 1 km long, crystal-clear freshwater lagoon / swimming pool, on which visitors can sail or sunbathe along its banks. At least as eye-catching is the fact that the coast is just a few metres from the luxury resort.
Installation of TenCate Geotube® units on the Pacific coast south of Lima
In order to protect it effectively from the turbulent waters, TenCate Geotube® technology has been used on the beach in front of the resort as the core of a one-kilometre-long sand. As is usual with this technology, the tubular containers are hydraulically filled with locally available sand.
There are 40 of these 25 meter long TenCate Geotube® containers, each of which is 10.4 metres in circumference and 2 metres high. They are 4.16 metres wide and are laid on an anti-erosion layer of geotextile.
Impression of the resort
The entire range is now covered with grass and trees, giving it a completely natural appearance.
An additional benefit for installing the TenCate Geotube® protection at La Jolla was that it was a sustainable solution that reduced the carbon footprint (CO2) by more than 1,000 tons versus traditional erosion protection solutions.]]>
For instance, the banks of a number of rivers in Malaysia are now protected thanks to the application of TenCate Geobag® and TenCate Geomattress™. TenCate Geobag® and TenCate Geomattress™ have been deployed in Malaysia along the rivers Rasau, Segamat and Jimah.
Work in progress along the Rasau River at the end of 2015
The Rasau is a river in Sepang, a district and town in the Malaysian state of Selangor. TenCate Geobag® technology has been used to protect 3,450 metres of riverbank from erosion.
The Rasau installation was completed at the beginning of 2016
These low-capacity units (each one between 0.3 and 10 m3 and sometimes fitted with lifting slings) are hydraulically filled prior to placement. The bags are primarily deployed for small closures or for absorption purposes when a dyke is breached. The pillow-shaped geotextiles are easy to use and facilitate vegetation growth.
The Sungai Rasau with vegetation
The Jimah River in Negeri Sembilan, a state on the west coast of Malaysia, is subject to frequent flooding. TenCate Geomattress™ units have been installed here to protect the banks and limit the number of floods.
The banks along the Jimah River have acquired a natural appearance
TenCate Geomattress™ is a double-layered fabric with tubular-shaped spaces across its length, which are usually filled with sand. It covers the bank both under and above the surface. The fabric is anchored on the river bed and fosters the growth of vegetation. This solution is more economical and environmentally friendly than conventional methods using rock riprap.
Along the Sungai Jimah
To construct GRS-IBS, the DoTs will use various materials for facing and reinforcement, including TenCate Geosynthetics.
Construction of a bridge abutment using GRS-IBS, an integrated bridge system based on foundations reinforced with TenCate Mirafi®HP (high performance)
The bridge that carries Keefer Highway near Sunfield (Ionia County, Michigan) across Sebewa Creek had deteriorated to such an extent that it needed to be replaced – but with as little highway downtime as possible. In addition, the bridge reconstruction had to be very cost effective.
To meet the limited budget for building the bridge abutments, the Michigan Department of Transportation opted for the Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS), an integrated bridge system based on foundations reinforced with TenCate Mirafi® HP (High Performance).
The Michigan Department of Transportation is an advocate of the innovative GRS-IBS for the construction of this type of bridge abutment. The system helps save costs, shorten construction time, lengthen lifespan and reduce the CO2 footprint. Further, deep foundation design is not required, greatly simplifying design and construction.
The renovated bridge near Sunfield (Ionia County, Michigan) across Sebawa Creek. This is the first bridge in Michigan based on the Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge system
TenCate Mirafi® HP geotextiles used for reinforcement also contribute to efficiency; they are relatively light and easy for a small crew to install.]]>
TenCate Performance Composites has three sites: Performance Materials Corporation in Camarillo (California, United States), Baycomp Company in Burlington (Ontario, Canada) and PMC Guangzhou (Guangzhou (China). The basic products are lightweight TenCate CFRT® (continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic) fabrics and unidirectional tape.
One of the technologies used is water jet cutting whereby a jet of water under extremely high pressure is used to cut shapes from various sheet materials. The water jet is so powerful that it can also cut composites and plastics.
These are three vertically integrated businesses. Both materials and parts are produced. Camarillo, where the high-volume production takes place, produces laminates and components, while Burlington produces unidirectional (UD) tape. In Guangzhou the employees use these materials to make mainly components and assembled products.
The cut is of constant, high quality. No heat is applied to the material, so its characteristics remain unchanged
These include small parts that are used in the soles of sports and other special shoes of brands such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas.
Asia is by far the biggest sales market for recreational and sports goods, with the home market of the US a close second. Footwear with these materials is used by participants in professional sports: from long-distance runners and basketball players to mountaineers.
The products can be found in hundreds of millions of pairs of shoes and under the feet of over five million chiropody patients.
Composites materials for sports and other shoes for several brands, like Reebok
TenCate Performance Composites products can be used for braces, orthopaedic correction and for skating
In addition to the recreation and medical sectors, TenCate Performance Composites serves the automotive, aviation, construction and industrial markets.
Composite materials are also incorporated into car seat backs
The materials are used in consumer electronics, the oil and gas industry (pipelines), backpacks and helmets for a range of sports. This work is mainly carried out in China, where a large volume of shoe production is based. The same applies to uses in consumer electronics. In Guangzhou employees produce tablet bodies to replace the heavier metal back.
Lightweight bodies for tablets and laptops, like Acer
That is already the case for Acer laptops and these parts are now being manufactured for HP laptops. Portable devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops are used increasingly when travelling.
Nike cleats: a special run for the 2016 NFL Super bowl to celebrate its 50 year anniversary
Since the business started, production efficiency, accuracy and quality have remained as high as ever. ‘Visitors and customers are amazed and positively surprised when they see how streamlined and vertically integrated we are and how efficient our high-volume production is,’ says Laurie Calligaris (Director of Sales). ‘That’s also clear from audits carried out by Nike for example, which has investigated working conditions. We stand out in that regard, just as we do with our production process and our granulate. That also gives them confidence. It’s the way we make our products, staying competitive and being able to produce millions of parts a week.’
TenCate Performance Composites can also make the difference in terms of recyclability – ‘that’s increasingly an issue’ – and durability. ‘Our products score highly. The sole of a shoe crumbles in your hand after an average of forty years. After that time our sole is still completely intact.’]]>
A TenCate team briefed members of Congress and their employees about its technology and materials, which are used to repair, raise and reinforce dykes, dunes and berms. The message of this program is unambiguous: TenCate materials are a tried and tested, environment-friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional solutions.
Part of the coast of New Jersey after it was hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 (photo: Master Sgt. Mark Olsen / National Guard)
Virtually the entire eastern seaboard and the south east of North America run a fairly high risk each year from June through November of being hit by hurricanes, which are inevitably accompanied by flooding. Sandy was the tenth hurricane in the Atlantic hurricane season in 2012. It wreaked havoc in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Haiti and then left behind a trail of devastation along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada. Damage amounted to billions of dollars. In its wake, Sandy also changed the way many decision-makers at federal, state and local level think about how to protect American cities and shorelines from future storms and proactively build resilient communities.
New Orleans, August 2005: four days after Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast (zachnews.wordpress.com)
Reflecting this new approach and buoyed by billions of dollars included in an emergency supplemental funding bill in Congress, new major projects were planned just months after the storm. The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, set up by President Obama, the Rockefeller Foundation and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development initiated the Rebuild by Design (RBD) program. This is the largest and most publicized infrastructure initiative since Sandy and is a series of massive shoreline and inland infrastructure projects aimed at a more resilient future in the New York and New Jersey area.
The east coast of the US after Sandy (latimes)
TenCate Geosynthetics sought to get involved the process early and educate all public and private stakeholders about the abilities and value of TenCate Geotube® technology in protecting American coasts. Using TenCate Geotube®, dunes, dykes, berms and beaches can be restored and raised quickly with enhanced life cycle costs. The technology is a reliable, environment-friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional solutions.
Use of TenCate Geotube® technology as dune core near New Jersey
In addition to Rebuild by Design, TenCate Geosynthetics sought to educate additional stakeholders with an interest in smaller, community-focused resiliency projects. To that end, over several years the TenCate team (Ed Trainer, Mark Gunzenhauser and John Henderson of TenCate Geosynthetics USA, Daniel Trope from the TenCate Office of Public & Government Relations and consultant Pete Kaye) briefed scores of Congressmen and Senators from areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Initially targeting the North-East, this effort grew to congressional districts up and down the eastern seaboard – from Virginia down to Florida. As emergency funding began to flow from Congress to the affected communities, these meetings were an important educational outreach to raise awareness of TenCate Geotube™ technology outside the engineering and design communities.
Outreach to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and to district and national offices of the US Army Corps of Engineers ensured a broad understanding of TenCate Geotube® applications in future coastal projects. At the state and local level the team was able to brief decision-makers with direct interest in and oversight of projects affecting their communities. This includes a 2013 briefing for municipal officials in Montauk (NY) – a meeting that predated a 2015 project award. Additionally, the team briefed key officials at the New York State Department of Environmental Protection, the environmental permitting agency for the state. These meetings represent the objectives of proactive engagement.]]>
Geosynthetics have a relatively small CO2 footprint and are therefore positioned as sustainable and environmentally responsible systems. This has induced Mark Sikkema, engineering business manager Pacific Northwest at TenCate Geosynthetics USA, to embrace the principle ‘Doing more with less’. The theme idea generally applies to the roadway products, in particular the TenCate Mirafi® RSi series, where you can perform reductions in the thickness of a roadway.
Application of TenCate Mirafi® in roadway construction
Through presentations in the US, Canada and Mexico, the engineering business managers of TenCate Geosynthetics USA work on the sales promotion of engineered products for technical specifications. Examples include TenCate Mirafi® RSi, TenCate Mirafi® H2Ri, TenCate Miramesh®, swimming pool coverings and TenCate Geotube®. Their audience is composed largely of civil engineers. The number of presentations varies, although most are concentrated in the winter months ‘as engineering firms are often busy during the construction season’.
The engineering business managers of TenCate Geosynthetics USA. From left to right in the first row: Nathalia Castro, Santino Piccoli and Brock Nesbit;
2nd row: Juan Pablo Broissin, John Folts, Bruce Lacina (Senior Technical Engineer) and Brian Baillie; 3rd row: Rene Laprade, Patti Chen, Brett Odgers (Group Manager), Mark Sikkema and Kate Vitale
Mark Sikkema encourages those present to be open to more sustainable innovative materials, rather than automatically opting for conventional methodologies. Doing things the way we always do them isn’t always the best solution and, as he takes the leap into innovative geosynthetics, he mentions that a well-known engineer stated that ‘the longest journey begins with a single step’.
After demonstrating some designs using MiraSpec software, Mark Sikkema (picture) shows how to achieve or even exceed current design parameters with a thinner section of roadway: ‘we need to be doing more with less. Using high-performance geosynthetics, we can either reduce a section, enhance its life, or better yet … do both!’
The quotations ‘the longest journey begins with a single step’ and ‘doing more with less’ come from Bill Nye. Bill Nye is predominantly known as the presenter of Bill Nye the Science Guy, a science programme for children, and for his many subsequent appearances as a science educator. The quotations refer to the need to be more efficient in everything we do. As the population grows and resources become evidently finite, we must always be looking for more efficient technologies.]]>
Construction of the Lach Huyen Bridge
Hải Phòng (Haiphong) is one of the most important seaport cities in Vietnam as well as a major industrial centre. The construction of the city’s Lach Huyen Bridge, the largest bridge over water in Vietnam, involved the creation of two building platforms based on TenCate Geotube® technology– to be specific, 23.5 kilometres of sand-filled geotextile containers, each 50 metres long and with diameters circumferences varying from 4.6 to 9.5 metres. Part of the seabed along the bridge required dredging to increase water depth. Geotextile containers 15 metres long and 9.5 metres in circumference have been used for the containment dyke around the storage depots for the dredged spoils.
The building platforms and storage depots are components of a major (partly completed) infrastructure project at Dinh Vu, the outer harbour of Haiphong. This is subdivided into four Deep C zones. The project includes the building of a new seaport, the extension of Haiphong Airport and the expansion and further development of the Dinh Vu-Cat Hai industrial cluster. The Lach Huyen Bridge divides the industrial zones Deep C I (Dinh Vu Industrial Zone or DVIZ) and Deep C II (new reclamation) or Nam Dinh Vu (South Dinh Vu).
The construction works as seen by Google Earth
TenCate Geotube® technology is being deployed for the construction of Deep C II. Temporary dykes (1.8 kilometres long) formed by a double row of containers filled with locally available sand have been erected around the surface area earmarked for reclamation. This technology has also been used to create the work island by the bridge. A dyke body has been built between two parallel rows of TenCate Geotube® units on a layer of TenCate Mirafi® PET800 that serves as basal reinforcement. Sand-filled TenCate Geomattress® provides protection at the foot of the dyke.
The actual land reclamation will be carried out in stages by filling sand behind the constructed reclamation dykes, planned according to demands of interested start as soon as there is a land buyers.
For the construction of the Lach Huyen bridge TenCate Geotube® technology was used for building two construction platforms Top right: the drained platform
Work started started on the construction of the construction of reclamation dykes of Deep C II zone in 2015. On 14 December 2015 the land developer, Rent-A-Port Group, a Belgian company specializing in marine infrastructure and the development of industrial sites officially conducted a ground breaking ceremony on a reclaimed platform on the site.]]>
TenCate develops and produces sustainable solutions for the protection of people in their working and living environment. Geosynthetic materials and systems are suitable for among other things water management, infrastructure and the environmental sector.
Houses along the Tawi in the city of Jammu (India), which overflowed its banks as a result of heavy rainfall (photo: Q13FOX)
Climate change requires global action to combat the causes and measures to protect against flooding, storm damage and a shortage of fresh and clean water, in part through greater evaporation. Natural disasters can wreak havoc on infrastructure and the economy and take a heavy toll in human and animal life. Water forms one of the greatest crises worldwide: of all disasters, ninety per cent are related to water.
May 2014: a violent storm caused flooding in Shenzhen, a city of more than a million inhabitants in southern China, on the border with Hong Kong (photo: China Out AFP)
As a result of the slowing down of the Gulf Stream, sea levels are rising on the American eastern seaboard faster than anywhere else. In New York a new reports warns of the consequences of the rising sea level for the three local airports: LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark International Airport. In the context of dune repair, dune dykes using TenCate Geotube® containers were built along the coast of New Jersey from the 1990s up to 2010. These tubular containers used as dune core have proved resistant to the pounding waves caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Winter floods in South China
In Asia too they frequently have to contend with flooding. This year flooding in India and Nepal has cost hundreds of lives. As a result of continuing extreme weather conditions in China dozens of rivers have burst their banks this year, including the Yangtze; railway lines and motorways have subsided. In July extreme rainfall in Central and Southern China once again caused major flooding. The north of the capital city Jakarta is sinking into marshy soil by between 7.5 and 17 cm a year. It is predicted that the sea level will rise by 3 to 5 metres above street level in Jakarta in fifty years’ time.
More than eighty per cent of the coral islands in the Maldives lie less than a metre above sea level
Vanuatu, a group of islands to the east of Australia, appears to be one of the first inhabited areas that will soon be engulfed by the ocean. Inhabitants of islands in the Caribbean are also seeing parts of their coastlines slowly disappear, and it is precisely in the coastal zone that the population, fisheries and tourism are concentrated – with dire consequences for living conditions, the economy and fresh water supplies.
Surveillance and monitoring of dykes results in a greater structural focus on geosynthetics with fibre optics, like TenCate GeoDetect® - a monitoring system based on geotextiles
TenCate Geosynthetics develops and produces sustainable solutions for the protection of people in their working and living environment. Geosynthetics like TenCate Geotube® and TenCate Geobag® are used to expand land, create and raise islands, to protect dykes, banks and shorelines against erosion and flooding and to treat polluted sludge or soil. By dewatering polluted sludge and storing this as a solid mass for a prolonged period, these tubular and pillow-shaped containers are suitable as dyke bodies or for raising the level of land.]]>
With its Box full of hopes and dreams© TenCate provides a social platform to achieve this, with the intention of helping children in deprived areas to realise their dreams.
At the beach in Scheveningen (NL) TenCate introduced business relations and partners to the Field in a box™ solution. In the container, the business-to-business visitors were ‘transported’ to the Box full of hopes & dreams©
The concept behind Field in a box™ provides in essence two platforms for grassroots development and community empowerment (strengthening the community and enhancing the sense of community). These are Field in a box™ and a Box full of hopes and dreams©. The former is primarily a business-to-business (B2B) concept that enables companies, institutions and organisations to make a business-to-consumer (B2C) contribution to society. Field in a box™ provides a physical platform for partnerships with corporates, foundations and national and international governments. Box full of hopes and dreams© is a social platform for partnerships with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), sports associations and local authorities.
In order for the box to become a social platform, collaboration with partners is vital. This applies to local authorities and NGOs, and likewise to corporates which, for example, for every box purchased, will sponsor children to collect any plastic waste and bottles left lying on the streets. This produces, in addition to the synthetic turf pitch and the classroom, a cleaner environment. Children are then active. Once the pitch and the box have been installed, this will provide employment.
‘You can easily combine entrepreneurship and a commercial initiative with corporate social responsibility’, explains Marc Ganzeboom. He is sales manager for Field in a box™ at TenCate Grass/GreenFields. ‘We focus on both the physical and the social platform. We take the Field in a box™ concept to partners, such as large multinationals with a CSR budget. With Box full of hopes and dreams© we focus on consumers. In this way we link up supply and demand. For example, on our site they can indicate where they think such a box should be installed. It is all about sharing values.’
On 14 May 2016 the first Field in a box™ system in Europe was opened in Cañada Real Galiana, a slum district in the Spanish capital Madrid. Its installation was financed by FedEx. OPSA, a partner of TenCate in Spain, was responsible for implementing the project.
TenCate as the system supplier ensures that the pitch has good sport-technical characteristics. The pitch combines XP Blade™ synthetic turf fibre with TenCate Accorder™. This is a fabric with a grid of geosynthetic material that requires only 6 cm of soil, rather than 50 cm, to be removed. Local rubble or the soil that has been removed is reused in the grid fabric and thus forms a stable base for the whole pitch. If desired, a GreenSource™ water management system can be installed underneath this. ‘Everything is based on the CSR principle and has a low CO2 footprint’, concluded Marc Ganzeboom. ‘We supply a turnkey system, using local people at a low cost. There is monitoring, training and supervision, to ensure that the pitch is used in the right way.’]]>
And so the beaches of Cancun Beach (picture) were prepared for the hurricane season. Dean was the first in 2007 but it failed to inflict any damage on the new construction. Although a small fraction of sand did erode, the TenCate Geotube® structures prevented any perminent damage to the shoreline.The submerged units quickly became vegetated, acquiring an even more natural appearance.
The same method was followed at the holiday destination Gran Velas Riviera Maya resort, 60 kilometres to the south, which had also been severely hit.
As a first measure, where the beach fringed into dunes, a row of TenCate Geotube® units was installed on a stabilisation layer of geotextile and covered with sand. Five submarine breakwaters based on TenCate Geotube® were constructed right in front of the beach.
Then, further away from the land four artificial reefs were created. Although submerged in the water, the breakwaters and reefs are visible on Google Earth.
As a result of the success of the Cancun and Gran Velas protections projects, 1.6 km of TenCate Geotube® structures are being installed in front of the five star MayaKoba resort that is adjacent to the Gran Velas project.]]>
The series of dunes (burritos) constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers lost out to the implacable elements. The deterioration and breaches in the existing dune structure left the island and properties vulnerable to future storm events. The engineering corps set resolutely to work on rehabilitating and rebuilding the damaged beaches. TenCate Geotube® technology was selected as core for a new vegetated dune structure.
TenCate Geotube® containers as the core of dunes
The USACE Grand Isle and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project included reconstruction of 31,000 feet of dune and renourish the beach with approximately 1 million cubic yards of sand dredged from a designated offshore borrow area. TenCate Geotube® GT500 units, each 65 metres long and with a sand-coloured coating applied to the top half of the units, were filled with locally sourced drained sand mixed with seawater. The 30-ft. circumference containers were manufactured by the facility of TenCate Geosynthetics in Commerce, GA.
TenCate Geotube® GT500 units with a sand-coloured coating
The result was a row of tubes, 9.4 kilometre (31,000 linear feet) long with a 10-metre circumference, which serves as the core of a new line of dunes more than 4 metres high. Geotextile scour aprons were installed to prevent erosion at the base both front and back. The flat ends design created tight joints and maintained a uniform elevation, while the flexible nature of the containers allowed them to conform to the shape of the shoreline.
The filled containers fit together perfectly and conform to the shape of the shoreline
After installation, the dune core was covered with a million cubic metres of sand and beach grass. The reinforced dune structure behind the restored beach has since helped to control erosion and forms a barrier against storm and wave action. A few weeks after the installation had been completed, Tropical Storm Ida arrived on the scene. The core structure suffered no damage at all. Inspections of the dune structure afterwards showed excellent establishment of the vegetation; the structure was performing as designed.
Established vegetation on the dune two years later
The aim of the system is to detect leakage and instability at an early stage.
Filtermaterial and TenCate GeoDetect® were installed on the landward side of the dyke along the Loire
The fibre optic monitoring system is combined with TenCate Bidim®, a water-permeable and soil-proof non-woven
Afterwards the materials were covered with gravel and soil
The material is used primarily as a separation layer in road construction (between foundation material and substrate) and as a filter in hydraulic structures and drainage systems.
Instrumentation analysing information from the TenCate GeoDetect® sensing strips to warn of early signs of dyke failure
The vegetated dyke along the river at Saint-Martin-de-la-Place
The pedestrian and cycle connection had to be constructed so that it provided protection for the railway line between Old Lyme and New London against the severe wave action of the Atlantic Ocean. What’s more, the work had to be accomplished with the minimum of disruption to rail traffic and the natural habitat of fish, crustaceans and shellfish.
TenCate Mirafi® FW has been installed
For these and budgetary reasons, CTE Engineers chose TenCate Mirafi® FW. This is a series of strong, UV-stabilised geotextiles for applications such as erosion control and shoreline protection.
The pedestrian and cycle connection along the seafront after completion (photo: Town of East Lyme)
As is generally the case, these geotextiles were installed under a layer of rip rap. What with the railway line, tides, occasional storm activity and the tight timetable, this was no easy task for the contractor. However, the availability of local materials (sand and rocks) and the straightforward installation certainly made amends, and the project could be completed within the specified time frame and available budget.
(photo: Town of East Lyme)
Not long after completion, the path was put to the test by a major hurricane. The integrity of the design and construction emerged uncompromised – increasing the satisfaction of the designer, contractor and town council.]]>
According to TenCate CEO and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Loek de Vries, end-user marketing can be viewed from two perspectives: the immediate customers of the company and the end customer. ‘End-user marketing means trying to understand what the end market wants. To be able to manage and control the value chain, it must be clear who the market customer is and what his objective is. A company does those things that benefit the end-user, such as product and technological innovation.’
TenCate seeks to bring the company to the attention of the end-user, so that he sees TenCate as the one who can deliver the possible solution to his problem. ‘The customer is then willing to share his problems with us, so that TenCate can come up with solutions to resolve these problems. Through this end-user marketing, TenCate creates a distinct profile of itself as a solution provider.’
'If the image of TenCate is positive – an innovative, technologically driven, solution provider – you get feedback from customers. This means, for example, that the customer says to his supplier: “You must get the materials from TenCate.”
The power of the corporate trademark TenCate lies in the fact that in end-user marketing we can always lean on other TenCate markets. For example, TenCate materials are used in satellites (picture), naturally with the TenCate trademark (brand) attached. This gives the customer and end market confidence. The conclusion of the end-user is therefore: “The other materials will also be good.” Using end products, the company can showcase itself in end markets.’]]>
Traditionally, armoured vehicles consist of steel or aluminium armour, and composite material is used for the add-on armour layer and the vehicle’s spall-liners. This new technology will enable the key components of armoured vehicles that were originally made of steel, such as hatches, doors, panels and bulkheads to be replaced by components consisting entirely of composite. This means improved protection for less weight.
The 3D technology will be presented at the Defence Security and Equipment International Exhibition (DSEi) in London in September.]]>
The Swiss manufacturer, Marenco Swisshelicopter, selected TenCate’s advanced composite materials as a result of its database, technical support and performance. Additionally, the resin system that was selected is capable of being processed under vacuum bag processing (typically called “out of autoclave”. The ability to process this material in lower cost ovens versus high pressure autoclaves reduces production and capital costs.
The resin system selected by Marenco for use and qualification on the SKYe SH09 is currently produced by TenCate Advanced Composites in the U.S. and will be initially supplied from the U.S. As Marenco’s production rates increase, TenCate will be in a position to shift composite production to Langley Mill in the U.K. TenCate Advanced Composites UK will eventually become one of TenCate’s centres of excellence for thermoset resins. TenCate Advanced Composites UK currently provides composites to Formula One, automotive, tooling and industrial markets. Over time, TenCate Advanced Composites in the U.S. will transfer production for aerospace products to Langley Mill to supply European based customers in the satellite, radome and general aviation segments.
The young, fast-growing Marenco Swisshelicopter will be a strategic partner for TenCate Advanced Composites in the years ahead. According to Martin Stucki, the founder and CEO of Marenco Swisshelicopter, TenCate will ‘not only bring innovation, but also expertise in a variety of fields’.
The SKYe SH09 is a single-engine helicopter used for civil purposes, including transporting passengers, surveillance, firefighting support and search and rescue operations. It is a ‘new generation’, as the helicopter is made entirely of composites: both the structure and the main and tail rotor blades are of composite. The rotor is the rotating wing of a helicopter. Through the cabin, which is made partly of glass, both pilots have an unobstructed view of the condition of the terrain beneath them. This helicopter can operate for longer in higher or thinner air: the air ambulance version for example exploring the top of the Matterhorn (4,478 m high).
The helicopter can reach a speed of 270 km/hour and has a range of 800 kilometres.
Composite materials from TenCate Advanced Armour are already in use in several helicopter platforms, including the Airbus Helicopter NH 90, the Boeing V-22 Osprey and the Erickson S-64 Air Crane.]]>
Every part of the golf terrain in Thornleigh, a suburb of Sydney, is based on synthetic turf: the driving range itself, the raised greens, the 56 hitting bays, as well as the sand bunkers and water hazards – all represented by appropriately coloured synthetic turf. The first of its type in Australasia, the design includes a sophisticated drainage system and an automated ball collection system that returns the golf balls to the shop.
‘The stability of the infill and synthetic turf is excellent,’ explains Paul Selig when asked. He is the club’s director and is very pleased with the performance of the turf surface and the ball roll. ‘Not only has the life of our range balls increased, but also ball loss has been reduced and ball quality improved – no mud or scratches. And we haven’t had to fertilize or mow the grass once!’
The fence installed around the driving range is considered to be the highest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The production area has been enlarged and capacity for thermoset prepregs considerably expanded. Applications are the medical industry and Formula 1 racing, automotive and the European aerospace, satellite and radome markets and the aviation industry – each one of them a demanding market.
TenCate Advanced Composites UK is now the centre of excellence for thermoset prepreg systems in Europe. Or, as the British themselves say: ‘the new European home of global technology’.
The facility meets the exacting demands that markets such as those for aviation and aerospace make of production environments. In terms of processes and products, Langley Mill now has the same technological level as its sister companies in Morgan Hill and Fairfield (California, USA). The production of a number of materials for the aviation industry is now carried out in England, including true carbon free manufacturing of electrically pure materials for satellite communications markets. The facility at Morgan Hill, which was recently expanded too, now also has tooling systems.
Employees of TenCate Advanced Composites UK gathered recently in front of the expanded and upgraded premises at Langley Mill to pose with the Alfa Romeo 4C
TenCate supplies the Adler Group (Naples, Italy) with carbon fibre prepreg for the Alfa Romeo 4C platform. The material from TenCate Advanced Composites UK is used for the production of the entire monocoque: the passenger compartment. This reduces its weight and provides the vehicle with an extremely stiff and safe basic structure.]]>
The motorway, which has been modernized and in parts widened, will provide an impetus for economic growth in this part of Italy.
The length of the motorway is approximately 500 km and part of the project involves the construction of a number of bridges and tunnels. Due to the building of two extra lanes, a section of the road had to be widened in parts, which entailed the construction of retaining walls. Thanks to the use of , it was possible to do this in a short timeframe, in a relatively small space and with the use of sand, which was abundantly available locally. The retaining walls that were erected measure between 8 and 12 metres in height and have a total surface area of 5,540 m².
TenCate Polyfelt Rock® PEC was developed in order to combine the functions of reinforcement, separation, filtering and drainage in a single product. This combination makes this material ideally suitable for the reinforcement of earthen structures that are built up with loose, poorly draining soil. In comparison with geogrids or woven geotextiles, TenCate Polyfelt® Rock PEC provides significantly higher shear resistance of the ground.]]>
The tram rails in parts of the city now rest on a green bedding of synthetic grass − definitely enhancing the street scene in Gaziantep (South Turkey) in the process. This green area rejoices in the melodious name of the Emerald Necklace for Gaziantep. Highly appropriate: the tram connection runs in the form of a green necklace from one end of the city to the other.
The choice fell on the Bermuda Grass quality from the ™ series of synthetic grass yarns. This synthetic grass fibre was selected because of the quality and realistic look & feel of the material. The synthetic grass yarns developed by TenCate in this respect satisfy all the demands of the customer, and the substantial technical support and rapid delivery and installation set the seal on the decision.
The grass system was installed by Hatko Sports Technologies, a customer of TenCate Grass in Turkey.]]>
The knowledge network Protection & Safety is one of the seventeen defence networks in which specific knowledge, information and developments are exchanged between Defence and the related knowledge institutes. The knowledge network (KNW) is composed of people who are closely involved in the Netherlands with protection and safety – ‘defence-wide,’ according to Wilfred Sluyter (sales director TenCate Advanced Composites EMEA): ‘from the army and air force to the navy and TNO. All knowledge at the disposal of Defence is tested by TNO. They chart the market possibilities and match these with the needs. If a request for proposal comes in, they then provide the input for the package of requirements. In the case of such a request, potential providers are asked to submit a proposal regarding delivery through a tendering procedure.
The KNW Protection & Safety meets together twice a year, when a mix of theory and practice is the goal. The latest developments in the industry are also discussed. It was with this basic idea in mind that TenCate was approached to facilitate a KNW meeting at the Nijverdal plant. And that’s what happened – the forty visitors were welcomed to the Factory of the Future, a professionally arranged space for receptions and informative meetings. On 12 June Wilfred Sluyer gave a general presentation on what TenCate does in the area of protection and safety. His colleague Jean Beugels (programme manager Aerospace) dealt with protection solutions in greater detail, including the TenCate ABDS® active blast countermeasure system. Sales manager Gerrit Isselman stressed that ‘These days all the TenCate protection solutions, including TenCate Defender™ M, are interconnected.’
Hendrik Jan van Wezel addressing the guests
Part of the visit was dedicated to a private inspection of the digital inkjet machine, when Hendrik Jan van Wezel (sales manager) initiated the visitors into the technology of digital finishing. They were clearly impressed by the potential and flexibility of the digital process – especially when a group photo taken shortly before was printed in large format, followed by a camouflage print in the same run. ‘People could see that TenCate is engaged with smart materials and with what they can do now and in the future. They were very interested in all this.’
Surprised faces on seeing the group photo on outdoor fabric
The guests were impressed by the wide range of protection and safety solutions offered by TenCate: from fabrics and soft and hard armour for personal protection (uniforms and vests) and vehicles to armour for helicopters and ships.
‘It was a very successful well-attended gathering, and I would like to offer my sincere thanks to TenCate and in particular to Wilfred Sluyter and his people,’ said Colonel Gert Schijvenaars afterwards. According to the head of the section Weapon Systems and Life Cycle Management of the department Ground-Based Weapon Systems ‘the knowledge network was able to familiarize itself with the progress of defence research in the area of protection and fire power, as well as discuss the protection road map and the up-to-datedness of Task Force C-IED. We can look back on a very productive day, when everyone travelled home completely satisfied.’
Water boards and the government have taken the initiative to pursue efficient innovative solutions to piping. In this situation, water flows through a quay or a dyke as a result of a huge difference in water levels and seepage occurs, leading to small tubular openings that weaken the structure. If the piping is not averted in time, subsidence or a dyke breach may be the outcome. For this reason, a research programme has been initiated: Cross-Boundary Exploration Piping. Underlying this project is the new Dutch Delta Programme, which stipulates that national flood defences must satisfy more stringent standards.
Livedijk Willemspolder is situated near the Waaldijk. Since the beginning of October 2015, approximately 100 metres of the summer quay has been fitted with vertically installed geotextile as a preventive measure. Geotextile is a sustainable material that can be effectively applied in dyke improvement.
For decades, it has been used worldwide for the erosion protection of flood defences. In principle, it has a low CO2 footprint. The geotextile installed as a filter in the dyke body allows water to pass through, but not sand. As a result, no sand boils occur and no seepage takes place. The simultaneous application of fibreglass sensors to the geotextile means the effects of piping at high water and the stability of the dyke can be monitored.
It is hoped to observe in the Willemspolder how piping develops and how the transport of sand proceeds. This will contribute to acquiring both a better understanding of piping and insight into the positive effects of the installed geotextile. Over the next two years, measurements will be carried out during periods of high water.
‘We’re hoping for winters with high water, otherwise progress will be sluggish and then we’ll have to extend the test period,’ says Frans van den Berg, coordinator of the Rivierenland Water Board Dyke Reinforcement Programme. According to him, piping is a problem that is underestimated - even in the Netherlands. ‘A great deal has to be done in terms of reinforcement because of the new standards, particularly in the river area. The choice fell on the Willemspolder outside the dyke because quite a lot of piping occurs there. Normally, embankments are created but this entails considerable space and earthworks.’ As the vertical sand-tight geotextile requires little space, the feasibility of dyke improvements is increased and the solution is cost effective to boot.
Vertical sand-tight geotextile is applied on the inside of the dyke. Water can pass through freely, but sand is blocked. TenCate Geodetect® applied as vertical sand-tight geotextile won the Dutch Water Innovation Award in the category Dry Feet in 2013.
Although since the early 1990s Adam Bezuijen has been known mainly for research concerning drilled tunnels, he began his career with research on dykes, stone revetments and dredging processes. ‘Commissioned by such bodies as the Department of Waterways and Public Works, I carried out considerable research into geosystems: the application of geosynthetics in hydraulic engineering,’ he says. In 2012, together with TenCate he published the book Geosystems: Design Rules and Applications, a scientific treatise full of formulas and models. According to Adam Bezuijen, one of the most important parts was the table of contents, since ‘No one reads such a volume from A to Z.’
‘You don’t see geosynthetics but they’re everywhere,’ says Adam Bezuijen. ‘These materials contribute to our protection, particularly where geosystems are used in hydraulic engineering: they separate land and water.’
According to Adam Bezuijen, it is obvious that in our country below sea level the use of geosystems to separate land from water will only increase. Considerable use of geosynthetics is also made abroad to protect the land against seawater, river water and rainwater. ‘In the United States, TenCate Geotube® systems are used in great numbers to combat coastal erosion. These are large elongated containers filled with sand, which lie buried in the beach to prevent the beach and a substantial part of its hinterland from vanishing into the sea during a heavy storm. These containers break up the waves.’
A knowledge institute such as Deltares − where Adam Bezuijen, in addition to his chair in Geotechnics in Ghent still works one day a week as a specialist in soil mechanics – plays an advisory role in the production and use of geosynthetics. ‘TenCate sells not only geosynthetics but the whole geosystem,’ he explains. ‘So they advise their customers on how best to use the containers of geosynthetics. This requires research. For example, we have carried out research for TenCate Geosynthetics to determine how the TenCate Geobag® filled with 400 cubic metres of sand can best be submerged in deep water. What kind of wave causes the bag to shift? How can it be positioned as accurately as possible? What shape does the bag of sand take lying on the bottom? Calculating and puzzling out how all this precisely works are things that I like doing.’
Much of the research leads to improvement in the protective material. ‘Geosystems must be able to cope with the enormous pressure of sand and water, and the weak point here was always the seam,’ says Adam Bezuijen. ‘There the material was only at 50% strength. In recent years, TenCate has hugely improved this by making the geosystems completely in the factory and engineering the seams in such a way that they’re just as strong as the rest of the fabric. This makes a tremendous difference, because after all a chain is as strong as the weakest link. In fact, although only the seam has been improved, the strength of the geosystems has now doubled. And this opens up even more opportunities for deploying geosynthetics worldwide for the protection of land and people.’]]>
Although armour can protect vehicles against certain blasts, it does not prevent vehicles and their crew being hurled into the air and then falling back to earth on impact from landmines and roadside bombs. When the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system detects an explosion, it reacts in a split second with a counterforce that keeps the vehicle on the ground.
Paul Palmer, Director of Business Development, Active Armor Systems for TenCate Advanced Armor USA, describes the system as ‘a family of technologies, of survivability solutions that are particularly well suited to combatting underbody blast and similar threats. It is a system of related components and algorithmic software that can be configured in a variety of ways to provide threat protection for a platform, its cargo and especially its crew.’
Active underbody blast protection has never before been possible because of the extreme speed and safety requirements. The TenCate investment in state-of-the-art sensor technology and a compact, yet powerful “recoil” delivery system is what makes this, he believes, an affordable and practical reality for today’s soldiers.
Soldiers of the A Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry regiment by a Namer, an armoured personnel carrier of Israeli manufacture. The Israeli Ministry of Defence was present during the tests with the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system (photo: Lt. Tyler N.Ginter)
‘The US Army has a clear vision for the protection of mounted troops’, says Paul Palmer. ‘TenCate continues to develop important life-saving technologies to satisfy this need. We are committed to this world-class soldier survivability programme. We are determined to meet or exceed every military specification requirement in order to quickly, yet safely, make this important underbody blast protection technology available to the war fighter.’
DME selected TenCate Advanced Armor USA to integrate the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure on the Combat Vehicle Prototype of the US Army. Paul Palmer: ‘TenCate Advanced Armor has been selected due to its technical expertise in active blast technology. Phase 1 is on schedule. The second half of the contract is anticipated in 2016. We are proud to be selected because it essentially recognises this system as an authentic legitimate blast mitigation system, as well as TenCate as an expert integration specialist.’]]>
Roderick Waaijenberg is flying on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a sustainable and innovative plane. Where each flight begins The crew room of Arkefly in the WTC at Schiphol is the place where each flight begins. It’s where the crew assembles and the members of the flight team get to know one another. ‘Here we get the flight plan and prepare for the flight. Then it’s off to the crate, naturally via the Marechaussee and security control. Preparations continue in the aeroplane: in the cockpit we enter the route into the navigation system, while the cabin crew see to the boarding of passengers. Once they’re on board, we’re ready for departure.’ Every time that Roderick is at the head of the runway, the little boy in him rises to the surface again. ‘It’s fantastic to open the throttle. What a wonderful sound! You’re pressed back in your seat and then it’s up and away in the air with a machine of approximately two hundred thousand kilos. The powerful feeling this gives is truly fantastic.’ He still clearly remembers the first time he did it … with an empty plane. ‘Tremendously exciting! As was the first flight with passengers. Then I was extremely conscious of the responsibility you bear as pilot.’
The Dreamliner, the plane that Roderick Waaijenberg (picture) has been flying since the end of last year, is an innovative aircraft, partly because of the application of composites. ‘These are incredibly strong materials and through their application in the Dreamliner’s fuselage the difference between the outside air pressure and the inside cabin pressure can be higher. This means that the so-called cabin altitude – the perceived height in the cabin – is lower. Consequently the journey is less demanding for both passengers and crew.’ Moreover, an inbuilt air humidity system on the Dreamliner ensures that the relative air humidity on board is somewhat higher than on other planes. ‘The higher cabin pressure and better air humidity create a better climate on board, so our passengers arrive more refreshed at their destination. And it contributes to the wellbeing of the crew. I really notice this: I feel fitter since I’ve been flying on the Dreamliner. Our frequent flyers say the same too.’ Other advantages are that the applied materials are resistant to corrosion and fatigue, thus reducing maintenance costs. ‘This is chiefly an advantage for Arkefly,’ he continues, ‘but I find it reassuring to know that the best materials currently available have been used. It contributes to a feeling of safety. The control system of the Dreamliner is also innovative and in my view highly intuitive.’
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Arkefly
‘My work gives me great satisfaction. The crew, which is different on every flight, the changing destinations and the sometimes unpredictable weather conditions ensure that it remains fascinating. And it’s a pleasure to be able to take people to their holiday destinations. When they step aboard the Boeing Dreamliner into the spacious cabin, you can see they find it a fine and extremely attractive aircraft. In one way or another they’re much happier on board.’
Although he has been flying professionally for eight years, Roderick Waaijenberg feels he is still at the beginning of his career. He dreams of further advancement. ‘I would like to continue developing and gain promotion: to become a captain – if possible on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.’
See the Dutch video.]]>
Building the torsion box; the first skin is completed
The horizontal tail of the Gulfstream G650 business jet served as a model for the torsion box. The development is targeting future Airbus programmes.TenCate can play a role in this with TenCate Cetex® carbon composite.
The demonstrator is ready
In September 2011, work will begin on a test programme at the National Aerospace Laboratory in the Noordoostpolder (NL). The results will be made known in the early spring of 2012. Where necessary, these will lead to adjustments to the design. Once this has been done, the torsion box will in principle be ready for production, with the incorporation of TenCate Cetex® composite materials.]]>
The advertisement – just like two earlier communications – was part of a campaign to educate policy- and decision-makers on the importance of giving troops the best protection, while supporting employment in the U.S. and saving the American military millions of dollars.]]>
It is important to specify the best flame-resistant fabric for clothing. Not every customer, however, has sufficient knowledge of this. In order to increase that knowledge, also where this relates to statutory standards and requirements, end-users are approached directly. During this interaction TenCate products are brought to their notice; a list is drawn up of the risks and standards, together with aspects such as corporate identity, comfort, durability and price. In this way end-user marketing plays a pivotal role in linking R&D, sales and the market. The R&D employees in the US and Europe cooperate closely in the development of fabrics and fabric systems.
With its end-user marketing in the United States, TenCate Protective Fabrics presents itself as ‘the leader in performance’. This is because it is the only manufacturer to combine in its fabrics four essential characteristics: affordability, comfort, protection and excellent durability. TenCate Protective Fabrics is here deemed to be the global leader in inherently flame-resistant fabrics for army uniforms.]]>
In February 2010 TenCate introduced inkjet-based nano process technology for textile applications. This enables functional characteristics to be applied to materials at nanoscale.
Nanotechnology is called the technology of the 21st century, so it is unsurprising that the Netherlands has seen heavy investment in nanotechnology over the last few years. NanoNed is the initiative of eight knowledge institutes and is one of the national research programmes. Its aim is to cluster our country’s strengths in the field of nanotechnology and the relating enabling technologies. This has fostered the cooperation of different disciplines from physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, biology and medicine, leading to a clear added value in knowledge. NanoNextNL, the new national nano programme, is now underway – an initiative in which more than 120 institutes and companies are cooperating in the field of nanotechnology.
‘With the aid of nanotechnology we can make extremely strong materials,’ says Dave Blank (picture), ‘such as water-repellent windows, better implants for artificial hips and the like, or “self-thinking” textiles. We devise and compute new materials of this kind. It’s very basic research but with a direct connection to applications. In our clean room PhD students and entrepreneurs stand side by side.
The inkjet technology of Xennia applies the principle of nano-surface technology: in this case refining (dyeing, printing, finishing) textile substrates at nanoscale, including ceramics and textiles. Here it’s a matter of nano-surface technology. At Mesa+ / NanoLab people are more concerned with nano-depth technology. ‘We can learn from one another’s findings.’]]>
‘The strength of TenCate in innovation projects lies in an open mind and the connecting role that it fulfils in regard to other companies', says Ron Nuwenhof cluster manager Technology within the Development & Innovation unit of Oost NV, the Development Association for East Netherlands). TenCate is a real puller in the region, and the regions have great need of such companies. My motto is: “If you can’t divide, then you can’t multiply”. This saying fits TenCate like a glove – and the various co-creations are the proof.’
The UVA Sol de Oriente community centre has an area of 3,521 m2 that has been built on and 2,651m2 of public space. In addition to a GreenFields® Slide Max XQ™ 50 synthetic turf pitch on the roof, the UVA Sol de Oriente also boasts a sports colosseum, interactive fountains, interactive classrooms and training areas, an auditorium, a gaming room, a covered fitness centre, a theatre for performance arts and stands for sports events.
The creation of similar community centres is a joint initiative by the community sports and recreational institute (INDER) and a large public utility, called EPM. Psport Systems was responsible for the installation of the sports pitch with synthetic turf.
The new community centres contribute to the transformation of deprived neighbourhoods into environments with safe places for people to meet, space for sports, culture and recreation, and where, moreover, employment is stimulated.
Psport Systems, the distributor of GreenFields in Colombia, has previously built a number of synthetic turf pitches for INDER and EPM. EPM has for example in the past year had twelve woven GreenFields® MX DS synthetic turf pitches installed. The positive experiences with the installation and the pitches themselves were for INDER part of the reason to opt once again for GreenFields. The twelve synthetic turf pitches in question are a gift from EPM to the same number of villages downstream on the Río Medellín after the company had built a dam here. INDER has plans for the installation of another twenty synthetic turf pitches in the city.
Watch the video here.]]>
TenCate is responding to the tendency of government to make cutbacks by offering cost-effective products with protection comparable to or higher than that provided by the more expensive traditional products. In recent years, the company has launched high-grade fire-resistant (FR) fabrics on the market that are considered a reference or sometimes the benchmark. Following the successful release of inherently fire-resistant fabrics such as TenCate Defender™ M and TenCate Tecasafe® Plus, TenCate has recently introduced Kombat™ Flex, a new outer-shell fabric that protects against heat and fire. According to firefighters who were engaged in wearer trials, this is ‘the most flexible and comfortable fabric on the market.’
TenCate Defender™ M has been introduced as an alternative to TenCate Tecasafe® Plus in wildland firefighting
In the US, the thermal barrier is based on TenCate Coolderm™ technology, which better regulates moisture, thus keeping the wearer cooler and dryer. TenCate TechT4™ is a lightweight, comfortable and fire-resistant base layer for both turnout gear and station wear for firefighters. TenCate Defender™ M is the most important protective fabric from TenCate for the defence industry. It has inherently heat- and fire-resistant characteristics (patented) that cannot be washed out and do not wear out, combined with cost-efficient pricing. Because of its success in military applications, a TenCate Defender™ M thermal liner has been launched for the firefighting market.
TenCate Defender™ M for pilot gear
As far as possible, product development at TenCate Protective Fabrics is conducted in house: for the EMEA region in Nijverdal, for other regions in Union City (Georgia). ‘One of our strengths is that we know all the characteristics of available fibres on the market − and the finishes too,’ says Daniel Hauert. He is the director of TenCate Protective Fabrics, commercial division. ‘Our R&D staff proactively focus on developing new fire-resistant fabrics for the expansion of niche markets and on developing even more comfortable, durable, cost-competitive inherently fire-resistant fabrics to replace our existing product lines. This pro-activeness allows us to be seen as a company that brings innovations onto the market.’
Daniel Hauert, director commercial division TenCate Protective Fabrics
Product innovation is one thing; turning it into commercial success is another. Over the past few years, there has been considerable investment in end-user marketing – through keeping in close contact with end-users, hearing what they think of the fabrics and the clothing they wear, and interpreting market needs. ‘Taking this information to the drawing boards of TenCate, we can produce fabrics that the men and women who wear them day in and day out not only need to wear but actually want to wear.’
The TenCate TecaworkTM – KG 317 fabrics are worn by thousands of professionals in the medical sector and social services, mainly in Europe
Furthermore, to be able to offer metal workers, nursing professionals, military personnel, police officers and firefighters optimal safety and protection, TenCate Protective Fabrics seeks to raise the risk awareness of end-users and clothing buyers and make them aware of its own protective solutions. ‘In the market we serve, we demonstrate the value of inherent versus chemically treated characteristics, as well as the comfort level,’ continues Daniel Hauert. TenCate Tecasafe® Plus offers far better protection and greater comfort than other fire-resistant fabrics and the lowest cost of ownership: (all costs related to purchase and use during the life cycle of the product). ‘To satisfy demands, we maintain a broad product portfolio. Customers see our end-user marketing as an important asset.’ So demonstrations (TenCate Experience Day) and study days are organised to inform fire services, for example, about functionalities, maintenance and protective solutions.
Direct contact with customers and end-users, like at the Interschutz
‘We have an excellent commercial staff who maintain contact with customers and look into new opportunities. Through self-initiated or joint efforts with other parties in the value chain, we inform the market about the risks and the potential and explain how our materials can be utilised. End-user marketing tries to develop new opportunities; sales sees to it that customers can access the required products and new consumers can be supplied with what they ask for.’
For buyer and end-user, safety and protection are top priority, followed by wearer comfort, breathability and moisture-regulating capacity, economic service life and price. ‘Comfort and flexibility have never been so important,’ explains Daniel Hauert. ‘This is a minor revolution in this market.’ Wearer comfort can be a deciding factor. After all, if something doesn’t feel right, you prefer not to wear it. It’s a question of room to move − freedom of movement at every level. In addition, the more often company clothing can be industrially laundered without impairing its inherent protective characteristics, the better.
Daniel Hauert expects the newly developed materials to replace the existing ones within two to three years maximum. The adoption of new products may take longer because specifications often have to be rewritten. ‘You cannot discuss comfort and flexibility with the end-user; it’s a case of perception,’ he says in conclusion. ‘The end-user must be convinced, so that when confronted with our protection solution he says: “Wow, this is good!”’]]>
Guests and hosts in Primarette: from right to left Wilfred Sluyter, Kees Blekxtoon, Loek de Vries, Dick Berlijn, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Steen Tanderup, Helle Specht and Frank Spaan.
The International Advisory Board (IAB) is the strategic and supporting advisory body to the Executive Board.
TenCate Advanced Armour France manufactures materials and systems (armour kits) for vehicle armour and for applications in the aerospace market. Steen Tanderup (right) has the responsibility for the armour activities of TenCate in Europe. He provided information about the activities of TenCate in this field.
The new production company in Primarette for aircraft armour systems attracted particular attention, as this is a completely new TenCate activity. This is where knowledge relating to aerospace composites and armour materials comes together. This new activity will start to make a major contribution to armour activities from 2012.
Dick Berlijn (middle) remarked that a visit to this factory changes one’s image of TenCate. TenCate can present itself specifically as a partner to the defence forces. ‘Such a high-end process and a solution-oriented end product are not usually associated with a company that is still known by many people as a manufacturer of technical textiles.’
TenCate Advanced Armour is now looking beyond its traditional markets. A company has for example been started up together with TenCate Protective Fabrics USA in India: TenCate Protective Systems. There are also initiatives underway in the Middle East and Singapore.]]>
This milestone was marked by Team RV’s performance at the ‘Good Neighbor Day’ Air Show, held on June 4th, 2011 at the Peachtree DeKalb Airport in Atlanta, not far from the TenCate Protective Fabrics USA headquarters. Team RV invited TenCate employees to attend the annual air show as VIP guests.
When a highly respected group of aviators is willing to use and endorse TenCate Tecasafe® Plus, this is a valuable marketing tool for TenCate Protective Fabrics. To quote senior marketing coordinator Stuart Perry: ‘It gives us a chance not only to talk about the product but also to show its properties and advantages in an exciting real-world application’.
Team RV in their new flight suits
txtures spoke to Johan Wakkie and Erik Gerritsen, the departing and incoming director of the KNHB respectively. ‘This is what we intended.’
Johan Wakkie (left) and Erik Gerritsen
Three things were important to the KNHB during the preparations for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup and the selection of the synthetic turf system: developing the synthetic turf system together with an international player, behind which there is another large company. ‘When we came back from London after the 2012 Olympic Games, we said: “We must find a player who is completely autonomous.” There were indeed companies that wanted to play a role, but did not have the organization to market the system internationally. It is continuity in particular that is so important. We also said: “This is the pitch and these are the specs. We want to be able to install it 12 months in advance, so that the teams can prepare.” Another element was that we wanted to determine the colour of the pitch ourselves. And this is how we arrived at TenCate and GreenFields. We all entered into it wholeheartedly.’
The greatest risk was that the pitch would not be good enough. That’s why a test pitch was installed at Klein Zwitserland hockey club. During its development input from the players was crucial. Both of them believe that this is the future: ‘It was the fact that we worked together that brought about success.’ The improvements that were carried out after several inspections soon resulted in a pitch that was ‘completely satisfactory’. ‘In this way we created calm. As a rule pitches for European Championships or the World Cup are ready only a couple of months before the start of the tournament, but in this case it was ready a year in advance.’
When it comes to the two selected colours, it took a year to reach an agreement on this with the International Hockey Federation (FIH). ‘Television companies were delighted with these colours, as were the local residents because these pitches do not produce such an annoying glare as blue ones.’
All in all according to Johan Wakkie and Erik Gerritsen it was ‘a unique example of cooperation’. This was certainly a wake-up call from GreenFields for everyone, including the international hockey community, and in the process the company attained a good position. All the players were enthusiastic about this synthetic turf. This is what we had intended and how we had envisaged it both as a tournament and an event. It is suitable for other sports too and for developing our sport further.
Needless to say, the success of this World Cup has led to further growth in the popularity of hockey. On the advice of Johan Wakkie, the councillors responsible for sports in The Hague and Amsterdam had earlier reserved a substantial amount for hockey. ‘The Netherlands is becoming impoverished at a variety of levels, but hockey still remains standing. In terms of the number of members in the Netherlands it is one of the three growth sports. In the west of the country, clubs already have waiting lists.’
The success of the chosen approach – a World Cup with sporting, educative and cultural secondary activities – raises the question of whether it would not also benefit football. They both have their doubts about this, however. ‘The large numbers of people alone – both players and supporters – that you would have to accommodate would place enormous demands on safety. We had only two complexes at a single location, you can cope with that. Football is even more of a national sport, where you see the behaviour of all sections of society. What football however can learn from this is that if families are more involved, behaviour changes. As soon as the hockey match begins, people would not dream of behaving as they do at football.’
The question ‘Where do we go from here? ’ then arises. ‘Together with the entire hockey world we shall have to hold on to this momentum and success’, Erik Gerritsen begins. ‘At the same time we won´t be resting on our laurels. We shall continue in our usual way, building on our success and remaining alert. Society changes. You can’t do it alone. You have to continue to provide added value to the clubs.’
He realizes that the concept of the 2014 World Cup will be difficult to copy on an international scale. Hockey is more popular in the Netherlands. ‘Asian countries have less of a club culture. You can, however, adapt it to the local situation, connect the match element to local themes - and you need ambition.’
‘It´s in all our interests to develop the sport further’, adds Johan Wakkie. ‘You’re doing it for the sake of the sport itself. For the future it’s vital that pitches are installed, also at multisport level, like the Cruyff Courts. The message is: install some pitches for recreational sports and schools. Schools are an important partner as they’re able to do something educational with them. The FIH wants to involve India and Pakistan more, but even more important than one or two tournaments in those countries is having lots of pitches. The international world of hockey would benefit from the installation of more pitches across the world. And TenCate is ideal for this.’
That brings us to the role of TenCate as a whole. For Johan Wakkie it is clear: TenCate must continue to highlight its profile and together with the installer ‘make a lot more noise’. He pointed to what happened at ADO Den Haag football club, where the sub-layer is suitable for both football and hockey. ‘A combination pitch like that with the e-layer at its core is worth its weight in gold. Then you can hold multiple tournaments and organize an event on the same base layer in just a couple of weeks. At the Kyocera Stadium as the showroom you can install a state-of-the-art pitch. In fact, it would be ideal to build a new sports complex around the Kyocera Stadium. This would make it much livelier and you would use the stadium differently and more frequently. And in this way you show how flexible you can be.’
When it comes to leisure or free-time activities, it’s mainly a question of sport and recreation. TenCate serves this end market via four market groups: TenCate Outdoor Fabrics and TenCate Grass, and to a more modest extent TenCate Advanced Composites and TenCate Geosynthetics.
There’s a good chance that anyone who spends his or her free time camping, walking or playing sport will come across TenCate materials. For the end market sport and recreation the material technology concern develops and produces synthetic turf (sport and landscaping) and outdoor fabrics (camping tents and awnings), composite materials for sports articles, and geosynthetics for recreational purposes. TenCate incorporates special characteristics (functionalities) into these materials based on the worldwide trends ‘safety’ and ‘sustainability’.
GreenFields® TX has attracted the interest of a large number of national hockey associations as a result of profiling during last summer’s world championships in The Hague.
Leisure activities and sports require safe and sustainable facilities. High-grade outdoor fabrics offer protection against sun, UV radiation, rain, fire, wind, snow and unwelcome visibility. Synthetic turf saves on water consumption and maintenance, prevents injuries and creates an even playing field.
A tepee based on TenCate Campshield™
Outdoor recreation, such as camping, is perhaps the most widely pursued leisure activity. Camping gives a feeling of freedom and appeals to growing environmental awareness. TenCate Outdoor Fabrics operates especially in the higher segments of both the camping and awning markets. The outdoor fabrics from Nijverdal are used in awnings, group tents, dome tents, tepees, parasols, terrace canopies, porches and a number of specialties for both private use and tour operators and festival organizers.
The market for synthetic turf continues to grow worldwide, not only for sport but also for landscaping. The demand for high-grade fibres, backing, infill and sports systems is picking up, and more attention is being given to quality and the ‘look & feel’ of landscaping projects. New (woven or tufted) synthetic turf systems for top-flight sport, such as GreenFields® TX for hockey and GreenFields® MX for football, have set a new standard.
Dutch professional football is expressing more interest in synthetic turf. This interest is being translated into a growing number of orders for synthetic turf systems and the XtraGrass™ system of GreenFields for both professional and amateur football. XtraGrass™ is a hybrid system, consisting of synthetic grass fibres and biodegradable fibres. XtraGrass™ is a patented, 100% recyclable synthetic turf system that can be tailored to fit any football ground.
Geosynthetics and composite materials are also used in the application field ‘During leisure’. For example TenCate Geosynthetics also manufactures trampoline fabric, fabrics for swimming pool covers, windscreens, and fencing for privacy purposes and crowd control. Composite materials form part of the bodywork of racing and sports cars, as well as vehicles and boats powered by solar energy and other sustainable sources of energy. In addition composites are used in golf articles, sports shoes, tennis rackets, bicycles, hockey sticks, skates etc.]]>
The TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system is a system for the active protection of ground vehicle crews from the devastating effects of insurgent landmines, roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The system mitigates the launch accceleration of the vehicle, jump height and the ensuing fall back to earth, as well as the transfer of energy from the blast impulse on the crew. This helps to save lives and considerably reduce long-term, debilitating injuries. The system also contributes to savings in weight, space and costs of traditional passive armor solutions. It can be retrofitted onto vehicle platforms and adapted to meet changing threat levels. The TenCate ABDS® active blast countermeasure system is a part of a raft of measures that can increase crew survivability.
A Stryker combat aircraft in action (photo: US Army, Sgt. William Howard)
Research in the US was conducted for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This part of the US Department of Defense is responsible for the development of military technology. The tests on the active vehicle protection, which was fitted onto a heavy combat vehicle, took place at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds (Maryland). This is where the US Army tests weapons, ammunition and rolling stock.
The devastating effects of an exploding IED (photo: C-52 of 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team)
In the current phase of the development programme it is all about establishing that the protection solution helps to save the lives of military personnel and to reduce the number of debilitating injuries. If the entire programme goes according to plan, the commercial introduction of the system can in principle take place in 2017. Major military vehicle programmes are planned for that year. These are possibly the most important platforms for the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system. It is down to ministries to formulate the specifications for these military vehicle programmes. This involves a new protection solution and thus a new standard.
'The TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system is the new response. You can combine active and passive protection.'
For Helle Specht and Peter Bertelsen, Managing Director of TenCate Advanced Armour Denmark and Managing Director of the TenCate Active Protection business unit of TenCate Advanced Armour respectively, one thing is clear. ‘We must demonstrate that the software is good and that the system works when required and not otherwise.’ They compare it to the airbag, which is now an indisputable part of every car, but was preceded by a long process of research and acceptance.
‘Increasing threats in the future will stretch the capability of passive protection beyond its limits’, continues Helle Specht. ‘The TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system is the new response. You can combine active and passive protection; they go hand in hand. You protect the vehicle against impact with passive armour and have an active system to protect against the force of the blast.’]]>
The ash will settle out in the larger rivers, causing the river beds to rise, resulting in major flooding. Structures using TenCate Geotube® containers with an impact-resistant geotextile were evaluated to see their effectiveness in generating ash build-up and retainage.
TenCate Geotube® unit being filled. In the background Mount St. Helens
Mount Saint Helens was once 2,950 metres high. As a result of the huge eruption of this volcano in Skamania County on 18 May 1980, part of it was lost, so that its height is now just 2,550 metres. When it erupted, more than two billion cubic metres of volcanic ash and debris was blasted some 20 kilometres into the sky, which then thundered down the mountain in an immense landslide of mud and rock. The Corps of Engineers managed to offset the impact of the flow of debris into the Toutle, Cowlitz and Columbia rivers. The Spirit Lake tunnel, completed in 1985, helped stabilise the water levels of the lake. And a sediment retention strucure, completed in 1989, helps to keep immense quantities of sediment from rushing down the Toutle river, preventing significant flooding and navigation problems. Nevertheless, sediment from the avalanche continues to cause flooding concerns to the more than 50,000 inhabitants of Castle Rock, Kelso, Lexington and Longview, which lie downstream on the Cowlitz river.
TenCate Geotube® unit in the horseshoe-shaped structures using piles, planks and tree roots. This created eddies, where sediment would be deposited, thus generating islands of ash
The Corps recently evaluated two sediment retention structures to see the effectiveness of generating ash build-up and retainage. One system was a cross-valley structure (CVS), created by driving piles into the riverbed and then joined by heavy planks, making a labyrinth checker board system of different levels. By directing the river flow through this, the sediment is deposited into the system. The second system consisted of a combination of horseshoe-shaped structures, with piles, planks and tree roots. This created eddies, where sediment would be deposited, thus generating islands of ash. For this containers based on TenCate Geotube® technology were used. With local volcanic ash as fill material, they block and divert the Toutle river around an island, generating a containment area for the diverted river, forcing the Toutle river to go through the CVS, and not allow it to scour between the CVS and the island, while taking the full force of the river with debris.
The sediment retention structure in the North Fork Toutle River is 575 m long and 56 m high. The aim was to prevent flooding downstream by containing the sediment from Mount Saint Helens (in the background)
This is the first time that volcanic ash has been used to fill geotextile tube containers and to make a structure. The containers must be tight to both the CVS and the island, while having the full height and mass to ensure stability. This required that they have connections that are flat and tight so that they will seal completely. They are, after all, subject to a continuously flowing, strong river current carrying debris, from full-size trees to volcanic boulders, as well as abrasive volcanic ash.
The CVS structure
Mount St Helens and its vicinity
The continuous monitoring and measurements have to date shown positive results. The structures with TenCate Geotube® are doing what they were intended to do. The added benefit of using volcanic ash at the site has resulted in a solid, sturdy system.]]>
The Ronald McDonald House provides housing and support services for children and parents during long term illnesses where the parent or family would be at a financial hardship if they had to stay in hotels. Over the past ten years, this fundraiser has generated over $600,000 in funds to help support the very important work of the Ronald McDonald House. TenCate was pleased to play a role in this important community endeavor.
From left to right Joe and Mary Jane Morris, Gina and Steve Mead, Linda and Bob Shimkus and Michael Cichon. Joe Morris is President TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Steve Mead is VP Sales & Marketing, Bob Shimkus is VP Finance & Administration and Michael Cichon is Director of Marketing. Attending but not on the picture is Jim Mondo, VP Thermoplastic Technology
The opening ceremony was performed by from right to left Loek de Vries (President and CEO of TenCate), Theo Rietkerk (member of the Provincial Executive of Overijssel) and Martin Olde Weghuis (chairman foundation board OICAM)
OICAM in Nijverdal is an integral network of companies and knowledge institutes in the region of Twente. Together they focus on sharing knowledge of, conducting research into and developing high-grade materials and material technology. The main objective of the centre is to establish an open, innovative and creative environment, in which new ideas and technologies relating to advanced materials are fully developed in joint ventures.
Advanced materials play a major role in technological innovation. This applies in particular to the region of Twente, which will from now on be called Materials Valley. These are advanced materials that ‘make a difference’ and they form a key objective for regional development. The OICAM will also facilitate the design, organization and implementation of complete development projects.]]>
The team will soon be able to test their design for a futuristic transportation system in the final in California. TenCate Advanced Composites UK provided the team with thermoset carbon prepregs, adhesive film and Nomex® honeycomb core material.
Animation of the Delft Hyperloop
The Hyperloop is an innovative concept for a future transport and transit system with capsules (pods) in a system of air pressure tubes. The concept is the brainchild of Elon Musk, CEO and chief designer of the aerospace firm SpaceX. In 2015, this company instigated the Hyperloop Pod Competition in order to stimulate the development of a working prototype. He challenged student teams and companies throughout the world to design, build and test their own Hyperloop pod. This was grist to the mill for the team from TU Delft, one of 124 teams from 20 countries that submitted a proposal.
Permanent magnets have been chosen to allow the pod to glide in the tunnel. If these magnets, which are placed under the pod, move over a conductive base plate, the pod automatically levitates. This minimises both energy consumption and the construction costs of the track
Delft Hyperloop is working on a safe, rapid, reliable and inexpensive pod. The transport pod must reach a speed of more than 1,000 kilometres an hour and be able to carry both passengers and freight. Unlike pneumatic despatch, the transport system does not work with overpressure. The low pressure in the tubes means the air drag is so low that travelling speed can almost reach the speed of sound. Delft Hyperloop has selected a design for a carbon-fibre pod weighing only 149 kg, with an aerodynamic shape and electrodynamic suspension.
An impression of the interior
Tim Houter captains the Delft team. In Texas, he had the opportunity to exchange ideas with Elon Musk. ‘We brainstormed on our approach, the realisation of the Hyperloop, whether it should be an underground or overground system … and I also explained the design and its scalability.’
At the beginning of February, back in the Netherlands, the team started building the prototype for the final. Now it’s a question of producing and assembling the components. No easy task: each component is custom-made and will have to be turned and milled, just like the moulds. ‘Afterwards, we will make a large-scale test model, with rotating discs to simulate the speed of the test track.’
The team behind Delft Hyperloop
Tim Houter describes himself and the other team members as ‘engineers with a passion for technology in general and for mobility in particular’ − with environmental friendliness as a guideline. He says that the transport sector is one of the biggest consumers of energy in the world. ‘Mobility has always been a complex issue. It is high time for innovation. After the boat, car, train and aeroplane, the Hyperloop is the new form of transport.’
A number of companies have now committed themselves as partners to the team. One of these is TenCate Advanced Composites UK (Langley Mill). For the Formula 1 market, the company produces epoxy resin systems for impact structures (reinforcement against impact) and for application in the suspension, brake lines, gearboxes, bedplates and monocoque. The plant is an important material supplier for the team from Delft, providing it with thermoset carbon prepregs (fabric and UD tape), adhesive film, and a Nomex® honeycomb core for the pod floor.
‘Through utilising the materials from TenCate Advanced Composites, we are capable of creating environmentally friendly transportation for the future!’
The end game will take place in the summer of 2016, near the headquarters of SpaceX in Hawthorne (California).]]>
TenCate focuses primarily on markets where standards apply to the safety and protection of people, materials and the environment. This results in the development of materials and solutions in systems that meet critical market demands, because these demands can be of vital importance. The aspect of sustainability is one of the drivers of end-user marketing. To an increasing extent, the provision of a sustainable, responsible solution is of overriding importance to processers and end-users of TenCate materials.]]>
SBV Excelsior is already familiar with playing on synthetic turf at home as there has been synthetic turf in the Woudestein Stadium since 2010. ‘We have now opted for a new turf surface,’ explained the general director Ferry de Haan earlier to RTV Rijnmond. ‘It will be a faster field, without the black rubber granules that you saw flying up every time.’ The choice fell on GreenFields® MX Trimension. It has been approved according to the FIFA 2 Star standard. The infill consists of green coated granules of synthetic rubber (SBR). As the grass yarns are packed closely together, less infill is necessary.
The kick-off on Saturday 28 June introduced players and trainer Marinus Dijkhuizen of Excelsior to the GreenFields® MX Trimension system (picture). They are well pleased with the attractiveness, evenness and natural appearance of the surface. The colours are brighter and the (sprayed) white line markings look fresher than before. That Saturday general director Ferry de Haan, head of communication Vincent Wernke and mascot Woutje praised the new playing field in similar terms.
Not only do the first team and the youth teams train and play on the field, but social activities also take place. ‘There is something to do nearly every day,’ says Vincent Wernke. And just as in the Polman Stadium in Almelo, towards the end of a match the youngsters are already dreaming of kicking a ball around on the field come the final whistle.
Ferry de Haan (general director SBV Excelsior) and Miranda Laseroms (GreenFields)
Talks about replacing the existing synthetic field in Woudestein Stadium began even before promotion to the top division was an fact. ‘Nothing beats a perfect natural grass surface, but where can you find one of those nowadays?’ says general manager Ferry de Haan. ‘We are a progressive club that’s keen to develop talent. We got talking to one another through the tender. The advance of synthetic grass is a good development. The conditions are always the same for everyone. We want to go along with this and contribute to the development.’
This fits in with the vision and way of working of the supplier GreenFields: listening to the experiences and wishes of players and on this basis continuing to develop. Miranda Laseroms is sales manager at GreenFields and is also involved in the sale of CED projects. She knows that not every coach and player immediately goes for synthetic grass. ‘That’s why we also attach great importance to the changes experienced by sportsmen and women when they play on synthetic turf. What does our synthetic turf mean for the game and the techniques? How can we improve our products even further?’ Both Ferry de Haan and Miranda Laseroms know that a generation of footballers is growing up that is comfortable with synthetic turf. ‘In fact the youth only want synthetic turf,’ according to the general manager. ‘A club such as Ajax takes a critical view, but does like polished football – and synthetic turf is ideal for this. It’s a world solution.’
For the Spartans synthetic turf is something new. They have a GreenFields® MX Trimension system with infill composed of sand, green coated SBR and cork. The choice of the lords of the Castle was motivated by savings. As teams can always train and play on synthetic turf, it is more advantageous than natural grass. The grass surface of the Castle was used only 75 hours a year, whereas the synthetic turf field can be used 1500 hours. The youth teams, as well as part of the youth training, are going to make use of it as well. ‘Maintenance costs will decrease significantly,’ explains director Manfred Laros. ‘In total cost savings of nearly two million euros can be realized over five years.’ This is not to say the first division club is a definite convert. The state of the field and the experiences will be gradually evaluated throughout the coming season.
‘Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens.’ This briefly sums up the vision of the company in Burlington and, when it came to the safety requirements, it responded wholeheartedly. All aspects of safety and damage prevention concerning the most valuable assets of the company − employees and plant ̶ were identified, assessed on the basis of the applicable criteria and, where necessary, improved. The company satisfied the conditions and received the award.
The facility of TenCate Advanced Composites is very pleased with ‘this prestigious recognition’, but realizes that this is just the beginning not the end. It warmly subscribes to the words of the applauded actress and screen writer Lily Tomlin: ‘The road to success is always under construction.’ As purchasing manager Osaid Syed says in closing, ‘We will continue our efforts to make this plant one of the safest business entities of TenCate.’
The Swiss rotorcraft manufacturer has selected these composite materials because of their mechanical characteristics, flight pedigree, and the experience of TenCate in supporting new aircraft and helicopter programmes.
The SKYe SH-09 is a versatile single-engine helicopter. The machine is suitable for passenger transport (seats up to eight), search and rescue operations in mountainous or otherwise poorly accessible areas, for surveillance, spraying activities and firefighting, and for supporting police and fire services, press agencies, training and instruction. In addition to the choice of materials, particularly striking is the innovative, ergonomic and intuitive man-machine interface with a modular glass cockpit.
The aerodynamics are excellent and pilots have the benefit of a more or less unobstructed view. The composites-based construction ensures high crash resistance and weight reduction. Thanks to the multiple use of composites, the helicopter registers good flight performance figures in terms speed and load. The SKYe SH-09 can fly at a height of 4.5 km, and has a cruise speed of 270 km/hr and a range of 800 km.
A further noteworthy characteristic is its extremely low noise, not only inside the large cabin itself but also externally. The Swiss company Air Zermatt is the launching customer for the machine. Air Zermatt specialises in rescue operations in the mountains and under extremely cold conditions. The main factors influencing the company’s decision to opt for this new aircraft concept were the increasingly stringent demands in terms of performance and noise development, in combination with the desired flexibility.
“Marenco Swisshelicopter and TenCate Advanced Composites really are a perfect match”, says Dave Clarke (Group Director TenCate Advanced Composites Americas). “Both companies are nimble, innovative and disruptive in our respective markets. And, we both realize that speed matters. In our industry, standard lead times from the 2-3 largest suppliers are months, not weeks. This simply does not work when you need to support an aggressive development and qualification program, such as the Marenco SKYe-09. In addition, the team at Marenco really approaches us as a partner – we have open, honest and creative dialogue with them that really shows their commitment and desire to build a long term, sustainable partnership with us. We really appreciate this sort of partnership with our customers.”
The first flight on October 2, 2014]]>
Photo courtesy of the NFL and Buffalo Bills
The combination of this technology and these synthetic grass fibres offers the best of two worlds and the result is a sports surface with optimal and sustainable playing characteristics that looks like a natural grass field in top condition.
The fields are based on the TenCate Monoslide Ultra™ synthetic grass fibre with TenCate XQ™ technology and the TenCate XP Blade™ synthetic grass fibre.
TenCate Monoslide Ultra™ synthetic grass fibre with TenCate XQ™ technology and TenCate XP Blade™ synthetic grass fibre offers the best of two worlds. The monofilament synthetic grass fibres feature a ribbed crescent shape. The crescent-shaped structure developed by TenCate ensures resilience and a natural appearance. This 3D structure performs best in conjunction with the patented TenCate XQ™ technology. This ensures the necessary strength to withstand the most significant stresses on the synthetic grass fibres. TenCate XP Blade™ has been used in the installation of more than 3,500 sports fields and playing surfaces worldwide over the last eight years.]]>
Xennia and machine manufacturer Reggiani are at the point of introducing the first customer to XenInx Amethyst.
The XenInx Amethyst reactive dye decoration ink of Xennia will be available for delivery from September this year. XenInx Amethyst delivers excellent performances across the full gamut of colour. It is an environmentally friendly water-based ink that offers excellent print quality on cotton and other textile materials, and is consequently ideal for reliable use in systems such as those of Xennia and Reggiani.
One component concerns increasing the accessibility of the business terrain for lorries and shipping. In this regard it was necessary to dredge the industrial harbour and the 400-metre-long entry channel from the River IJssel, as well as repair the crumbling northern bank along the channel. By using ® technology (in combination with polymer technology), a good part of the sludge could be safely stored and then processed into the bank.
TenCate Geotube® units filled with contaminated sludge and dewatered (filtered), serve as ‘building blocks’ for the bank under repair. There’s no question of environmental load and in addition savings are made in building materials, which otherwise would have had to be transported from elsewhere. The rest of the sludge could be used to turn a former eroded well into a nature-friendly’ bank.
The Werdenbergersee, located between Werdenberg and the small neighbouring town of Buchs had become silted up and in some places the lake had dried up. It therefore needed to be dredged. It was decided to use a cost-effective, more environment-friendly and faster solution: dewatering the dredged sludge using TenCate Geotube®.
TenCate Geotube® is a technology developed by TenCate for dewatering (filtration) and bank protection. 16,000 m³ of sludge was dewatered and removed in less than eight weeks. After the dewatering process 10,000 tons of dry matter will be recycled as valuable compost.
The new port of Lach Huyen on the eastern side of Cat Hai island is suitable for handling large container vessels and the government is looking forward to the expected growth in transhipment. The new 15.6 km-long highway will link the Hanoi-Haiphong expressway on the mainland to the port of Lach Huyen. A 5.4 km-long bridge, with 84 spans supported by piers, is under construction where the connecting road runs over the combined estuary of the rivers Bach Dang and Cam. The part of the bridge spanning the navigational channel measures half a kilometre.
Work on the construction platform (in an easterly direction)
To facilitate the bridge construction, two works platforms have been reclaimed, each 26 metres wide and in total 4.1 kilometres long. This is where TenCate Geotube® technology plays a role: 23.5 kilometres of TenCate Geotube® containers, each 50 metres in length and varying in diameter from 4.6 to 9.5 metres. No less than 500,000 cubic metres of sand are needed for building the works platforms. This sand was extracted in the immediate vicinity and stored in a depot near the bridge.
Work on the construction platform (in a westerly direction)
Construction of the works platforms started in September 2014 and was completed in mid-May 2015. TenCate Geotube® containers with a standard length of 15 metres and a circumference of 9.5 metres are also used for the dike around the 600,000 cubic meters capacity dredged spoil containment facility.
Work on the construction platform, with a row of TenCate Geotube® containers clearly visible
The works platforms reclaimed with the aid of TenCate Geotube® are embedded in a future land reclamation project.
Solutions using this technology mean savings in costs and construction time, as well as a reduced CO2 footprint. Use is made of locally available sand.
Diagram showing the works platform, also known as access road B (Schematic provided by Sumitomo, contractor)
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Currently turnover in automotive composites is developing positively. Carbon-fibre thermoset composite prepreg material from TenCate is used for the production of the entire monocoque of the Alfa Romeo 4C (photo). In addition TenCate is working together with the Swiss company Kringlan Composites on the manufacture of car parts based on thermoplastic composites (see photo below). The emphasis lies on high-grade components that increase safely and reduce weight, such as wheel rims. Composite rims are more that 25 percent lighter than conventional rims.
The use of composites for automotive purposes has already proved valuable in demonstrators, prototypes and finished vehicles such as Superbus and cars powered by sun or wind energy. Examples include the vehicles of the DUT Racing Team and Team Antarctica, the Go4Dakar, the REDEngine of the University of Twente (picture below), the Anemo wind-driven car and the NovaBike motorbike. They perform under both artic and tropical conditions. Composite materials withstand corrosion, impact and exceptionally high and low temperatures.
Photo: Jerome Wassenaar
A less well known contribution to the field of sports by TenCate composites and resin systems over the years relates to materials for cycle handlebars, inline skates, tennis rackets, hockey sticks and skates, cycle helmets and athletic shoes. Thermoplastic composite makes shoes and other sports articles lighter, more resilient and more durable.
The facilities of TenCate Advanced Composites in Camarillo (United States) and Burlington (Canada) are important suppliers of these materials to the sports industry.
The components, such as synthetic turf fibre, carpet design, shock pad, infill and combinations of these, determine performance, characteristics, consistency and sustainability. The subsoil, the construction and the maintenance of the pitch also play an important part in the performance of the pitch in both the short and the long term. TenCate Grass is well positioned to test new and innovative components and to monitor their performance in various synthetic turf systems.
Bart Wijers: ‘There are three things that are really important here: sport performance, consistency and reusability.’
During the research and development work, the sportsperson is of key importance for TenCate Grass, says Bart Wijers. ‘Sport-technical performance and the sportsperson’s perception are of added value whatever sport is being played. In this we are unique. And, of course we do not lose sight of playability, comfort or consistency. In the global synthetic turf industry we often work with advisers and architects who write tenders. Their aim is to achieve a minimum of quality, but the result is that every other supplier too offers the same, and then for the lowest price. This leaves little room for integrating one’s own value or vision into the end product. We aim to show our customers that we have the knowledge and capabilties to achieve the desired result. The specifications can then be drawn up on the basis of a set of requirements, enabling us to be in a better position to offer on added value.’ TenCate Grass also looks at the reuseability of materials, such as the shock pad, and at the potential for as much reuse as possible at the end of their service life.
TenCate Grass is working together with kinetics technologists at the universities of Maastricht and of Amsterdam
Any synthetic turf producer whose focus is first and foremost on the sportsperson cannot avoid the aspect of biomechanics. The movements of footballers and hockey players occur both through and in muscles, joints, joint capsules, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Biomechanics looks at the effects of the forces that are exerted on the human body. These movements are analysed, as is the input from the sportspersons themselves. ‘The use of a three-dimensional camera system that registers movement allows us to follow the sportspersons and calculate the forces behind their movements’, continues Bart Wijers. ‘It is then down to us to find those materials and the composition of synthetic turf that provide the sportsperson with maximum support.'
Incidentally, the results of all the research to date have been used primarily for the development of synthetic turf hockey pitches. The KNHB (The Dutch Hockey Association) is also involved in this. ‘Hockey has a relatively simple synthetic turf system: there is, for example, no infill. You have just two components, so the number of variables is limited. Football synthetic turf, on the other hand, has four components and thus so many more combinations.’
This lightweight material is flexible, resistant to radiation and completly flame and heat retardant.
Eric van de Weerd is a helicopter pilot with Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen: ‘Because I have absolute confidence in the flight suit I wear, I can concentrate entirely on flying the helicopter.’
He could have flown an F16, but that didn’t appeal to Eric van de Weerd. Instead, he opted for the helicopter: an aircraft that is at least as complicated to fly as a plane. He demonstrates the intricacies: ‘you determine the direction with your feet and apply the brakes with your toes. With your left hand you take the helicopter up and determine the direction in which you go up with your right hand. And then we have the theory. The aerodynamics of a helicopter are much more complicated that those of a plane, because the rotating blades themselves also create an airstream.’
Eric van de Weerd is now a helicopter pilot with Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV). From the airport at Den Helder he and his colleagues mainly transport personnel and freight from and to drilling platforms and ships. ‘You could regard us as a taxi company’, he says. ‘The coastguards also use us when looking for missing persons and during sea rescue operations and we are also able to help in putting out fires.’ Helicopters are manoeuvrable and fast, they can land on a very small area and under difficult conditions. The largest helicopter of the NHV fleet, the Airbus H175 which Eric van de Weerd flies, can carry as many as sixteen passengers. He is an experienced pilot, who flew for a long time for the defence forces: on the Cougar and the Apache. A year in Afghanistan demanded the utmost of him. ‘What the most difficult part was? Night landings near a mountain top while the enemy is just around the corner. In that respect my work is now a great deal easier.’
An Airbus H175 in action
The greatest risk factor for a helicopter pilot is the weather. That is why he always has to be prepared for water, wind, cold or heat, as well as for fire. The fuel tanks are close by and, in the rare event of the helicopter crashing, they could burst into flame. All these factors are taken into consideration for the pilot’s outfit, even though he is sitting comfortably in an enclosed space with climate control for most of the time. In additoin to the above factors, wearing comfort is of course an important requirement. ‘We wear a flight suit as standard practice’, says Eric van de Weerd. ‘This has to have a comfortable fit and not be too tight. Our suits are made to measure, and thus they fit perfectly.’ The dark blue flight suits worn by the NHV pilots are made of TenCate Defender™ M protective fabric. The material is comfortable, has a low weight and is thoroughly flame and heat retardant – even after being washed a thousand times. The material can also withstand ‘cosmic radiation’: radio waves at a great height.
‘We fly at a maximum of six thousand feet, so for us that specific feature is not so relevant’, says Eric van de Weerd, ‘but for F16 pilots for example it is certainly important.’ In winter we need another couple of layers of clothing on top of this. ‘If the seawater is colder than 14 degrees Celsius we have to wear a dry suit over our flight suit’, Eric van de Weerd tells us. ‘I myself like to wear long underwear underneath my flight suit.’
The complete package – the more layers, the better – is the best protection against the elements. And having that certainty makes it a lot more pleasant, is his conclusion. ‘My clothing protects me against the elements, but I rarely think about that’, says Eric van de Weerd. ‘Since I have complete confidence in the flight suit that I’m wearing, I can concentrate entirely on flying the helicopter. And I also know that my aircraft is one of the best in the world. I never feel unsafe, and actually, I feel safer in my helicopter than I do on the road!’]]>
With the aid of ®, clean sludge was converted into a natural cap (a layer of clean soil) on top of the seal. is used to monitor the seal on the waste in one of the basins that were created on top of the natural cap.
On www.tencategeodetect.com you will find a link to a YouTube film about the installation and the first measurements.
Design and image: Vista Landschapsarchitectuur en Stedenbouw, Prinsengracht 253, 1016 GV Amsterdam; tel. +31 20 6224431]]>
With a capacity of 350 megawatts, Central Hidroelectrica Angostura in the Bio-Bio River south of Santa Barbara is the largest hydroelectric power station in Chile.
To complete the building of a dam for the power station, it was necessary to construct a (temporary) coffer dam at the downstream exit of a primary river bypass tunnel 11 metres high by 25 metres wide. This dam was to prevent river water flowing into the tunnel when work was in progress. The builders could then remove a 7-metre-thick concrete plug.
Because of the force of the river and water depths ranging from 4 to 7 metres, as well as the restricted use of heavy equipment and the minimum flow requirements, a robust and cost-efficient solution was demanded. The choice fell on TenCate Geotube® technology.
A coffer dam is a temporary closure across a body of water that allows the enclosed area to be pumped out to create a dry working environment. The coffer dam in the Bio-Bio River had to be able to withstand the pressure and turbulence of the river. After it had been pumped out, the work tunnel had to provide the builders with dry safe working conditions.
In addition, the installation and ultimate removal of the coffer dam had to take place without interrupting the river flow or the work on the hydroelectric dam.
Furthermore, it was important to ensure that the river across which the dam is being built should retain a constant minimum flow downstream during and after the construction. This refers to the average quantity of water (in m3) that a river discharges per unit of time, and in this case a minimum flow between 300 and 1000 m3 per second was applicable. To achieve this, primary and secondary bypass tunnels had to be bored via the rock formation to the mountain side of the river.
To complicate matters even further, the exit channel in question was 35 metres below any access road or working platform and was inaccessible for construction machinery. In short, it had to be possible to install and remove the coffer dam without using heavy equipment.
After weighing up all the requirements, the contractor selected the coffer dam based on TenCate Geotube® technology, as proposed by the company Novatech of Santiago, Chile. A number of arguments decided the issue: the design flexibility facilitating adaptation to changing water levels, the high safety factor, the relatively easy installation, the limited time involved in installation and dismantling, and the lower costs in comparison with alternatives.
Although the original design was based on six filled tubes and a height of 8 metres, ultimately 10 tubes were stacked in pyramid form, reaching a height of 9 metres. As soon as the coffer dam was installed, the builders could remove the thick concrete plug with pneumatic drills. A start could then be made on removing the tubes.]]>
TenCate Geosynthetics has three business units: Civil Works (infrastructure), Water & Environment (hydrological and environmental projects) and Industrial Fabrics (agriculture, horticulture, livestock farming and recreation). The product portfolio of Industrial Fabrics includes fabrics for covering and insulating swimming pools, for trampolines, and for sheltering and separating tennis courts and terraces.
The production of TenCate Permatron® trampoline fabric is carried out at TenCate Industrial Zhuhai and – for the North and South American market and Latin America – at TenCate Geosynthetics in Cornelia (Georgia, United States).
The market in this part of the world is stable, although there has been marked growth in recent years thanks to the popularity of indoor trampoline parks. So it’s not only private consumers that are more frequently buying a trampoline. In Europe too the coming of trampoline halls, such as Bounz with its trampoline arenas and tumble tracks, signals further professionalization.
There are two qualities of covering for swimming pools (safety pool covers) and these are produced at the TenCate factories in Cornelia and Nijverdal. The summer quality is a double-layer heat-retention fabric that combats evaporation and therefore heat loss. The winter quality serves as a safety net, shielding the pool from dirt, falling leaves and other sources of contamination, and helping to substantially limit the growth of bacteria. Both fabrics help to protect children and animals if they accidentally end up in the pool.
Swimming pool covers, both for the private market and for resorts, hotels and the like, generate a significant part of the sales revenue of the business unit Industrial Fabrics. This market too is fairly stable. Like trampolines, swimming pools are more popular in the United States than in Europe – particularly in the southern states, where temperatures are higher. ‘When I travel by airplane, I’m always amazed to see how many homes have pools in the back yard,’ says Mark Torre, sales manager National & Industrial Accounts of TenCate Geosynthetics. New developments such as digital printing can help the customer and end-user to achieve distinction in design and colour – although such applications are seldom used as yet.
In Cornelia TenCate also produces skimmer covers, windscreens for tennis courts and materials for barriers. Skimmer covers protect fixed or floating filters (skimmers) in a swimming pool or pond. Materials for privacy screening and crowd control facilitate wind and visual protection, the efficient marshalling of large groups of people at major events and the separation of activities, such as cartridge collection at paintball matches.
In the United States we also find geosynthetics around football and baseball pitches, in coverings for athletics fields (for example during the performance of cheerleaders) and even in the cushions of stadium seats. TenCate shade fabric is very popular on camping sites in Italy.
Geosynthetics for the sport and recreation market constitute a business-to-business activity, where distributers and installers play an important role in marketing and sales. They buy the rolls of geosynthetics and process them on site. According to Julie Patty, market manager Industrial Fabrics in Pendergrass (Georgia), social media are rarely used at the moment for marketing these and other materials. ‘In this respect we’re still in the initial stage. Our customers do make use of Facebook but there is also considerable word-of-mouth advertising. Anyone who goes to a tennis club or swimming pool is automatically exposed to it.’
The American and European sister companies cooperate in product development, although some regional differences still remain. In the United States the fabric is calendered, making it shiny and smoother, but there is no demand for this in the European market. In the United States TenCate has developed hurricane barrier fabric − storm-resistant material comparable to trampoline fabric and available in different colours. Its primary function is to protect the property of home and hotel owners against flying rubble and torrential rains. It is light in weight, flexible and resistant to UV and chemicals.]]>
GreenSource, the combination of synthetic turf and water treatment, will make it possible to use drinking water and other water management worldwide both on sports complexes and on landscaping based on synthetic turf. This applies particularly in areas where water shortages prevail or only polluted water is available.
GreenSource was presented on the occasion of the opening of the Open Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (OICAM) in Nijverdal on 7 July (picture Wim Journee). On a synthetic turf lawn in front of the OICAM building and a test arrangement inside, the process was demonstrated. TenCate provided the top layer of the system: the synthetic turf and underlying geotextile. The water filters came from Pentair X-Flow, which is skilled in membrane and ultra-filtration technology. TenCate is currently working on the development of a synthetic turf fibre which will attract and absorb condensation from the air.]]>
The aim is to reduce the number of traffic jams and ensure that the surrounding area is safer and remains accessible. The road is therefore being widened from 2 x 3 to 2 x 5 traffic lanes, which translates into an additional 85 kilometres in total.
One problem is that the A15 runs through a region with poor soil conditions. Construction work on a weak subgrade runs the risk of subsidence, leading to a damaged road surface. Considerable time is usually involved in soil stabilization, but by installing a pile-supported foundation under the base course, in combination with a reinforced layer of geotextile, an embankment can built in a short space of time and subsidence prevented. Piled embankments are therefore used to create a firm base.
A piled embankment consists of a foundation of piles with a reinforced base course on top. The bottom part of the base course, which is called the ‘mattress’, is composed mainly of rubble granulate that is reinforced with one or more layers of geosynthetics: a geogrid such as TenCate Miragrid® GX or geotextile such as TenCate Geolon® PET. The geosynthetic reinforcement lies at the bottom of the mattress. The most important function of a reinforced mattress is transferring the major part of the vertical load from the superstructure to the piles and absorbing the horizontal spreading forces in the base course.
By applying piled embankments with geosynthetics, construction time is reduced, leading to less traffic disruption. Fewer piles are needed and driven into the ground, and the road builder can use less building materials. The life span of such a structure is approximately one hundred years, and the road surface requires considerably less maintenance. The A15 MaVa project is being carried out in five stages and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
Floods, mudslides, and snow and rock avalanches generating immense forces can occur in mountainous areas. A snow avalanche can reach speeds of up to 250 km an hour, while a rock avalanche can register even 300 km an hour. A barrier can be erected against avalanches by installing reinforced retaining walls and slopes (mechanically stabilized earth). Site conditions impose specific demands on the design, the choice of material and the building of such constructions. Traditional solutions with only stone or concrete are economically unviable as the costs of both construction and the transport of building materials in poorly accessible terrain are high. The application of geosynthetics is an attractive solution.
At Ísafjörður (Iceland) an avalanche barrier has been built that is 14 metres high and 330 metres long.
The system consists of a galvanised steel formwork, TenCate Polyfelt® TS geotextile to separate the fill from the slope and the stone front, and three grades of TenCate Miragrid GX for soil reinforcement. The fill material is composed of locally sourced gravel and small stones, which originate from the mountain itself and are ground on site – thus saving transport costs. TenCate Polyslope® S is a tried and tested system. It consists of geosynthetics for reinforcement (TenCate Rock® PEC or TenCate Miragrid), a pre-formed steel grid, TenCate Polyfelt® Green erosion protection and locally available sand as fill material. In this way, a green vegetated bank with a natural appearance is quickly created.
Avalanche barriers based on geosynthetics can also be found in Austria at Mühlau, Eiblschrofen, Lanersbach and Kappl (picture). A barrier 650 metres long and a maximum of 26.5 metres high has been built with geosynthetics halfway up the slope from Diasbach at Kappl, involving 285,000 m² of TenCate Polyslope®. When designing a wall at Lanersbach (Tyrol) to deflect avalanches, it was decided to fully integrate this in the surrounding landscape. Lanersbach is located at a height of 1,350 metres in the Ziller Valley. This is one of the largest nature reserves in Austria, which is why the authorities insisted that the wall be covered with vegetation.
The TenCate Field in a box™ system from TenCate Grass links sport to social, educational and economic objectives. It is an integrated, easy-to-install solution based on a synthetic turf system, consisting of a synthetic turf mat measuring 40x20 metres, the substrate, boarding and other elements. The system is delivered in a single container, and then constructed on the spot and equipped with all the extras required. These include a watering system, lighting powered by solar energy and outdoor fabrics for the fencing and the roof.
Installing TenCate Accorder®
TenCate Field in a box™ can provide a boost to employment and increase the involvement of the local population. The system also reflects the global goals of the UN for sustainable development.
Watching the installation from nearby
The pitch in Madrid that was commissioned by the the UEFA Foundation for Children has as yet no extra facilities. It is located in Cañada Real Galiana, a disadvantaged neighbourhood in the Spanish capital.
The installation of the pitch in Madrid was funded by FedEx. This company is impressed by the innovative design of Field in a box™ and in particular by its sustainable aspect. FedEx Trade Networks division provides international freight forwarding services, shipping the very containers that hold the Field in a Box across the globe.
Field in a box™ in Cañada Real Galiana
FedEx is absolutely committed to investing socially in the markets where it operates, Helen Saunders (senior communications specialist Europe) says. ‘This project is an excellent example of our global “delivering for good” programme. We use our resources and network to connect local communities with access to facilities which would otherwise be out of their reach.’ FedEx has supported local communities through team member volunteer efforts and financial contributions.
Enthusiastic players on the brand new pitch
FedEx works in Madrid with La Fundación Red Deporte Y Cooperación. This local, non-governmental organisation (NGO) is committed worldwide to the promotion of education, health, integration, peace building and participation in sports. As the main sponsor of the UEFA Europa League, FedEx is collaborating with the UEFA Foundation for Children and streetfootballworld. This is a global non-profit network that uses football to drive social change and to identify communities that would benefit most from a dedicated sports pitch. This network played a significant role in this project. Red Deporte Y Cooperación is part of the streetfootballworld network.
‘We have challenged ourselves to place our investments where they can make the most difference to the world.’
TenCate Grass has already been approached by various agencies and companies both in the Netherlands and in other countries, who wish to collaborate with them regarding Field in a box™.]]>
The area, with its attractive and safe playing surface, is now usable day in, day out.
When Hedland Senior High School (South Hedland, Western Australia) decided to resurface its existing bitumen basketball court and natural grass school quadrangle, the distance of 1700 kilometres to TigerTurf office in Perth presented no problem. Tournament 1000 with TenCate Tapeslide™ PP 8800 thus goes the distance both literally and figuratively.
The basis for Tournament 1000 is PP 8800, which is manufactured in the Netherlands and Dubai. The area provides a safe, level and attractive low-maintenance surface that can now be played on day in, day out. TigerTurf will complete many more similar projects in schools during the course of 2011. Many bitumen pitches or natural grass areas will be converted into courts using TigerTurf, with various line markings for sports and play.
From right to left Kathleen Wellens, Dimitri Brekelmans, Dries van Heurck and Wim Arendsen
Wim Arendsen, regional sales manager, Benelux / UK at TenCate Protective Fabrics, worked together with garment-makers Van Heurck and distributor Vandeputte safety experts to complete the order. Van Heurck develops, produces and sells protective clothing, work and safety clothing and technical textile products, while Vandeputte develops and distributes products and services to ensure safety at work and the welfare of employees.
Allseas' Pioneering Spirit
In the markets in which TenCate operates, employee safety is paramount. Customers and end-users impose extremely exacting requirements on protection, followed by wearing comfort, lifespan and price. They want to know what the annual costs of the product are, and so also the service and purchasing costs. Vandeputte also looks at the return on safety: how the right investments in safety result in revenues. ‘If the total cost of ownership is 100, the return on safety may be as much as 200, thanks to a reduction both in absence through illness and in the number of acidents’, Dimitri Brekelmans explains.
The firefighters on both the new Pioneering Spirit, which is an impressive 382 metres long and 124 metres wide, and the other ships now have uniforms that incorporate TenCate Millenia™. The decision to purchase professional firefighting uniforms that exceed the minimum SOLAS requirements was a logical step for Allseas. When it come to construction, equipment and crew - for example firefighting equipment - sea-going ships must comply with the SOLAS guidelines (Safety of Life at Sea) and the Isle of Man guidelines. And here Allseas must, however, also take into consideration factors such as wearing comfort and working in tropical conditions. In particular, heat stress is a risk for the helicopter deck team, which has to be on duty on the helicopter deck half an hour before a landing in temperatures above 30° C. ‘In consultation with Vanderputte they therefore sought an optimal solution in which quality, comfort and price were in balance.’]]>
The collaboration between TenCate and the Foundation began in 2003. Since then TenCate as partner has supported the objectives of the Johan Cruyff Foundation: to offer children a safe and sustainable place both to play sports and to promote sporting and social integration. Thanks to the Cruyff Courts, children have the opportunity to enjoy playing sports in safety.
Johan Cruijff (left) and Ton Raaphorst
‘I see our collaboration with the Cruyff Foundation in far broader terms than just the making of synthetic turf playing surfaces’, says Ton Raaphorst on behalf of TenCate Grass. ‘As a sports-related company we belong on the social stage and we are working at promoting sports and sporting experiences, school playground improvement, sports for the disabled and a better living environment in towns and cities by improving sports opportunities in deprived areas. The fact that this results in pitches is great, but the CSR character is at least as important for TenCate.'
'Our aim is also to be able to contribute to sports and sporting experiences. We seek increasingly to reach sportsmen and women. What they find important has the highest priority for us.’
The Foundation created by Johan Cruyff is one of the societal and sporting initiatives set up by the former football star when he ended his active career. The work this non-profit organization is engaged in includes supporting sports projects for both disabled and able-bodied children and young people and the installation of modern synthetic turf playing surfaces: Cruyff Courts. Ten Cate developed the sustainable, wear-resistant TenCate XP Blade™ fibre and TenCate Thiobac Pro® C18 backing specially for these playing surfaces. On these surfaces both children and adults can play sports intensively.
Carole Thate (who stopped working as director of the Cruyff Foundation and continues as the general manager of The World of Johan Cruyff) and Ton Raaphorst. TenCate Grass would like to thank Carole Thate for the many years of enjoyable and constructive collaboration in achieving their joint objectives.
In numerous countries across the world there are now some 160 Cruyff Courts. Pictured is a Cruyff Court in Saba.]]>
Dutch Premier League club Vitesse is playing on XtraGrass™ in the 2015-2016 season, and trains on a GreenFields® MX synthetic turf. Two GreenFields® Evolution and two GreenFields® Slide Max fields have been installed at the new training complex of AZ in Wormerveer this summer: TenCate Sine® - the latest type of shock pad (shock-absorbent layer), is installed with the synthetic turf systems.
Xtra Grass™ with TenCate Sine® on Papendal
Furthermore, Telstar and MVV, both clubs playing in the Jupiler League, will also be playing on a GreenFields® Evolution XQ synthetic turf pitch in the coming season. SBV Excelsior is acquiring a new synthetic turf pitch in Stadium Woudestein. ADO Den Haag acquired the same field as Excelsior after the 2014 Hockey World Championships.
Improved sports facilities
GreenFields is also making good progress in the international arena: GreenFields® Evolution XQ with TenCate Accorder® was recently installed in the national stadium of Guinee-Bissau. The order came from FIFA: the international football organisation has a desire to improve the football and sports facilities in a large number of developing countries. GreenFields synthetic turf is now stateside: two projects in the United States involving the installation of new turf systems are a GreenFields® MX Trimension™ system for Boston University, and a GreenFields® SlideMax XP synthetic turf system for the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs.
Match in the Ricoh Arena
The list of synthetic turf systems in Great Britain based on TenCate synthetic grass fibres is also growing at an impressive rate.
May 2015 sees the beginning of work to install a full XtraGrass™ pitch at the Ricoh Arena: home of Wasps Rugby Football Club and Coventry City Football Club. With the ability to sell out the 32,600 capacity, the Wasps are making a significant investment into improving the pitch performance, which GreenFields will be responsible for the management and maintenance of for the coming five years.
The Kassam Stadium is home to Oxford United Football Club, and which is also now home to a new full size XtraGrass™ hybrid system. GreenFields has signed to undertake the maintenance of the system for the next ten years, with OUFC extremely satisfied with their new pitch, playing their first match of the season on the turf on 8th August.Fields.
Kassam Stadium, Oxford
GreenFields® TX hockey fields have also been a popular choice: Durrington High School (West Sussex), Rathdown School (Dublin, Ireland), the Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, and Bedes Senior School in Hailsham all now have the best quality hockey facilities for their students.
On the western side of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, an ultramodern sports centre with a GreenFields® MX football field is currently being built on the campus of Heriot-Watt University. At the end of March, the Scottish Minister of Sport, Jamie Hepburn, performed the ground-breaking ceremony that signalled the start of construction of this Sports Performance Centre. Oriam, as the centre will be called, is due to open its doors in the late summer of 2016.]]>
This 5-year contract employs a new a new lightweight system, the TenCate Tecasystem™ Millenia 450, in the construction for more than 1200 fire service brigade outfits. The first 300 outfits are expected to be handed over in June 2012.
The specification required a durable fire fighting suit with less maintenance costs and better protection against the risk of heat stress. Producer FlamePro (UK) Ltd has developed a new Flamepro® fire fighting suit based on advanced TenCate materials. TenCate Tecasystem™ Millenia 450 is the lightest, strongest protection system available in the market that meets the strict requirements of the European Norm EN 469/AC: 2005, level 2.
Kevan Whitehead, end-use market manager of TenCate Protective Fabrics, explains: ‘Shropshire fire fighters will benefit from a light and comfortable fire fighting suit yet still be protected in the extreme conditions experienced in a raging inferno. Fire fighters also turn out to a wide variety of other emergencies including road traffic collisions, hazardous materials, food’s and terrorist incidents. These various situations require multifunctional clothing that is lightweight, comfortable, strong and protective.’
Research demonstrated that, compared with the existing garments, the new fire suit based on TenCate Tecasystem™ - Millenia 450 requires 25 per cent less body energy, offers good protection against the danger of heat, and offers greater comfort and freedom of movement.
'Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service are a small UK Brigade (around 600 firefighters) who are very proud of their independent thinking and innovation', says Kevan Whitehead. 'Ideally they needed a fire suit, which was capable of “ticking many boxes” Shropshire produced an exacting tender specification which included weight, robustness and repair capabilities. The suit had to perform in the extremes of a compartment fire, be robust enough to withstand mechanical damage at Road Traffic Accidents and be light & comfortable enough when dealing with wildland fires.
The final suit exceeded Level 2 of EN 469 when subjected to heat and flame testing, the whole suit weighs less than 2.5Kg (the equivalent of 2.5 litres of water !) and the outershell fabric “Millenia 9180” is virtually indestructible – repair costs are likely to be none existent .'
This is the first order in the UK for a major, professional fire & rescue service. There are over 50-Brigades in the UK employing around 45,000 professional firefighters. 'The logic employed by Shropshire and their focus on both performance and full life costs will influence positively fire service officers and the politicians who need to justify budgets. Already, we are hearing of interest from other UK Brigades and the reference is also important for brigades further afield. The rest of the world watches the UK and Europe.']]>
The data provide a reliable insight into the use of the pitch and whether it is being maintained in accordance with the regulations.
The system was developed in collaboration with the Hillson Group, a company that specializes in intelligent cameras for monitoring and security systems.
The data that the generates now also make it possible for the ‘insured’ (in accordance with for example the FIFA 1- or 2-Star standard) to satisfy the registration of use and maintenance requirements laid down by the insurer.
The TenCate Field Monitoring System has now been installed at FC Breukelen and Flevo Boys football club (NL). Both pitches are FIFA 2-Star certified.]]>
On the occasion of the prolongation of the sponsor agreement on – naturally – 14 September, a meeting took place between Johan Cruijff, founder of the foundation, and Loek de Vries, president and CEO of TenCate.
Johan Cruijff: 'You must be lucky enough to run into the right people. When we started with the fields, we had two important partners, TenCate and the National Postcode Lottery, and they have formed our buttress. We could then make offers because we knew we could carry them out. This increases your reliability. And that’s why it’s so satisfying to us that these two partners are still with us. It’s an expression of trust. They support our brand; you can leave it to them.’
‘A Cruyff Court is a very happy field, with the green and the yellow and orange colours. When you walk by and look, you can’t help smiling. We try to manage each field in keeping with the neighbourhood; you have to deal with it at their level. This fits in with the programme “Participate, Learn, Win”, so that youngsters can demonstrate their responsibility.'
Loek de Vries: ‘The social commitment of TenCate has been considerable for years. The years of sponsoring the Cruyff Foundation have demonstrated the international commitment of TenCate. The social role of synthetic turf is focused on a safe sporting experience. The sports men and women are central as far as TenCate is concerned. This is based on our end-user marketing strategy. Hockey players, footballers, tennis players and golfers, whether professional or amateur, must be able to pursue their sport in a safe way. Thanks to the progressive acceptance of synthetic turf, synthetic turf can increasingly fulfil this cohesive role. The international installation of Cruyff Courts is proof of this.’
‘TenCate is heavily involved in R&D. The developments of TenCate in synthetic turf range from fibres to systems to integrated solutions. In addition we harness other technologies, as for example in the GreenSource project with Pentair X-Flow for the collection and purification of water. This can also contribute to a solution to the water problem in South Africa. You can link a Cruyff Court with a water collection basin.']]>
The armour materials, which offer weight reduction and better functional characteristics, replace traditional materials such as steel and aluminium. The specifications for these materials are mostly drawn up by government authorities or agencies.
'The brand name TenCate must be more closely coupled with products for the defence and protection of people and vehicles', says former commander of the Dutch armed forces Dick Berlijn, member of the International Advisory Board of TenCate.
In as far as there ever has been a division between the tasks and responsibilities of the army and civil aid and protection organizations, such a distinction has existed since 2005 at most. Since that year Defence in the Netherlands has increasingly joined together with civil agencies in combating the consequences of disasters and controlling crisis situations. The demands that Defence and organisations make on materials and equipment will increasingly converge. ‘I see a shared vision', says Dick Berlijn. 'If we ask young people to do dangerous things, we as a society have a duty to ensure that they can carry them out optimally and under the safest conditions – that they are well trained, understand the safety instructions, and have the best gear for protection purposes. Civilian or Defence, it’s the same. It’s a highly competitive environment. TenCate will have to see where they can make the difference and how they can make that clear.’]]>
Application of this material included an element of green: the full restoration of the habitat of Sunfish Pond, an adjacent pond with rare types of fish.
TenCate Miragrid® is covered with sand
The existing railway on the 16-metre-high railway embankment lacked sufficient room for expansion, but widening threatened to disturb the natural habitat and the fish stock of Sunfish Pond. The solution: the combination of geosynthetics and a sheet pile wall 5 metres high and 180 metres long. On top of this wall, a slope reinforced with TenCate Miragrid® was constructed against the existing slope.
Before the construction the vegetation on the existing slope had to go. A blessing in disguise: it enabled the Botanical Gardens to replace non-indigenous plants with native plant species. In this way the natural habitat in this area has been restored and improved.
The retained slope is ready for a third railway track to be installed
Furthermore, the project demonstrates to the parties concerned how, thanks to TenCate Geosynthetics, ‘green engineering’ can produce positive economic results.
The retained wall soon looked very green again
The TenCate XP Blade™ fibres are recommended for intensively played sports fields. This expansion will enable TenCate Grass to meet the highly increased worldwide demand for this high-grade wear-resistant synthetic grass fibre.
TenCate XP Blade™ is manufactured in accordance with a process developed by TenCate. This produces fibres that are considerably more hardwearing than those delivered by other processes. The synthetic grass fibre is supplied to prominent manufacturers of synthetic grass carpet. TenCate Grass is the only supplier in the world to offer an optional guarantee of five years on wear resistance, irrespective of the number of use hours. This underlines the pursuit of product and system sustainability.
The new production line in Dayton for TenCate XP Blade™. From left to right: TenCate Grass colleagues Matt Stubblefield (plant superintendent), Rob Block (VP logistics), Todd Viens (controller), Ian Petrie (sales managing director) and Jean-Claude Auguste (director R&D).]]>
Ain Arnat (Sétif International Airport) is located 200 km southeast of Algiers, the capital of Algeria. To enable following generations of large aircraft to land and take off, it is necessary to extend the runway to 3200 metres. The soft soils in the low-lying area where the extension is to be carried out is a critical issue. To ensure the safe behaviour of the embankments (up to 13 m high), it was decided to use TenCate geosynthetics: 33,000 m² of TenCate Bidim® non-woven (for drainage trenches and blankets to prevent clogging); 34,000 m² of wovens (as strong reinforcement at the embankment base); and 40,000 m² of geogrid (to increase stress diffusion on fills).
On delivery during the course of 2012, the extension of the Ain Arnat runway will serve as a good reference for future comparable technical applications.]]>
To help kick-off the Holland on the Hill campaign the embassy organized a Congressional reception around the World Cup match between the Netherlands and reigning world champions Spain on 13 June. More than 500 Congressional staff, embassy staff, corporate representatives and other guests enjoyed Dutch products and stood on a 70-square-metre indoor pitch donated by TenCate in the Rayburn Foyer, as they watched on broadband the Netherlands score a 5-1 victory over Spain.
As guests made an appearance or left the reception in the Rayburn Office Building for the US House of Representatives, they walked over a Holland on the Hill carpet – also produced by TenCate.
A week later ambassador Rudolf Bekink received members of Congress and executives from the Dutch corporate partners for a dinner reception at the embassy. Guests included John Henderson, Global Director of Water & Environment for TenCate Geosynthetics, and TenCate Advanced Armor President, Mark Edwards. They had the opportunity to help raise the TenCate profile with key decision-makers in Congress, many of whom are members of the Dutch caucus. The ten days were brought to a close with a breakfast meeting with corporate partners.
These new functionalities relate to antibacterial treatments, single-sided hydrophobic functions, systems for controlled release and special chromic functionalities. Considerable savings on water, energy and chemicals are also possible.
‘In the DigiTex project the knowledge base was laid for digital finishing within TenCate’, says Alfons Wegdam (strategic & engineering director, Xennia Technology). All the ingredients are now present to convert the knowledge acquired within TenCate’s industrial environment into a means of production and an initial product. In concrete terms, this is a ready-made machine and a fabric that has been digitally finished on it. is at an advanced stage in the process to start on the installation of a machine in Nijverdal.
This much is clear: digital inkjet technology will fundamentally change the world of textiles. This technology will provide an important foundation for future, sustainable production. It will give greater flexibility in the production process, ensure that products are of a higher quality, shorten machine runs and increase the level of automation. Mass customization will also become possible (customized manufacture of large volumes).]]>
Safety in relation to the specific working conditions and the workplace is of prime importance at ThyssenKrupp. With 180,000 employees and a turnover of € 50 billion the raw materials and technology company is one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Germany. The business area ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, which principally manufactures high-quality raw materials in Duisburg for companies such as car manufacturers like Toyota, BMW and Daimler seeks suppliers who also consider top quality to be paramount.
According to safety expert Christine Durek, TenCate Tecapro® offers the right solution for the employees, who face several risks and are set to work on several workplacess. ‘Using TenCate Tecapro® fabric we offer employees multifunctional work clothing that provides protection against for example welding splashes, sparks and chemicals. The work clothing is also antistatic.’
This work clothing is not only suitable for many different departments and workplaces workplaces, adds Uwe Winkler (coordinator Team Konventionelle Erzeugung). ‘The wearing comfort of our clothing too has greatly improved thanks to TenCate Tecapro® fabric. It shrinks less in the wash, so that even after a longer garment life it still fits perfectly. The work clothing is less likely to develop holes or become torn, which has improved it service life compared with the previous material.’]]>
The Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana (US) is a beautiful route.
Situation before the work (winter 2013)
The road runs through a variety of landscapes that are frequently awe-inspiring. Less attractive is the road surface, which features serious cracks dangerous to traffic safety. This frost heave damage requires maintenance and repair on an annual basis. As earlier measures failed to yield lasting improvement, regular repairs continued to be necessary. That’s why authorities from the Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the United States Department of Transportation were interested in TenCate Mirafi® H2Ri geosynthetics’ patented wicking ability to mitigate frost heave damage.
There was yet a further challenge: the base layer under the pavement system had to be thin enough to accommodate the high water table. The solution was TenCate Mirafi® RS280i.
The route was reconstructed with a moisture control layer of TenCate Mirafi® H2Ri, a base reinforcement layer of TenCate Mirafi® RS280i, and overlaid with an asphalt concrete pavement surface. Now, two winters later, this part of the road is still free of cracks or heaves. Excess water is quickly drained away before it can freeze. The wish by the local authorities is to use this unique construction method to improve a larger part of the route when funding becomes available.
TenCate Mirafi® RSi is a series of geosynthetics for base course reinforcement, railway and motorway stabilisation, embankment reinforcement, soil confinement, and protection against erosion.
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TenCate Field in a box™ is a ready-made solution in a single container of 84 cubic metres. Inside the container are all the components for a sports pitch measuring 40 x 20 metres. The container itself can easily be converted into a sports canteen, a room for people to meet, a classroom or an office.
TenCate Field in a box™
The coordinator of WorldCoaches, Johan van Geijn, is enthusiastic about the TenCate Field in a box™ concept. ‘There is an enormous demand in developing countries for a better foundation to enable children to play football and to train them in the neighbourhoods. It is often the price of the base that means that the initiative comes to naught, due to the high costs. Thanks to further development of the groundwork at TenCate Field in a box™, the installation is now much more affordable. The container immediately provides the local community with additional space for training and mentoring. This makes a great contribution towards a more vibrant neighbourhood. The improved base with synthetic turf has also made it possible to start developing a business model for using and running the facility.’
The mini-pitch at the Santa Teresa School in Rio de Janeiro
The KNVB has been engaged in training football coaches in these countries for almost twenty years. A WorldCoach teaches children in a responsible way to play football or to improve their game and provides information about such important matters as hygiene, criminality and the prevention of HIV and AIDs. WorldCoaches are trained in such as way that they can pass on their knowledge locally to future WorldCoaches. Apart from Suriname and the Dutch Antilles, the KNVB focuses mainly on the developing countries that fall within Dutch government policy. The KNVB also links the activities of WorldCoaches to international tournaments in which the Dutch national team is participating.
Johan van Geijn: ‘The KNVB has developed as a social organisation in the past two decades’
WorldCoaches has had a commercial relationship with Edel Grass for ten years now. In 2014 the KNVB and its partners donated a mini-synthetic turf pitch to a state school in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil. Edel Grass donated the synthetic turf for this and Philips provided the latest LED lighting for the pitch. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with its partners, built a synthetic turf athletics track around the mini-football pitch. ‘Together we can genuinely achieve more and make a contribution to the development of young people and of sport in Rio de Janeiro’, said Johan van Geijn. ‘The KNVB has developed as a social organisation in the past two decades, internationally too’, he stated.
The Belfirma mini-pitch in Suriname
In Suriname, since November 2014, WorldCoaches, together with Edel Grass and other parties, has installed across the country sixteen mini-synthetic turf pitches with LED lighting, on behalf of the Suriname Sports Development Fund. This has given a huge boost o football in the neighbourhood. The pitches are self-sufficient as they are available to local schools every day and for after-school neighbourhood football. For three hours in the evening these popular pitches are rented out to company teams and to teams of veterans. The money goes on minor maintenance or is saved for the replacement of materials after a number of years. The pitches have become the example of community development through sport.
WorldCoaches and Edel Grass, as supplier of the synthetic turf pitch, donated mini-synthetic turf pitches in Brazil and Suriname
Danny van Bakel, former Dutch professional footballer, is currently active for the Vietnamese professional football club Lam Sơn Thanh Hóa and ambassador in Vietnam for the GreenFields brand. As brand ambassador, Danny van Bakel supports the aim of GreenFields to increase the awareness of professional football in Vietnam of the importance of innovative, high-grade synthetic turf systems.
The main synthetic turf markets in Asia are China, Korea and Japan. Acceptance of synthetic turf applications is increasing here as knowledge and experience grow. Consequently, quality standards are also rising, although there are clear regional differences. Moreover, there is an increasing recognition of environmental aspects and in this TenCate and GreenFields are able to distinguish themselves from other suppliers through the introduction of both high quality and fully recyclable synthetic turf components and systems.
In Vietnam too football is extremely popular. With a population of approximately 90 million inhabitants, it plays an important role in society
Although a lot of money is being made available to buy players and to develop the sport, the infrastructure in Vietnam lags behind. The standard of an average football pitch in Vietnam is far below the level of the average European and Dutch football pitch, says Vincent Homrighausen (Director Asia, TenCate Grass). ‘This is the main reason for investing in the development of GreenFields’ position in Vietnam.’
‘When it comes to quality awareness and the standard of football pitches, there is need for improvement in most countries in south-east Asia.’
‘When it comes to quality awareness and the standard of football pitches, improvements are needed in most south-east Asian countries’, Vincent Homrighausen continues. ‘As to Asia as a whole, Japan is the most developed in terms of the standard of football and quality. China, however, is engaged mainly in catching up.’ China is already the largest market for synthetic turf.’
In most south-east Asian countries there is a sharply growing demand for synthetic turf for both sports and recreational use. Most countries are increasingly operating FIFA standards as the guideline for the installation of football pitches. ‘The extent to which this guideline is respected depends on the budget available. It is often the case that end-users want a high quality FIFA-certified pitch, but do not have a sufficiently large budget or are not willing to make this available. This leads to price pressure, which has an adverse impact on quality.’]]>
The application of piled embankments makes road building both quicker and safer. The new design model means further optimisation and application of the piled embankment technology. TenCate produces geosynthetics for constructions with piled embankments. Chris Lawson, managing director of TenCate Geosynthetics Asia, was a member of the doctoral committee.
During the ceremony
A piled embankment can be applied when laying a road or railway on a soft substrate with poor load-bearing capacity, such as clay. Because soft soil is compressible, a thick layer of sand is usually first deposited when a road or railway is to be built. The weight of this presses the soft soil together (and possibly outwards), and surface settlement, a process that can last for years, may cause damage to pipes and such features as culverts. Bumps and potholes appear in the road, making driving not only uncomfortable but also unsafe. Furthermore, where railways are concerned, this situation can lead to a derailment.
A piled embankment can be built quickly without harming the environment, and result in a stable low-maintenance road
A load in the ground tends to bend in the direction of stiffer elements, such as piles. This can cause an arching effect. Via the created ‘arch’, a large part of the load is directly transferred onto the piles. The load part not directly transferred to the piles rests on the geosynthetic material and possibly the underlying subsoil. The arching effect forms the basis of the majority of calculation models for designing geosynthetic reinforcement for piled embankments. The better the arching effect, the more efficient the piled embankment. The reinforcement must be sufficiently deformable, so that the arching effect can develop. The application of geosynthetic (geotextile) reinforcement to a piled embankment improves the arching effect.
The objective of Suzanne van Eekelen’s research was to gain greater insight into the load distribution in a piled embankment reinforced with geosynthetics, and to develop an analytical calculation model for designing the reinforcement. There are already various design models throughout the world but they deliver different answers, which in turn have consequences for the reinforcement that must be laid – often much more than necessary, sometimes less than required. Designing a piled embankment is no easy matter; it is difficult to determine how strong and stiff the reinforcement must be.
The new design or calculation model that stems from this doctoral research is much more reliable than existing models. It is now possible to achieve a design that is considerably more accurate, and this will encourage road builders to deploy piled embankments more frequently. This also means more stable and durable roads that can be built faster and require little maintenance.
Dr. ir. Suzanne van Eekelen
Representing TenCate Geosynthetics, Alain Nancey, Dick Janse and Jeroen Ruiter were substantively involved in the doctoral research. Suzanne van Eekelen is full of praise for their expertise and contributions. ‘TenCate has grown strongly on the Dutch market over the last few years.’ One of the independent members of the doctoral committee was Chris Lawson, managing director of TenCate Geosynthetics Asia. According to Suzanne van Eekelen, Chris Lawson is recognised internationally as an expert in this field. ‘As a member of the BS8006 committee in the eighties, he set the standard and is still an international topper.’
Chris Lawson (right)
As he himself says, Chris Lawson has a long history in geosynthetics, particularly in the technology and application of piled embankments. This technology dates back to the eighties in the last century. According to him, the doctoral research of Suzanne van Eekelen also means that recognition and application of piled embankments will increase. ‘It’s a technically complex subject. She has improved the problem analysis and executed it correctly in technical terms. The match between measurements and calculation is convincing, the validation well documented, and so the discipline has moved forward.’ He expects this research to have an impact definitely in Western Europe, and probably internationally as well. ‘Highways and railroads are the driving force behind this technology, and geotextiles make the design more efficient and more cost-effective.’
Within the strategy of TenCate Geosynthetics, piled embankments reinforced with geosynthetics play an important role. This infrastructure application currently enjoys priority within the sales strategy of TenCate Geosynthetics: growth in high-grade solutions for infrastructure. A combination of geogrids and geotextiles is a growing trend. The market group has a broad portfolio of geotextiles and geogrids (such as TenCate Geolon® PET and TenCate Miragrid® GX) to meet market demands, and can supply these materials all over the world.
Composites offer considerable design freedom, more room and interior comfort. The materials for these applications are produced at the facilities of TenCate Advanced Composites in Morgan Hill and Fairfield (United States). The proportion of composites in aircraft is steadily growing, and this applies not only to massive passenger aeroplanes such as those of Boeing and Airbus, but equally to small business jets or private planes of Cirrus and Gulfstream. The use of composites not only makes aircraft lighter and extends their life span, but also enables air pressure and atmospheric humidity to be increased, enhancing passenger comfort. Furthermore, no material fatigue whatsoever occurs in composites, unlike in aluminium.
At the end of 2014, a long-term supply agreement was signed with Kestrel Aircraft of Superior (Wisconsin, United States of America) for the Kestrel K-350.
The Kestrel K-350 is a new composite single-engine turboprop aeroplane. It can carry a maximum of eight passengers on high-speed flights over long distances to destinations inaccessible to large aeroplanes. Thanks to the use of advanced composites in its construction, the plane boasts a slim aerodynamic design and has a large pressurized cabin. Composites invariably offer a great deal of design freedom.
The new star in the aviation world is the ICON A5 of ICON Aircraft.
TenCate Advanced Composites supplies ICON Aircraft with out-of-autoclave epoxy composites for this amphibious sport aircraft. The ICON A5 can take off and land on both water and land. The plane is a two-seater, has a cruising speed of 194 km/hr and a range of approximately 550 kilometres. The first official plane, with Engineering Serial Number 1 (ESN-1), made its maiden flight on 7 July 2014. A second prototype is now being built: the ESN-2. This will be ready by autumn 2015.
The Cirrus Vision SF50 personal jet
In February 2014, a multi-year contract was signed with Cirrus Aircraft for the supply of advanced composites for the Cirrus Aircraft SR series of aircraft and the new Cirrus Vision SF50 personal jet. For the SF50, Cirrus selected TenCate’s TC275 epoxy prepreg system which is capable of out-of-autoclave processing. This processing reduces not only the costs of composites but also investment in their processing. More than 550 Cirrus Vision SF50 personal jets have been ordered to date.
Thermoset composites are used primarily for wings, fuselages, flight control surfaces and radomes, while thermoplastic composites are used in general aviation for interior applications such as panels and flooring. ‘TenCate has years of experience in this market,’ says Michael Cichon, director product marketing of TenCate Advanced Composites in the US. ‘Our in-depth material databases and our high service levels are greatly valued by aircraft manufacturers. This segment is therefore one of high value with continuing growing opportunities. Thermoset epoxy-based composites from TenCate, such as BT250E-1, TC250 and TC275-1, are the products used most often in general aviation.’]]>
TenCate Polyfelt® F60, a two-layer geotextile, is designed for hydraulic applications. One layer acts as a filter, while the other serves as protection against mechanical damage to this filter. In this project it will serve to reinforce and protect the canal banks from erosion. It is fixed on the banks (from 4 metres above water level to a depth of 15 metres below) by divers, and then stones are placed on the geotextile for added protection.
Application of TenCate Polyfelt® F60 protects the infrastructure and neighbouring buildings and nature from the impact of the waves generated by passing ships. It is a technically simple and cost-efficient solution for projects of this kind.
TenCate Protective Fabrics USA has expanded its production capacity and is now strengthening its strategic efforts in order to market the TenCate Tecasafe® Plus product portfolio worldwide.
Production of protective fabrics in the TenCate facility in Senoia (Georgia, US)
TenCate Protective Fabrics is the market leader in inherently flame-resistant (FR) fabrics for protective clothing. TenCate Tecasafe® Plus is regarded in the US as the most innovative flame-resistant solution in the market for industrial safety. TenCate Tecasafe® Plus offers wearers increased wear life, greater comfort and enhanced flame protection at a lower cost than industrial flame-resistant fabrics from other suppliers. It provides clothing manufacturers, industrial laundries and end-users with an excellent value proposition.
It is the combination of properties, comfort and lifespan together with the targeted approach to the end-user that Elliad Granger (Director of Marketing, TenCate Protective Fabrics USA) believes explains the success of TenCate Tecasafe® Plus. ‘It is the right product for the market.’ The market demands a long lifespan and inherently flame-resistant protection at an acceptable price. TenCate Tecasafe® Plus complies with multiple-performance categories and protection standards. This makes it attractive and there is no alternative.'
Clothing before and after a flash-over
TenCate has recently started up production of knit fabrics of TenCate Tecasafe® Plus. The company intends to use the knit fabrics to penetrate the fire service market, particularly for use in stationwear, and to expand sales in the industrial safety market. Knitted fabrics are generally more comfortable to wear than woven fabrics. 'Knits bring us one step closer to a complete solution for the industrial safety market.’]]>
The specifications then defined related to the Audi house style, wear resistance, a contemporary cut, high quality fabric and the potential for use in all VW work clothing in Germany.
Production of the Audi A4 in Ingolstadt
The areas in which these employees work are the panel department, bodywork, assembly and mechanical engineering at the headquarters in Ingolstadt and the production company in Neckarsulm (Germany). The company certainly did not rush into things when it came to tendering. Safety, wearer comfort and quality were paramount.
Just as with previous tenders, a working group was set up from the Volkswagen and Audi personal protective equipment project group, which concentrated entirely on the design, material and colours of the work clothing. This working group consisted of eight specialist personnel from the larger divisions of the company. They formulated the requirements, consulted the house style guidelines, drew up the technical specifications and evaluated the samples and colours that were submitted.
With a well-trained eye, the workers in Neckarsulm examine the bodywork of the Audi A8
Wearer trials were conducted on proposed garments with 1,800 employees in all divisions of VW and Audi. They evaluated the clothing on such aspects as breathability, freedom of movement and wearer comfort – even after a number of industrial launderings. After all, work clothing can sometimes be industrially laundered up to 150 times during its service life. These wearer trials led to establishing the two defined fabrics, including TenCate Tecawork™ BG 1003. This fabric was not unknown to VW as the manufacturer had specified it in a previous order.
Assembly at Audi AG
Arnold Maus works in Audi AG’s Industrial Safety department. He was involved in the entire procedure and looks back on a successful process. 'Thanks in part to the thorough preparations, the process has so far gone exceptionally well. The transition to the new clothing was smooth and the employees are enthusiastic’, he concluded after a year. ‘The clothing looks great, has a modern cut and is comfortable to wear.'
Arnold Maus (Industrial Safety department Audi AG, left) and Dietmar Rohrbach (End Use Market Manager DACH TenCate Protective Fabrics)
Arnold Maus has now worked with TenCate Protective Fabrics for some twenty years and has had good experiences with its quality and reliability of delivery. ‘I have worked with TenCate successfully for many years now. Due to changes in work clothing and protective clothing I have regular contact with the company’s experts and in this way I keep well informed about the technical data, characteristics and of course the colours of the potential fabrics.’ Dietmar Rohrbach can only confirm these good experiences.
Arnold Maus and Dietmar Rohrbach discussing the fabrics, characteristics and design
TenCate Tecawork™ is a range of fabrics for work clothing for use in the service industry, health care sector and heavy industry. The high quality fabrics satisfy the requirements as regards appearance, house style and colour. The BG 330 and BG 1003 range from TenCate are also being used in the automobile industry, where a silicone-free finish is a must. In the past Audi was supplied with TenCate Tecawork™ BG330.]]>
On Friday 11 March last Loek de Vries (until recently President and CEO of TenCate), Frank Meurs (group director, TenCate Advanced Composites EMEA) and representatives of the Airbus Group confirmed the extension of their supply contract relating to thermoplastic composites. The official event took place during the two-day Dutch economic mission in France. Also in attendance were King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The fact that Airbus Group and TenCate Advanced Composites were able to highlight here the importance of the proportion of thermoplastic composites on Airbus aircraft, was a fantastic exposure for both parties.
On the platform – from left to right Magda Ploumen (Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade), Queen Máxima, Frank Meurs, Loek de Vries, Olivier Cauquil (Senior Vice-President & Head of Material and Parts Procurement, Chairman of Airbus Group Material Board), Mark Walker, King Willem-Alexander and Harlem Désir (Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Development) (Photo Economic Mission to France, 2016. ©Stephanie Knibbe)
A working group, composed of both parties, is focusing on continuous improvement: ensuring that thermoplastic composites remain competitive with other material solutions, with a view to reducing overall lifecycle costs for users and end customers.
Airbus Group and TenCate are also jointly developing new thermoplastic composites products and processes.
Airbus A350-1000 (Airbus S.A.S.)
The working relationship with the Airbus Group is based on the pursuit of operational excellence, cost savings and innovative solutions that provide added value. TenCate thermoplastic composite solutions highlight the company’s innovation-driven approach.
The Airbus Group and TenCate have maintained a close relationship for many years. Through tier-1 companies TenCate Advanced Composites provides the Airbus Group with thermoplastic composite materials for secondary structures and interior applications in its aviation and aerospace programmes. A tier 1 supplier supplies systems and parts directly to the aircraft manufacturer. TenCate Advanced Composites is among the tier 2 and 3 suppliers of parts and components. In this way TenCate materials from Nijverdal are on the A320, A330, the A380 and in particular the A350XWB. A smaller quantity of materials from Nijverdal is used in aircraft of Boeing, Gulfstream, Bombardier and Embraer.
The Airbus Group A400M is fitted with ice protection panels based on TenCate Cetex®.
In the aviation and aerospace industry safety and reliability are sacrosanct. The greater the range of an aircraft, the more important the reduction in weight and CO2 emissions. The overall costs over its entire lifespan also play an increasingly important role in decisions taken by the end customer. Thermoplastic composites fully meet these needs, explained Frank Meurs in Paris. ‘The advantages of these materials are their processability into moulded parts and assembly, their high strength-weight/impact ratio, excellent fire, smoke and toxic liquid retardance, as well as their recyclability. They can in this way contribute to low overall life cycle costs.’]]>
The development of new synthetic turf systems and substrate structures has continued. The focus is on creating new quality standards for synthetic turf systems. In the meantime TenCate Grass and TenCate Geosynthetics are consolidating their value propositions by further alignment of products and systems.
TenCate Grass is world market leader in both yarns and backing for tufted and 3D-woven synthetic turf systems. TenCate Grass is considered ‘best in class’ because it offers the best price/quality relationship for both systems.
Synthetic turf for football club Sparta at Het Kasteel (The Castle, Rotterdam)
Synthetic turf is used worldwide. The number of suppliers has grown in recent years, particularly in Asia. Several major competitors have doubled their production volume, and here it’s often a case of integrated companies: those that have their own yarn production. Partly because of government cutbacks, some production companies in Europe and the United States have decided to discontinue their own fibre production. Furthermore a few companies in the installation market have suspended their activities. This has led to a growing market share for TenCate Grass.
Since the World Hockey Championships halfway through 2014 the product brand GreenFields® TX has attracted international attention.
The marketing of synthetic turf systems received an additional boost with the launch of GreenFields in the United States, which has led to accelerated growth and a strengthening of market position. Demand in the United States turned out to be stronger than anticipated. This was partly the result of a growing economy and increased spend on sporting activities. Growth and development of market share were recorded in Asia too, especially in Southeast Asia, as a result of the expansion of the distribution network of GreenFields and TigerTurf in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan.
In Asia (photo: synthetic turf at the Hong Kong Wah Yan College) is currently the standard for hockey at all levels. As far as football is concerned, synthetic turf is used mainly for multi-purpose applications at schools and for training fields. In Europe market demand for sports fields remains stable. The cooperation in Dutch professional football with the Corporatie Eerste Divisie (CED) has significantly boosted the profile and recognition of synthetic football turf. In addition the woven GreenFields® MX synthetic turf system is of overriding importance. The system is one of the pillars of the joint innovation strategy of TenCate Grass and GreenFields. Thanks to the combination of weaving and extrusion technology, a distinctive system has been developed that is fully recyclable. In 2014 a start was made on expanding (weaving) production capacity, and this will continue in 2015 – in the United States too.
Synthetic turf for the Western Mustangs in Ontario
TenCate is focused on creating new quality standards for synthetic turf. In this regard it is important to work closely together with partners in the market and interested parties such as national and international sports associations. As of 2015 three newly developed components can generate additional sales: a new foundation of recycled plastics, a shock-absorbent base of woven foam fibres, and a special geotextile that serves as substrate in an easy-to-install synthetic turf system. A system of this kind requires less foundation work, which reduces the total cost and the environmental load of installing a synthetic turf field. Innovative, easy-to-install synthetic turf systems form one of the spearheads in the development by TenCate of new product-market-technology combinations. These systems are nearing commercial introduction. Initial market introduction has been in progress since 2014, with the installation of several pilot fields. The combination of different components developed and produced by TenCate will – in conjunction with new production methods for the synthetic turf top layer – result in a new generation of synthetic turf sports fields.
With the introduction of the hybrid system XtraGrass™ (photo) GreenFields fills the gap in the market between fully natural grass and fully synthetic turf. XtraGrass™ is a network of synthetic turf fibres woven into a strong backing material that can be directly laid on a standard football pitch base. It is infilled with a special rootzone mix sown with grass seed. Within a few days the grass seeds germinate and grow between the synthetic turf fibres and through the backing. This creates a strong natural grass carpet with greater resistance to wear and tear. As the grass grows, the backing decomposes biologically.
Ton Raaphorst, group director TenCate Grass EMEA
The replacement market continues to show healthy growth, especially in the United States and Europe. This has also had a positive effect on the sales development of TenCate Grass. In 2014 the market group secured 15 to 20% of its turnover from the replacement of synthetic turf fields. A substantial number of third-generation synthetic turf fields, which made their breakthrough at the beginning of this century, are now in need of replacement. Thanks to product developments that have raised the quality and reduced the costs of the system, the replacement market finds a ready response, and this area of activity will continue to grow in the years ahead.
The market for landscaping experienced sound growth in 2014. It is expected that this market will continue to develop positively over the coming years. To respond to this, synthetic grass yarns and backing are being given certain funtionalities, for example antibacterial and moss-growth-inhibiting finishes for application in swimming pools and playgrounds.
The majority of the manufacturers of synthetic turf carpet and synthetic turf components are found in China. Often these concerns are fully integrated and operate worldwide. Furthermore manufacturers of synthetic turf carpet can be found especially in Japan and Australia, where they chiefly serve the local markets. TenCate is active in Australia and New Zealand via a sales office and a production company respectively. Since 2013 the downstream activities (marketing, sales, (external) production and installation) have been centrally managed by the office in Singapore, leading to a positive development in growth. Moreover the Grass group has a sales office in Beijing.
Acceptance of and interest in synthetic turf applications are also increasing in Asia-Pacific (APAC), ‘although there are regional differences,’ as Sales Director Asia Vincent Homrighausen (photo) explains. ‘The acceptance of high-grade synthetic turf is growing because of the increasing knowledge and experience of the interested parties. This steady development is absolutely a trend. As a result quality demands are also rising – although you could say Asia has not yet reached the level of knowledge found in Europe and North America.’
Synthetic turf at the Amara Hotel in Singapore
The sale of tufted fields is up against competition from cheap − particularly Chinese − suppliers. TenCate is endeavouring to distinguish itself with the woven product of GreenFields, and as the knowledge level rises, so too will demand for this product. A good example is Japan, where the knowledge level is comparable to that of Europe and North America and end-users are also willing to pay for high-grade quality. That’s why the first woven fields have already been installed there. The environmental aspects are also becoming ever more important in the region. This is because central and local government agencies wish to use environmentally friendly products. This is a significant theme within the industry, and one in which TenCate and GreenFields have distinguished themselves from competitors through the introduction of 100% recyclable products.
Landscaping in Asia
The market for synthetic turf in Asia-Pacific is still in its infancy and has great potential. To respond to the growing market, TenCate has for some time now devoted more attention to the development and sale of landscaping products. ‘TigerTurf has an exceptionally good product portfolio for landscape applications and so we are particularly targeting the middle and high segment,’ explains Vincent Homrighausen. ‘Ultimately we want to achieve a leading position. We foresee a positive market development and the expansion of our position in both sport and landscaping.’ Marketing efforts will be concentrated mainly on synthetic turf systems from TigerTurf and GreenFields through directly approaching end-users and stakeholders as far as possible.
The Xennia Osiris machine
The textile sector − in particular the fashion industry − already uses inkjet technology for small series and samples. What is new, however, is the use of inkjet technology for continuous production processes at high speeds, with a high degree of precision and / or with high-quality printing. The major advantages of this technology are the quick response time, end-user-specific products (mass customization) and reduced stock-keeping and production costs. The technology for these applications is still under development, but Osiris is the first producer to reach high production speeds with inkjet technology.
On the Osiris machine at Vishal Fashion in India large volumes of fashion fabrics are being printed every day.]]>
Smiling faces: from the left Jan Smit (Chairman, Heracles Almelo), Loek de Vries (President and CEO Royal Ten Cate) and Nico-Jan Hoogma (Director, Heracles Almelo)
TenCate has been the main sponsor of the Almelo professional football organization since 2003. Through its sponsorship of Heracles Almelo, TenCate seeks to boost the acceptance and installation of synthetic turf systems in professional football. Each year the club has the very best quality of synthetic turf available.
The Polman stadium functions as a showcase and field lab for TenCate, presenting the latest developments in synthetic turf. When it comes to the synthetic turf system of the future, consideration is being given to fibres that look even more natural and will even surpass the properties of natural grass. The system will be recyclable and thus exceptionally environment friendly.]]>
TenCate Mirafi® H2Ri, a new geotextile for the foundation and stabilization of motorways, carried off this year’s Innovation Award. A project in China with a retaining wall based on TenCate Mirafi® PET fabric received the Award of Excellence. Over the past seven years TenCate Geosynthetics has been the recipient of the Innovation Award no less than six times.
Construction of the retaining wall near Hetaoyu
The China Huaneng Group is the largest energy producer in China. At present Huaneng is building a coal-processing plant in Hetaoyu, situated near the town of Qingyang in the province of Gansu. A platform 1 kilometre long and 140 metres wide has been created to site the plant.
The retaining wall itself is 1 kilometre long and averages 30 metres in height (35 metres at its highest point). The plant is situated on a loess plateau covering 640,000 m2.
A retaining wall reinforced with TenCate Mirafi® PET geotextile has proved its ability to withstand such forces. Furthermore, materials found locally, such as sand, can be used for fill purposes, which means a considerable saving in transport and energy costs.
According to the inventors Tonnie Hulskotte (right) and Serge de Vries, the reason behind the development and introduction of this remarkable tent is ‘to sustainably increase the comfort and enjoyment of the festival-goer when camping out at a multi-day music event.’ It comes as a response to the cheap tents that people are all too ready to leave behind at festival grounds. This tipi can be erected in three minutes and has no guy ropes waiting to trip you up. The digital printing process offers a large measure of freedom when it comes to design and pattern. Moreover, the Festipi responds to the glamping trend: comfortable luxury camping in a tent.
TenCate Outdoor Fabrics highlighted the capabilities of digital finishing at the Camping and Caravan Trade Show in October 2014. Contact with Festipi resulted in a joint development programme, and the first digitally printed Festipi tent was presented in December 2014. The first series of digitally printed tipis was unveiled in the spring of 2015 during the ANWB Lentedagen fair in Bussloo. The Festipi is the first tipi in the Netherlands that incorporates solar panels so that festival-goers can recharge their smartphones. Experiences garnered during the 2015 festivals will benefit production in 2016. Festipi kicked off on 1 September with crowd funding to make at least 100 Festipis for hire at various festivals next year. TenCate Outdoor Fabrics is supplying the fabrics for the Festipi festival tents.
In the meantime, a veritable Festipi Tribe has sprung up. The founders are positioning Festipi not merely as a product but as a philosophy. The Festipi Tribe is composed of free-spirited people with a particular world view. As a Tribe, they go from festival to festival, hoping to introduce more festival-proof products. One example would be an alternative to plastic beakers: a reusable beaker with a chip enabling people to fetch their own drinks. With thoughts of 5,000 Festipis at all the prominent festivals throughout the world, Festipi is looking to conquer the festival world within five years – even including America. It is hoped that this large-scale approach will bring to an end the fragmentation of festival bookings. The aim is to convince festival-goers that Festipi should be their first port of call for everything to do with festivals.
The members of the Twente Fire Brigade grouped around the head of the Fire Brigade Stephan Wevers and his colleague Maurice Winkel. Stephan Wevers is also chair of Brandweer Nederland (the umbrella organisation of Dutch fire brigades) and of the Council of Regional Chief Fire Officers. Just as in Rembrandt’s masterpiece, the brigade was not drawn up in stiff ranks next to its chief and there is a skillful play of light. The photographer Willem van Walderveen, who immortalised the company, was responsible for this arrangement.]]>
Compañía Minera Antamina is one of the ten largest mining companies in the world. And here zinc, molybdenum, silver, lead and other minerals are mined. This is said to be the highest tailings basin in the world (3600 metres above sea level) and its collection capacity is 550 million tons of mining waste, which may under no circumstances seep out and end up in the environment. For this reason a wide dam has been built around the basin, in which ® has been fitted.
The dam is at least 250 metres in height, making it one of the highest retaining walls in the world. In total more than six kilometres of dam will be fitted with TenCate GeoDetect® at this location. The installation is being carried out by the engineering firm of Golder Associates. Olivier Artières, global technology manager at TenCate Geosynthetics, was on site to supervise the installation. ‘This is the largest project using TenCate GeoDetect® in 2011.’]]>
Test with a Renault VAB
TenCate Armourtex™ BL is a range of lightweight solutions that were designed to reinforce vehicle structures. These solution-based composite materials can be fitted onto existing vehicles (retrofit) or, alternatively, they can be integrated into the production of new vehicles from the conception stage.
TenCate Armourtex™ BL mitigates the intensity of the shockwave transmitted to the vehicle
The first major order for this protection solution is for the VAB (véhicule de l'avant blinde) for the French Army. This is an armoured vehicle from Renault Trucks Défense that is used to transport troops.]]>
Daniel Boone Bridge - the former situation
The Daniel Boone Bridge in western St Louis, Missouri (United States), dates back to the 1930s. Now nearly 80 years old, the bridge was not designed to cope with today’s volume of traffic. Regular preventative maintenance is necessary, which causes congestion and safety concerns for highway workers. In addition, the current westbound bridge has three narrow lanes, which often become congested during peak travel times. It was therefore decided on expansion, with a bridge on the eastern side for not only cars but also cyclists and pedestrians.
Because of saturated soil conditions, water had to be removed from under the pavement section at the bridge approaches. The civil engineer in charge therefore decided to utilise the possibilities offered by the TenCate Mirafi® H2Ri high-strength wicking geosynthetic. The new bridge is being built upstream from the two existing bridges. Once it is complete, eastbound traffic will use the new bridge, and westbound traffic will be shifted to what is currently the eastbound bridge.
Installation of TenCate Mirafi®
Building work on the third, eastbound bridge began in 2013. At the same time, construction work began on a new Chesterfield Airport Road bridge and a connecting road. Both were completed in 2014. In the middle of 2015, the new bridge was opened to eastbound traffic. Afterwards work began on rehabilitating the old eastbound bridge, which will be opened later this year to westbound traffic.
In the first instance, some 6,000 m2 of TenCate Mirafi® H2Ri were installed; later another 68,000 m2. A downpour after the installation immediately demonstrated the value of the material.
At the beginning of 2016, several connecting access and exit roads will be ready, as well as the cycle and pedestrian path on the new bridge. Subsequently, the old westbound bridge will be dismantled.]]>
Military troops, mobile units and regular police forces deserve the best possible protection to enable them to operate to maximum effect and to make a difference in military operations, peace missions or while maintaining public order. The success of their efforts depends on physical, mental and knowledge aspects. These professionals are specifically trained, well supported and have been given the right skills. Their protective equipment is a factor in this.
A question of confidence
The main concern is that military personnel and police offers feel safe and have complete confidence in their protective equipment, so that they can concentrate on their mission or assignment. The business side of the decision to purchase protective materials requires low costs, a very low delivery risk and long lifespan. It is the total package that determines whether a solution provides sufficient added value. In order to determine the entire value proposition of personal protection (personal protective equipment), Willy van Kampen, end use market manager, Military & Police at TenCate Protective Fabrics EMEA, and Gerrit Isselman, sales manager, personal armour at TenCate Advanced Composites EMEA, identify a number of aspects of the value proposition. For this they use the Value Proposition Canvas from Strategyzer
(Picture: Cpt. Lachlan Simond)
What are the tasks and activities of the customer, end-user or purchaser? What needs and problems is he trying to solve? Attaining the set military goals is a must for the user, so maximum protection is essential. For the military organisation as purchaser, other important factors include flexibility and reliability of delivery, durability in use and low costs during product lifespan. Having the confidence of the general public and status are important for the political position.
What results does the customer want to achieve from his tasks and operations? These customer gains highlight all the benefits, needs and expectations of the military customer or end-user. These may be personal, functional or economic. The military organisation is satisfied if their goal is reached and the troops return safely and require no further physical, medical or mental treatment. What is important to the end-user at a personal level of is that he/she as a soldier is back safely (at the camp or the home base), is not wounded or crippled and has achieved his/her personal goals. In addition to its quality and functionalities, a well-fitting, attractive uniform also adds to the professional appearance of the troops. It facilitates their deployability and increases their ability to work with other armies or units.
What is it that ensures that the customer achieves this result? The gain creators indicate how the protective solutions provide added value for the military customer. For the protective solutions from TenCate the watchword is: protecting people with materials that make a difference. The main gain creators are increased comfort for the end-user and flexibility of delivery for the customer. In addition to functional protection, it is comfort in particular that plays a decisive role in the quality of work carried out, often under extremely demanding conditions. A soldier operates in a variety of scenarios, from -30°C to +45°C, with varying levels of humidity, etc. When it comes to military and police organisations, the required flexibility relates above all to needs and expectations relating to characteristics, camouflage patterns and finishes. For TenCate as a supplier of materials it is therefore important that it can respond flexibly to changing customer requirements, for example for spontaneous military missions or peace operations.
Customer pains relate to all the negative emotions and unwelcome costs, situations and risks that the military customer experiences before, during and after his customer job. The functional problems that a user has to deal with include threats such as heat stress, humidity, flames, cold, and bullets and fragments from bombs and grenades. ‘Our troops deserve the best protection’ is the slogan in North America. Above all, the end-user wants to feel safe and must have confidence in his equipment and materials. Protection thus does not affect only the physical condition of the soldier but also his/her mental state. Soldiers are disappointed if it turns out that that they don’t have the right materials, whereas for the customer the greatest frustrations relate to delivery times, possible defects or excessive wear.
How can negative experiences, unwelcome costs or avoidable situations be prevented or eliminated? The pain relievers make it clear how TenCate solutions focus on the challenges and needs of the military customer. This relates not only to physical threats for the military user, but also for the customer to such factors as reliability of delivery, durability and costs. Depending on the level of threat, inherently fire-resistant fabrics and anti-ballistic fabrics, armour composite inserts and shields offer protection against numerous dangers. These dangers may range from explosives and ammunition to fire and heat. The physical characteristics of the fabrics used reduce heat stress. Based on its many decades of experience, TenCate has served as a one-stop shop, where knowledge and skills can be decisive in the entire acquisition process. The organisation provides reliability of delivery, while the combination of sustainability and purchasing costs ensures low overall life cycle costs. To this end strategic collaboration in the value chain helps to produce the greatest added value.
Peace of mind
TenCate protective solutions help military personnel, riot police and police officers who have to opererate and persevere under high-risk conditions by reducing injuries, heat stress and burns and increasing comfort. For the customer TenCate supplies a fitting and sustainable solution at low life cycle costs. This brings peace of mind to those who put their lives at risk for the protection and freedom of others.]]>
The playing of 5-a-side on this top quality pitch is expected to add a new dimension to football in Australia.
One of the contributing factors to TigerTurf Australia winning the tender in preference to other suppliers was the durability of TenCate XP Blade™ high-performance synthetic turf yarns. is a high-performance synthetic turf yarn that was specially developed by TenCate for high usage pitches with unrivalled durability (3,000 hours a year). TenCate Grass in Dayton (Tennessee, USA) produced the synthetic turf yarns and the tufting was carried out by TigerTurf. The pitches will be completed in mid-2011.]]>
The market group is divided into four business units: separation & filtration (non-wovens), reinforcement & paving (fabrics, grids and non-wovens), water & environment and industrial fabrics.
Geosynthetics are part of the total construction. Although they are nearly always out of sight, they perform an important supporting and strengthening function and therefore have functional added value.
The biggest markets are Asia, the United States and – on the European scale – France, Germany, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. China, India and South America are emerging markets as far as the use of geosynthetics is concerned. No other geosynthetics provider rivals TenCate in terms of worldwide presence. Local presence means that the sales personnel speak the local language and are familiar with the culture, which often proves advantageous for TenCate.
The application of TenCate Geotube® systems is usually implemented in cooperation with system partners. Introducing and marketing more complex system solutions of this kind can be accelerated through partnerships. T
Environmental effects and sustainability are playing an increasingly important role in the markets of TenCate Geosynthetics, and ‘sustainable building’ and the positive environmental aspects of geosynthetics are attracting growing attention. Environmental aspects are therefore more explicitly handled in the design and specifications as well as in the marketing.
A new freeway encircles the southern and western boundaries of Edmonton (Canada). The construction necessitated crossing the North Saskatchewan River and various creeks. The Whitemud Creek crossing constructed over underground and open cut coal mines presented a challenging slope stabilization project. Geotextiles and geogrids of TenCate helped solve the problem.
The application of geosynthetics has positive environmental affects. For example, materials available locally (sand, sediment) can be utilized. Unlike traditional materials such as concrete, stone and steel, these do not have to be brought in from elsewhere. As a rule land reclamation can be accomplished with considerably less dredging work. This has a positive influence on the CO2 footprint of a project.
Near Alcalá de Henares , east of the Spanish capital Madrid, geosynthetics of TenCate are used in the construction of a landfill for the safe and environmentally sound storage of household waste of surrounding cities and more than 400,000 inhabitants of East Madrid]]>
For the Chinese, the Chinese New Year – also known as the spring festival – is the most important festival of all. It is celebrated from the first to the fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. TenCate Geosynthetics Asia usually invites customers and business partners to the celebrations.
On New Year’s Day itself the lion dance is performed on company grounds and then a communal lunch is enjoyed. And so it was on 1 February 2012 – the first day of the year 4709 according to the Chinese calendar. The Chinese New Year period ends with a lantern festival on the fifteenth day of the new year.]]>
TigerTurf is an organization that produces and markets synthetic turf systems and is part of TenCate. The theme of the visit to Hartlebury was controlled quality in the chain through the integration of upstream and downstream activities.
Louise Bush (R&D project manager)
The programme for the day included the introduction of the TenCate XQ™ technology, the product portfolio, innovation and R&D.
TenCate XQ™ technology gives synthetic turf fibres the required strength to resist the considerable materiel stress to which synthetic turf fibres are exposed. TenCate XQ™ technology makes it possible to construct pitches that continue to satisfy FIFA 2-Star requirements for a long time. This technology is only available from TenCate.
Four guests were presented with a Premier Partnership Certificate to mark their excellent performance in product placement and installation of synthetic turf pitches. They are flanked by Nick Rickerby (left), Paul Langford (centre) and Nick Springate (right)
In general, composites provide weight reduction and high strength. The use of composites provides weight reduction, which results in less fuel being consumed, and the weight reduction in structure allows more passengers or freight to be carried. Some of the newer commercial aircraft today such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 use composites for the fuselage. The use of composites in this application allows for more passenger comfort since the interior can be pressurized higher resulting in a more comfortable environment. Also unlike metals, composites do not corrode so this means less maintenance for the airlines.
Boeing 787 (picture: Gail Hanusa)
Depending upon the aircraft, TenCate materials are used for the flight structures (wings, fuselage, flight control surfaces). The thermoset composites from TenCate are typically epoxy with either fibreglass or carbon fibre reinforcement, depending on the application. Fibreglass epoxies are used for fuselages and flight control surfaces on general aviation aircraft or UAVs, while carbon fibre epoxy is used for highly loaded structural parts, like wing spars and wings. TenCate Cetex® thermoplastic materials are typically used in interior applications (seats, galleys, floors, clips). On commercial aircraft such as the Airbus A380 thermoplastic composites are used on leading edges and in the fuselage frame for structural clips and brackets.
In a more recent application for TenCate composites, TenCate materials are used to develop the structure (radomes) around communication and navigation antennas. As a result of increasing communication options during passenger flights, the demand for in-flight internet access is growing. These are made of thermoset resins with either a glass- or quartz-based composite fabric. Radomes are typically part of the aircraft structure; they are used to cover antenna and other radio transmission devices. The radome protects the antennas and electrical systems while still allowing signals to pass through. TenCate materials are used on the nose radome of the Boeing 787, which houses navigation and weather radar equipment, as well as on-satellite communication (“satcom”) radomes, which bring internet and wifi connectivity to the passengers on the flight. In North America TenCate supports the market for commercial and regional jets with radome materials. These unique carbon-free materials are also used on the radomes of military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Strict requirements on radomes
Strict requirements are in force for these materials; they must for example not become contaminated with conductive particles during production. These can lead to problems and communication failure. Any contamination, no matter how small, from carbon fibres or metal particles would create hot spots and result in damage to the radome and reduced radar efficiency. For that reason TenCate Advanced Composites makes these materials in its clean rooms in Morgan Hill (California). Materials from TenCate are valued since they are electrically pure and contain no carbon contamination. This allows high-powered radar signals to be transmitted through the radome without interference. The fabrics that TenCate uses for military radomes are made primarily of quartz, which is 99.9% pure glass. This material allows the radar to electrically see through it, much like an electronic window. TenCate materials are also used on shipboard radar for the same reasons.
TenCate materials are used for diverse parts of the aircraft interior. Examples include flooring, ducting, overhead bin structures, trolleys, aircraft seats and galleys, such as those of the Boeing 737s of Southwest Airlines. The materials for interior applications meet strict fire-safety requirements. TenCate Advanced Composites USA and UK supply composite materials to US and European manufacturers of aircraft seats.
Using a combination of titanium and TenCate composite, the French company Expliseat manufactured the Titanium Seat: an aircraft seat weighing a mere 4 kilos - the lightest ever to have withstood the crash test. At JEC Composites 2014 in Paris (France) the makers of the seat were presented with the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award.]]>
Partners for International Business (PIB) is a public-private programme for groups of Dutch companies and knowledge institutes that have the joint aim of entering a foreign market in one of the top sectors. One of these sectors is High-Tech Materials & Systems, such as composites. Part of PIB is D²RAGON. This includes research and development in aerospace with the support of a network organized by the government (Dutch Development and Research in Aeronautics supported by Government Organized Network).
The contribution of TenCate consists of technological knowledge and materials. TenCate Advanced Composites and Fokker Technologies are two companies within D²RAGON that are already operating in the Chinese aviation market. As part of its Asia strategy TenCate has concluded agreements for cooperation with major players in the Asian aviation industry. Networks and partnerships are being established and expanded.
D²RAGON focuses on establishing a good and stable market position for the Dutch aerospace cluster in China. Its short-term objectives include entering into an agreement between the Dutch and Chinese governments (G2G) for technological, industrial and academic cooperation, the development of commercial activities and involvement in the ‘concept definition phase’ of the 929 wide-body of COMAC. In the medium term they intend to conclude at least two contracts with COMAC for development and design.
K2K (exchange of knowledge) is also a part of the programme. Chinese aircraft manufacturers can make use of Dutch knowledge and expertise in the field of aerospace. The aim is to increase the number of Chinese students at Dutch colleges and universities that provide courses in aeronautical engineering, which will benefit long-term cooperation.
See the printed version of txtures for an interview with Raoul Starmans (business development manager, TenCate for Greater China) and Harm Albers (sales manager, TenCate Advanced Composites). Raoul Starmans organizes the local representation of TenCate composite technologies for the next generation of Chinese commercial aircraft. Harm Albers was co-signatory to the D²RAGON covenant.
The automotive industry is searching for energy-saving solutions. Thermoplastic composites make low production costs possible, have a rapid processing time and high toughness. The development of these composite materials and processes for mass production will take several years and to utilize these the automobile industry must undergo the required adjustments to its production infrastructure.
Composites steering wheel
The TenCate Advanced Composites plant in Langley Mill (Nottingham, UK) has been a dominant supplier, mainly to the tooling market, as well as to the Formula One racing market for many years. In these markets they still use almost exclusively thermoset composite materials. Unlike these materials, thermoplastic composites are ideally suited for use in mass production.
Staff at the TenCate Advanced Composites plant in Langley Mill and the Alfa Romeo 4C
In the case of the Alfa Romeo 4C this involves job production - some four thousand cars each year. TenCate supplies composite materials for the entire monocoque through the Adler Group. The central passenger cell reduces vehicle weight and creates a highly rigid and safe basic structure.
The aim of the strategic alliance formed in 2013 between BASF, TenCate and OwensCorning, producer of fibreglass reinforcement, is to develop optimal solutions in thermoplastic composites for mass production in the automotive industry.
A ful carbon fibre-reinforced composite wheel for cars in the higher segment has been developed together with Kringlan Composites.]]>
Over the last few years demand for synthetic turf for landscaping applications has grown significantly. This trend is set to continue in the years ahead − certainly in Europe and the Middle East. The growth can be partly attributed to the retail and web shops. In these channels the focus lies on the carpet instead of the installation. TenCate supplies customers in both channels with the right product and recent investments have enabled the company to accommodate the growth and market demand.
The Harlequins Hockey Club in Belfast is highly satisfied with its new semi-water-based field of synthetic turf (© Copyright DOMO Sports Grass)
In landscaping we make a distinction between private (residential) and landscape applications. As a rule the private user who has a lawn wants this to look green and well kept. Quite a tall order if water is scarce or the garden is shady or intensively used– for example by children playing games or sports. To an increasing extent consumers are heading for do-it-yourself stores and garden centres for their synthetic turf. Important criteria when purchasing synthetic turf are a long lifespan and a natural springy appearance that is UV-resistant for a considerable number of years and is not going to fibrillate (fiberize). Many parents feel it is important that synthetic turf is suitable for sport and games and is safe for children.
Naturally quality plays a role, but the end-user cannot always evaluate this at first sight – as John Penninck (photo © Copyright DOMO Sports Grass), managing director of Sports & Leisure Group in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), knows only too well. ‘Assessing quality is difficult for the consumer,’ he says, ‘so we have to work hard on our image and communication.’ For example, visits to China have taught him that several suppliers there have very different views on raw materials, production and quality. ‘You must offer a good product coupled with a good guarantee for eight to ten years.’
Sports & Leisure Group is a leading manufacturer of synthetic turf and is part of the International Domo Group. The landscaping market in particular is growing steadily, while the sports market is relatively stable, with the exception of hockey. The group supplies two brands: Domo Sports Grass and FUNgrass. Fields from Sports & Leisure Group have been installed in 45 countries. ’ A ‘prominent customer’, S&LG has been buying synthetic grass yarns and backing from the Grass group for years.
Synthetic turf for German football club TSC Eintracht Dortmund (© Copyright DOMO Sports Grass)
All in all John Penninck is especially happy with the quality, delivery reliability and service of TenCate Grass. In addition there is the good personal contact. ‘TenCate is a good sparring partner, with whom we can most certainly consolidate our growth even further.’]]>
The new will enable the company not only to expand its production capacity, but also from now on to carry out development and production in Primarette for both industrial applications (vehicle and personal protection) and high-level aerospace applications.
The opening ceremony was carried out by Jean Paul Montagnier (maire Monsteroux, Communauté de Communes Beaurepaire), Didier Rambaud (conseiller général), Erwan Binet (conseiller général), Philippe Mignot (maire Beaurepaire), Lionel Lemoine (sous-préfet Isère), Jacques Remiller (maire Vienne, député), Wilfred Sluyter (TenCate Advanced Armour), Christian Nucci (président Communauté de Communes Beaurepaire), Eric Ledouaron (préfet Isère), Steen Tanderup (TenCate Advanced Armour), Angéline Apprieux (maire Primarette), Gérard Bredy (Communauté de Communes Beaurepaire), Jean Saunier (maire Pisieu), Mickael Marion (Communauté de Communes Beaurepaire)
Examples of the use of synthetic turf in landscaping include green strips alongside roads and tramways and at airports, lawns outside homes and hotels, synthetic turf on balconies, playgrounds and other recreational facilities
Synthetic turf roofingThe project market is the latest trend. This involves large-scale projects with major contractors, such as 100,000 m2 of synthetic turf strips along tramways in Gaziantep (Turkey). Other examples are the green areas alongside motorways and intersections in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Airport runways would also seem to be an obvious application. In terms of area in any case this is an attractive market.
Synthetic turf at the entrance of Ankara Airport (Turkey)TenCate is able to supply the landscaping market fast and flexibly. Distribution to end customers is organized through companies such as TigerTurf, Condor and Royal Grass. Meanwhile, product development continues non-stop. Non-horizontal applications such as roof insulation require yet other functionalities. As an alternative to rubber tiles at playgrounds TenCate is developing synthetic turf with antistatic characteristics. In hot countries the consumer would appreciate synthetic turf blades with a cooling function. ]]>
In view of the planned growth, investments are being made not only in new products and resin systems but also in additional means of production and capacity for materials based on fabrics and UD tape. These materials are applied in markets in which TenCate Advanced Composites UK has been operating for years, such as Formula 1 racing, and the automotive and industrial markets. What’s more, all this will mean the European aerospace, satellite and radome markets can be better supported. The production of a number of materials for the aviation industry that are manufactured at Morgan Hill (US) will then be carried out here, and the relevant qualification processes are currently in progress. At the same time tooling systems based on those in the UK will be installed in the US.
The production area in Langley Mill will be substantially increased to accommodate the additional capacity and machinery − bearing in mind the growth in the number of employees as well. The production company will be organized in accordance with the stringent demands imposed on manufacturing environments by the aerospace market. The expansion and modernization of the British facility of TenCate Advanced Composites will be completed by the end of 2015.]]>
Theme of txtures 1 of 2016 is Protecting people. Date of publication: 11 March 2016.
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The project presented several challenges. North Haven Island is about 20 kilometres from Rockland, the closest mainland connection. All construction materials and equipment had to be transported to the island by boat and barge. Significant daily tidal fluctuations affected the duration of daily construction: at high tide most of the bridge abutments would be under water. Construction had to be completed during the late winter/early spring to minimise the impact on residents, anglers and summer tourists. The retaining walls of the bridge had to withstand the potential impact from boats navigating the waterway. This led the design team to search for a more efficient solution than a typical pile-driven foundation for the bridge abutments.
Western abutment construction and eastern abutment demolition
The answer for North Haven and the Maine Department of Transportation was a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS). And for this they decided to use TenCate Mirafi® HP geotextiles. The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the United States Department of Transportation that specialises in highway transportation, has long championed GRS-IBS. The use of this reinforced soil technology is especially popular with county engineers for its time- and money-saving efficiencies. The existing bridge pier was in good shape and could be integrated into the new structure by installing lightweight concrete beams.
The western abutment nearing completion
The limestone wall would join up well with the appearance of the natural surroundings. ‘This is located in one of the most spectacular sailing harbours along the coast of Maine’, said administrator Joe Stone. ‘It was important that the natural scenic beauty of the site should not be damaged by the bridge.’
At the tallest point the abutment walls stand at 15 feet (4.6 metres), of which 1.2 metres are buried. The original centre support no longer provides structural support, but has been retained for historical reasons
The construction of a GRS-IBS bridge abutment is a three-step process. First, a row of blocks is put into place. Second, a layer of fill is compacted to the height of the facing blocks. Third, a layer of geotextile is extended between the rows of blocks to connect them to the GRS mass. This process is repeated until the wall height is reached. Pre-cast concrete box beams can be placed directly on the GRS abutments without a concrete footing. A GRS wall was by far the cheapest and easiest to incorporate in that type of environment. It is the first time a GRS wall has been used in a marine or tidal environment and also the first time for its use in a two-span bridge arrangement.
TenCate Mirafi® HP is a range of geotextiles for the construction of support walls and embankments and separation, filtration and reinforcement of ground layers. In North Haven they opted for TenCate Mirafi® HP770.]]>
The ammunition depot sits on a hillside that faces Halifax Harbour. Due to its location on the hillside, concrete blast walls are required in front of each ammunition bunker to absorb any blast that might occur to shield the harbour and surrounding area from the force of the blast. Regulations have changed since these walls were originally constructed in the 1950s, and new regulations require the blast walls to be constructed of a material that would not fragment into pieces larger than 19 mm if hit by an explosive blast.
Mitchelmore Engineering was responsible for designing and selecting the materials for the three walls that were to be built. The criteria that had to be met were: maximum particle size of 19mm when exposed to blast, economics, a design life of 20 years, ease of construction and material availability. After careful evaluation, a geotextile-wrapped wall was chosen. This geotextile option allowed for the face and reinforcement to be of a single material.
If exposed to a blast, the maximum particle size would be limited by the gradation of the contained granular backfill which was (19 mm). It would be easy to construct using temporary forms, and by spraying the exposed geotextile face with an asphalt emulsion after completion, UV stability would not be an issue. In addition, the new blast walls would have to be freestanding, thus requiring four exposed sides.
TenCate Mirafi® PET 100 polyester geotextile met all the technical specifications and requirements of the design. In accordance with the contract documents, TenCate Geosynthetics provided a qualified technician, experienced in the construction of these types of wall systems, to provide on site technical support to the contractor. Each blast wall is 72 m x 9 m x 6 m high and was constructed of 11 lifts of TenCate Mirafi® PET100 geotextiles. The use of this material enabled the engineer to design a structure that was cost effective yet had the ability to absorb extreme explosive forces.
The MHV complex, which until recently consisted of three sand-dressed synthetic turf fields, has been extended to four fields this summer. Two of the four fields are water fields with a GreenFields TX top layer. The same top layer was used last year during the 2014 World Championships in the Kyocera Stadium of ADO Den Haag, and its hockey qualities were acclaimed by the international players. The third new field boasts a high-grade sand-dressed synthetic turf top layer.
Picture: Ineke Schipstra Fotografie
MHV chairman Jeroen Willem Klomps is proud of his club: ‘Four years of preparation, the tremendous efforts of many volunteers, CSC and GreenFields, and the support of our members are now paying dividends. MHV Maarssen has one of the best hockey complexes in the country and can now further pursue its growth ambitions in terms of both sporting achievements and increased membership.’ With more than 1,300 members, MHV Maarssen is among the twenty largest hockey clubs in the country. Thanks to increased capacity, it can now reduce to a large extent its waiting list of Maarssen young hopefuls.
According to Ben aan de Stegge, area sales manager of GreenFields, MHV Maarssen is a trend-setting club for GreenFields, with ‘three top fields, two of which are GreenFields® TX water fields. We’re banking on sporting success as well as considerable hockey enjoyment for all Maarssen hockey players and their supporters.’]]>
Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) specializes in the engineering and manufacture of large and complex structures for the offshore oil & gas and energy industry. It has a number of operations including those in the Netherlands (Zwijndrecht and Vlissingen), Poland and the UK and it employs a total of 2,000 people. Almost a half year ago the company switched to the new clothing based on TenCate Tecapro®. This fabric is the appropriate solution for shipbuilding and the metal industry. TenCate Tecapro® protects grinders and welders against for example splashes from molten metal, sparks and chemical splashes. The clothing was made by Van Ochten Bedrijfskleding B.V. The logistical service is provided entirely by Wijngaarden VeiligGoed (WVG). Both parties proactively submitted the new fabric to HFG. After all they want the very best for their customers.
WVG, which also supplies the new TenCate Tecapro® to other end-users, is delighted with the quality. ‘It feels more flexible and holes develop in the fabric less quickly during welding than in the previous clothing.’ Jan van Ochten agrees with him. ‘TenCate Tecapro® is a fine cloth, which has been successfully launched on the market, in part through our contribution.’
The first reactions at Heerema Fabrication Group are equally positive: employees find the fit better and the fabrics more flexible and more comfortable. A gradual transition to the new clothing is now in progress. All four operations will be supplied, with the sites at Zwijndrecht and Vlissingen taking 6,000 garments a year.
Johan Stander (left) and Henrie van Gameren were involved in Heerema Fabrication Group’s choice of personal protective equipment and thus of TenCate Tecapro®: Johan Stander as safety, health & environment manager, Henrie van Gameren as senior buyer. Every Heerema Fabrication Group employee is required to wear safety clothing on the shop floor. The operational workers have an overall, the office workers a two-piece garment. Heat, fire and metal splashes are the greatest risks during operations, they explain. The same applies to working in explosive zones, where antistatic clothing is required. The previous clothing, also based on TenCate Tecapro®, guaranteed these aspects too, but the new clothing, in addition to protection, gives even better wearing comfort. This is due to the satin weave and a special, permanent Comfort-Control Finish. As a result the fabric feels more flexible and is more pleasant to wear. So Heerema Fabrication Group has been an end-user of TenCate fabrics for longer and in this case opted for the next innovation.
Changes in standards, legislation and regulations play a role in the purchase and changing of work clothing. The same applies to developments at the fabric supplier.Another aspect that is important to Heerema Fabrication Group is reliability of delivery: supplying a constant quality and guaranteeing availability. This is due to the project-based nature of the activities. ‘Our process simply is an erratic one’, they both explain. ‘We have permanent staff, temporary employees and subcontractors. Our basic workforce in Zwijndrecht is 200 to 250 people. When projects come in, we upcrew to 600 to 700 and sometimes even 800. You can’t predict it. It is thus difficult in terms of sizes and quantities.’ It is even difficult to keep stocks ourselves: not only due to numbers, but also in view of the sizes of temporary personnel. It is precisely the added link through Wijngaarden VeiligGoed that has for many a year satisfied this unpredictable need. When there are great differences in sizes the clothing must also be rapidly available.
Henrie van Gameren and Johan Stander not only like to stay abreast of new developments at their suppliers. ‘We like to ask our suppliers which materials we should use for the best result. How can we jointly improve the clothing? If TenCate has developed a new fabric, we would like to try it out.’
GreenFields is strategic partner of the Football for Hope programme. The company donated the base course for the new football field. ‘Football plays an integral role in building up diplomatic relations, just as it empowers girls and women,’ said the minister (on the picture right). ‘Football brings people together, as South Africa showed during the 2010 World Cup.’
The Dutch minister also met Jos Dirkx, the woman who set up the foundation Girls & Football SA.
The threats present in these markets include increasing urbanisation and climate change. Our guidelines in the development of materials and systems are safety and making the living environment more sustainable.
TenCate Geosynthetics received the International Achievement Award of Excellence for the application of TenCate Geotube® technology in the construction of the Embraport Container and Fuel Bulk Terminal (Santos, Brazil)
Over time, hundreds of thousands of kilometres of motorways and railways and slopes have been built worldwide using geosynthetics from TenCate Geosynthetics as support and reinforcement. The same applies to many a car park, airport, bridgehead, embankment and wind farm. Countless football, hockey and other sports pitches across the world are based on backing, synthetic turf fibres and systems from TenCate and many public green spaces are made of components from TenCate Grass.
Piled embankments with geotextiles in civil engineering
Urbanisation too has adverse consequences for water management. Precipitation has greater difficulty infiltrating into the soil, and water runs off faster into the rivers and streams that flow through the area. These will consequently have a higher flow rate, which will increase the risk of flooding and dyke breaches in the downstream part of the river.
Urbanisation has consequences for water management and infrastructure
Geosynthetics are in general used to solve civil engineering problems. Examples include the stabilisation or the separation of soil layers, soil reinforcement, protection against erosion and mechanical damage, drainage and sealing, so that pollution does not end up in the soil. Geosynthetics can also serve as the foundations of motorways or airport runways.
Still of an animation showing the possibilities of geosynthetic and geosynthetic systems, such as TenCate Geotube® technology
Through the use of geosynthetics such as TenCate Geotube® land is expanded through reclamation, islands are created and polluted sludge or soil cleaned and stored.
By dewatering the sludge or the pollution and storing it long term as a solid mass (see the ), the tubes become suitable for use as a dyke body or for raising the height of the land. The surveillance and monitoring of dykes results in a more structural focus on geosynthetics with optical fibres, such as TenCate GeoDetect®.
TenCate Polyfelt® has been used for rehabilitation work carried out on the runways of Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague
A second megatrend relates to climate change and natural resources that are becoming ever scarcer. The sea level is expected to rise, with an increased risk of flooding and disastrous consequences for the local infrastructure: this must be protected or reinforced. Cities in coastal areas will have to deal with an ever-increasing risk of flooding. Cities and coastlines will to an increasing extent have to rise to these challenges and be able to cope effectively when natural disasters, such as flooding, occur.
Geosynthetics are used for the Lach Huyen Bridge (Vietnam)
The value proposition of TenCate Geosynthetics is to be found in its wide-ranging product portfolio and technological know-how, its eco-friendliness and sustainability, its short response time to orders, thanks to an international network of companies and sales offices, and its role as a partner in projects.
TenCate Grass focuses on both sports applications and on landscaping (both private and commercial landscaping). Examples of applications include creating green spaces along motorways, roads and tramways and at airports, on motorway intersections, lawns in residcentail areas, at schools and hotels, synthetic turf on balconies, playgrounds and other recreational facilities. Synthetic turf is also used to cover slopes (also as a hybrid system in combination with natural grass) and in non-horizontal applications, such as roof insulation.
In 2003 the Johan Cruyff Foundation built the first Cruyff Court in the world in Lelystad (NL). A Cruyff Court is the modern version of the vacant plots of land on which youngsters used to kick a ball around. TenCate, as partner from the very start, supports the objectives of the Johan Cruyff Foundation: to provide children with a durable, safe place to play sports, and to promote sporting and social integration. TenCate has developed the durable, wear-resistant ™ fibre specially for pitches that are subjected to intensive play like the Cruyff Courts.This has proved to be the most distinctive in terms of durability, characteristics and appearance.
Fourteen Dutch TenCate Grass colleagues who are directly or indirectly involved in the manufacturing of synthetic turf for Cruyff Courts]]>
GreenFields is part of the recently completed FIFA Football for Hope project: 20 centres by 2010 for disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Africa. The idea for this programme was inspired by the Football World Championship in Africa (2010). The aim was to install before that year twenty synthetic turf fields in disadvantaged neighbourhoods of large towns in Africa. The thinking behind this: to create a safe football-based playing environment for children and youngsters and help to make a better future possible.
Football for Hope pitch Molagakwena
‘The synthetic turf pitches of 20 x 40 metres were delivered by container, including FIFA boarding,’ says Miranda Laseroms (sales manager GreenFields). ‘The installation took place with the help of local contractors. We’re happy to offer perspective and to make such a positive contribution to the future of who knows what sporting stars of tomorrow.’ A small centre with health facilities and space for activities form part of the complex.
Football for Hope pitch Kimisagara
In a few cases the container has been placed upright to serve as a small office or changing room. Twenty of these sports facilities have been completed – although not by the intended date. The Football for Hope fields are located in Cape Town, Namibia, Rwanda, Congo, Kenya and Mozambique, among other places.
Football for Hope pitch]]>
TenCate Mirafi® RSi Series (picture) are double-layer geotextiles used for base course reinforcement and subgrade stabilisation, for strengthening embankments, flood prevention and protection against erosion. Road builders can now use a single material for stabilising and strengthening the foundation of any type of subsoil in all circumstances. This reduces costs for the end-user and conserves natural resources optimally. It also reduces the time involved in repairing and constructing these transport connections. This certainly proved to be the case in the repair of state route SR 53 in Wyandot County (Ohio, US) and the rail track at Rosetown in Saskatchewan (Canada).
Along the section of SR53 in Wyandot County, Ohio
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODoT) is responsible for developing and maintaining all state and federal roadways in the state of Ohio. This project involved raising the grade and replacing the pavement along a section of SR53 in Wyandot County, Ohio. This section is underlain by a peat deposit, overlying a soft to medium stiff clay. Over the years the pavement had experienced freeze-thaw damage and uneven settlement, laterally and longitudinally, resulting in undulation requiring continual and expensive maintenance
The initial desire was to remove most, if not all of the peat. This removal would have incurred very high costs. A second option involved the use of expanded polystyrene geofoam. This would have required extreme peat removal for load reduction, and there were concerns regarding the effect of the high groundwater level. ODOT then asked TenCate Geosynthetics America for assistance in developing a geosynthetic-reinforced system as a workable option.
The eventual solution consisted of two layers of TenCate Mirafi® RS580i within a 610 mm thick crushed limestone aggregate section for reinforcement and stabilisation. The design asphalt pavement section was then installed upon this Geosynthetic Reinforced Section (GRS). The cost savings from avoiding removal and replacing the peat, including dewatering, is estimated to be over $250,000. In addition, the project schedule was expedited by several weeks, reducing the amount of time needed for road closures and traffic detours.
More importantly, a safe road has been constructed that will last for many years.
The CN Rosetown Subdivision is a section of Canadian National Railway Company (CN) track running between Roskin Junction (Saskatoon) and Kindersley (Saskatchewan). The track had to be lifted and realigned over twenty times between 2009 and 2013 due to ongoing track settlement, caused by extremely soft subgrade conditions and inadequate sub-surface drainage. A permanent speed restriction was imposed on trains operating through this area to ensure there were no derailments.
However, despite all these measures there was still no improvement. For a permanent and cost-efficient solution it was decided to reinforce the area with geosynthetics.
In the 1920s, Arthur Newell Talbot (professor of municipal and sanitary engineering at the University of Illinois) developed a method that enabled designers to calculate the correct thickness of the rail track bed: the Talbot Equation. Here this should have been 120 centimetres, which proved not to be feasible in practice. The CN engineers approached TenCate Geosynthetics to help them construct a rail track bed reinforced with geosynthetics.
The design engineers from TenCate advised the use of TenCate Mirafi® RS580i and by doing so were able to save a considerable amount on construction costs. After removing the rail pads, sleepers and ballast, the soft clay subgrade was covered with a layer of TenCate Mirafi® RS580i. On top of this came a 400-600 mm layer of pit run material, covered by a second layer of TenCate Mirafi® RS580i for reinforcement, followed by a layer of sub-ballast. Atop the sub-ballast, ballast was added.
Finally, the rails and sleepers were put back in place. The entire project was completed without having to over-excavate the entire work area or change the grade of the track and with a minimum of additional materials.
Needless to say, the speed restriction has since been lifted by CN.
Strain in earthworks is now easier to measure accurately by using fibre optic sensing technology in combination with geotextiles, such as TenCate GeoDetect®. This is a patented system based on geotextiles with interwoven optical sensors for monitoring soil strain in earthworks. It can be used to monitor either local earthworks such as walls and slopes or long infrastructures like roads, railways and dykes. The technology has now been in use in numerous countries for almost ten years.
The basin in France has an area of 300,000 m² and a storage capacity of 3.3 million m3
A recent example of the use of TenCate GeoDetect® relates to a basin in the east of France used for the storage of industrial, salted water. This former gravel pit is located near a river with a two- kilometre long peripheral dyke. The water in this basin is stored here for about six months of the year so as to be able to release the effluent into a nearby river when the water flow is high enough (in winter). The bottom of the pit is below the water table and is therefore lined with among other materials geotextiles and geomembrane.
For strengthening TenCate Geolon® PET 1600 is being applied
Several years ago an increase in the quantity of chemicals was detected. A study and analysis of the settlements revealed a tear in the geomembrane. The cause was a three-metre deep circular cavity measuring some 6 m².
At three other locations the clayey substratum proved to be no longer intact. In order to ease the strain that this caused, it was decided to install a reinforcement structure of the foundation with geotextile, combined with a detection and localization system of the cavity with the fibre optic sensor-enabled geotextile. This enables even very small soil strains to be detected so that action can be taken.
The area to be monitored
The TenCate GeoDetect® solution using these materials and technology is now detecting any soil strain that occurs. Up to the present time the measures taken have proven effective.]]>
The cooperation accelerates new developments, thereby creating better possibilities to satisfy the increasing safety and protection requirements in tenders for government programmes. There is a strongly growing demand for lighter, more comfortable protection, which stems from the modernization of army units (for example Future Soldier programmes), higher risk levels, and missions in (sub-)tropical conditions, such as in Africa.
Protection versus weight
As regards protection, the choice is usually between the same measure of protection at a lower weight or a larger protective surface at the same weight. This plays less of a role when it comes to ships. but it is very important in the case of personal protection and aerospace armour. FMT ensures improved bulletproof characteristics. The basic material is 50% lighter than glass and aramid and as much as 90% lighter than steel. Compared with present armour, a 25% weight reduction is possible – and so ultimately a lighter vehicle. The lighter panels also offer room for the growing trend of incorporating electronic systems. Moreover the force of striking bullets is better absorbed.
Jean Beugels (left) and Cyril Veillat, respectively programme manager Aerospace and business manager Personal Protection at TenCate Advanced Armour
Applications include personal protection, armour for vehicles and aircraft, and next-generation tactical gear. The applications respond to three important trends: new operational environments, the increasing weight of electronics for situational awareness, and fuel efficiency.
The contribution of TenCate within the collaboration consists of materials, production know-how and in-depth market knowledge of developments, application possibilities and requirements / specifications. At the same time TenCate is unique when it comes to combining the knowledge of armour materials, designing survivability systems and producing on the basis of aerospace standards. ‘Consequently we can operate in the market in the most efficient way when it comes to providing solutions,’ say Jean Beugels and Cyril Veillat, respectively programme manager Aerospace and business manager Personal Protection at TenCate Advanced Armour. ‘It’s true that DSM Dyneema sells its products to others as well, but we are actually involved in the development at an early stage. The advantage is that we have a total solution in our hands earlier and have already been able to complete the qualifications. This gives us a headstart. For DSM Dyneema the collaboration means increased competitiveness through acceleration of the “time to market”. For certain applications we can also work together on the technology in order to improve the know-how relating to their products and ours.’
Even when market conditions are less favourable it is important to continue innovating. Furthermore innovation is essential because of the EN 9100 standard, which makes continuous improvement obligatory: ‘That you are constantly seeking new solutions sends out an important signal.’ In addition the same trend is occurring in the vehicle market as in armour for aircraft: whoever supplies an original equipment manufacturer must satisfy high quality demands and have a broad financial basis. ‘The support of a large company is important, which means small companies drop out. It’s one of the reasons why the market share of TenCate Advanced Armour is rising under the present market conditions with shrinking government budgets. Cooperation with strong partners in the market is one of spearheads of the TenCate strategy to realize accelerated sales growth.’
In 2013 TenCate supplied outdoor fabric for a thousand tents. Last year BCT Outdoors was asked to make as many again. The Bradford (Yorkshire) tent manufacturer also made a further 500 two-person tents in the colours blue, red and orange, and designed a four-person model, which was produced in purple, light green and light blue.
According to Pat Hammond of BCT Outdoors, the WM-27 fabric from TenCate Outdoor Fabrics was ‘fantastic material to work with’. So once again the festival site not only pulsated with sound but was also a colourful sight to behold.
At the Kampeer & Caravan Jaarbeurs in the autumn of 2014 visitors to the exhibition were given the opportunity to design their own tent cloth, using the TenCate Outdoor Fabrics design app. There were a great many entries submitted, with a a variety of images, patterns and photos. The expert jury, made up of Mariette Wolbert (designer), Ruud Wenting (ANWB Media), Roel Reineman (director of KCI), Carinha Uytterhoeven (Jaarbeurs Utrecht) and TenCate Outdoor Fabrics (outdoor fabrics manufacturer), selected five winners from all the entries. The winning designs were then made into tents by the tent makers (brand manufacturers), using innovative TenCate digital printing and finishing technology.
The price winners with their certificate and the members of the jury. From left to right the winners Leonie Muis (with family), Barry de Louw, Thelma Sips Bul and Ellen Feijen. Members of the jury are from left to right Rob Verver, Herman Klompenmaker, Carinha Uytterhoeven and Roel Reineman.
The winning designs were proudly on display in the TenCate Outdoor Fabrics pavilion during the ANWB Lentedagen on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April in Bussloo (NL). ‘The prizes were awarded on the Sunday. Rob Verver, business development manager of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics, took the floor, flanked by Herman Klompenmaker, marketing and sales manager of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics. Rob Verver presented the jury’s reasoning for selecting the winning designs. Thanks to a special Virtual Reality Experience app in the TenCate Outdoor Fabrics pavilion, visitors were able to see the future of the digital printing of outdoor textile. The digital printing options were presented in a ‘Digital Inspirations’ collection book.]]>
This consolidation means that the operational management can be optimalized, the product quality and cost-efficiency can be further improved, and the expected growth in the composites and aerospace market can be supported. The TenCate Advanced Composites group also has a second prepreg production facility, as well as its US headquarters, in Morgan Hill (California).
There are a number of reasons for consolidating the three facilities at one location. ‘We are continuing to grow and see a sustained market for our composite materials and parts, hence our need for expansion,’ says Michael Cichon (director of product marketing). ‘And the new facility will enable us to combine our production, quality control and management teams under one roof,’ adds Paul Draghi (vice-president of operations). ‘This will yield operational efficiencies and improved product quality. Morgan Hill and Fairfield are now world-class sites with matching capabilities. This makes customers want to do business with TenCate.’]]>
In the market the name TenCate stands for quality, durability and innovative capacity. ‘In almost every country where people go camping for pleasure, we supply outdoor fabrics.’
TenCate Outdoor Fabrics purchases fibres, chemicals and polymers from various suppliers as raw materials. Almost all the yarns are spun in its own spinning mill, and the company weaves and finishes virtually all the fabric types itself. Garment manufacturers include Bax, Brand, Cabanon, Campingtex, Dorema, Isabella, Inaca, Jürgens and Trigano.
The majority of garment manufacturers sell their tents through dealers. TenCate Outdoor Fabrics has now provided in-house training to some seventy dealers in the Netherlands and Belgium. Anyone entering a tent store can now see from a sticker on the window that there is a tent cloth specialist recognized by TenCate in the store.
Most end-users will be approached either indirectly (by the dealer) or directly, for example at the ANWB Camping Exhibition and at trade fairs such as the Camping and Caravan Annual Fair. Contacts with other end-users, like Scouting Netherlands and the UNHCR in Geneva, often come about on the basis of an invitation from the organization concerned.
For TenCate Outdoor Fabrics the is a strategically ever more important market, which will ultimately be many times larger than the tent cloth market.
When the Twente Safety Region purchased 1,028 new firefighting uniforms for its brigades in 2014 this obviously did not just happen overnight. Before the start of the European tendering process it had firefighting clothing brought in from all over the country, which was evaluated by a test team of users. On the basis of their evaluations a list of needs and requirements was compiled, which was then incorporated into the specifications for the tender. Twente then carried out extensive wearing trials on five of the selected uniforms. ‘The firefighting uniform from producer LHD Group, with TenCate protective fabric, really stood out, John Schell told us. ‘It’s smooth on the inside and that’s what makes it so quick and easy to put on. It’s also noticeably lighter and more flexible than our old uniform. The jacket is somewhat longer and the uniform consists of two parts, so it doesn’t stretch unduly when you bend your knees. In other words, it’s extremely comfortable.’
In addition to wearing comfort, the wearing trials focused in particular on the heat resistance and breathability (the retention - or RET value) of the uniforms. ‘It was these qualities that really showed us how remarkable this innovative TenCate fabric is’, John explains. ‘The uniform really kept the heat out noticeably better than its competitors.’
During the test in a converted shipping container to test fire behaviour the assessors looked at how long someone could carry on functioning well in the heat. ‘You have to protect the uniform from the heat from the outside, but due to the nature of the work, the temperature ínside the uniform also increases rapidly. If you can’t get rid of the heat, it can build up and possibly cause a fatal heatstroke. The importance of having a good breathable uniform can thus not be overestimated.’
When that important RET value, the breathability of the fabric, was put to the test, the high-tech materials from TenCate proved to be the best. John Schell emphasises that a low RET value is not only essential for the health and safety of the firefighters, but also for their performance. ‘Wearing a uniform like this, you can carry on working for longer and thus get much more done. You can rescue the people who need to be rescued and extinguish the fire. We’re talking about minutes, but that couple of minutes longer that you can work, can make all the difference between life and death.’]]>
The reason for this was to celebrate the hospital’s 150th anniversary as well as the rebuilding that had just been completed. King Willem-Alexander performed the official opening ceremony.
Photo: Platform Buitenspelen
The mobile Cruyff Court is modular in design, with a pitch that measures a maximum of 20x30 metres. These dimensions can, however, be adapted, depending on the number of modules used.
Cruyff Courts are manufactured from sustainable TenCate XP Blade™ and TenCate Thiobac Pro® C18 backing. TenCate XP Blade™ does not split, and is thus the best choice for pitches that are subjected to intensive play. Moreover, TenCate XP Blade™ is more resilient than ordinary tape yarns and has a good and attractive playing surface.]]>
With the aid of the process ecotool, the fullest and clearest picture possible will be obtained in 2012 of the CO2 footprint caused by the processes within the TenCate companies in the Netherlands (and then worldwide). With the aid of product ecotools, the CO2 footprint of a growing number of TenCate products will be determined in 2012. This enables the performance of a product throughout the entire value chain to be shown, based on such criteria as climate effect, energy and water consumption, the use of land and chemicals.
The reasons for implementing corporate social responsibility (CSR) are obvious: take for a start the increasing shortage of energy and raw materials. Companies that have implemented corporate social responsibility have more efficient business operations and are more innovative. Because they produce less waste, use less energy and have a lower level of sickness absence they are able to save costs. This makes such companies attractive employers and it is good for their image. Of equal importance is the fact that stakeholders are increasingly asking what a company is doing in relation to CSR. Credit lenders, investors and end-users look favourably on such a company. Ever more public sector bodies now require a demonstrable policy in respect of corporate social responsibility during tendering procedures.
Ten Cate Protect has now started to structurally embed CSR in the organization, although it has actually already been involved in CSR for a long time. Over the years numerous measures have been taken to make processes sustainable and to protect the environment. These include the reduction of odour emissions, the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant, the installation of a biogas plant and the exchange of heat and water between the TenCate companies in Nijverdal. It is not only the environment benefits from this, TenCate too reaps financial benefits by keeping wastewater treatment in house and thus avoiding high treatment costs from the water board. The biogas produced in this way is used to generate steam. Efforts are now being formalized further and embedded more in procedures, agreements and certification. ]]>
The runway safety area or runway end safety area (RESA) is the zone surrounding each end of a runway which serves as a safety net in the event that an aircraft overruns on take-off, overshoots, or veers off the side of the runway. According to past regulations, an RSA should extend 60 metres beyond the end of the runway. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has now increased this figure to 90 metres. In the US, the recommended distances are 150 metres wide and 300 metres beyond the runway. The standard measurements have been increased over time to accommodate bigger and faster aircraft and further raise the level of safety.
The regional airport of Monterey (California, US) has two parallel runways, respectively 7,404 and 3,503 feet long (picture: SharpShots Aerial Photography)
The RSA on 10R-28L, the primary runway of Airport MRY, failed to meet the standards prescribed by the American aviation authorities. The primary runway was constructed many years ago by levelling the top of a hill. Lengthening the runway involved extending an earthen embankment out over a low-lying flood plain area. The proximity of the San Andreas Fault played a role when it came to the slope stability analysis. After taking various aspects into consideration, it was decided to reinforce the underlying soil with a geogrid: TenCate Miragrid®.
The over 30-metre-high grade separation for the runway extension consists of in total seven terraces and segmental retaining walls based on TenCate Miragrid®.
Following comprehensive studies, plans for the extension were approved in November 2013. Work began on the east side of runway 10R-28L in February 2014 and was completed in April 2015. Part of the work involved the construction of terraced retaining walls to support the plateau for the installation of a so-called engineered material arresting system (EMAS) bed. EMA systems facilitate controlled and timely deceleration of an aeroplane.
Installation of TenCate Miragrid®
Construction of the outside curve involved the overlapping of three layers of geogrid. According to current installation regulations, the overlap must be 15 cm thick. By following the TenCate Technical Note: Miragrid Overlaps on Curves and Corners, the building contractor Graniterock had no need to use fill material, thus saving significant time.
Picture by SharpShots Aerial Photography
The over 30-metre-high grade separation for the runway extension consists of seven mechanically stabilised earth terraces and segmental retaining walls. In total 42,000 m2 of TenCate Miragrid® was used for this construction. This video shows the extension.]]>
The TenCate Mirafi® Permanent Wirewall system, which is 250 m long and 12 m high, fit the project demand perfectly. The contractor discovered that by using a basement wall built of concrete blocks with this system adjacent to it, they were able to save 5.5 million dollars on construction costs.
TenCate Mirafi® Wirewall System was combined with a project specific design for this project. One benefit of this wall system is the ability to easily vary slope angles and geometry. Mechanically stabilised earth systems such as TenCate Mirafi® Permanent Wirewall result in a considerable strengthening of the ground. This is a proven cost-effective construction method, which requires less earth moving, shortens construction time, and increases safety. As this was a permanent wall, the steel wire forms had to be galvanising. TenCate Miragrid® 7XT was used here for primary reinforcement. This grid was also wrapped up the face over the secondary reinforcement, TenCate Mirafi® HP570. The entire wall was designed at a near vertical angle in order to minimize the top-of-wall distance to the building.
Another advantage of this permanent wall system is that it affords latitude in construction options. Most stress relief walls need to be installed in close proximity to an existing wall or obstruction. The method used here resulted in savings on construction time and expense, and safety was guaranteed.]]>
It is also the first commercial helicopter with fly-by-wire: touch screen control by means of electronic signals. At top speed it can reach 290 km per hour, and with a full tank it has a range of 925 kilometres. Twelve parts of the helicopter, including the access doors and the partition for the engine compartment, are made of TenCate Composite material.
(picture Bell Helicopter « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog)
Pressure-moulded composite parts from TenCate Advanced Composites are not unknown to Bell Helicopter: the company has used them previously in the V-22 Osprey helicopter programme, which is a military aircraft. Bell Helicopter is benefiting in its civilian programmes from the expertise that has been gained in military programmes. Through the use of these lightweight parts, Bell Helicopter is able to make significant cost savings.
In addition to the two crew members, the helicopter can transport 16 passengers, who will certainly not be lacking the creature comforts. The cabin can be fitted out as a seating and conference area, furnished with comfortable leather armchairs, a sofa, a conference table and other facilities. And in a totally different version, the Bell 525 can also be deployed for combatting forest fires.]]>
GreenFields, a part of TenCate Grass, has installed five FIFA-certified synthetic turf pitches in Tunisia in recent months. These are in Ajim Djerba, Carthage, Korba, Menzil Bourguiba and Kram. The installations of another four pitches are currently finalized. At Étoile Sportive du Sahel from Sousse two pitches are installed at the same time. Tenders have now been invited for rugby.
GreenFields has already installed five FIFA-certified synthetic turf pitches in Tunisia
GreenFields is the only FIFA-preferred producer in this country having FIFA recommended pitches installed locally. Football in Tunisia is by far the country’s most popular sport. ‘The market is large and uncoordinated and much if not most of the competition is price based’, Alex Ollagnier tells us. He is responsible for marketing and sales at GreenFields in France and Tunisia.
This was reason enough to organize a seminar in consultation with FIFA on numerous aspects of synthetic turf - and in particular those relating to standards and quality awareness. The approximately 400 attendees included sports laboratories, consultants, architects, governments and ministries of sport, youth and welfare.
Cutting the pitch cake at the gala of the seminar
‘Our aim was to make those present more aware of quality aspects, to introduce guidelines and intensify contacts’, Alex Ollagnier continues. ‘Other suppliers / market players will now have to meet the FIFA standard, with every step in the installation process having to be inspected. It will thus no longer be possible to quote below cost price.’
The pitch in the stadium of Carthage
Until recently Tunisia did not have a single FIFA-certified pitch, now there are five. These were installed by Witco Sports, a Tunisian company and contracting partner of GreenFields exclusively for this country. The pitches are part of the FIFA Quality Programme - an internationally recognized standard for quality and reliability relating to equipment, playing surface, technology and service. Each pitch has received the FIFA Quality Pro certificate.]]>
Production in Camarillo
The acquisition will contribute greatly to the recent formation of the TenCate Industrial Composites unit, which took place at the end of 2011.PMC Baycomp’s market positions are fully complimentary to the leading market position of TenCate in thermoplastic composites for aerospace applications and rounds out the global product offerings of TenCate to key focus markets.
Cutting composite material by means of waterjet
At the end of 2011 TenCate started on the formation of TenCate Industrial Composites. This includes advanced composite materials and production processes (processing of composite materials into moulded parts or components) for industrial applications, such as the automotive sector and the oil and gas industry.
Production in Camarillo
‘TenCate has charted the automotive market that is relevant to the composites industry,’ said Frank Spaan, corporate director, business development at TenCate. ‘TenCate aims to be a partner to the industry not only by supplying materials, but also by contributing to the processing of our materials. This will enable the automotive industry to achieve savings in both the weight of the car and in production costs, which forms the basis of our value proposition. TenCate is now well positioned in the markets that we believe to be important.'
Production in Camarillo
Tom Smith (director TenCate Industrial Composites USA) sees purely positive aspects to the acquisition. ‘Both companies are currently leaders in thermoplastic composite materials and technology. The acquisition of PMC Baycomp provides TenCate with the broadest array of products and capabilities in the thermoplastic composites industry. Our suppliers and customers have let us know that the acquisition is very positive and is needed to move thermoplastic technology forward at an accelerated rate. Becoming a part of TenCate gives PMC Baycomp additional value and credibility for the industry in the eyes of the market.’]]>
The introduction of the TenCate Performance Warranty makes TenCate Grass the first company in the international synthetic turf industry to offer a warranty and insurance on the performance and durability of synthetic turf pitches that are made with TenCate components.
Guido Vliegen (global group director TenCate Grass) hands out the certificate
TenCate Performance Warranty gives the owner of the pitch confidence about its durability and use. A chain management system with a certification programme was drawn up in collaboration with the independent certifier SGS Intron. The insurance that Allianz can issue for Flevo Boys’ synthetic turf pitch comes with the guarantee of a FIFA 2 Star performance for five years. Grass fibres based on TenCate XQ™ technology make it possible to construct pitches that will continue to meet FIFA 2 Star requirements for a long time.
The is ‘a milestone in the world of synthetic turf’, Frans Harmeling (product & development director, TenCate Grass; left) says. ‘The synthetic turf sector has various forms of insurance, but this is the first pitch for which insurance is issued at the highest level for the playing characteristics of a synthetic turf pitch. If you use quality components in the right setting you can create a perfect synthetic turf system that will produce a good, durable and safe performance. ’
Young Flevo Boys on the new pitch
The Rajang River flows in a south-westerly direction, passing among other places Tanjung Manis, and finally discharges across a swampy delta into the South China Sea. Its total length of 560 kilometres makes the Rajang the longest river in Malaysia. It is navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as Sibu, some 130 kilometres inland. After that the river becomes shallower, and consequently for the next 160 kilometres it is navigable only by shallow-draught craft.
The port of Tanjung Manis lies approximately 30 kilometres from the sea. It has a container terminal, a deep-sea fishery wharf and facilities, and a jetty for oil, gas and chemicals transport (OGC). The OGC jetty will be replaced by a new one, which will be larger and have two berths, each 200 metres in length, and deeper water to accommodate ships with a greater draught (12 metres).
As larger ships cause greater swell and thus erosion, the banks will be given added protection, for which TenCate geosynthetics will be used. Along the river banks TenCate Geotube® units will be installed that measure 25 metres in length; these will then be filled with locally available sand.
The units will have a timber raft foundation, which will be covered with an anti-erosion layer of geotextile. The TenCate Geotube® ‘toe dyke’ forms the foot of the revetment of the steeply rising banks. This revetment consists of parallel TenCate Geomattress™ units filled with sand.
TenCate GeoDetect® is a monitoring system based on geotextile with interwoven fibre optics, which registers changes in embankments and dikes. The system will be used in the AGT Flood Early Warning System (FEWS). Work began in October 2011 and will be of one year’s duration.
® has been tried and tested in hydraulic works structures such as embankment dams, canals and is already being used in the building of roads and railways and the construction of retaining walls, bridge abutments and underground constructions. TenCate GeoDetect® is patented and was specifically designed for geotechnical applications.]]>
‘This is a Carl Denig’, Theo Fortgens continues, while holding up the old photo. ‘That was my aunt’s. I often used to go camping with her in Egmond (NL).’ He can vivdly remember how things went in those days. Fridge and TV in the tent? Certainly not! ‘You didn’t have a car then, so all your stuff went in a camping box, which you gave to Van Gend & Loos (a transport company) to take to the camping site. And there you put up your tent, with the box inside it.’
The tent was on the beach, pitched as high as possible against the dunes. That was, however, no guarantee that you’d keep your feet dry. ‘The tide shifted and sometimes there was a spring tide, and in the worst case that happened at night’, he recollects. ‘Then we had to get everything quickly out of the tent, roll up the sides and retreat behind the dunes until the water level went down again. That really made a deep impression on me.’ The camping bug had firmly taken hold. As a teenager he swopped his aunt’s small single-walled tent for a better alternative: a self-made, double-walled tent. ‘I bought the tent cloth at Ten Cate’, Theo Fortgens tells us. At that time the name was written as two separate words. ‘I knew someone who worked in purchasing there. The only problem was that the cloth was then only 1.08 metres wide, so I bought a length of two hundred metres. One part of this I sold on, and from the rest I sewed my own tent on a rickety old sewing machine that someone had got rid of.’
Peace and space
That tent was indestructible. If a certain young lady – who was later to become his wife - had not come along, he would have been happy to continue camping in that little tent for years. It was, however, too small. You could just about fit in with the two of you, but since Mrs Fortgens had never been camping until she met Theo, that was a bit more than she could take. Theo went off to Ten Cate again and once more bought a substantial roll of tent cloth – orange, this time –and set about sewing it, for the second time. After all, he was never going to give up camping! ‘It’s the peace, the wide expanse of sea and the space around you’, says Theo Fortgens. ‘with as few people as possible near you. You step out of your tent and you’re already where you want to be. But ask a hundred campers whythey go camping and you’ll get a hundred different answers. Young people who go to Lowlands (a Dutch music and performing arts festival) only need a roof and then they throw the tent away after three days. At a scouting event you live in it together with your group. When I’m on holiday I live in my tent and then you have to have good quality material.’
After the children were born, the orange tent was stowed away in the attic and – for the first time ever - Theo Fortgens actually bought a tent: a Swedish model. Ten years later this was replaced by a folding caravan when holes began to appear in the tent he had bought. Camping in a tent is something he now only does for scouting events - he has been an active member since he was a boy. Scouting tents are, as a standard feature, made of TenCate material, he informs us. What is it that makes this cloth different from that of other brands? ‘You can feel it’, says Theo. ‘When you rub your fingers over it, you can feel that the cloth is more densely woven - much more densely than that Swedish tent or the front extension of our caravan, for example’ He still has both the tents he sewed himself. They’re now fifty and thirty years old, and his son uses the larger of the two. That cloth just does not wear out. ‘And that’s what you need when you go camping’, he feels. ‘Camping is being at one with nature; you have to accept whatever weather comes your way. When it’s raining outside, I sleep a lot better knowing that I’ve got a good roof over my head,.’
The TenCate tent cloth of those days has obviously developed considerably in the course of so many years. Thanks to constant innovation, the outdoor fabrics from TenCate are not only waterproof but also inherently fire resistant, dirt resistant, insect repellant and, not forgetting that they can be personalised with whatever print you choose. ‘I would really have liked that’, Theo grins. ‘If I could now select a print, I’d pick one that would have people thinking, “whatever are they doing in there?”’, he says, accompanied by a grin and a wink. Then, to be serious: ‘If TenCate can come up with a lightweight tent cloth with the quality of the heavier types, a lot of campers would welcome that. And try to develop tent cloth that you can get electricity from, so you can charge your mobile phone! Is that futuristic? No, it’s not. After all, could we have imagined just five years ago all the things you can get nowadays?’]]>
This GreenFields® MX pitch for the stadium in Atlanta is being manufactured in the American production location of TenCate Grass in Dayton, Tennessee (US).
From delivery in 2017, the hypermodern Mercedes-Benz stadium will be the home ground of the American football team the Atlanta Falcons and of Atlanta United, the new football team in the Major League
The Atlanta Falcons asked GreenFields to create a synthetic turf pitch that would not simply be the best in the world for professional and American football, but would also be so durable that it would remain at top quality for years to come.
TenCate Grass developed a new shock pad and infill: STAR, short for safety, traction and release. The number 3 stands for three of the best GreenFields materials, which go to make up the system: GreenFields® MX, the infill and the TenCate Ecocept performance base
Tests show that, in terms of shock absorption and energy restitution, the GreenFields® MX 3-STAR synthetic turf system displays the characteristics of natural grass for stadium football.]]>
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To maintain the position of the Netherlands as an excellent example in water technology and strengthen its distinctive capability, we must continue to invest and innovate. The special envoy sees the necessary potential for the geosynthetic materials and systems of TenCate in environmental and water management.
Henk Ovink (photo by Pieter Magielsen)
As special envoy, Henk Ovink is the ‘thematic ambassador for the international water ambition of the Netherlands’. It is down to him to effectively market internationally the renowned Dutch knowledge and expertise in water and maritime technology. The key task is economic diplomacy.
Water is a unifying challenge worldwide and one in which our country can play an important role. Many issues come together through water: it has an international dimension. Without water no food, no power, no life. However, although water underpins trade and quality of life, and despite the huge dependence on water from the social, cultural and economic perspective, management of this resource is poor and fragmented. The binding power of water affects all sectors and is at the basis of growth and prosperity ... and misery, crises and disasters.
The prospect that he outlines based on available figures is sombre. ‘You can see that water constitutes one of biggest crises worldwide. Of all disasters, 90% are water-related and in 15 years from now 40% of the world population will be victims. By 2050, 2 billion people will be faced with too much water and 1.9 billion people with too little – some 4 billion people or 40% of the world population! Approximately 1.2 billion people have no access to clean drinking water and in time this will apply to 50% of the world population.’ Figures from the FAO and UN substantiate these claims so, as he says, ‘No time to waste, even though it will certainly take two generations.’
As part of dune restoration, dune dykes were constructed on the coast of New Jersey (US) using TenCate Geotube® technology
Henk Ovink sees three challenges for him on the world stage. First he mentions the need to globally increase water awareness (the realisation of the seriousness of the situation) by speaking to leaders, communities and institutes about water, the urgency and how to respond and cooperate on better and more accessible research to increase knowledge and its relevant applications. The fact that there is little international awareness of this urgency impedes a rapid decisive approach.
According to him, institutional awareness among governments and companies is paltry, except in the Netherlands. ‘The Netherlands is traditionally one of the few countries with a true water culture. This culture is visible in the way we have formed and organised the country. Water belongs to the core of state power, and the Dutch delta and water technology and our maritime sector are acknowledged worldwide. Springing from the delta of four rivers, the Netherlands is the waterhole of Europe. 'Water culture is in our blood; we are drenched in it. Yet even the Netherlands must take care that water awareness does not seep away. According to the OECD, social water awareness is under pressure even in the Netherlands. Thanks to centuries of experience, need and necessity, the Netherlands is one of the few countries leading the way in knowledge and application. This advantage carries obligations, as the three ministers point out: “Water presents an immense challenge, one in which our country can lead the way.” We must give it greater attention and focus. Better research is essential, and we must make the knowledge more accessible and action-oriented in an innovative way.’
Henk Ovink refers to Dutch knowledge and expertise as ‘unique, with capabilities that can be utilised internationally more effectively. Given the scale of our country, our integrated approach to water scarcity, security and quality is an excellent example of how to do this. This knowledge must be internationally recognised and acknowledged.’
TenCate Geotube® units help protecting beaches, like at New Jersey
Seconded to the Presidential Task Force of President Obama, Henk Ovink developed and supervised the competition Rebuild by Design concerning rehabilitation after the damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy in the New York and New Jersey region in 2012. ‘Obama has seen to it that the United States is well prepared in terms of what to do if a disaster takes place. With reference to Hurricane Sandy, he is calling attention inside and outside the US to climate change. Immediately after Sandy, he stepped in and established his Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to enable the rapid and coordinated reconstruction of the New York region. With Rebuild by Design, I have developed an approach for the Task Force that is focused on innovation and strengthening the resilience of the region socially, physically and institutionally. This ensures that the region is not only prepared for a storm but its destructive impact is also reduced. “From responding to preparing”, as we say in the Netherlands.’
The question arises as to what function and role the materials and systems of TenCate play, and could play, on the international stage. The importance of water and environmental management is increasing worldwide, and there is a growing need for sustainable solutions for the building and heightening of dykes and embankments, civil engineering structures, dyke monitoring, and the dewatering and containment of contaminated water. TenCate wants to draw greater international attention to the importance of system solutions and continue to innovate. Such efforts do not go unnoticed, as Henk Ovink well knows.]]>
The N331 main road connects the A28 near Zwolle with the A6 near Emmeloord. The province of Overijssel is engaged in fundamentally improving road safety on the Zwartsluis-Vollenhove route. Until recently this was an accident blackspot.
The work was not without setbacks. After the removal of the asphalt surface and the foundations the contractor attempted to install a new road structure on waterlogged cunette soil. A cunette is a channel that occurs as a result of dredging during the construction of a deepened road or railway in an area of weak soil and a high groundwater level. Due to the weakness of the cunette soil it was not possible for the heavy road construction materiel to bring in and incorporate infill sand for the new road embankment. An embankment of sufficient density and load-bearing capacity could not be built. The soil that was brought in displaced the waterlogged material in the cunette, allowing these to mix.
In order to reinforce the cunette soil sufficiently, thus enabling it to bear heavy loads, TenCate Geosynthetics advised the use of TenCate Geolon® PP 80. This made it possible also to prevent the saturated subsoil from mixing with the embankment material. In total 126 rolls of TenCate Geolon® were supplied: an area of 80,000 m2. After this geotextile was installed the cunette could be filled in and compacted.
The use of TenCate Geolon® produced savings in both materiel costs and construction time, thus also in inconvenience to traffic and to local residents. Construction vehicles soon ensured the further construction of the road structure. It was also possible to prevent the cunette soil having to be dug out right down to the solid substrate, material having to be removed and new material supplied and incorporated. All in all this constituted a significant reduction in the use of natural raw materials and in CO2 emissions.
An open innovation centre for advanced materials on its own location in Nijverdal is close to realization. The TenCate technology roadmaps are the basis for every development within TenCate.
Technological innovation is the cornerstone of the . Besides its own internal (closed) innovation, TenCate collaborates with partners in the value chain on chain innovation and with third parties in open innovation projects. Here TenCate is generally the initiative taker. TAPAS and TPRC are examples of chain innovation, while an example of open innovation is the Open Innovation Centre Advanced Materials (OICAM).
An important role is ascribed to advanced (technical) materials as the next step in technological innovation and a spearhead for regional development. OICAM is an ‘open workplace’ where the business community and academia can come together to develop new functionalities. It’s buzzing with ideas. The open innovation centre in Nijverdal is housed in the TenCate business facility.
Based on the strong position they have now acquired in the British defence market, the opportunities presented in the armour market worldwide can be fully harnessed.
AML UK is involved in the design and production of materials for vehicles (as well as aircraft and naval vessels) for the British Ministry of Defence and allied contracting parties. In addition the company offers a series of products for the safety market. Contacts between TenCate and AML UK dated back ten years, several times in the form of successful cooperation on a project basis, including that regarding Warrior and BAE Systems.
Now AML UK is integrated in the TenCate Advanced Armour organization. TenCate has combined the existing AML relationships with many of the key defence organizations in the United Kingdom, each with its own extensive network and existing contractual work. Such work includes armoured equipment programmes and the so-called ‘urgent operational requirements’ programmes. Since the acquisition, TenCate Advanced Armour has been involved in a number of collaborative projects in the United Kingdom. It has supplied ballistic solutions for UK warships for the protection of gunners.]]>
The market share has grown worldwide. TenCate Geosynthetics is now going to focus even more on the water & environmental management segment, and the group wishes to present itself more explicitly as a full product solution provider.
Production of geosynthetics at TenCate in Cornelia (Georgia, USA)
The value proposition of TenCate Geosynthetics lies in its extensive technological knowledge; the environmental friendliness and sustainability of the solutions offered; the short response time to orders, thanks to an international network of companies and sales offices; and its proven reliability as a project partner.
In Commerce (Georgia), TenCate Geosynthetics manufactures TenCate Geotube®
The strong market demand in the United States and the logistic, efficiency and cost measures implemented in previous years in the US and Europe have also been factors contributing to this growth. TenCate Geosynthetics is a flexible organization, which has quickly responded to the opportunities that came along in 2011.
A project at a coal-processing plant in Gansu (China) with a reinforced retaining wall based on TenCate Mirafi® fabric received the IFAI Award of Excellence
With the acquisition of Emas Kiara Industries in March 2011, TenCate Geosynthetics has improved its position in Asia and increased its market share. Emas Kiara is an important producer of a wide range of geosynthetic products and solutions.
Application of TenCate geosynthetics at the Bassins de l'Autize (France)]]>
Cherry Island. To the north (right) of the location were dredge lagoons, to the east, the Delaware River, to the south, the Christina River and to the west, the Interstate 495
Cherry Island in Wilmington (picture) has been used for the disposal of municipal solid waste since 1985. This landfill at the confluence of the Delaware and Christina rivers was formerly a dredge disposal site. The landfill was nearing the waste capacity of the facility and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) needed to extend its life by 25 years. Horizontal expansion was not an option. There remained nothing else for the DSWA to consider but vertical expansion.
TenCate Mirafi® PET geotextiles are used for ground stabilization
The most cost-effective and environment-friendly option proved to be an earth berm reinforced with TenCate high-strength geosynthetics constructed on a subsurface stabilized with geosynthetics.
Constructing the berm with TenCate Miragrid® (geogrids used in retaining walls, steep slopes, sealing of landfills, foundations, road and railways) and TenCate Miramesh® GR (a small-aperture grid material used as a secondary reinforcement for constructed slopes)
The products from the TenCate Mirafi® product portfolio used for this project were TenCate Mirafi® PET1170, TenCate Miragrid® 20XT and TenCate Miramesh® GR.
The earth berm that was built for this project is one of the most massive reinforced constructions to be undertaken in the US.
The berm is 25 metres high and has a total length of approximately 2600 metres. The total face area of the berm is approximately 44,000 m2. The use of geosynthetics was necessary to construct such a steep berm and over 1.1 million m2 were required.
This outstanding achievement resulted in TenCate Geosynthetics being one of the 5 finalists for the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2012 OPAL Award for an Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement – quite an achievement in itself.
Theo Rietkerk, member of the Provincial Executive for Overijssel
Theo Rietkerk aims to strengthen four sectors in Overijssel: High-tech Systems & Materials; Chemicals & Plastics; Energy; and Health Care / Technology. Twente is one of the main drivers of the Dutch knowledge economy, and at the heart of the innovative manufacturing industry in Twente is the High-tech Systems & Materials sector. Twente is also the birthplace of TenCate and is a part of the company’s global field of activity.
'This is all about strengthening what we have, and innovating and connecting.'
Technological innovation is one of the cornerstones of the TenCate business model. As initiator and partner, the company is actively involved in partnerships and consortia in product development. Theo Rietkerk sees TenCate as ‘a good example of a company that seeks to become stronger and to innovate and build connections. TenCate is also looking for partners in the chain and this fits in with our agenda. I have had productive discussions with Loek de Vries about this new approach. We understand each other.’
Theo Rietkerk: 'TenCate is a good example of a company that seeks to become stronger and to innovate and build connections.']]>
Peter Bertelsen, director, product development and strategic markets, gave a presentation about the company. Michal Knudsen (plant manager) and Helle Specht (director of operations, TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA) then took the minister and his party on a tour of the factory.
Minister Hækkerup speaking to Helle Specht. Michal Knudsen, Jonas Holck (marketing & offset manager) and Peter Bertelsen listen in.
The tour began at the finished product solutions and went through the materials, pressing and cutting departments to the business unit where the patented TenCate Liba® system is manufactured.
The minister was also shown examples of protection solutions against roadside bombs, such as the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system (not on the picture).]]>
Saxion University of Applied Sciences is effectively carving the way in this respect, and TenCate and Saxion can gain from each other. Saxion is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.
Wim Boomkamp, chairman of the Executive Board of Saxion
Saxion endorses initiatives in open innovation such as the Open Innovation Center Advanced Materials (OICAM) and the presentation of Twente as Materials Valley. TenCate has been involved as a partner in OICAM from the very beginning.
Wim Boomkamp: ‘The contacts must be such that with the input from TenCate we can devise an educational programme. We call this co-creation: that is, building jointly with companies such as TenCate an educational programme and an occupation, and coupling this with research. We want to elevate High Tech Systems & Materials into a spearhead.’]]>
Trends in the market for armour systems include the growing importance of product life cycle and the need for higher levels of protection and weight reductions for soldier and vehicle.
TenCate Advanced Armour procures the materials for its protection solutions from chemical companies, suppliers of polymers, fibres and fabrics, and suppliers of ballistic metals and ceramics. The biggest customers of TenCate Advanced Armour are vehicle manufacturers, ship builders, aircraft manufacturers, makers of bullet-proof vests and helmets, integrators (companies that integrate protective panels in vehicles), and manufacturers of cash-in-transit vans. End-users include land forces, the navy, pilots, the police and riot squads, and users of civil vehicles and cash-in-transit vans.
TenCate Advanced Armour supplies such companies as BSST, Patria, General Dynamics, BAE Systems, Panhard, Acmat, Renault Trucks Défense and several automobile manufacturers. The projects concerned involve protection kits and add-on armour for the Humvee, Stryker, the Panhard Petits Véhicules Protégés, the Ceasar of Nexter and VIP cars. Furthermore TenCate can now supply three-dimensionally moulded bodywork parts.
As regards applications in vessels, it’s a question of protecting those on board, munitions depots, bridge stations, combat information centres and communication equipment. Projects revolve around naval frigates, boats for the harbour police, patrol boats, and shuttle boats for the offshore industry, and can involve permanent integration in the structure of new ships or the installation of improvements to existing vessels.
Important elements in end-user marketing include the contacts with ministries of defence and programme managers, as well as conferences, trade fairs and test days.
An important development in the defence and aircraft world is offset: the request for and the ability to offer compensation orders or something in exchange. In a case where TenCate Advanced Armour cannot provide something itself, a market group that is already active in the country concerned or develops and produces other materials may well be able to supply it.]]>
Due to the growth in population (Moscow has almost 12 million inhabitants), planners sometimes have to build on areas which were previously not considered suitable for construction. In the case described here, a new apartment building in the Russian capital had to be built at the edge of a ravine with a swampy area beneath.
The solution was to reinforce a slope with 85,000 m2 of using wrap-around facing technology over the whole length of the construction. Standard concrete blocks were used as a temporary formwork. Once a sand layer had been compacted, these blocks were used for the next higher layer, and so on. In total, 25 layers of 60 cm in height were built in this way.
In just a few months the contractor built a 15 metre high structure with a 45° slope, using just two or three workers and modest equipment. Moreover, the contractor was able to build a pedestrian area on top of the slope. The use of the TenCate materials represents an innovative and cost-efficient solution.]]>
The mass mailing was part of a publicity campaign on the occasion of Super Bowl 2011. The final of this annual football event took place on 6 February.
TenCate is involved in the project as material supplier. ® is used in the body and the eight doors of this sleekly designed vehicle.
TenCate Cetex® is used in the body and doors of Superbus
Over the last few years a team from Delft University of Technology (TU) has been working on the concept with great dedication. The core principles relating to Superbus are sustainability, flexibility, energy efficiency, comfort, affordability, safety and reliability. So TenCate is making an essential contribution to a world in which safety, protection and sustainability are self-evident.]]>
In comparison with the traditional way of spraying, the new method means not only a reduction of up to 50% in the chemical substances required, but also the sparing of air, surface water and groundwater. So environmental gains on two fronts.
Using TenCate Cetex®, the company Wingssprayer has developed an aerodynamic spraying system. The thin composite material is flexible and extremely strong, and therefore does not break. Together with a special wing construction and other technical adjustments, this ensures the right aerodynamic working.
The Wingssprayer in action.]]>
In barely six months 350,000 m3 of sediment were efficiently dewatered without noise or smell nuisance to visitors or the residents of this recreation area.
The solution lay in dredging and dewatering 350,000 m3 (17,000 truckloads) of sediment with the aid of TenCate Geotube® technology. The efficient noiseless operation process and the competitive price differentiate this technology from mechanical systems.
Since the dewatering process had to be carried out on marshy subsoil, this was reinforced and stabilized with ®. These materials are frequently used in retaining walls, for bank protection and in systems for sheet piling, drainage and filtration purposes. The project has been wrapped up so successfully that it serves as a reference project for this region, where a number of lakes still have to be cleaned.
In txtures 2 he speaks about his background, experiences and ambitions. A couple of quotes.
'As CFO of TenCate, one of the most important tasks is to see that the financial performance is consistent and corresponds to the expectations that we and the shareholders have. You also create sustainable growth, continuity in a company, through recurrent healthy performances. Co-management of these aspects is one of the main tasks of a CFO. Within the Executive Board of two, Loek de Vries is the CEO, the general manager and the face of the company; as CFO you are both supplementary and complementary. You manage the company together.’
'It’s important for TenCate to develop its strategy further. If this is right and everyone knows what is going to happen, TenCate will grow. You can expect to see my attention turning in this direction. If the business grows, you as a person and as an employee grow. This company can grow further and we have every opportunity to achieve this. That’s where my ambition lies.’]]>
When it comes to mobility, TenCate Advanced Composites operates mainly in the aerospace and automotive markets. Each market group has unique customers and end-users in various segments of these markets. In aerospace, this includes space and satellites, commercial and general aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and military aircraft.
Airbus A320 (picture Airbus S.A.S. / rendering Fixion - GWLNSD)
The actual parts built with TenCate composites depends upon the application. In satellites, composites are used to manufacture the solar panels, the reflectors, the structure holding the electronics as well as various booms and trusses for antenna and instruments. With respect to aerostructures such as commercial aircraft, private and business jets, unmanned aerial vehicles, military aircraft and helicopters, TenCate materials are used to for structural and non structural applications. Structural applications include primary structure like the fuselage, wings and spars and secondary structure which includes interior applications, access doors, and flight control surfaces.
TenCate has manufacturing sites in Europe (Nijverdal, NL and Langley Mill, UK) and the United States (Morgan Hill and Fairfield in California) for this purpose. In the US, the focus is on applications in aerospace, civil aviation, the market for business jets and defence. In Europe, the focus is on large commercial aircraft and regional jets from our Nijverdal facility and automotive (sportscars and Formula One cars) in our UK facility. In the context of its Asia strategy, TenCate is working together with parties in the Chinese aviation industry. One of TenCate’s key customers in the United States is Cirrus Aircraft, and they are now owned by CAIGA, which is the Chinese Aviation Industry General Aircraft Ltd. TenCate also contributes technological knowledge and materials to D²RAGON. This Dutch aviation cluster aims at building a good, stable market position in China. The market group implements a single global strategic plan. The strategic actions are specified by segment and limited to regional markets.
Distinctive in materials and knowledge
TenCate Advanced Composites serves customers in these segments with tailored, unique products, a very high degree of technical support and industry-leading customer service. Most of the materials offered by TenCate are equivalent or similar to those of our competitors. ‘So what really sets us apart are our people and our world-class manufacturing facilities’, states Michael Cichon. ‘We serve our customers with diverse product families, ranging from thermoplastic composites to thermoset composites to precision-moulded parts used for critical aircraft structures, radomes, jet engines, helicopter blades, etc. We tailor our approach to each market based on the individual demands of that market, and we rely on the expertise of industry experts within our teams to deploy our customer support strategies properly.’]]>
The Tricastin nuclear power plant is located in south-eastern France on the Donzère-Mondragon canal. This diversion canal of the Rhône is used to provide cooling water.
The French electricity company EDF and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône have improved the level of protection of the Tricastin nuclear power plant against the risk of water shortages occurring in the event of flooding by strengthening a weaker part of the protective dyke along the Rhône.
This one-kilometre-long dyke section on the left bank of the river protects not only the nuclear site but also the city of Donzère and the towns and villages in the vicinity. The dyke consists of several layers of soil, the body is moisture permeable and at high water the dyke is vulnerable to erosion. By installing a filtration and drainage system that incorporates TenCate Bidim® S72, permeability and vulnerability to erosion have been halted. In order to increase the safety of this critical dyke section, a monitoring system was installed at the request of EDF to warn of both unexpected water flow and changes in the dyke. This system was designed with the TenCate GeoDetect® S-BR sensor embedding four optical cables and measuring in total some 15 kilometres of optical fibres.
The 302-kilometre-long South Europe Atlantic (SEA) high-speed Tours-Bordeaux railway line forms a new link in the future trans-European route from Northern Europe to the Iberian Peninsula. The stretch between Tours and Bordeaux is being laid by a consortium (COSEA).
The line will be connected to the high-speed rail link to Paris. Trains reach a speed of 320 km/hr between Tours and Bordeaux, so for safety reasons the railway must be as flat and as stable as possible. However, near Sauzé-Vaussais, 60 km south of Poitiers, the line crosses an area (approximately 200 metres long and 60 metres wide) with potential sinkholes. COSEA decided to complement the ballast bed under the rails in this area with TenCate GeoDetect®. At Sauzé-Vaussais measurements are carried out at two levels in the new railway body: at about 7 metres and 2 metres below the rails. There are approximately 6,000 measuring points, enabling a total of 14 kilometres of fibre optic to be measured in a monitor room.
TenCate GeoDetect® is a patented system for monitoring deformations in earth structures such as embankments and dykes. This sensing solution consists of a geotextile with embedded fibre optic cables, together with special measuring equipment and software. This enables the smallest soil deformations and changes in temperature and tension to be registered at an early stage, for example indications of incipient sinkholes.
Landscape Solutions concentrates mainly on private individuals and secondly on companies and public sector bodies, in the middle and high segment. The company obtains its synthetic turf fibres, backing and root zone from TenCate Grass. Production of the synthetic turf systems is carried out in Genemuiden (NL), while supervision takes place in Uden, as do marketing and sales. For research and development the company works in collaboration with the Grass group.
Emiel Arts (left) and Freek Verhoeven
‘We grew up with TenCate and we have remained in the family when it comes to R&D and components’, explain Emiel Arts and Freek Verhoeven. ‘We are a good sounding board for each other. Together we look at developments in the landscaping market and the dynamics in that market and we think about how we can tackle things together in a smarter way.’
Royal Grass® fibre, inspired by nature, is, just like GreenSource and the 3D weaving of football synthetic turf, one of the results of this joint development and collaboration. The patented V-shape ensures a flexible grass fibre that remains upright longer than grass fibres without this shape. More important for the market is the fact that fibres with this V-shape most resemble natural blades of grass.
Synthetic turf at the golf course
The company works exclusively for the landscaping market, or as they say, ‘We have nothing to do with white lines’. This has consequences for the fibres. ‘Other synthetic turf fibres are primarily functional because they have to be suitable for certain sports’, Emiel Arts and Freek Verhoeven explain. ‘For us it is primarily the aesthetic aspects that count. But we look further than just the decorative and practical value of the synthetic turf; we also consider the location and climatological conditions to be important parameters. Depending on these factors, we give an eight- to eleven-year guarantee on UV resistance. You can run around and cavort on our synthetic turf and slip on it without any adverse effects.’
At the El Corte Inglés department store in Alicante (Spain)
The market for landscaping is growing, the acceptance of synthetic turf is increasing and ever more attention is being paid to quality and environmental aspects. This is partly because many people are becoming familiar with synthetic turf for both top-level and recreational sports, and partly because they are seeing ever more synthetic turf being laid in gardens, on roof terraces, motorway central reservations and roundabouts. People want a lawn that is easy to maintain, doesn’t need to be sprayed, looks natural, is sustainably produced and is soft to the touch. The same applies to where local authorities are cutting costs on maintaining greenery and on water wastage and for countries with a short growing season. Durable, bright green synthetic turf is a visually attractive and distinctive aspect of infrastructure and in urbanization.
The Amphitheatre of the Floriade 2012 in Venlo (NL)
‘New entrants to the market often include companies that have a carpet mentality’, is something they have both learned from experience. ‘These companies do little work on development and innovation, and consequently, the product can become a commodity, putting pressure on prices and margins. We are going against the current of the market. We don’t supply an outdoor carpet, but rather a synthetic turf pitch that is installed, tailored to the wishes of the end-users. We are constantly striving to improve our products, with the aim of marketing the most natural-looking synthetic turf in the world.’ Landscape Solutions selects specialized, passionate dealers, because professional installation also determines the quality and lifespan of the end product.
A large traffic roundabout with integrated LED lighting in Sweden
'Each installation is a marketing flag. We aim to monitor the quality of the entire value chain, up to and including installation at the customer’s premises. Together we often look at the the installation, and at how people react, thus giving us direct contact with the end-user.’ Raising the bar even higher In its efforts to achieve quality and ‘the most natural-looking synthetic turf in the world’, Landscape Solutions clearly sees a role for itself. As an example the two mention GreenFields, which has raised the bar even higher with its MX for football and TX for hockey. ‘This ensures a perfect system for excellent performance and achievements. A system that has been professionally developed, produced, marketed and installed to a high standard. Other parties then link up more readily. We have a similar function in the landscaping market.’]]>
In the long run, what is important here is that the end-user knows that materials and solutions from TenCate can be tailored to his constantly changing needs and requirements and that the specifications of a TenCate product or system are the standard in a particular market segment. This applies to a number of products from TenCate Protective Fabrics and TenCate Grass.
TenCate Defender™ M, developed by TenCate Protective Fabrics in the United States, is now regarded as the standard fabric for flame-resistant protection for the uniforms of the US Army and US Marine Corps. TenCate Tecasafe® Plus is meanwhile rapidly gaining ground in the market for industrial flame-resistant fabrics. It provides comfortable protection against such hazards as flames, electrical sparks and static electricity
TenCate XP Blade™ is perfectly suited to durable sports pitches that are subjected to intensive play, like Cruyff Courts. The use of this synthetic turf fibre for such intensively used pitches has given a huge boost to demand. Pitches like this can be played on for well over 3,000 hours a year. TenCate Grass in Dayton (Tennessee, USA) has recently expanded its production capacity for TenCate XP Blade™, with the addition of a new production line. This will enable the company to continue to meet the sharp increase in global demand for this high-grade, wear-resistant synthetic turf fibre. For this reason texturizing capacity in both Dayton and Nijverdal has also been considerably expanded. TenCate Tapeslide™ LSR® synthetic turf yarns are the ultimate for hockey pitches. This quality was also used for a number of hockey pitches during the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008), Athens (2004) and Sydney (2000).]]>
As a result of well over a century of industrial activity on the shores of the 12-km2-large lake, the water quality of this lake had deteriorated seriously.
Parsons Engineering used TenCate Geotube® units to dewater the 1.6 million m³ of contaminated sediment and to store it permanently as a solid. This was carried out on a terrain in the vicinity. The filtered water was pumped back into the lake through water treatment plants. This is the largest dredging operation using geotextile containers in North America.
The contaminated sediment was stored in TenCate Geotube® units in the vicinity of the lake (on the right)
Work began on the project in 2012 and was completed earlier than planned. Parsons Engineering praised the system, the experience, technical knowledge and the speed of operation of TenCate Geosynthetics Americas. This major clean-up operation resulted in an improvement to the water quality and the habitat for fish and wildlife, improvement to its recreational potential and resulted in protection of both the environment and human health.]]>
The Embraport Container and Fuel Bulk Terminal is built on the northern shore of the port of Santos (Brazil). As it is located in a tidal area, it would have been necessary to import large volumes of select fill to create a platform of sufficient elevation.
The sediment sampling process had revealed that the beds of the planned access channel and turning basin were overlaid with 600,000 cubic metres of contaminated sediments. This would increase not only the required investment but also the construction period.
The project owner went in search of creative alternatives that were more cost-efficient than the traditional technological solutions. TenCate Geosynthetics and Allonda (representative of TenCate in Brazil) proposed the utilization of TenCate Geotube® dewatering technology, which would enable the contaminated sludge to be contained, filtered and dewatered, and leave the bed sediment clean and suitable for the construction of the platform.
The application of this technology realised savings of US$ 50 million. Furthermore, not only could the project be completed within the set time frame, but all applicable environmental regulations were also satisfied.]]>
The connecting road between Vibbyn and Flarken in the region of Luleå (northern Sweden) rests on a soft unstable subgrade. Over time this has led to dangerous situations for road users and the road has even been closed several times a year because of flooding. The time had come to stabilize and reinforce the base course, but then without disturbing the nature. Road 383 runs through a nature reserve and over natural waterways, so every attention has been given to preserving the natural environment.
The project encompasses measures to repair the road, reinforce the subgrade and improve traffic safety. Two blind bends have been straightened and two bridges – over the Lörbäcken and Brobyån – have been renovated and extended to facilitate the passage of fish.
To improve the bearing capacity of the road, wooden piles have been driven into the ground along a large stretch of the route, while concrete piles have been used under and close to the bridges.
TenCate Geolon® PET has been placed on top of these piles for stabilization purposes. This is a woven geosynthetic material for soil reinforcement and base course strengthening that combines considerable strength with an extraordinarily long life span – up to a hundred years. A layer of asphalt is then applied.
The work will be completed in October 2014.
ProRail, the rail operators, deployed the largest work train in Europe to carry out this work. The result is a structural, environment-friendly solution.
The work in Bodegraven attracted a great deal of attention: trainspotters and other people who were interested came to take a look at the train.
To reinforce the soil and carry out repairs to this section of the track, ProRail used the largest railway machine in Europe. This track layer is more than 1200 metres long. The train lifts the rails up over a distance of one kilometre and excavates the existing subsoil in three layers, which may be as much as six metres deep. The soil that is removed is immediately cleaned, sieved and – as happened near Bodegraven – placed on top of the geotextile, which had already been automatically installed. This separation material received special certification by ProRail for use under the ballast bed.
In the past couple of years more than 500,000 m² of TenCate Polyfelt® and TenCate Polyfelt® Geolon filtration fabric have been installed during similar work.]]>
'TenCate is a textile company. In that field we have knowledge and skills.'
In essence, Twente is a materials area, a Materials Valley. Approximately 28% of companies are to be found in this high-grade manufacturing industry. ‘We should not renounce our roots, however. TenCate is a textile company, and it is in that field that we have knowledge and skills. We must link up chemical technology, textile technology, material technology and nanotechnology and embed these disciplines in a foundation of applied and industrial research. That is what TenCate does. Together with other companies this produces innovative spin-offs. Such a supra-regional approach will really put the region of Twente on the map as Materials Valley.’
‘Our entire company is R&D-driven’, concluded Loek de Vries. ‘At least five per cent of our budget is spent on research and development. TenCate is without doubt the worldwide leader when it comes to the number of patents filed in the textile market. But not every invention is an innovation; an invention does not become an innovation until it is actually used. You evolve from invention to innovation, from prototype to product and then it must also be reproducible and sustainable. I regard it as a great asset that a centre like OICAM will enable us now to really get down to work on innovation. Let’s make an energetic start and above all, respect each other’s roles.’]]>
TenCate Advanced Composites USA is the leading supplier of composite prepregs to the North American satellite industry. TenCate composite materials are used in almost all western satellite programmes and Mars reconnaissance vehicles.
The TenCate Advanced Composites facility in California (US) has provided pre-impregnated composite materials for the sunshield of the new James Webb space telescope, under contract to Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and its business unit Astro Aerospace. The high-performance composites that will be utilized on these sunshield tubes or masts are more than twice as stiff as the advanced composites that are used on commercial aircraft.
A one third scale model of the sunshield (picture: NASA)
The shield measures 24 by 12 metres – the size of a tennis court. It is also 12 metres high. Composite materials from TenCate will be used for the tubes of the sunshield.
The new space telescope is the world’s premier astrophysics observatory. The ‘James Webb’ will be built and maintained by NASA, with the help of the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. The telescope is named after the former president of NASA, James Webb. It will be able to look back in time to 13.5 billion years ago, when stars, galaxies and planets were formed in the early universe.]]>
Interest in thermoplastic composites and their potential applications is increasing steadily as customers seek materials that are lighter, more cost efficient and more environment friendly. These composites are light, strong, stiff, sustainable and recyclable. Fuel consumption is a major factor in the price of the flight. Boeing aims to speed up the development of thermoplastic composite technologies and to make the production of thermoplastic composite products both faster and more efficient. This will require the value chain to grow and mature.
Harald Heerink (left) and Bert Rietman
‘As a result of the specific knowledge that has been acquired and the support we have provided in the making of several products, other companies now know where to find us’, general manager Harald Heerink and business developer Bert Rietman told us. ‘It is important to understand the process and to strengthen our position. And this will reverberate. The world of thermoplastics is still small, but we have been able to attract ever more customers. The Netherlands is a major player in thermoplastics, particularly through TenCate and through branding TenCate Cetex® and helping to market it.’
TPRC is also now focusing on the automotive industry. Composites in the form of fibre-reinforced thermosets are already being used in more expensive cars and in Formula One racing cars, which are produced in small numbers. This material is, however, less suitable for mass production. ‘The automotive industry can in principle expand the use of thermoplastic composites more rapidly. This is because its requirements are less strict when it comes for example to knowledge of long-term behaviour, such as fatigue, creep and degradation.’ While just three years ago Harald Heerink, Bert Rietman and others were carrying out only technology road map research for paying TPRC members, they are now also working on bilateral projects - primarily to serve the automotive market. This would seem to be a a win-win situation: ‘Aerospace will benefit and the automobile industry too can take advantage of it. Every car part made of thermoplastic composite will result in a lower total weight and reduced costs.’ Recently a major step was taken: with ever improving models of the conversion process, fold deformation can be predicted and mistakes in the final product avoided. A fold is a weak spot. One of the methods to design and make a fold-free product is to place the fibre layers in the mould at a given angle in relation to one another.
Learning from developments
Boeing has welcomed the switch to the automotive industry, said Harald Heerink. ‘The reason behind this is that when volume becomes high, the price can be reduced. All the OEMs in the automotive industry make demands as regards light weight and that are based on European emission requirements. Low weight is one of the ways to achieve lower emissions, just like the drive system and aerodynamics. There is a wide range of options when it comes to materials. Thermoplastics are relatively new, so there is still some hesitation about this new technology. We expect thermoplastics to make a breakthrough, even though there will always be a mix with materials like high-strength steel. Aerospace can learn from the developments in the automotive industry, such as automation, production processes and overmoulding. This is the shaping of thermoplastics in combination with injection moulding for extra finishing and functionalities. However, our focus on the automotive industry must not divert us from our core research programme. We must continue to keep up the momentum, as it is the basis of our success. That is also the reason why we intend to integrate automotive partners into the TPRC, such as a tier 1 and material producer, so as to bring the value chain into alignment with them. However, the automotive industry has not yet advanced that far.’
TPRC has already achieved results: an increase in knowledge and a lightweight car seat, which, they both believe, is ‘a critical part’. ‘A double curvature is especially difficult, they explain, ‘also in a car seat. By placing the fibres this way and that in the mould, it can be made without folds and with predictable characteristics. We are going to continue to optimize this process, in which we lead the way. Our customer is now offering this seat to OEMs. The seat can be made in ninety seconds, and in our world of traditional processing that is a significant breakthrough.’
On 27 January 2015 the first PIB China Aviation seminar was held as part of the D2RAGON programme in the Dutch Embassy in Beijing. The name stands for Dutch Development & Research in Aeronautics supported by Government Organized Network in China. PIB China Aviation is a part of the Partners in International Business programme, in which the Dutch government helps clusters of companies and knowledge institutions to develop new markets.
The Netherlands and China are no strangers to each other in the field of aerospace: there has been collaboration in both aircraft manufacturing and infrastructure and facilities for almost twenty years. It is the ambition of the Dutch aerospace industry to extend this collaboration, this partnership, said the Minister. The clear and ambitious goals of China for its growing aerospace industry fit in perfectly with the ‘expanded aerospace integration, research and development infrastructure of the Dutch aerospace industry and its dedication to innovation’.
‘Thanks to the presentation as a strong network of the Dutch aerospace industry, participating companies can build on each other’s strengths’, is how Raoul Starmans (business development manager, Greater China of TenCate Advanced Composites) outlined the importance of this meeting. ‘By combining our resources, we are expressly bringing our products to the attention of China’s commercial airlines. In China government-to-government networks and agreements are extremely important. Thermoplastics from TenCate are a key selling point for Dutch material and processing technology for the Chinese commercial aerospace industry.’]]>
Thermoset prepregs and resin systems from the English facility of TenCate Advanced Composites for mould construction (for manufacturing large composite structures) are applied especially in Formula 1 and sports cars and the automotive industry. The Formula 1 market imposes stringent demands, with some 20% of the approximately 5,000 components of a racing car being replaced after a race.
Thermoset prepregs are among the products manufactured at Langley Mill. A prepreg consists of a reinforcement (a thin layer of fabric made of glass, carbon or aramid fibre, for example) which is impregnated with a resin such as epoxy or cyanate ester.
Resins can be applied as coating and in combination with glass and carbon fibres. Prepregs are used for the lamination and shaping of layered composite components.
Among the products produced by the TenCate workforce in England are three new thermoset prepregs for the Formula 1 market: TenCate E745, TenCate E750 and TenCate E760. These are epoxy resin systems for respectively impact structures (reinforcement against impact) and other mechanically demanding body parts. The E745 system is applied in the nose of a car, while further examples of applications of these prepregs include the suspension, brake lines, gearboxes, bedplates and monocoque. The E760 system is eminently suitable for use in mechanically demanding structural applications that are exposed to high temperatures, such as in the case of Formula 1 and high-grade automotive performances.
TenCate Advanced Composites is not the only manufacturer of thermoset materials for this sector. The demands imposed by the Formula 1 market are particularly high and there are only a handful of suppliers that can offer this level of support and materials. The facility of TenCate Advanced Composites in Langley Mill distinguishes itself from other suppliers through its high level of service, its involvement as far as possible in the design and development from the very beginning, and its TenCate AmberTool® composite tooling capabilities. For example, one team makes use of TenCate materials for the qualification of its racing cars. TenCate Advanced Composites presents itself as an innovative material supplier with a long track record in Formula 1 motorsport.]]>
Kai Tak was the international airport of Hong Kong from 1925 to 1998. The former airport is located in the business and residential district Kowloon City. This location and the approach route of the aeroplanes made Kai Tak International Airport one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Over time the soil, the approach channel and the Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter have become contaminated.
A total of 140,000 m3 of contaminated sludge must be removed, dewatered and stored − which corresponds to 7,000 truckloads. The contaminated sediments will be stored in TenCate Geotube® containers and shipped for disposal in the confined contaminated mud pits located offshore of the new Chek Lap Kok Airport.
Land disposal is very expensive in Hong Kong but with TenCate Geotube® the sludge can be removed in an economically and environmentally responsible way. Furthermore, the customer was highly impressed with the professional approach of TenCate Geosynthetics.]]>
Prague airport is the most important international airport in the Czech Republic and the biggest airport among the new EU member states.
Airport runways must satisfy stringent demands relating to quality and safety. Runway cracks and uneven surfaces can cause dangerous take-off and landing conditions. After many years of use, the asphalt runway surface at Prague International airport had reached the end of its service life. Not only had cracks appeared due to the continuous rise in loading operations and the increasingly severe weather conditions, but natural bitumen aging (oxidation) had also occurred.
Reason enough for the authorities to launch a surface rehabilitation programme using a reliable and technically sound method: the application of TenCate Polyfelt® PGM-G (tensile strength 100/100 and 50/50). Reliability, past experiences with this material, and an excellent cost-benefit ratio were the deciding factors in this choice.
TenCate Polyfelt® PGM-G 100/100 is a mechanically bonded polypropylene non-woven with a grid of fibreglass yarns of high tensile strength. Functions include stress relief, sealing and reinforcement. For years, the material has been used in the repair of bitumen road surfaces and installed between asphalt layers or directly on the (concrete) substrate.
The company PORR carried out the rehabilitation work at Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague
Once installed under or between the new bituminous wearing courses of the runways, TenCate Polyfelt® PGM-G retards crack formation and increases the service life of the pavement.
In total the work involved approximately 15,500 m2 of TenCate Polyfelt®]]>
This joint venture is the first activity of a non-Asian company making protective materials for clothing in the emerging Asian markets. There is now a growing need for protective workwear in this region, where the focus is increasingly on safety at the workplace. Local expansion of production fits in with TenCate’s aims to achieve global market leadership in its core markets.
It was designed for the production of fabrics for workwear. Many of TenCate’s customers have production facilities in Asia and local supplies through the joint venture result in cost savings and logistic advantages. The focus is on Asia, where the garment makers and distributors who are already established here supply their products mainly to Europe-based customers. A smaller number of end-users are in Asia itself.
The customer base currently consists of the makers of workwear and safety clothing. The fabrics are also promoted among end-users and distributors. In some cases fabrics are delivered directly to fabric traders in Europe. When it comes to industrial applications (workwear uniforms) and rental laundries, the end-users are principally in Europe, while the focus for safety wear is on the petrochemical industry and oil refineries in Asia.
Customers in the workwear sector require short lead times, a good price-quality ratio and, above all, reliability of quality and supply. It is the special features of the fabric that are creating the demand for safety wear. The possibility of combining shorter lead times with consistency and reliability of product quality will open up great opportunities in the Asian end-user market for safety wear.
Employees of TenCate - Union Protective Fabrics Asia standing in front of the manufacturing department
Current activities include dyeing and finishing, for the production of safety wear fabrics. The company has recently obtained certification for the Asian market. Asia itself is an emerging market for safety fabrics. There is an increasing interest in protective workwear and safety in the Asian work environment.]]>
This is the next generation of materials in protection and wearing comfort. Independent tests show that these materials excel in a variety of aspects. TenCate Tecasafe® Plus is a proven technology in North America. In order also to meet European requirements and customer needs, the R&D team at TenCate Protective Fabrics in Nijverdal (Netherlands) has made this further development.
An improvement has been made in XL 9300 and TenCate Tecasafe® XL 9240 in terms of multi-risk protection, colour fastness and comfort. TenCate is now also working with a biological, environment-friendly fibre. TenCate Tecasafe® Plus XL 9700 offers exceptionally good protection against flashovers. The TenCate Tecasafe® XL collection was developed according to an environment-friendly fibre technology.
There was a remarkable amount of interest shown in TenCate
The booth of TenCate Protective Fabrics at the A + A was designed following a new booth concept. It can be used several TenCate market groups and arranged at will. It is a flexible and cost-effective concept.
The plan is to install 86 wind turbines for the Noordoost polder wind farm, 48 of which will come to stand in the IJsselmeer, 38 others will be placed on the land side of the dyke. The wind farm also includes the 26 turbines that will be built on the shoreline along the Noordermeerdijk and the Westermeerdijk.
The soil in the Noordoost polder is extremely weak, which means that each wind turbine will require a foundation of more than 60 concrete piles, measuring some 25 metres apiece. The crane platforms and supply routes have been reinforced with TenCate Geolon® PET, which guarantees that the terrain will continue to be easily accessible and that construction can go ahead without disruption.
This is because the height of the crane platforms – the highest mobile cranes in Europe – must be guaranteed for a period of 20 years and require only a minimum of maintenance.
The Dutch government intends as much as possible to switch to sustainable energy, with wind turbine farms playing a key role in this aim. They help to generate energy without CO2 emissions. Once it is completed, the Noordoost polder wind farm will supply energy to well over 400,000 households.]]>
The new office is just a stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol and in the heart of Washington, D.C., capital of the United States. This location is no coincidence. TenCate develops and produces materials for the protection of people, equipment and the environment (infrastructure), and it is often the public officials and governmental bodies that draw up the relevant specifications and issue tenders.
View of the Capitol
TenCate USA will continue to develop its contacts in Washington, D.C. and present the U.S. operating companies of TenCate under a unified brand name. In 2011 the division will develop communication materials that will educate political officials and agencies on the important functions of TenCate’s U.S. operating companies as a whole.
Ken Collins (Manager of government relations for Geosynthetics USA, Tara Glover (Vice President of Public & Government Relations) and Amber Landis (Manager of public affairs)]]>
Gan International Airport
Gan International Airport (GIA) is situated on the island of Gan in the Addu or Seenu Atoll – home to the country’s largest coral reef. GIA has recently been upgraded to international standards to accommodate the increasing international tourist air traffic. Today it serves as a key tourism gateway to the tourist resorts in the archipelago, including Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, which is located on the neighbouring Villingili Island within the same atoll, and the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort in the Ari Atoll.
TenCate Geotube® units have been applied to protect and reinforce the beaches at the western end of the take-off and landing runways. Site-available coral sand is used for construction purposes. Coarse coral sand churned up during storm events is highly abrasive but, after the coarse fractions have been sieved out, the fine sand is used to fill the Geotube® units hydraulically.
As the site is right on the Equator the UV intensity is extremely high for a large part of the year. However, not only are the sand-coloured TenCate Geotube® units especially hardwearing and storm-resistant, they are also UV-stabilized.
Once filled and hidden from view, they form a robust and durable defence, while the coarse sand in front of this row of geotextiles ensures extra protection.
The luxury Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort spreads across two private islands in the Southern Ari Atoll, in a picturesque part of the archipelago.
TenCate Geobag® GB450MC has been used for erosion protection on several beaches damaged during extreme storm surge events.
TenCate Geobag® composite units are easily filled with sand and sealed on site, and have been specially developed to withstand UV radiation and the forces of nature for years.
TenCate Geobag® is part of TenCate Geosystems®, a product series in the portfolio of the Water & Environment business unit of TenCate Geosynthetics. These are durable geotextile systems that are filled with sand instead of traditional building materials and used for erosion protection, flood defences and other hydraulic engineering constructions. TenCate Geobag® systems comprise a wide range of convenient pillow- or box-shaped units. They are modest in size because, once filled, they have to be processed by conventional building machines.
TenCate Geotube® units are characteristically tubular-shaped and are filled hydraulically.]]>
TenCate possesses the processes, materials, certification and know-how to respond to this trend and does so through collaboration and partnerships with customers such as Airbus, Eurocopter and AgustaWestland and with a Tier 1 interior aircraft supplier. This contribution is a good example of the synergy between TenCate companies in advanced composites.
Contacts with both companies were made at TenCate Advanced Armour in Vissenbjerg (Denmark, picture) and Primarette (France). This is where ballistic panels are pressed and cut for AgustaWestland.
The finishing of these is carried out at the TenCate facility in Primarette (France), with the French being responsible for the quality of the product.
The facility in Primarette has since last summer been fully equipped for the development and production of composite materials for both industrial applications (vehicle and personal protection) and helicopters and aircraft. The company satisfies the EN9100 standard. This includes the quality system requirements in conformity with ISO 9001:2008 and additional requirements which apply specifically to the space and aerospace industry and to defence.
The contacts at TenCate are Thomas Bejstrup (commercial sales manager, aerospace projects in Vissenbjerg) and Jean Beugels (programme manager, aerospace in Primarette).]]>
Fire brigades that are using TenCate Millenia™ are very positive about the quality of the material
In order to reach a single protective solution for all the fire brigades in the Brabant-Zuidoost safety region (VRBZO), careful attention was paid during the tendering process to functionalities such as ergonomics, comfort, personal protection and durability. Following wearer trials, the uniform from Sioen, based on TenCate Millenia™, was judged to be the best and the fabrics were recently supplied.
VRBZO has joined the ranks of national and international fire brigades that have opted for the protective materials and fabric systems from TenCate Protective Fabrics. In the Netherlands these include the fire brigades in the safety regions of Amsterdam-Amstelland, Twente (picture), IJsselland, Noord-Oost Gelderland and Zaanstreek-Waterland.
The order was placed by Sioen Apparel, a division of Sioen Industries NV. Sioen Apparel produces a wide range of high-grade protective clothing for just about any working conditions. In the words of Bart Vervaecke, CEO of Sioen Apparel: ‘Sioen keeps you warm; Sioen keeps you dry; Sioen protects you’.
Safety, prevention and protection at work are one of the most important themes nowadays, adds Anthony Doornkamp (sales manager, Sioen Netherlands), ‘because they contribute to the general wellbeing of employees. Everyone knows that an employee who feels well, protected and comfortable performs better, producing a win-win situation for both employer and employee. Clothing plays a crucial role in this. Sioen ensures that the customer always gets the right article of clothing: one that is fit for purpose.’
Frank Poels is the operational manager for the Dommelstroom department and duty officer within the Brabant-Zuidoost safety region. He led the project to replace the firefighting clothing, helmets and gloves.
‘Our mission is: “Care for safety”. You can interpret our mission as an order, because people play an important role in the care for their own safety. Yet it also perfectly describes our core activities. We are not there only to ensure the safety of citizens and companies in our region, but also that of our own people. This is reflected in part in our new firefighting suits. The project includes the remit that the clothing be comfortable, durable and, above all, safe. We also made these same quality demands during the tendering process. Points could be scored for tensile strength, wear resistance, protection against heat, breathability and weight, and other factors. The combination of these quality aspects and price was the basis for our choice of TenCate Millenia™.’
The Segamat is 23 kilometres long, its average width is 14 metres and it flows through the district of the same name in Johor state, in the south of Malaysia. It is a tributary of the Muar River, which drains into the Strait of Malakka.
The Segamat (from segar amat, meaning ‘very refreshing’) periodically overflows its banks. This was the case for example in December 2006, (when 515 mm of rain fell in a four-day period), and in January 2007 and January 2011 – a La Niña year. In inhabited areas the bedding had already been widened and levees raised. Both in the town of Segamat and in places further upstream the floods in 2011, however, caused great damage and disruption. Main roads and railways were cut off by the rising water. The water supply had to be withdrawn and some 200 electricity substations shut down. Almost 55,000 people in the district had to be evacuated and accommodated in 104 reception centres.
There is little that can be done about the climate, but the same does not apply to the river. In 2013 the Malaysian Drainage & Irrigation Department awarded a contract to improve the 8-kilometre section of the sungai (river) Segamat that ends at the confluence with the Muar. The work involves realignment, the raising of levees, channel widening and river bank erosion protection. This erosion protection work included the use of sand-filled ‘mattresses’ (TenCate GeoMattress™) and erosion control geomats to line the banks.
TenCate GeoMattress™ is a double-layered engineered fabric with sandwiched space across its length, for filling with sand. This covers the bank both under and above the surface. It is anchored on the river bed and can allow vegetation to grow over it. This is a green solution and is more economical than the conventional use of rock riprap. There is thus no need for the use of heavy machinery.]]>
The pitch in Gazimağusa, a city on the east coast of Cyprus and measures 106 x 76 metres.
Hatko Dokuma Tekstil insaat Taahhut Ve Ticaret Ltd Sti. is the partner of TenCate Grass in Turkey. The customer opted for Omega Turf, the top model from Hatko; the synthetic turf fibres were designed and produced by TenCate Grass in Dubai.
The synthetic turf carpet was produced in a single week, while the entire installation took just three weeks. According to Hatko, Omega Turf is known for its unique curved shape and its three ‘nerves’, which provide a resilient turf fibre, excellent flexibility and lifespan.
Hatko Sports has been making synthetic turf yarns and backing from TenCate for many years and using these it has installed many sports and landscaping projects in Turkey and the Middle East in recent years.]]>
This eliminates the need to replace or carry out major repairs to vehicles that have been hit; repair work can be carried out quickly. The market potential is considerable. The Danish company is now fully owned by TenCate and, as Ten Cate Active Protection ApS, is now being integrated into TenCate Advanced Armour, thus strengthening the leading position of this market group in protection systems.
Vehicle specific tests are an essential part of the ultimate implementation of the system. The vehicle remains intact and is easy to repair
Whereas the materials from TenCate Advanced Armour provide passive protection, the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system involves an ingenious .
Jørgen Svane (director Advanced Sensors & Effectors from TenCate Advanced Armour, left) and Peter Bertelsen (managing director, TenCate Advanced Armour Denmark and programme manager) say: 'The TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system will set a new standard.. Existing specifications are now expected to be rewritten by MODs, because they now know that a higher level of protection is possible. In five years’ time there will be new vehicle platforms and the system can be tailored to meet exact needs. This will be the new NATO standard. To date there is still no system that meets this standard.’]]>
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (former Scretary-General of NAVO and member of the ) chaired the conference.
TenCate Protective Fabrics and TenCate Advanced Armour develop and produce functional materials to provide safety and optimum protection to people and material. In a period of remarkable unpredictability, when both the nature and the level of threats are constantly changing, there is continuous investment in product development. TenCate Protective Fabrics and TenCate Advanced Armour are working together on this with fibre producers, the suppliers of chemicals and knowledge and test institutes. There is also frequent contact with governments, garment makers and end-users (the military). Defence is both the customer and the end-user of protective equipment. The cooperation of the military with the defence industry and knowledge institutes is of vital importance in order to be able to conduct targeted research and development into protection solutions. Judging by the position TenCate occupies in the markets, it is apparent that this approach pays.]]>
The targeted application of thermoplastic composites from TenCate demonstrates an innovative approach to the use of thermoplastic materials within the automotive industry.
POLYTEC COMPOSITES NL – automotive parts designer and manufacturer and part of the POLYTEC GROUP – developed a lightweight underbody panel for the Jaguar F-type All Wheel Drive. The basis of this solution is the combination of a targeted placement of TenCate Cetex® lightweight reinforced thermoplastic, providing localized reinforcement where most needed, with glass mat thermoplastic to achieve the required rigidity. These were both pressed in a single production step, thus improving processing efficiencies and overall quality of the part.
The lightweight composite panel from TenCate Advanced Composites/POLYTEC COMPOSITES
Since October 2015 some 500 of these underbody covers have been coming off the production line at the POLYTEC COMPOSITES plant in Roosendaal every month.
The part with the underbody panel for the Jaguar F-type
This adds up to a yearly total of 6,000 pieces, which is soon to be tripled, as Jaguar Land Rover has also commissioned POLYTEC to equip the standard version of the rear-wheel-driven F-Type with this underbody solution.
The place where the relevant part is fitted
Frans van Vught (member of the TenCate Supervisory Board, chairman of the supervisory board of Medisch Spectrum Twente and adviser to EC chairman Barroso) contemplates the developments and the role of TenCate at the Twente, national and European levels. Excerpts from the interview in txtures 1.
Frans van Vught
‘In substance the European Union is strongly driven by the question: how can we ensure new economic growth? How can we respond to the rapidly growing economy in the United States and above all in Southeast Asia? Actually the only answer is innovation. In this area, we would be better served by greater cooperation and quicker decision-making.’
'The stronger the links between the levels - Twente, the Netherlands and Europe - the greater the chance the economic growth will be generated. Establishing links between the levels means, besides communication on policy processes, jointly seizing opportunities. The European government leaders have decided that large chunks of regional stimulation must be dedicated to knowledge and innovation. The provinces can help to develop a more robust innovation policy for the regions. It’s important for managers to know what the links are like between the Netherlands and Europe as far as regional innovation processes are concerned.’
‘There’s a great deal of innovation potential in TenCate. We have new activities under development, for example nanoscale inkjet technology. In principle, a package of new products is possible in which considerable innovative power can find expression. TenCate has already developed into a major player in the field of advanced materials.'
‘TenCate is certainly a global company. We can make good use of this on the regional and national scales for high-tech systems and particularly materials. From a European perspective TenCate is an interesting company. It is a good example of a company of Twente origin that plays a role on the national scale in the national innovation policy and is involved on the European scale in part of the development and implementation of European innovation policy.']]>
Through end-user marketing, they become acquainted with the characteristics and advantages of TenCate components and the importance of the system approach.
To improve and preserve sport-technical characteristics, TenCate is focusing on the whole system structure to an increasing extent. That’s why cooperation and integration are being pursued within the value chain.
When it comes to sport, players (clubs), sports associations and owners (such as municipalities) of sports fields and stadiums are considered the end-users. In the world of football, the municipality, a foundation or a project developer is frequently the owner of the field, whereas in the case of hockey this is often the club itself.
In the landscaping market, the end-users are the owners of the terrain (parks, airfields, railways, gardens) where the synthetic turf is installed. Pictured is the parc at Hyatt Henderson (Nevada, USA).
Architects and engineers have also been approached for both markets. They are often those who draw up specifications and form an important link between TenCate and the end-user.
Synthetic turf pitches at Florida State University (USA)
Quality awareness has grown particularly in the sports markets of the United States and Europe. Yet often end-users still lack sufficient quality awareness. That’s why a great deal is being invested in informing end-users of the advantages and specifications of synthetic turf. This happens, for example, at trade fairs and seminars for sports associations, installers and end-users, while general information on synthetic turf components and systems is provided via the website and mailing campaigns.]]>
The Wormer- en Jisperveld nature area in the Netherlands served as a pilot project. Result: a higher quality of water plus lower maintenance costs.
The Wormer- en Jisperveld is one of the most important meadow bird areas in the Netherlands and, with its 2,000 ha, the largest area of contiguous peatland meadows in West Europe. The shallow fen pools in the Wormer- en Jisperveld are turbid, and light barely penetrates to the water bed. Consequently, water plants fail to grow and algae gain the upper hand. The slightest movements in the water set large quantities of sludge in motion. Owing to the sweetening of the system and exposure to oxygen, the peatland ‘burns’. As a result, banks crumble, the bed sinks, and the burnt peatland ends up as sludge in the water. Over time, various measures have been taken to improve the water quality but have produced only limited and temporary results.
To cope with this problem, Tauw, together with TenCate Geosynthetics and Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, have developed the sludge inhibitor and the dredge spoil buffer (see box). The sludge inhibitor consists of a screen of UV-resistant geotextile that partly emerges above the water and is anchored to the bed with a sand-filled container (TenCate Geotube® technology). The fabric is manufactured by TenCate Geosynthetics in Nijverdal; the non-woven in the plant in Linz (Austria); the material for floats at TenCate in Malaysia. The site in Almelo makes the composite product.
In January 2014, the sludge inhibitor was placed in a large fen pool in the Wormer- en Jisperveld − a quick and low-cost operation. In total four elements, each 25 metres, were installed; one was also equipped with a 10-metre-long ‘bird jetty’. Nearly two years have now passed, and in the meantime the wetland watch have come across various protected bird species that have landed on the sludge inhibitor to rest. Furthermore, a remarkable plant community has developed on top of the sludge inhibitor. So water quality, nature, recreation and ease of maintenance come together in this sustainable solution.
Based on the sludge inhibitor concept, Tauw, together with TenCate Geosynthetics, have developed the dredge spoil buffer. The dredge spoil buffer offers a robust, sustainable and nature-friendly solution for the remediation of water beds. The sludge spoil buffer is a retaining structure, consisting of sand- or sludge-filled TenCate Geotube® units and a float. Behind this, the dredged sludge is stored under the water. The whole structure is built on land and transported using pontoons. The dredge spoil buffer can be vegetated or kept just under water level. The water becomes clearer and more tranquil. Flora and fauna are given new chances.
One of the most visible applications of synthetic turf is traffic: along the runways of airports, in central reservations and on roundabouts. Less common in the Netherlands, it is found more frequently in countries where the climate is less conducive to vegetation growth.
In Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, the largest synthetic turf project in the world was realised in 2013: 160,000 square metres of synthetic turf were laid at the airport. In Gaziantep, Southeast Turkey, a carpet of synthetic turf lies under a section of the rails of the tramline that came into operation in 2011.
Other applications of synthetic turf for landscaping include lawns, roof terraces, balconies, children’s playgrounds and schoolyards. A less obvious application is interiors, both at home and in the workplace. Whereas you wouldn’t install a ‘real’ grass field in a living room or an office garden, a synthetic turf carpet you would – particularly as almost every imaginable colour and colour combination is possible.
It is expected that demand in the European market for landscaping will grow by 10 to 15% a year. Here several factors play a role: increasing awareness and acceptance, product improvement and innovations, ease of maintenance, the consistently fresh green appearance, savings in costs for spraying and nutrients, as well as legislation. Sometimes developments elsewhere in the world also act as a driver. Last spring, Governor Jerry Brown committed the inhabitants of California to reducing water consumption by 36%. Legislation regarding water conservation, like that in California, is currently underway in South European countries.
So this market group helps customers to distinguish themselves in the market. High priority is given to direct contact with customers and end-users.
A tent in your own design
Awnings, trailer tents, group tents, family and lodge tents, tour operator and glamping tents, tepees, festival tents … there seems no end to the kinds of tent for which TenCate Outdoor Fabrics supplies the fabrics. TenCate has been developing and producing woven and finished materials for the recreation market for decades, thus amassing a wealth of know-how and experience. There are outdoor fabrics for end products for the professional market, as well products for the private market. TenCate can offer each customer exclusive weaving patterns and designs.
A new development in the world of tents is the Festipi – the tipi tent for music and other festivals. It is a sustainable concept. The tent can be erected in three minutes, provides cooling through air circulation and supplies solar energy for recharging smartphones.
TenCate Outdoor Fabrics responds to trends in the camping market, such as glamping, the demand for fire resistance, and distinctive capability: the need for personalization, for example for festival tents. Hence the increasing use of digital printing as well as finishing for outdoor fabrics. In the first instance this applies to tents for tour operators, glamping tents, festival and group tents and outdoor awnings for the consumer market. For years TenCate has supplied cloth to awning manufacturers for the private market in particular, mainly in Southern Europe. Strategically awnings are a more important market for TenCate Outdoor Fabrics.
At TenCate Outdoor Fabrics customers' day
In the United States – traditionally a country of campers and mobile homes – people are beginning to discover camping. Together with Tentipi, TenCate Outdoor Fabrics wants to enter the North American market, and with this in mind they have jointly developed a fire-resistant coating. In Asia camping is continuing to gain in popularity, and the number of camping sites in Japan, Korea and China is rising. As a member of the Holland Camping Group (in which TenCate customer Karsten Tents is also active), TenCate is already targeting the Far East. Traditionally Europe has many campers and here TenCate Outdoor Fabrics enjoys not only a good market position but above all a close customer relationship.
Even though all tent manufacturers process TenCate fabric, they wish to continue to distinguish themselves from one another. Specific weaving patterns and designs fulfil this wish. In addition camping tour operators and festival organizers want to realize greater variation and target group personalization on camping sites in Europe. Digital inkjet technology makes it possible to offer them small series and exclusive designs, as well as to incorporate customer-specific characteristics.
Rob Verver (right) and Herman Klompenmaker, respectively business development manager and marketing and sales manager of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics
‘Blue, white and shades of grey have dominated in this market for years,’ says Herman Klompenmaker, marketing and sales manager of TenCate Outdoor Fabrics. ‘The market is looking for change; it can be more colourful. Kip Caravans recently came along with Shelter, a series of caravans in different colours. This offers opportunities, because with digital printing technology you can make a matching awning or porch. Digital technologies now make it possible for our customers to compile their own collections. Patterns and designs can now be devised with much greater freedom. Consequently tent manufacturers will be able to show much more creativity and boldness in their tent designs, while camping tour operators will be able to tailor the camping atmosphere to the target groups that hire their tents. Through tuning, printing and finishing, we can tailor the appearance of the tent cloth to customer or target group.’
Have a look at The Freedom Collections site.]]>
The 2014 hurricane season is looming on the horizon, with wind speeds that can reach more than 200 kilometres an hour expected. Many a house-owner in the past has seen dunes and the foundations under their house being swept away. There is, however, a simple, cost-effective and sustainable way of restoring and reinforcing shorelines and dunes: geosynthetics, such as TenCate Geotube®. Geotextile, sand-coloured tubular containers are filled with locally available sand and buried or installed as the core in a line of dunes. Once they are hidden from view, they are ready to break the huge waves that the force of the hurricane pushes up.
A good example is part of the east coast of Florida. The damage that hurricanes caused here more than ten years ago is now a thing of the past. The coastline was restored at the time, the beach between boardwalk (promenade) and sea extended to 50 metres. Whatever hurricane after that ravaged the coast here, the beach and dunes offered sufficient resistance.
What is remarkable is that the bypass will be laid entirely on a piled embankment system. When building a road on a weak subgrade, a piled embankment may be the solution if traditional solutions require too much building time or subgrade settlement involves too much maintenance or can damage objects in the vicinity. The advantage of a piled embankment is that no, or virtually no, settlement occurs.
A piled embankment consists of a foundation of piles topped with a reinforced base course – the mattress. This mattress is built of materials from the TenCate Geolon® PET range supplied by TenCate Geosynthetics. These will be installed in June this year, and TenCate Miragrid® GX and TenCate Polyfelt® TS will also be used in the installation. Close by, where work is in progress on the parallel A12 structure, a start has been made on installing piled embankments. Reinforcement TenCate has been selected for this solution because of the excellent durable characteristics of the reinforcement, the technical support from TenCate Geosynthetics and the optimization of the installation and site plans. On the basis of these site plans, the contractor installs the reinforcement exactly according to plan and calculation. The panels are inserted on the basis of GPS coordinates.
The project contractor, Heijmans, is positive regarding the materials, delivery, quality and two-way communication with TenCate Geosynthetics. Currently, TenCate Geosynthetics is involved in several major projects. This is the result of an infrastructural application within the market group which enjoys priority within the marketing strategy.
The bypass will soon rest on a foundation of approximately 10,000 concrete piles. The project will be completed in 2016.]]>
Seventy-eight private and institutional shareholders were present, representing 53.5% of the issued share capital of TenCate. Several investors who were not present took advantage of the e-voting system.
Three of the 78 shareholders present were Tony ten Cate (picture), Henk Scheppink and Joop Witteveen. Each of them has a special relationship with the company, and all three have long been familiar with its progress.
Tony ten Cate - his forefathers were the founders of H. ten Cate Hzn & Co in Almelo - has closely followed TenCate since the seventies. ‘There’s a good atmosphere, marked by frankness and respect for the shareholder, and those present are given sufficient opportunity to ask questions. The meeting has been well prepared. Compared with a few years ago, sustainability has become a less prominent media topic. But you can’t dismiss it and TenCate certainly doesn’t do so, but perhaps we must showcase this a little more clearly.'
Henk Scheppink (picture) worked at TenCate as head of corporate administration from August 1968 to December 2007. He only attends the shareholders meeting of TenCate, and consequently cannot compare it with those of other companies in terms organization and level. The former colleague is particularly interested in the performance of the past year and the prospects for the years to come. ‘The performance of TenCate in 2010 was excellent and I expect it to match the year 2008 in 2011.’
Joop Witteveen (picture) is head of Dutch Small Cap Investments at Kempen & Co. This merchant bank and asset manager invests in the TenCate share. ‘As portfolio holder, I’ve come to know TenCate more intensively, for example through frequent talks with the Executive 'Clear information is provided at this meeting − although time constraints make it difficult to cover each TenCate product group thoroughly. It may be advisable to deal with a different product more specifically each year, for example using a film or product samples. Ten Cate has performed excellently in 2010’, is his assessment, ‘and this after the difficult year of 2009. The future also looks bright, with the development of new products and markets. New acquisitions, innovations and disinvestments can reinforce this picture.’
This natural channel serves as a discharge for avalanches and in spring for the large quantities of meltwater. This ensures that the villages of Mühlau and Arzl and – in the worst-case scenario - the city of Innsbruck itself are not overtaken by this natural disaster.
The concrete structure serves to considerably lessen the destructive force of the avalanche. The reinforced earth slope on either side of it blocks the passage of snow and water. This avalanche dam is 23 metres high and 22 metres wide at its base. The structure is designed to resist a pressure of 20 tons per m².
View from the hills north of Innsbruck
Traditional solutions using only stone or concrete are not viable: the costs of such a structure and of transporting building materials to such a remote and difficult terrain would be too high. Moreover, the area is popular with tourists, which is why providing a natural appearance is by far the preferred solution. This has been successful, in part thanks to the use of systems, an environmentally-friendly and attractively priced system for the construction of retaining walls.]]>
Using materials like TenCate Bidim®, TenCate Geolon® and TenCate geocomposite a total of 325 kilometres of dyke were reinforced and adapted in 2015 to meet current standards.
A dyke must offer protection against high water levels and powerful waves. In Zeeland a safety standard of 1: 4000 applies, which means that a dyke must be able to withstand a super storm surge that occurs on average once every 4,000 years. After the flooding disaster in 1953 all the dykes were raised. Most slopes are covered with stone cladding; concrete and stone ensure the solidity of the dyke, but its strength turned out not to be sufficient everywhere.
A dyke body is made of sand. In order to prevent this sand and the foundation being washed away by erosion, geotextile is installed as a filter layer between the sand and the concrete Hillblocks and stones. Hillblock is a dyke stone or slope block that ensures a significantly stronger braking of waves and less wave run-up than the existing shoreline protection. The use of the Hillblock means that dykes need to be raised less or even sometimes not at all. Thanks to its shape and weight the Hillblock is more stable and easier to put in place.
Placing the Hillblock elements at the Noordwaard Polder (photo ©Hillblock)
The work was carried out between 1 April and 1 October, so was completed before the start of the storm season. Work on a dyke may only take place during these six months of the year. During this period plants flower, birds nest and people spend their leisure time near the dykes. Work like this requires a great deal of time, consultations and good collaboration with all the parties involved. The owner of a camping site would of course prefer to see all the work completed before the beginning of the tourist season. It is, however, sometimes not possible to start work in early spring because of breeding birds. For the conservation of both nature and the environment permits and exemptions are required.]]>
TenCate Mirafi® RSi is a series of geosynthetics from TenCate for the reinforcement and stabilisation of roads and railways, the strengthening of embankments, for land reclamation, protection against erosion and other infrastructure and environmental market applications. The materials have five functions: separation of soil layers, filtration, soil reinforcement, confinement and drainage.
Every subgrade or application requires a specific product. Depending on the application and requirements there are three qualities available: TenCate Mirafi® RS580i, TenCate Mirafi® RS380i and TenCate Mirafi® RS280i. These now enable road construction companies to use a single product for stabilising and strengthening foundations for every possible subgrade and under all circumstances.
TenCate Mirafi® RS580i performed better than eleven other comparable materials for these applications. This was the result of the study that was conducted in 2014 by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University (Bozeman, USA). The results will be confirmed by research carried out by universities in Kansas and Louisiana. Incorporating TenCate Mirafi® RSi results in a better roadway performance, efficient and sustainable use of materials and faster construction.
‘Everything begins with a sound foundation, says John Henderson, global marketing director at TenCate Geosynthetics. ‘We must fundamentally change the methods of road construction. Throughout the world you see deterating road surfaces that are crumbling away. This means regular repair work and that is expensive and dangerous. With geosynthetics, an owner can demonstrably save on maintenance costs, increase safety, and stretch limited public funding budgets. The road is safer and it can take greater usage for longer, because there is less subsidence and cracking, so less maintenance is required. Geosynthetics are not only sustainable materials, they make investments in infrastructure more profitable. It’s all a matter of Protecting people and Protecting people’s investment.’]]>
The projects relate to the cleaning up of the Canal do Fundão near Rio de Janeiro and the removal and dewatering of polluted sedimates at Sepetiba Bay, which is just west of the capital.
Dewatering with TenCate Geotube® technology is an effective, strong and sustainable solution. A sediment layer with polluted heavy metals is brought to the surface, treated with polymers, and dewatered and stored in TenCate Geotube® containers. The clean filtered water is returned to the original body of water. When it comes to costs, TenCate Geotube® technology is an attractive alternative to traditional hydraulic engineering structures.
The second largest undertaking in the southern hemisphere in which ® containers have been used relates to the Canal do Fundão near Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). In the course of time this 6.5 km-long canal became polluted due to the dumping of petrochemical residues around the island of Fundão. The Canal do Fundão will have been cleaned by mid-2011 with the natural circulation of clean water restored.
Meanwhile, at Sepetiba Bay, just to the west of Rio de Janeiro, a similar project is being completed. This involves the removal and dewatering of more than 550,000 m3 of sediment polluted with PCBs (toxic organochlorine compounds) and heavy metals. This contaminated waste will be dewatered and stored in TenCate Geotube® containers, filtered and dewatered. The cleaning up is necessary because a new naval base is to be built in this bay. In mid-March this substantial project is brought to a successful conclusion – effectively, profitably and with a minimum of impact on the environment.
During the sports event, the focal point is joining together in sports and physical activity on an ideal sports field. This pleasant means of introduction applies particularly to football on synthetic turf.
Participation in Youngstars On Tour is free and open to both footballing and non-footballing children
There are various football clinics on the day in question, and children’s agility and stamina will also be put to the test by an obstacle course, a soccer wall, a sprint and a slalom track. What’s more, the children will get the opportunity to have their photo taken with their football heroes. The sports event have already taken place at Sparta Rotterdam, FC Eindhoven and FC Volendam.
Children’s agility and stamina are also put to the test
Reactions to Youngstars on Tour speak volumes. ‘An enjoyable initiative and a varied programme’ and ‘Great, cool, fun, sporty!’ are just two of the many positive comments made by children taking part.
At Sparta Rotterdam (picture) rain was the killjoy, yet even so Lars Damen, on behalf of Sparta, looks back on this day with pleasure. ‘As a club, you can inspire your youngsters with enthusiasm. It’s good to involve youngsters in a club in their locality or neighbourhood. And it’s rewarding to see that you can make this accessible to children and make them feel at home – even those children that don’t actually come from the neighbourhood.’
‘Everyone was enthusiastic,’ says Marion van Vroenhoven, on behalf of FC Eindhoven. ‘And everything ran smoothly. This really is something completely different and we’re certainly up for a repeat performance.’
Youngstars on tour in Eindhoven
GreenFields is already thinking of a follow-up in September and of organising the event nine times at professional clubs that also play on a GreenFields synthetic turf pitch. Cooperation First Division also favours a follow-up, according to Henry Snetselaar. ‘Within the Jupiler League, we’re keen to continue this initiative. The best would be an annual event at every club in the Jupiler League. The kids are full of enthusiasm. It’s a fun and easy way for them to become acquainted with the synthetic turf of GreenFields and the Jupiler League club in their own region. After all, they’re the potential fans of the future.’
Henry Snetselaar considers the use of synthetic turf to be a distinctive feature of the clubs in the Jupiler League. ‘Events of this kind would not be possible on natural grass in stadiums. It’s great to see that now, thanks to synthetic turf, all sorts of things are happening in the stadium. And not just these events either; for example, the youth teams of the club can also train in the stadium. In this way the stadium does indeed become the real living hub of the club.’]]>
For years, synthetically reinforced earth berms or walls have been the chosen solution for expanding landfill sites. Typically, on-site fill material has been utilised in this respect, but new technologies have now emerged that make it possible to use fly ash in the construction.
Vertical installation of TenCate Miramesh®
Burning coal in power stations generates coal combustion products such as fly ash. This material can be reused to construct a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) berm that minimize further land disturbance. It consolidates the structure, providing better protection against weather and other conditions and, furthermore, use of this by-product leads to landfill capacity savings and a reduced CO2 footprint.
The vegetated berm
For the vertical expansion of an existing landfill site in Richmond, EnCAP-IT® decided to create (and patent) a synthetically reinforced berm using fly ash as fill material. EnCAP-IT® and Geosyntec Consultants chose TenCate Miragrid® XT and TenCate MiraMesh® GR for primary and secondary berm reinforcement and erosion protection. The deciding factors were ease of installation, favourable cost-benefit ratio (cost effectiveness) and long product service life.
Detail of the vegetated berm
TenCate MiraMesh® GR is the only erosion protection and biaxial geogrid that provides a 75 years design life in full sun exposure. Choosing these materials renders a turf reinforcement mat on the face unnecessary.]]>
In the past few years the focus within the commercial process has gradually shifted from the direct customer, such as distributors, installers and designers, to translating the specific needs of end-users. These needs often have their origin in laws and regulations, standards and criteria. TenCate concentrates on applications in which the materials used must comply with strict standards. The transition to a more market-oriented organization has resulted in the emphasis shifting increasingly towards the added value of revenues. Added value is also an important factor when it comes to having control within the value chain.
The result of this strategy is increasing internal collaboration in both technological and commercial fields. TenCate speaks of product-market-technology combinations. New, customer-oriented solutions can be achieved time and again through internal collaboration and by mobilizing and combining knowledge particularly in the field of technology.
Connection with the market means connection with the entire value chain, for both upstream and downstream activities. TenCate is operating increasingly in networks within the value chain. Through its external focus and willingness to collaborate, TenCate intends to remain ahead of the field in technology. This is a guarantee for providing solutions both now and in the long term.
Representatives of TenCate Geosynthetics, TenCate and FM Global posing in the garden of TenCate Geosynthetics in Pendergrass: Nathan Allen, Frank van Wijngaarden (FM Global), Darrel McMahan, Fred Tucker, André Oude Hergelink, (risk manager TenCate), Dan Tripp, Bill Sams, Chris Smith, Randall Adams and Ken Guest
Over the past years the production companies in Cornelia and Jefferson have done everything to comply with the advice and recommendations of FM Global. Physical measures have been taken, preventive maintenance has been intensified, and the safety manuals have been tightened up. In this way they have demonstrated a significant commitment to damage prevention.
In front of TenCate Grass in Dayton, Tennessee: Dale Miller (FM Global), Bill Jones, Matt Stubblefield, Frank van Wijngaarden and André Oude Hergelink
The production companies are now even better protected from fire, explosions, tornados and other risks inherent in nature and human activity. They meet all the highly protected risk (HPR) directives for damage prevention issued by FM Global worldwide. TenCate is prepared for all possible calamities.]]>
In the synthetic turf market there is increasing integration within the value chain to speed up developments and enhance the quality of the synthetic turf system
In order to secure a strong and sustainable competitive position in the value chain, it is essential to offer end-users recognizable added value: the value proposition. This value proposition is made up of a number of ‘promises’ that the company has to fulfil in order to solve a problem raised by a customer or group of customers. The added value of a product or system is often based on the changing needs of end-users that result from laws and/or regulations.
In the automotive industry there is an increasing demand for weight saving and environmental awareness
The end-user translates the value proposition into concrete benefits, such as price-performance ratio, reliability of delivery and the ability to respond to individual needs.]]>
TenCate Grass aims not only to supply synthetic turf components and systems, but also where possible to offer an easy-to-install total solution. This is because the quality and performance of a synthetic turf system are partly determined by such factors as substrate and installation. TenCate Grass has therefore introduced TenCate Accorder® , an innovative, easy-to-install concept for the base layer of synthetic turf pitches. It also ensures a reduction in the total cost of ownership: all the costs that are involved in the purchase of a synthetic turf pitch.
TenCate Accorder® being installed
The installation of synthetic turf pitches entails a great deal of preparatory digging work, transport (transporting materials for the base layer) and thus environmental impact. Within the grass group they had for some time had the idea of developing a smarter and easy-to-install method for providing sound foundations for synthetic turf pitches. ‘A synthetic turf pitch is built like a motorway’, explains Frans Harmeling of TenCate Grass. By this he is referring in part to the fact that countless trucks have to be used for the removal of the many cubic metres of material that are dug up and for the supply of other materials. ‘This can be done better, much faster, more efficiently and in a more environment-friendly way, which will reduce the total cost of ownership.’ And that is precisely what happened. Under his leadership and in collaboration with GreenFields and the R&D department of Ten Cate Thiobac, the product TenCate Accorder® was developed.
Frans Harmeling (TenCate Grass)
Production on the high-tech machine is now being carried out at TenCate Grass in Nijverdal. This is where the basic fabric is also being made. In addition to its use for sports pitches and landscaping, we are studying in consultation with TenCate Geosynthetics the possibilities for its use in civil engineering – for example for embankments and for roads on building sites (new residential areas, wind farms). ‘So all in all it is a great new product, with much potential, that was entirely developed by TenCate.’
Balwyn High School in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, has over 2,000 students. Frequently the school’s previous sports facility could not be used owing to weather conditions − seriously disrupting the ambitious sports programme. The new facility was officially opened with a spectacular ceremony on 6 May. The multisport facility covers 13, 200 m² and includes a 100-metre sprint track with eight lanes, a 380-metre two-lane fitness trail, two long jump pits, and fields for mini football, hockey and basketball. Exhaustive tender process An extensive and exhaustive tender process was carried out prior to installation – after all, Balwyn High School was keen to secure the best available option.
To gain an idea of the possibilities, visits were paid to other sports complexes, including those realised earlier by TigerTurf. The soil structure was also surveyed and a geotechnical report drawn up. TigerTurf emerged as one of the five main candidates, and ultimately the company was awarded the order – and not simply thanks to the quality of the synthetic turf solution and because all the school’s requirements were met. According to the school, ‘The tender submission was creative and carefully constructed, encapsulating the sport-specific needs whilst also devoting attention to numerous facility aspects.’ For example, TigerTurf utilized the school’s underground water tank with a capacity of 40,000 litres, and furthermore addressed the importance to the school of performance and sustainability. An imprudent choice and injudicious maintenance could prematurely lead to the necessary replacement of a synthetic turf facility. What’s more, the education institute is enthusiastic about the opportunities afforded by the complex.
TenCate XP Blade™ does not split through intensive use and is more resilient than the usual tape yarns: instead of lying flat the fibres twist during play, ensuring not only a good playable surface but also an attractive appearance. Consequently the synthetic turf fields based on the TenCate XP Blade™ fibre in Melbourne are playable the whole year through and under all weather conditions. They are available to students for training and sport for the full twelve months of the year.
During a grand ceremony held on 6 May, the complex was declared open. Among the many present were Robert Handreck and Steven Hooker. Robert Handreck, after whom the facility is named, has been director of Sport and Sports Education for seventeen years, while former student Steven Hooker is an Australian pole vaulter who has been an Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist as well as world champion in this discipline.
A good impression of what’s involved in realising a synthetic turf multipurpose sports ground can be gained from a time-lapse video that shows the entire installation of a sports ground at St John’s Primary School in Mairangi Bay (Auckland, New Zealand). The work was completed in May 2015. The playing surface is TigerTurf Trophy, which is eminently suitable for numerous sports, especially hockey and tennis.]]>
TenCate Cetex® is a generation of fibre-reinforced, advanced thermoplastic composite materials, developed and produced by TenCate Advanced CompositesThe use of composites prolongs the lifespan of an aircraft. An aircraft fuselage based on composite can withstand a greater pressure than one made of another material. The pressure for passengers can now be compared with that at an altitude of 3000 metres in the mountains.
Production at Aerotec in Bremen (Germany) for Airbus A350 XWBThe use of composite allows the air pressure to be set lower and the humidity in the passenger cabin to be increased. Plastic does not rust or erode, so extra moisture is not a problem. This makes the climate in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 more comfortable than in conventional types of aircraft.
Production of primary structures (Boeing)TenCate Cetex® has an impressive track record in the international aviation industry. This material family is increasingly being used in business jets and in commercial and military aircraft. The latest Airbus A350 XWB, for example, contains 23 tons of composite. Thanks to composites, the fuselage of this aircraft and that of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner can be somewhat larger, even though these aircraft are several thousand kilos lighter.
TenCate Cetex® is used in the Gulfstream V, Gulfstream G450, G550 and G650
Through investing in product development and concluding cooperative alliances for open innovation, TenCate is strengthening its position and thereby supporting the growth of the composites industry.
The production plant in Nijverdal is the leading thermoplastics factory worldwide
The trend in structural demand for lightweight composite materials from TenCate in the civil aviation industry also remains positive. This is partly due to the qualifications at the company’s disposal. Although TenCate Aerospace Composites does not have a vast number of patents, it is certified for many aircraft programmes and has many ‘culinary secrets’. It is expected that TenCate will continue to profit from the long-term contracts with major international aircraft manufacturers in 2012 too. Furthermore expectations remain positive regarding the military aviation market and satellite programmes.
Commercial aviation embraces the large commercial segment (Airbus, Boeing), regional jets (Bombardier, Embraer) and business jets, and general aviation (Cirrus, Dassault, Falcon, Gulfstream)
The group is a global player in the space and aerospace sector, while now there are also opportunities for the application of composite materials in areas such as the automotive industry and oil and gas extraction.
TenCate’s major customers in civil aviation are the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) Airbus and Boeing, followed by Embraer and directly related suppliers. These are the tier 1 partners (suppliers of systems). TenCate Advanced Composites belongs to tiers 2 and 3 (suppliers of parts and components) and to the suppliers of composite material, a preceding link in the value chain. They obtain their raw materials from the producers of resins, polymers and fibres. The end-users are aircraft buyers: in civil aviation the aircraft companies, in the military sector the defence industry. When it comes to end-user marketing, TenCate targets OEMs, the so-called specifying body.
Safety and reliability are paramount in the aircraft and space industries. All materials must continue to perform under the most extreme conditions.
Product specifications and demands differ according to customer and application. In commercial aircraft building it’s primarily a question of low weight, high strength and impact rigidity. When it comes to interior applications, requirements concerning low weight and fire-resistance go hand in hand with aesthetic aspects. Radome producers require non-conducting composites. And whereas electrical transparency is important in the communication market, rigidity, outgassing and temperature performance are what chiefly count in the space sector.
TenCate Advanced Composites responds to these demands by investing in R&D, in the most advanced production resources, and in highly trained employees. The group has a broad range of specialist products, has carbon-fibre-free chambers at its disposal at the Morgan Hill facility, operates with short delivery times and offers excellent technical service. So customers choose composite materials from TenCate on the basis of quality, reliability and continuity. In the United States, TenCate Space Composites leads the field in composite materials for satellite programmes.
Increasing name recognition and visibility is receiving serious attention. No longer is TenCate an unknown quantity to OEMs. As supplier of materials for Airbus and Boeing, TenCate has excellent references, and now there are also direct contacts with the supply chain managers, the purchasing managers and the decision makers at engineering level.
Visibility in the markets is being further increased through participation in trade fairs, articles in trade magazines, web-based marketing and targeted sales representation. The Aerospace Selector Guide is a practical and convenient guide on the TenCate website that shows what materials are being developed and produced.
The Incheon Bridge (October 2009) near the South Korean city of Incheon is a cable-stayed bridge. An artificial island had to be created to provide a construction platform for building this cable bridge. First filter mats were laid at low tide, and then the ® systems were installed. Under the circumstances it was the most cost-effective and time-efficient method. The installation of TenCate Geotube® systems began at the end of end April 2006 and was completed in December of the same year. In total 18,000 metres of TenCate Geotube® were supplied.
The island on which the bridge rests has now been wholly incorporated into a land reclamation area. Scooping this project has been a contributory factor in further strengthening TenCate Geosynthetics’ leading market position in Asia.
On behalf of TenCate Geosynthetics, Tack Weng Yee, Edwin Zengerink and Jong Choi, TenCate Geosynthetics’ agent in South Korea were involved in the project. Tack Weng Yee: ‘In Asia, as TenCate Geosynthetics, we are concentrating on offering the customer system solutions instead of just materials'. This is entirely in line with the strategy of TenCate Geosynthetics: from the product information stage to the development and delivery of complete solutions.
Rodney Cheah (TenCate Geosynthetics Asia) and Choi Jong Chul (TenCate distributor in Korea).
Field in a box™ enables companies to put their social commitment into practice. The integrated system also corresponds to the UN’s 17 global goals for sustainable development.
TenCate Field in a box™ is an integrated, ready-made solution in a single container (see picture) of 84 m3. In the container are all the components for a sports pitch measuring 20 x 40 metres, including a synthetic turf mat, the base and boarding. The pitch is suitable for sports such as football, rugby, hockey, cricket and handball.
The system combines the technology and latest materials from TenCate Grass and TenCate Geosynthetics, including TenCate Accorder® for the base layer. Optional extras include GreenSource® for water filtration, outdoor fabrics for fencing and a roof canopy and customised printing, using digital inkjet technology. Another option is pitch lighting with a sustainable LED system. It is also possible to supply a mesh fence to ensure the accommodation is secure. The system has a very modest CO2 footprint, as there are savings on the materials, the amount of soil that has to be removed, and the costs of installation and transport.
TenCate Field in a box™ also gives a boost to the local economy, since local contractors, suppliers of materials and installers are involved in the installation. Once the pitch has been installed, there are then opportunities for work in maintenance, supervision, etc. TenCate provides an engineer to ensure the sound transfer of knowledge about installation and maintenance. The creation of infrastructure for education and health care brings employment for teachers, coaches, trainers, and social and healthcare workers. With the synthetic turf pitch at its the epicentre, new activities can arise.
The availability of water for irrigation makes small-scale agriculture possible, while LED lighting at the centre brings opportunities for small-scale industry and service industries, thus increasing the involvement of the local population.
TenCate Field in a box™ can only succeed in its intent with financial support from business and industry.
As part of their social commitment and responsibility, more and more companies are making money available for projects focusing on sustainable development. Companies in developing countries especially regard it as their moral duty to do something in return for the community, the local population of the country where they are based. TenCate is open to companies with the same innovation and sustainability principles who would like to link their products or services to the TenCate Field in a box™.
On 25 September 2015 the United Nations formulated seventeen goals for sustainable development (see pictograms). Achieving these Sustainable Development Goals should lead to the world being free of poverty, hunger and disease by 2030 and solutions being found for problems relating to water, sanitation, climate and energy. TenCate Field in a box™ enables TenCate to respond to these 17 global goals.
Satellites utilize high modulus (high stiffness) carbon fibres combined with tailored resin systems for the production of structures on the satellite, including solar arrays, booms/trusses, reflectors and bus structures. Solar arrays are used to provide power to the satellite while it is in space; booms/trusses hold equipment and solar arrays to the main structure of the satellite; and reflectors are the communication disks that are used to upload and download satellite communications that enable data transmission with mobile phones, internet, HD television, military communications and analytical instruments.
In 2010 a heat-resistant composite resin was developed by TenCate and provided for the heat shield (with a 5-metre diameter) and the backshell structure of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Orion thermal protection group worked closely with TenCate Advanced Composites in North America on the five-year development and qualification effort for a range of materials used in this extreme application. This Lockheed Martin spacecraft was successfully launched as a trial at the end of 2014.
Communication satellites enable internet, television and mobile phone communications. The need and the desire for mobile phones, digital television and internet connectivity are all driving the demand for communication satellites. Military satellites provide earth observation, secure communication, GPS location/navigation, early warning and weather information. A new trend that has begun is the development of microsatellites, which are to be deployed in large numbers to allow internet access in far regions. Research satellites serve a variety of specialized purposes. For example, they may be used to measure atmospheric changes, weather and climate change.
On 31 January of this year NASA launched its Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite. TenCate Advanced Composites provided Astro Aerospace with TenCate Cetex® thermoplastic composites for the AstroMesh® reflector on this spacecraft (picture).
The SMAP spacecraft will provide global measurements of soil moistures and indicate whether it is frozen or thawed. The data will be used to understand the processes that link Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles and improve weather and climate prediction models. The six-metre-long AstroMesh® reflector, which will spin atop the spacecraft at nearly 15 revolutions per minute, provides for total global mapping every two to three days. The reflector uses TenCate Cetex® thermoplastic composites to achieve the strength, durability and weight savings needed. ‘TenCate Cetex® thermoplastics are integral to the structure of our mesh reflectors’, states Daniel Ochoa, product development manager at Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace. ‘They help to create the parabolic shape of the antenna. The material has been extensively tested as part of the unit prior to flight, and is durable and stiff, which is critical to the functioning of the antenna.’ Launch vehicles are now being developed that are either reusable or very low cost and satellite manufacturers are shifting to more rapidly deployable architectures]]>
Michel Peters, general director NLR
Composite materials are being used in aircraft building to a growing extent and now account for approximately half the materials used in new generations of aircraft. TenCate Cetex® has already acquired a strong position in this branch.
When it comes to space and aerospace in the Netherlands, NLR is the central knowledge organization. NLR carries out applied research for the sector, working on the strategic accumulation of knowledge and developing with the business community concepts for use in making innovative, competitive products. NLR has such facilities as wind tunnels (for testing aircraft), simulators (for studying the safety of new flight procedures) and laboratory aircraft. The aim is to make flying safer, more sustainable and more efficient.
Process control at TenCate Advanced Composites
The sound reputation of the Dutch companies and knowledge institutes in the area of innovative processes and light clean materials and systems is evident from their role within the Clean Sky programme of the European Union. The aim is to make air traffic more environmentally friendly, for example by reducing CO2 emissions and noise pollution by 50%
'Sustainability is in the DNA of our designers and operators.’
‘The aviation sector in the Netherlands is constantly concerned with sustainability,’ explains Michel Peters. ‘And this certainly applies to the operators too. KLM has been ranked first in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the sixth successive time. This offers an economic advantage and confers a higher market value. Sustainability is in the DNA of our designers and operators.’]]>
Tauron Dystrybucja is engaged in the distribution of electricity. It is a subsidiary of the Tauron Group, one of the largest energy concerns in Poland.
Employees of Tauron Dystrybucja at work
Within Tauron Dystrybucja, the electro-technicians carry out all kinds of activities connected with the operation and maintenance of energy networks, explains Health & Safety Manager Piotr Baszczok. ‘Thus, they are exposed to electric arcs that can result from high-voltage equipment. Some work is performed literally under high voltage. The technicians utilise various electrical and mechanical equipment, which bring risks of their own. Whether they work within the company or on location, they must be clearly visible to their co-workers and others within the working environment. This is hugely important, especially in autumn and winter and at night-time.’
Tauron Dystrybucja wanted to be brought up to speed on every imaginable risk, as well as on the best protection solutions currently available. The specifications for both fabric and clothing were set out in meticulous detail. TenCate was no stranger to the company: earlier TenCate Protective Fabrics had supplied protective clothing for another group of employees. Ewa Gawrysiak is regional sales manager Poland and end-use market manager Eastern Europe. According to her, ‘They have full confidence in us, even as far as service and support are concerned.’
'Some work is performed literally under high voltage'
When it comes to the cooperation with TenCate Protective Fabrics, the response of Piotr Baszczok is positive. According to him, the focus of many suppliers is simply on selling their materials. ‘Ewa Gawrysiak briefed us on every facet so that we could clearly specify all the requirements relating to the protective clothing and workwear. I would describe the cooperation with TenCate as an open, objective and 100% professional partnership.’
‘This is the only model in Poland with hi-vis,’ says Ewa Gawrysiak. ‘It is the Mercedes among workwear for electricians.’ Approximately half of all the fabrics have been delivered to date; the other company units will receive the protective clothing in the course of this year. ‘Tauron Dystrybucja is well aware that it now has the best solution,’ says Ewa Gawrysiak in conclusion, ‘and wants to be kept abreast of new developments and standards. After all, people’s lives are at stake!’]]>
At the start of the 2014-2015 season GreenFields synthetic turf sports systems also became available in the United States and Canada. The company has a growing network of experienced representatives and certified quality installers.
Nickerson Field (picture) can now boast a GreenFields® MX Trimension™ system utilizing a patented weaving technology. The woven turf ensures a natural appearance, both from the stands and on TV. The woven turf allows a player to pivot more easily and to have better and natural control of the ball. For this installation in Boston, GreenFields partnered with Northeast Turf, one of the most experienced installers in the US, with more than 700 fields installed, including the Gillette Stadium in the city. In 2001 Boston University was one of the first educational institutions to convert to synthetic turf. Nickerson Field was also the first to have a FIFA-certified pitch.
A navy blue pitch for the Vanguard School
The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs, which is ranked the 16th Top Academic High School in America by Newsweek, chose a navy blue GreenFields® SlideMax XP system. With the color of the field and its location off Interstate 25, it has been receiving a lot of attention for the school. Other local soccer clubs too, such as Rush Soccer Club, Colorado Springs Soccer Club and the semi-professional Rocky Mountain Saber Cats, have already used this facility. The field in Colorado Springs was installed by Academy Sports Turf. ‘It’s quite an honor to have such a prestigious stadium choose GreenFields’, Jim Froslid (director sales and marketing GreenFields USA) told us enthusiastically. ‘As a leader in innovation we want to enable athletes all over the world to play on well constructed, sustainable and safe fields.’]]>
Ton Raaphorst with Dutch hockey player Eva de Goede
GreenFields is certainly not a company to rest on its laurels and they are now beginning to reap the rewards. ‘We had expected to be able to install a couple of TX pitches but in the past twelve months we have installed thirty: twenty-three in Europe and seven elsewhere in the world, such as Australia and South Africa. That is unprecedented. It is already a considerable number and during the World Cup we were able to finalize a number of new orders. When clubs saw the World Cup pitch they knew: “We’ve got to have it”. We have firm orders for another twenty pitches this year. In addition, there is international interest in TX pitches in the pipeline, which includes some true hockey nations, such as Germany, England, India, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and China. We have potential orders for several hundred TX pitches for the years ahead. A number of these prospects emerged from the contacts we made during the World Cup.' Both the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) helped to bring about these connections.
GreenFields has meanwhile drawn up a global GreenFields® TX sales plan, which is now being implemented. It focuses on the 127 hockey nations that are affiliated to the FIH. A sales plan that is based on this has been drawn up for each region. This will have no direct consequences for the marketing and sales activities for sports other than football and hockey. ‘In North America we are already making great efforts to promote synthetic turf for soccer, baseball, American football and hockey. We are now under the full glare of publicity from other federations. As a spin-off from the Hockey World Cup, there is now greater interest from sports like rugby, American football, tennis and multisport. We are seeing an increase in interest from other federations, but it has to fit in with our vision and what we ourselves want.’
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TenCate presented its lightweight protection solutions and an advanced technology for the three-dimensional composite structural armour. Interest was considerable.
‘We had visits from almost all of the end-users we wished to talk to,’ says Steen Tanderup, managing director TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA. ‘Response to TenCate presentations was highly positive, as it is clear that with our capabilities we cover a whole range of requirements.’
In London TenCate introduced an advanced technology for moulding three-dimensional composite structural armour solutions which will enable hinged steel components of armoured vehicles to be replaced by lighter, stronger, all-composite solutions.
Hans Hillen, the Dutch minister of defence (middle) in conversation with Wilfred Sluyter (head marketing & sales)
TenCate also demonstrated protection solutions against a variety of threats, such as rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and roadside bombs, lightweight solutions for personnel protection, flexible ballistic protection systems for vehicles, modular and durable armour solutions for naval vessels, as well as lightweight ballistic protection solutions for aircraft.]]>
Medellín, a city of several million inhabitants and, after the capital Bogotá, the largest city in Colombia, is divided into sixteen districts, called comunas. In Comuna 8, better known as Villa Hermosa, a unique centre has been built for sports, culture and recreation: Unidades de Vida Articulada (UVA) Sol de Oriente.
It is a city project where the Mayor of Medellin, the community sports and recreational institute (INDER) and a large public utility, called EPM, articulate with the community plans to build and adapt public spaces to strengthen public meeting about the life and equity, through recreation, culture and community participation with the key aim of ‘getting people moving’. The creation of similar community centres is a joint initiative by INDER and EPM.
Psport Systems was responsible for the installation of the sports pitch with synthetic turf. They selected GreenFields® Slide Max XQ™ 50 for the purpose.
The UVA Sol de Oriente community centre has an area of 3,521 m2 that has been built on and 2,651m2 of public space. In addition to a GreenFields® Slide Max XQ™ 50 synthetic turf pitch on the roof, the UVA Sol de Oriente also boasts a sports colosseum, interactive fountains, interactive classrooms and training areas, an auditorium, a gaming room, a covered fitness centre, a theatre for performance arts and stands for sports events.
According to Anibal Gaviria Correa, the mayor of Medellín, this part of the city serves as a benchmark for transformation and all its citizens can benefit from the space and the opportunities it provides. The new community centres contribute to the transformation of deprived neighbourhoods into environments with safe places for people to meet, space for sports, culture and recreation, and where, moreover, employment is stimulated.
Psport Systems, the distributor of GreenFields in Colombia, has previously built a number of synthetic turf pitches for INDER and EPM. EPM has for example in the past year had twelve woven GreenFields® MX DS synthetic turf pitches installed.
GreenFields is represented in South America by Pieter Gussenhoven. GreenFields benefits from having local production. The company ships the synthetic turf yarns and base cloth to a carpet factory in Bogotá, which then assembles them into synthetic turf. ‘We have an advantage with our TenCate XP Blade™, Pieter Gussenhoven tells us. TenCate XP Blade™ is an exceptionally wear-resistant and sustainable fibre. 'Sustainability is hugely important in this market’.]]>
(Picture: Airbus / Lufthansa)
Soldiers travelling in military vehicles can be more broadly and better deployed during defensive actions and reconstruction work. Composite materials make these and other vehicles lighter, stronger and more economical. Advanced fabrics, armour and protective systems help soldiers survive. In due course, applications in the shipping industry, automobile sector and other industrial fields will emerge. In these markets too, demand for weight reduction and fuel efficiency is increasing. TenCate already supplies thermoset prepreg systems and materials for Formula 1 racing cars.
An exclusive delivery agreement has been reached with the Adler Group for carbon fibre composite prepreg material for the (passenger compartment) of the Alfa Romeo 4C. The replacement of metal by composite in underground trains, for example would produce weight savings of between 30-50 percent, shorter stopping distances and an improvement in acceleration. Mobility must after all not only be safer and cleaner, but also faster.]]>
Advanced composites combine high strength and low weight; they reduce fuel consumption, extend the lifespan of aircraft and vehicles, have excellent formability and are also flame-retardant, and acid- and moisture-resistant.
Production of carbon fabrics at Ten Cate Advanced Composites USA in Morgan Hill
The use of advanced composites ensures fuel reduction and considerable extension of the lifespan of aircraft, ships, vehicles and satellites. These are becoming lighter, stronger, safer, more economical and – certainly in aviation – more cost efficient.
Advanced composites from the Space & Aerospace Composites group are primarily used in the world of space and aerospace: in commercial and military aircraft, satellites and exploration vehicles for Mars missions for example.
The Cirrus SR 20 and SR 22 completely consist of composites
Both the space and aerospace markets are conservative: safety and reliability are of the utmost importance. The costs of the development and qualification of materials are high. Once a certain material is used after qualification, not a single modification may be made for follow-up deliveries – unless it relates to a proven improvement. This makes it financially unviable to seek out new materials unless there is a technical or business need for them.
In radomes and materials for space applications TenCate’s Space & Aerospace Composites group is global market leader
In the lead
Space & Aerospace Composites is a major player in its niche markets when it comes to the development and production of composite materials for these demanding applications. The market group is even the global market leader in radomes and materials for space. Many years of knowledge and experience relating to materials and technology, flexibility and continuity, and the reliability of quality and delivery underpin this position. This expertise is partly the result of cooperation with partners in the value chain (such as Fokker Aerostructures , the Technische Universiteit Delft and Universiteit Twente ) and in development and innovation consortia such as TAPAS and TPRC .
The TenCate Defender™ M fabrics now supplied are processed in the Flame Resistant Army Combat Uniform (FR-ACU) of the American army and in the Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) issued by the navy. Blend TenCate Defender™ M is durable and has good wear resistance and excellent colourfastness. It offers not only protection against heat and fire, but also antistatic properties and room to move. This is attributable to the self-developed blend of fibres that are used to make TenCate Defender™ M. The Lenzing FR® fibre is an important ingredient in TenCate Defender™ M fabrics. In contrast to other fire-resistant fibres, the Lenzing FR® offers inherent fire-resistant characteristics, while at the same time the fibre absorbs moisture. This combination allows the fabric to breathe and ensures comfort.
TenCate Defender™ M fabrics are repeatedly chosen by the American army and the American marine corps for the FR-ACU and FROG programmes for their ground troops
The geotextiles, geogrids and geosystems from TenCate Geosynthetics are given a specific coating and finishing, depending on their function and application. Geosynthetics often form part of the overall construction and have a functional added value in this. The most frequent functions are separation (preventing two granular layers becoming mixed with each other), protection (against erosion or damage from rockfall), filtering (preventing destabilization of the ground through discharge of soil and formation of a natural granular filter), asphalt reinforcement (to prevent cracks in carriageways), soil reinforcement (guaranteeing the stability of structures), drainage (removal of water or other liquids) and sealing (preventing contamination ending up in the soil).
Application of TenCate Mirafi®
Geosynthetics are being more expressly involved in the design and specifications. The advantages of using geosynthetics include savings on building materials, a reduction in the thickness of the top layer, the possibility of using local materials and their rapid availability for use, even for unstable soil and sloping ground.
Frequent alternatives to geosynthetics are concrete, rocks and steel, which usually have to be transported over a great distance. This means that they leave a relatively large carbon footprint. Geosynthetics are therefore positioned as sustainable and environmentally friendly systems.
‘Green’ geosynthetics comply with environmental legislation and regulations in the United States relating to building projects and the construction of roads and highways. Here there is an increase demand for sustainable roads and structures, during which less waste is released and which require fewer natural resources and less energy.]]>
The process to realize the Global TenCate Network consists, among other things, of concentrating the IT services by means of three IT shared service centres: EMEA (Europe and Dubai), USA and Asia. Within this network all companies are being standardized in terms of IT infrastructure (Microsoft Exchange), which brings numerous advantages. Employees worldwide will have at their disposal – besides the traditional telephone system − internet, intranet, e-mail and Office Communicator, which serves for audio communication, video conferencing and the exchange of documents and other data. Sharing the systems, IT know-how and costs means saving costs for external consultants, as well as promoting internal cooperation.
(photo: sharing know-how and systems)
At the moment the Asian companies are ‘hitching a ride’ on the SSC EMEA, but in 2011 the SSC Asia will be realized. When this unit has also been completed, TenCate will have a worldwide network that can rival the best in terms of process optimalization and cost efficiency.
The TenCate Advanced Composites PPS+-programme is directed at a new generation of TenCate Cetex® thermoplastic composites. The programme provides more efficient internal processes, new composite architectures and better temperature resistance. TenCate can now offer new products in thermoplastic unitapes, new resins for high-temperature applications like the Orion heat shield, new prepregs for the satellite structure and a new generation of thermoset prepregs focused on aircraft for out of autoclave processing.
CCS Composites supplies thermoset clamps for the hydraulic and fuel lines of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
TenCate’s PPS+-programme enables the company to respond to a number of trends that are emerging in the world of composites. The major trend in the aircraft industry is interest in improving the productivity of composite fabrication through automation and in new materials. There is also a shift towards composite aircraft fuselage and wings in new commercial planes, which is driving overall composite usage and the demand for thermoplastic composites in interior applications.
Another trend is the growth of applications in wind energy. In the view of Frédérique Mutel (Chairman and CEO JEC Composites) we will not be able to avoid having a variety of forms of energy. ‘We shan’t be able to continue with just one or two forms of energy.’ Rapid growth is occurring chiefly in the United States. Here they realized eight years ago that the US could face problems in many markets and it was decided to enter new markets, such as wind turbines.]]>
The concept – an idea of Wubbo Ockels and an innovation in mobility – is based, among other things, on energy efficiency and safety, and everything within the Superbus concept is focused on sustainability. TenCate Advanced Composites is involved in the project as materials supplier. In addition to carbon fabric for own processing with thermoset resins.
TenCate Cetex® carbon PEI skins have been supplied for the door interiors (see photo below). These are covered with leather. TenCate Cetex® meets such requirements as those laid down for interior applications by the aviation sector. Furthermore, all thermoplastics are in principle recyclable.
As host during the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016, Rio de Janeiro is keen to make a good impression. So the city considers the revitalization of the polluted Canal do Fundão to be of great importance. It is difficult for those travelling from Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport into the city to miss this canal and the adjacent Canal Cunha. Petrochemical waste has contaminated the Canal do Fundão over the years and now this clogged waterway is not only an eyesore but also emits a terrible odour. Still, all this will be history in four years’ time. By then the 6.5km canal will have been dredged and the water circulation and wastewater purification restored. After this, various other improvements to the urban infrastructure will be realized.
TenCate Geotube® is to play an important role in this project. This technology has been selected as an effective and economical containment and dewatering solution. A sediment layer containing heavy metals will be stored in TenCate Geotube® and, following the dewatering process, the filtered water will be returned to the adjoining bay – Guanabara Bay. Storage and dewatering are to take place in specially designated TenCate Geotube® zones on unused ground of the city’s university. The dewatering zone (or cell) is being built on the basis of TenCate grids and non-wovens, which are strong enough to safely carry the load of four layers of filled TenCate Geotube® units.
The first layer with TenCate Geotube® containers in the first cell. Eventually there will be 120 containers containers of 36.5 meters circumference x 61.0 meters long.
When operations have been completed, the tubes will be entombed and a park created on each of the three. So entry to the city centre will be green in more ways than one!
One of the zones with TenCate Geotube® units
Tom Stephens (left) and others showing Sergio Cabral (governor of Rio de Janeiro) the difference between contaminated water and water filtered by TenCate Geotube®
For a documentary about this project (08:55 min.): click here
TenCate Geodetect® is a system for monitoring earth structures like embankments and dykes for deformation. It incorporates a geotextile fabric, fibre optics, special instrumentation equipment and software. This provides an early warning indication of the slightest ground deformation and of any changes in temperature and strain, making it possible to take measures for example to prevent a breach. The system has been tested in existing dyke bodies and is used during the construction of roads and railways and the building of retaining walls, tunnels, underground structures and pipelines.
The introduction of TenCate Geodetect® in the US has enabled worldwide marketing efforts in geotechnology to be coordinated. Further development of the system will also be intensified, and to this end an international team has been formed, headed by Wilson Harvie, who is responsible for Global Business Development for TenCate GeoDetect® within TenCate Geosynthetics. Initially, the team will concentrate on commercialization in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. The key areas of focus are roads and railways, retaining walls and dykes, canals and basins as well as waste dumps. ‘By combining proven fibre optic sensing technology with the performance of geotextiles, TenCate Geosynthetics has been able to introduce the most accurate, customizable and cost-effective monitoring system that is currently available’, explains Wilson Harvie. ‘It is an example of the commitment of TenCate Geosynthetics to provide the complete system solution to complex geotechnical challenges.
TenCate GeoDetect® was developed in Europe and has been used in experimental projects. TenCate Geosynthetics has been involved in the de IJkdijk project in the Netherlands since the beginning in 2005. The IJkdijk is an international testing ground for new inspection and monitoring techniques for water retaining structures. Monitoring with the use of integrated sensors provides our fabrics, composites and synthetic turf with a new functionality. The synthetic turf pitch in the Polman Stadium in Almelo (NL) for example is equipped with sensors. These register the number of hours played, the load at specific areas of the pitch and differences in temperature, as well as processing maintenance data.
The TenCate GeoDetect® team: John Lostumbo, Olivier Artières, Wilson Harvie and Gerrit Dortland. Support is provided in Asia by Loke Kean Hooi.
The TenCate Cetex® materials are used in the body and the eight doors of the vehicle. Safety, flexibility and sustainability are the characteristics of Superbus, and safety, lightness and strength were the demands and therefore the reasons for choosing TenCate.
On 22 September Superbus was unveiled to the press and public at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Hannover
Superbus is an innovative mobility concept where the basic principles include mobility, flexibility, energy efficiency, safety and reliability. Superbus delivers ‘comfortable, demand-dependent and point-to-point transport’. The luxury vehicle can reach a speed of 250 km an hour on dedicated Superbus lanes and run at a normal speed on existing roads. The vehicle has the same length as an average city bus but looks longer because it is not so high. Thanks to the rear-axle steering, Superbus has a modest turning circle.
Superbus at the RDW site in Lelystad (NL)
Impact-resistant, strong, light in weight, and the combination of these qualities – such were the requirements and for Wubbo Ockels the reasons to choose TenCate. ‘TenCate makes these materials. The relationship dates back to the development of the Nuna, the car powered by solar energy, so I automatically landed up at TenCate again.’ Nor is it likely to be the last time. Wubbo Ockels still has many ideas and dreams. The most advanced is sky sailing, ‘a sort of pioneering stunt with two planes on one line, one flying in the jet stream and the other outside. You need TenCate for these lightweight constructions.’
Wubbo Ockels talks with the press
For TenCate, sustainability is the basis and reverberation of its pursuit of continuity. TenCate products and systems make an essential contribution to a world where themes such as safety, protection and sustainability have become self-evident. The related trends include personal safety, protection of the everyday world, restriction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions, water management and care for the environment. It is an important task of TenCate to formulate answers to these trends, devise solutions and thus compel developments. Thanks to composite materials, TenCate has sustainable solutions available.
Wubbo Ockels: 'The Earth is a spaceship'
The interest of the professor of Sustainable Engineering and Technology at Delft University in sustainability was awakened during his time as an astronaut. ‘The Earth is really a spaceship with a thin layer of protection. This is no laughing matter; every process can damage it.’ And the exhaustibility of fossil fuels also plays a role. These are threats that, according to him, are still insufficiently recognized. He himself attempts in different ways to stimulate the enthusiasm of young people for sustainability and a sustainable society. ‘As far as sustainability is concerned, the Netherlands is a vacillating country. It’s shameful that what we produce in terms of sustainable energy lags so far behind. I think it’s important for young people to develop initiatives in this respect.’]]>
Cruyff Courts also fulfil an important social role.rol
Synthetic turf has a number of durability aspects. A synthetic turf pitch can be played on for longer and more frequently with less maintenance (mowing, fertilizing, etc.) and the synthetic turf fibres are recyclable. This produces savings on materials and energy. The industry is therefore including these aspects to an increasing extent in its marketing strategy and product development.
TenCate Tapeslide™ XP™ fibre was developed with an eye to the growing demand for smaller sport pitches that undergo intensive play, such as Cruyff Courts. The introduction of the Cruyff Court has restored the sporting and social function to the neighbourhood. TenCate, as partner from the very beginning, supports the objectives of the Johan Cruyff Foundation to promote sporting and social integration through the Cruyff Courts. The Johan Cruyff Foundation has focused on a simple concept for the Cruyff Courts and synthetic turf from TenCate proved to eminently suitable for this as regards sustainability, characteristics and appearance. In the Netherlands alone there are now more than 100 Cruyff Courts.
Smaller pitches such as a Cruyff Court can accommodate four times as many players per square metre. The courts are tufted with the highest possible fibre density. Dense constructions (more synthetic blades of turf per square metre) provide better and more durable performance characteristics. TenCate Tapeslide™ XP™ turf fibres do not split and are colourfast; TenCate provides a 12-year UV guarantee with them. The fibre also ensures a more resilient playing field, while the surface retains its evenness and natural ball roll.
Padel court in Madrid
A second example of smaller pitches that undergo intensive play is the padel court. Padel is a combination of tennis and squash. This ball sport is played on an indoor or outdoor court of ten by twenty metres. More than a year ago a padel pitch complex was built in in Madrid (Spain) based on a new system developed by TenCate Grass and its customer, Technograss. Here too they opted for TenCate Tapeslide™ XP™ turf fibres. More than 1,500 padel courts are expected to be installed in Spain in the future, five hundred of which will be the responsibility of Technograss.
In June 2010 the first three padel courts in the Netherlands were installed in Enschede. This installation forms part of the TenCate Sportboulevard Enschede.
The proposed changeover is part of a five-year strategy to hone the profile of club rugby – this with an eye to the World Cup 2015, which England will host. ‘After the summer we are going to take a critical look at the fields,’ says Mark McCafferty (director Premier Rugby). ‘Despite the fact that it was an exceptionally severe winter, several fields are unacceptable. In our opinion, FIFA and the International Rugby Board are working closely together to see whether the new generation of synthetic turf fields is suitable for both rugby and football. We want playing fields with the same consistent characteristics, in the hope that this will lead to a higher level of play. This won’t happen next season, but perhaps after that.’
Rugby match in the Burnham stadium
The Welsh team often trains on an indoor synthetic turf field at their Vale of Glamorgan base. And the British and Irish teams used to train on this field too. The Newcastle Falcons and Murrayfield already train on synthetic turf, but it has never previously been considered suitable for matches.
The wing of the glider spans 11 metres, with a surface area of 10.35 m².
The Kanja team and their ultralight glider. The team members are clothed in overalls based on protective materials sponsored by TenCate Protective Fabrics
Through sponsoring in kind, TenCate wants to familiarize students here too with the processing and possibilities of strong and lightweight composites. In the realm of gliding there is considerable demand for high-grade, ultralight aircraft.]]>
Every day thousands of Chinese took advantage of the opportunity to relax in a park equipped with TenCate Grass.
Part of Happy Street (pictures: Peter Cox)
Many took a peek at this compact dynamic city, which was organically constructed by designer and architect John Körmeling along a pedestrian strip in the form of the Chinese lucky number 8 and illustrated every facet of Dutch life.
Beneath this elevated city was a kind of park in miniature with synthetic grass (made from fibres and backing from TenCate Grass). Every day thousands of visitors, including many Chinese, sought the shade to rest for a while.
The World Expo closed at the end of October and the pavilion is now being dismantled. The materials will be reused or recycled.
Over the past years TenCate has built up a leading position in the Asian synthetic turf market. This market is characterized by consistent growth, which is stimulated by an increasing number of new users and a growing preference for synthetic turf.
The materials of both market groups provide optimal protection and safety, as well as considerable wearer comfort and the lightest possible weight, depending on the level of threat.
TenCate Protective Fabrics and TenCate Advanced Armour collaborate worldwide with fibre and chemical manufacturers, laboratories, knowledge and test institutes, government authorities, garment-manufacturers and groups of end-users. This constantly leads to greater knowledge, new insights, innovations and above all the system approach. As a result TenCate is setting the trend in material science: the combination of textile technology and chemical processes.
Through continuous product development and cooperation with various parties in the value chain, TenCate has also secured important positions in these markets. When it comes to protective fabrics for work and safety clothing, TenCate Protective Fabrics is world market leader, while TenCate Advanced Armour ranks among the world’s top five producers of antiballistic materials and is the biggest player in Europe in the field of vehicle armour. The positioning of TenCate is supported by an industrial branding policy that is based predominantly on the quality and functionality of high-grade protection.
In the middle of November 2009 TenCate Protective Fabrics and TenCate Advanced Armour jointly presented new and improved protective solutions for the army and police at the Milipol exhibition. Milipol is the world’s largest trade fair in the area of domestic and foreign safety and protection. The protection solutions are the result of the cooperation between the two market groups in the area of materials, finishes and application possibilities.
TenCate Grass in Dayton was contacted by Crucial Inc. in Louisiana (USA), which supplies materials for processing wastewater and oil-spill equipment, and asked to supply the specialist polypropylene yarns; production began in May. Crucial then used the yarns to make many tens of thousands of mops for BP. Polypropylene has certain chemical properties that make oil stick to it and is thus ideal for mopping it up. The mops were either attached to a rope and thrown into drainage ditches full of oil or they were swept across the shores to absorb the oil. They were then burned and disposed of after their one-time use.
‘It’s a unique use of this product’, Ian Petrie (VP Sales & Marketing Americas) told us. ‘This is a good way to be involved in the oil clean-up.’ Raymond Walker, Executive Director of the Economic & Tourism Council of Rhea County, in which Dayton is located, said that TenCate is a major company and has ‘made a difference’.
The same type of yarn was used after the Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska in 1978.
( http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/aug/07/dayton-company-helps-mop-gulf/ )
TenCate Geosynthetics USA – working in part with its partners – has introduced a number of possible solutions based on TenCate Geotube® technology (storage and filtration) and other industrial fabric products. These have not as yet resulted in any concrete applications. TenCate Geotube® containers may be deployed as buffers to protect the salt marshes or to reinforce the verges which were raised using sand in order to hold back the oil.
This large volume could displace the contaminated tailings over the dam into the environmentally sensitive area below it or cause a catastrophic failure. This must be prevented and the solution is to construct two dams based on TenCate Geotube® technology.
Before installation of the TenCate Geotube® dam structure, the bottom was lined. After this, drainage pipes were installed parallel to each other, so that no water was retained behind the dams. The tubes themselves were stacked up two or three layers high and filled multiple times with mine tailings. The circumference of the tubes in the higher dam measure 14, 12 and 10 metres, from the bottom up. Thanks to the dewatering of the TenCate Geotube® units the dams gain their final form and solidity.
The use of TenCate Geotube® technology allows the liners to remain in place, the installation costs to be lower and the installation time to be shorter. To date there has been no major movement of the landslide. However, the Geotube® dam structure has controlled large volumes of rainwater and debris that has been dislodged.
Dewatering with TenCate Geotube® technology is a three-step process: filling, dewatering and consolidating. In the storage phases TenCate Geotube® is filled with dredged waste materials. In the dewatering phase excess water simply drains from the container. Often this water is of a quality that can be reused or returned for processing. In the final phase, consolidation, the solids densify as residual water vapour escapes.
The Space &Aerospace Composites market group develops and produces composite materials primarily for space and aerospace. These are markets that are showing growth, and in which there is a major role for automation, recycling and innovation of raw materials, materials and processes.
The market is dominated by the transport sector and the construction industry. In the transport sector weight reduction results in fuel savings. In the construction industry building light means that fewer raw materials are required. In building, roofing, spanning and infrastructure many traditional materials lend themselves to replacement by composites. The maintenance of structures such as bridges is subject to strict regulation in the EU. Supporting structures made of composites can consequently compete with metal structures. structies.
The aerospace market share amounts to 4%, although this sector has the highest growth and greatest profitability (21% of the market value). The market for wind energy accounts for 3% of the total volume (6% of the total value). In the United States and Europe these two high-tech sectors are far more developed than in the rest of the world.
The market volume of the worldwide composites industry amounts to eight million tons and has a value of €60 billion. Of this, the US accounts for 35% (value 36%), the European Union (EU) 22% (33%) and Asia 43% (31%).
Frédérique Mutel, Chairman and CEO JEC Composites
On average the global market is growing by 4% a year. This growth is accelerating as a result of the increasing use of composites and improvements in production processes. Across the world some 550,000 people earn their living in the composites industry. These figures were provided by JEC Composites, which has extensively charted the ‘rich and complex’ world of composites. The composites industry is highly innovative. This innovative attitude is also essential, as the composites industry faces a number of challenging tasks, including automation (making production processes faster and cheaper through for example robotization).
Production in Morgan Hill. The demand for carbon fibre will increase between 2009 and 2012
One of the specific qualities of the composites industry is its collective knowledge. ‘The market wants products that don’t rust and require little or no maintenance. Companies in the value chain are constantly working together to find the best solution.’ There is also internal competition within the sector: between thermosets and thermoplastics for example, whereas the real competition is taking place outside, in other materials. She feels that not all the companies can see the big picture. ‘The collective challenge is to expand the composites markets and you can’t do that with forty different families and poor arguments and resources.’]]>
Helmut John (picture right) values the cooperation and communication throughout the whole process. However constructive the contacts may be, a call for tenders is by definition an objective and competitive procedure. The description must not reveal who the supplier will be. ‘Although EnBW can prescribe the kind of material as a benchmark, we and the team of experts wish to keep our options open. Consciously or unconsciously you carry your experiences with you, particularly if two quotations are evenly matched. Now, after a number of years and tenders, we’re firmly convinced of the merit of TenCate Tecasafe®.’
Experience has taught Dietmar Rohrbach (picture left) the key to success. ‘To be able to give good and objective advice, it’s important to have the right know-how at your disposal. We’ve already been able to demonstrate this in a diversity of projects. And it’s also important to be able to offer the customer quality products and service, due date delivery, and advice and assistance in the event of problems. In my opinion, this is the way to build up a long-lasting relationship.’
On 13 April a milestone was reached at the operations in Pendergrass and Commerce (Georgia), where they managed to exceed one million man-hours worked in one year without a lost time accident: all the injuries and illness related to work that lead to absence.
They are involved in the safety policy and procedures. Front, from the left: Bill Sams (Safety Director), Ashley Harper (Human Resources Manager), Judy Stowe (Quality Control Inspector) and Jason Grubbs (Line Technician). In the back: Dan Tripp (VP of Human Resources), Dwayne Scarborough (Line Technician), David Pinkston (Fiberline Group leader), Tim Sheppard (Slitting Group leader), John Spinelli (Transportation Coordinator), Brant Copeland (Fiberline Assistant Operator), Ken Guest (Plant Manager) and Lee Bryan (President TenCate Geosynthetics North America).
Lee Bryan is very proud of this significant achievement at Pendergrass and Commerce. ‘Our associates deserve to work in a healthy and safe environment and it is through the teamwork and cooperation of all our associates every day that we are able to celebrate this event. I can think of nothing more important than to work safely and to establish that kind of atmosphere and attitude within our organization.’
And safety pays off. The costs for illness and accidents in 2006 amounted to $78,233; in 2009 these decreased to $11,511, producing savings of 85%, said Bill Sams. ‘Our policy thus provides added value.’
The technology has already been used worldwide in more than 2,000 projects. These have involved for example the recovery of coastline, such as on Grand Isle (picture below) after Hurricane Katrina, the cleaning up of lakes in Sweden and rivers like the Canal do Fundão (Brazil) or the dewatering of polluted process water, as at a power generating plant on the East River in Brooklyn (New York).
Rehabilitation and protection of the Grand Isle coastline
The intake tunnel for cooling water for this power generating plant on the East River became silted up due to sediment from the river. There was no space for storage, filtering and dewatering the sediment around the power plant and dense building development meant that access to the plant was restricted. Traditional methods proved too slow, too expensive or produced too insignficiant a result. The solution was to use TenCate Geotube® technology in combination with biopolymers from Mineral Processing Services (MPS).
The TenCate Geotube® container in the flatboat is being filled
TenCate Geotube® containers were required for storage, filtering and dewatering. These were divided over two flatboats (each measuring 15 x 43 metres), which were secured next to the power plant and above the intake tunnel. The sediment was removed to a treatment system based on biopolymers and then pumped into the containers. As the slurry dewatered, the filtered water ran into the hold of the flatboats, from where it could be returned to the East River without any further treatment.
The dry constituents from the containers were removed to a waste site in New Jersey
The result of the project exceeded the expectations of the power plant’s owners. TenCate Geotube® technology will also be used at a second power plant and the relevant specifications will also be used as the basis for future projects.]]>
Many sports fields are used for both training and matches and are often played on at all hours of the day and night and with all kinds of footwear. More than 3,000 playing hours a year is no exception. Obviously, the physical stress on the fibres is extreme and they often wear out fast. In order to provide the customer with a field that will last, the most durable turf product must be installed on such intensively used sports fields. This is the reason why TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres are recommended for high-use sports fields.
The TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibre
Since the introduction of TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres TenCate has been monitoring a large number of extreme-use fields worldwide. The results are stunning. All the fields made with these fibres are not only still in use today but, without exception, they remain in excellent condition, showing either no signs of wear or only minimal signs, and are seemingly good to last for another seven years.
In Kristiansand (Norway) a football field with TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres was installed in 2003. The field is used for more than 3,000 hours a year. The Everett Alvarez school in Salinas (California, USA) has an American football field with alternating panels of field green and olive green TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres. The field is used not only for training and games, but also as a classroom every day when hundreds of students use it during their physical education class. In the weekend it is open for use for youth league games.
In the Netherlands there are more than one hundred Cruyff Courts with TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres at strategic locations, so that enthusiasm for sports amongst youngsters is being kindled at an early age.
Hundreds of matches are played each week on the mini field of Plex Indoor Sports in Columbia (South Carolina, USA), which was installed with TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres in 2004. Every day there is also an after-school programme for more than 50 children. Despite intensive use and the absence of a maintenance programme, the turf fibres show no signs of splitting.
The L. Gordon Davenport Field in the W. Max Finley stadium in Chattanooga, (Tennessee, USA) played host to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Game on natural grass from 1997 to 2009. However, during the championship game in 2004 the newly installed grass field was ruined. The stadium was in danger of losing the championship game. The search for a permanent solution led to the installation of a synthetic turf field with TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres. Not only can the field continue to host the NCAA Division I-AA Championship Game, but is now also allowed to hold high school, college and semi-pro soccer games. The field has stood up extremely well under much more intensive use.
The Finlay Stadium in Chattanooga (USA)
The Kellogg Zaher Complex in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) consists of seven synthetic turf soccer fields, two of which were installed with TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres. Despite being used for soccer tournaments every weekend, on top of being open to the public day and night, the TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres are performing supberbly. The difference between the two types of fields is extraordinary. For anyone walking from other sports fields at the complex onto a TenCate Tapeslide™ XP field, the latter looks as good as new.
The sports complex of Athletes in Action in Xenia (Ohio)
Maybe the best example of the versatility of TenCate Tapeslide™ XP comes from Xenia, (Ohio, USA). Every summer thousands of students come to Xenia for week-long camps and competitions. The sports facility comprises two soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball field and a full-size American football field, all installed with TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres. All the fields are now entering their fifth year of play, but show no signs of excessive wear.
TenCate Tapeslide™ XP fibres are rapidly becoming the go-to product for many architects and specification writers, who know that this is the most durable synthetic turf blade on the market. As John Amato, Professional Engineer of consultants JJA Sports, puts it: ‘The latest TenCate Tapeslide™ XP is an upgrade to their highly durable products and I expect that it will prove to be the workhorse of the industry.’
Football match at The Seven Hills School (Cincinnati, Ohio [USA])
Andy White, Vice President of Challenger Industries, a tufting company in Dalton, (Georgia, USA) agrees with him: ‘TenCate Tapeslide ™ XP has become a staple in our product portfolio'.]]>
NASA has contracted Lockheed Martin to build the space vehicle as part of the Constellation programme, which includes a mission to the Moon. TenCate Aerospace Composites USA was asked to develop a series of combinable film adhesives, resins, couplings and microcapsule-filled composite foam products. In this respect the company can benefit from its fifteen-year experience with out-of-autoclave processes (such as resin injection technology) for the production of composite materials for aircraft, satellite and radar dome constructions. For some time now, TenCate Aerospace Composites USA has been involved in developing materials and components that can withstand exceptionally high temperatures and the erosive effect of a space flight for example.
In partnership with TenCate Aerospace Composites, Lockheed Martin has developed a new resin system for the Constellation programme. In comparison with other high-temperature resin systems, this resin system enables much simpler and more efficient manufacturing techniques. It has the potential to be used in a wide range of commercial applications, including aircraft, launch vehicles, re-entry vehicles, automobiles and payload fairings for lorries. The Lockheed Martin team that developed the exploration vehicle for the Orion crew also built the heat shield. It was unveiled on 1 March in Denver (Colorado, USA). With a diameter of 5 metres, this shield is the largest of its kind in the world.
The shield is lifted from the mould
According to Frank Lee, director research & technology of TenCate Aerospace Composites USA, we are talking here of ‘a highly demanding application. The cooperation with Lockheed Martin has resulted in the development of materials that satisfy the stringent demands applicable to a space flight and which can withstand the heat on re-entering the atmosphere. It is chiefly important that the materials are optimally suitable for large-scale production of composite parts with the aid of the vacuum oven hardening method.
Photos courtesy of Lockheed Martin
She approached producers and garment-manufacturers and had six sample covers made. These she had tested in the Mobile Unit Riot Training Centre, where stones, empty oil drums, Molotov cocktails and crush barriers were thrown. TenCate Tecashield® emerged as the best and most durable. ‘It was wear-resistant, with a good ratio of strength to fire-resistance. The covers remained securely in place on the shields and are chemical-resistant to boot.’
The TenCate Tecashield® quality used in this project is not only lighter but also stronger than other materials, such as leather. The fabric is used as additional reinforcement on those parts of the clothing where wear is most severe, such as knees and elbows. By combining 100% para-aramid fabric with a double-sided coating, it is remarkably strong and provides thermal protection. The covers have now been in use for a year – at least in the large riot squads such as Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The general opinion is that ‘this material is fantastic and highly durable’.
In her job Marloes Siewes (picture) is continually looking at what is available on the market in terms of fabrics and other materials. If companies make known what materials they are using and what they are doing as far as development is concerned, she can assess whether a material is suitable for other projects. In this respect she speaks highly of the cooperation and contact with Jan Dijkstra (sales manager TenCate Protective Fabrics). For the Dutch Police Cooperation Facility, it’s a question of a combination of factors such as price, quality and logistics, which count for a certain percentage. ‘These are our specifications and ultimately the best product wins.’
The company of founder Ronald H. Moore specializes in (systems for) soil stabilization and erosion control. Cooperation with TenCate Geosynthetics dates back to 1986 and the company is particularly impressed by the customer service and technical assistance. ‘We pride ourselves on representing the leading manufacturers in the geosynthetics industry,’ says Larry Larson (director operations at R.H. Moore), ‘and, when it comes to geotextiles and geogrids, that’s TenCate.’
Aerial view of the installation of TenCate Mirafi® HP770
R.H. Moore attach particular importance to good relationships with the manufacturers. ‘As a distributor in Florida that has been in this business for over 27 years, we could get products from many different sources. However, we have found that many of the manufacturers in our industry are short-sighted, sell directly to customers, and are concerned only about an order today and not about building for the future. TenCate has always been loyal to us, and without that type of relationship I don’t think we would have enjoyed the growth and success that we do today.’
Rolls of TenCate Mirafi® HP770 being installed on phosphate pits
R.H. Moore buys geotextiles, geogrids and TenCate Geotube® containers from TenCate. Although the company sells a tremendous amount of non-woven commodity types of geotextiles, its focus lies elsewhere. ‘In Florida we have many areas that are now being developed which are in swampy terrain or in poor condition. We have found that the TenCate Mirafi® HP series of geotextiles has worked exceptionally well in Florida when it comes installing our transmission line roads and construction access roads. In the past 20 years we have sold almost a million square metres of Mirafi® HP570 for these types of projects.’
A large sludge capping project carried out in Florida. Spreading dirt over seamed TenCate Mirafi® HP770
‘The construction market in Florida, whether concerning the housing market, highway construction or the underground utility market, has been struggling the last few years due to the downturn in the economy. Companies like ours that have learned to diversify in many markets have been able to survive. We also believe you need to stick with the industry you know, and we do that well. We’re very excited about 2010 and beyond; it seems like the industry hit bottom in 2009 and is now on the upswing.’
Increasingly the US market has an eye for durability and quality. ‘The products that TenCate makes and we sell must be certified and constantly tested to ensure that we meet the standards that we publish and which are specified for each project. We have been approached many times in the past by smaller manufacturers to sell their geosynthetics, with promises of lower pricing. Pricing is an important issue but it is not nearly as important as product quality, availability and durability. Supplying an inferior product to a project would hurt the reputations of both TenCate and R.H. Moore & Associates, which far overshadows saving a few pennies per square metre.’
Aerial view of Central Florida phosphate mine after the installation of TenCate Mirafi® HP770
Speaking of loyalty, one of the reasons for the long-lasting partnership with TenCate Geosynthetics is ‘that the company always seems to be working on new products or on ways to change and improve their current products’. For R.H. Moore, research and development is the key to the future. Larry Larson himself has been involved in a number of TenCate R&D projects. ‘The R&D department at TenCate in Pendergrass is one of the best. When looking at new lines and products in the past, TenCate has regularly asked our opinion as to whether we feel it would be appropriate for our product line and whether we would be interested in distributing it in Florida. Personally I’ve been working with TenCate for over 20 years, and without their support I know our company would not be in the position it is today.’
More and more companies are realizing that the raw and auxiliary materials used in the industry will not be endlessly available. Through smart design and production and through selecting reprocessable basic materials and ‘green’ suppliers, it is possible to give many costly waste materials a new life. Ten Cate Advanced Composites has a multiyear contract with CFK Valley Recycling in Stade. The TenCate company in Nijverdal is managing to realize considerable savings in the costs of its waste streams. In addition the company is a frontrunner when it comes to providing high-grade composite waste that is particularly suitable for recycling.
End-products based on the ‘milled’ carbon fibres are used, among other things, for reinforcing injection moulding components for industrial or possibly automotive applications. They can also be used to make carbon fleece – a sort of non-woven mat that serves as cost-effective, high-grade reinforcement in composites and laminates.
Preparing carbon fabric production
The aim of CFK Valley in Stade (North Germany) is to develop a leading international knowledge network for the technology and production of carbon fibre-reinforced polymers. The focus lies on the application of (recycled) materials in aircraft building, ship building, railways, commercial vehicles and car engineering CFK Valley is closely connected with the Airbus production plant 50 km away. Airbus itself produces the tail of the Airbus A380 aircraft in Stade.
Examples include the construction of roads and railways, steep wall constructions (retaining walls), dyke reinforcement, land reclamation, the construction of dump sites and river bank and coastal protection.
Use of geotextiles and geogrids for road construction (Austria)
In addition to materials and systems, TenCate Geosynthetics offers technical support to civil engineers, construction supervisors and building contractors. The market group has a global network of sales offices. Certainly in the civil works segment, a local presence is necessary. These people know the local legislation and regulations, have direct contact with local authorities, distributors and specifiers (consultants, architects) in the preparation of projects and can offer the required technical support at short notice.
Various parts of the A350 will also be based on thermoplastic materials from TenCate. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner too uses this material.
TenCate supplies the composite materials for the floor panels and the moving horizontal and vertical parts of the tail for the Gulfstream G650 business jet
Other types of aircraft in which the material is used include the Airbus A320 (the ‘workhorse’ of the Airbus fleet), the A400 M, the Boeing 737, Boeing 747-8, Boeing 777 and Boeing 767; the Embraer Lineage, Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, the Gulfstream G550 and the Apache AH64 helicopter.
Frédérique Mutel, chairman and CEO of JEC Composites
The aircraft industry is sometimes depicted as conservative, but ‘cautious’ is a more fitting description – at least that is the view of Frédérique Mutel, chairman and CEO of JEC Composites. Safety and reliability are paramount and ensuring these takes a great deal of time. The major challenge here is to produce more aircraft using the same quality and to produce lighter parts for aircraft that can go faster at lower costs, while still retaining the same quality. The answer to all this is the automation of production processes (by robotization and simulation) and innovation of materials. ‘Aerospace has no choice.’
The only solution for weight saving is composites. The use of composites makes aircraft lighter and increases their lifespan. As this will also enable the air pressure and atmospheric humidity to be increased, passenger comfort too will be enhanced. Composites thus have an advantage because, unlike aluminium, absolutely no material fatigue will occur.
Production in Morgan Hill (USA)
Customers have their own reasons for opting for composite materials from TenCate: reliability and continuity, for example. TenCate offers excellent technical service, very short lead times and a wide selection of specialty products for key segments like radomes and satellites. Radome manufacturers want composites that are dielectrically very pure: glass and quartz fabrics with no carbon fibre contamination. In the Morgan Hill facility the group has carbon-free areas.]]>
TenCate Geosynthetics has four market segments: Separation & Filtration, Reinforcement & Paving, Water & Environment and Agriculture & Industrial. Its customers and end-users worldwide include public sector bodies, engineers, project managers, construction companies and distributors. The group is at home in many different markets. TenCate Geosynthetics intends to increase its presence in these markets by developing and offering new system solutions and products with high added value. By contrast, TenCate concentrates on the four specific market segments and solutions mentioned above. By gaining a better understanding of the customer, it is possible gear product design and service optimally to the customer and end-user. The focus will be placed more on growth markets such as Asia and South America and on applications in the infrastructure and environmental markets.
TenCate Miramesh® for the construction of reinforced green slopes
TenCate Geosynthetics focuses on ‘intelligent’ geosynthetics, polymer technology and the provision of solutions to geotechnical problems. The R&D activities within the group are decentralized and coordinated on a global basis. It also seeks association with partners. This may relate to the supply of biopolymers for the dewatering of sludge (water management) and fibreglass sensors.
Geotextiles and geogrids for a five star hotel in Abu Dhabi
TenCate Geosynthetic offers its customers a differentiated range of geotextiles, non-wovens and geogrids. The Separation & Filtration segment is dominated by non-wovens and is characterized by large volumes and a wide standard range of products. Reinforcement & Pavement has differentiated products with higher added value. The Water & Environment market segment mainly relates to TenCate Geotube® systems). The Agriculture & Industrial segment uses many industrial fabrics.
Construction of a roadway in the Czech Republic with geosynthetics for stabilsation
With production operations in Europe, the United States and Asia, TenCate consistently operates close to the market. Its three European production locations – in Linz (Austria), Bezons (France) and Almelo (the Netherlands) – enable TenCate Geosynthetics Europe to respond rapidly to demand and to any special requirements. This also produces logistical and price advantages. The geotextiles, geogrids and geosystems include a number with a highly distinctive capacity, but as yet there is insufficient volume potential. The sales organization has therefore been arranged more efficiently and is now coordinated on a global basis. The product portfolio is being rationalized and investments are being made in further increasing efficiency in production.
TenCate Nicolon® anti-evaporation cloth is used to cover large water storage basins. It saves 80% of water evaporation and prevents the growth of algae.]]>
More than 170 delegates from companies and government authorities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America were present, among them Antoine Engels (senior sales manager) and Frans Harmeling (product & development director) from TenCate Grass, who both gave presentations.
The synthetic turf industry has seen steady growth over the last five years, despite a short-term weakness. Growth figures and technological developments make synthetic turf a dynamic industry. The prospects are good, but the challenges are sometimes formidable and the chance of consolidation is real. Speakers from various international organizations and companies, including FIFA, apprised those present of the perspectives concerning sports needs, developments in synthetic turf components, testing and standards.
Antoine Engels spoke to the delegates about the significant advantages that our backing solutions provide for synthetic turf. Although invisible, they perform a stabilizing role in synthetic turf systems. Intensive research and a constant focus on customer wishes have resulted in a new generation of multilayer backing products for synthetic grass systems. And in this respect TenCate continues to set the standard.
Frans Harmeling gave a presentation on creating end-user value through innovation and warranty. TenCate has recently introduced two warranty concepts to this end: the TenCate Performance Warranty™ that aims to safeguard the quality and durability of football fields, and the XP Warranty™ that offers a guarantee on the life span of fields subjected to intensive use.
TenCate Geosynthetics and Ashland Hercules Water Technologies are working closely together to bring integrated dewatering solutions based on TenCate Geotube® and polymers on to the market. TenCate supplies the dewatering system and supports customers at home and abroad in setting up the installation.
The dewatering process with TenCate Geotube®
The project related to the removal and dewatering of 12,500 m³ of organic sludge from two storage basins for a major producer of fruit juices. The production process releases residual water with organic waste, and this sludge is stored in two basins. For years TenCate Geosynthetics has been world leader when it comes to dewatering sludge from lagoons. Dewatering of 100% organic sludge is no easy matter using conventional techniques, but the TenCate Geotube® technology offers various advantages for such a process. It is a cost-effective solution with minimal impact on the environment; large quantities can be processed in a relatively short time; and minimal manpower is required.
That the project led to highly satisfied faces is thanks to TenCate Geotube®, the polymer technology, the selected approach (training local people) and the sound choice of partner to secure small-scale projects of this kind and see them through to a good conclusion. The right dose of polymers in combination with the selected TenCate Geotube® container is crucial.
Environmental dredging is an attractive niche in the dredging market. The project in Portugal is not an isolated case. A project of the same kind is being set up in Hungary with UTB Hungary and Ashland. In addition projects are slowly getting off the ground in various other European countries.]]>
The avalanche barrier near Dias Alpe is perhaps the largest barrier in the world that avalanches can encounter on their way down. The barrier is siatuted 2,200 metres above sea level and guards the place Kappl against all too powerful masses of snow. The barrier was contructed using natural materials that are available locally. TenCate Polyslope® S is an environment-friendly and attractively priced system for constructing retaining walls. It consists of three components: geosynthetics for reinforcement (TenCate Polyfelt®), erosion protection using fibre glass, and steel formwork (TenCate Miragrid®).
The mountains around Kappl are funnel-shaped, which virtually guides avalanches directly towards the village. Due to the natural conditions of the area, it is not possible to install protection at the top of the mountain and protection nearer the village provides just as little relief: at this stage avalanches already have too much mass and kinetic energy. This is the reason for constructing a barrier at a level where it will break up the avalanche before it has reached its highest speed and force. The length of the barrier is 600 metres and it is 25 metres high. Some 400,000 m³ of soil had to be moved and 285,000 m² of geosynthetics were required.The idea behind this system is that the area will become entirely covered in vegetation. In view of the fact that thriving plant growth cannot be guaranteed at 2,200 metres, it was decided to use galvanized frames, which will help to provide a longer time for growth to become established. These geogrids are folded back over the layer above, which provides extra safety when such dynamic forces are at play.
Creating part of the bridge with TenCate Geotube® on both sides
‘We are honoured to have been awarded the 2010 IAA Award of Excellence for TenCate Geosynthetics’, John Henderson, Senior Vice-President at TenCate Geosynthetics NA, said. ‘We are also proud to have won an IAA Award for the sixth straight year. This year’s winning entry, submitted by Yee Tack Weng, highlights TenCate’s unique position to provide solutions for critical projects around the globe.’
This year marks the 63rd annual IAA competition. Entrants were encouraged to submit projects and compete in 29 categories. In all, IFAI received 383 entries from 13 countries. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function.]]>
The winning contribution means an innovation in the market and marks the next step in the technological development of thermoplastics. The partners realized 10% saving in weight and 20% reduction in cost. The development means process and material innovation and cost efficiency.
The G650 (picture) flies more cleanly, more economically, higher and faster than its predecessor, the G550. Moreover, the aircraft is lighter – thanks partly to the use of thermoplastics. Fokker Aerostructures makes the body panels, the floor, as well as the whole tail, including the rudder and elevators of the tail section. Besides TenCate Cetex® for the floor, TenCate Aerospace Composites also supplies the composite materials for the moving horizontal and vertical parts of the tail.
A new generation of carbon polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) semipregs are the basis of the composite material. These fibre-reinforced thermoplastic materials (ductile when heated) are not impregnated with resin films as usual but are made using a powder coating process. PPS powder is directly applied and fused to the carbon fabric. This cuts out a number of processing steps and is therefore more favourable in terms of price. This material is now at a price level comparable to that of traditional thermohardening composites. Furthermore, it makes the processing simpler: the material is not only more supple to mould but also stronger.
Induction welding technology
In the assessment, both the powder coating process and the welding technology used (process and material innovation) weighed heavily in the balance. Induction welding technology, not rivets and suchlike, is used to secure the ribs in the elevators and rudders. And the fact that the components are already at the production stage was also a consideration. In comparison with the G550, the tail parts do indeed contain more ribs, but because of this the thickness of the skin of the elevator and rudder can be reduced.
The welding technology was developed by the Dutch company KVE Composites Group and accommodated in a production environment at Fokker. The materials and corresponding processes give the designers greater freedom in the design and building processes, and the welding process also opens the door to more applications. Ticona supplies the PPS.
From left to right Harm Albers, Robert Lenferink en Winand Kok of TenCate Aerospace Composites EMEA
From the very beginning TenCate has been involved in the development of lightweight thermoplastic composite materials for the aircraft industry. These materials consist of carbon or glass fibres that, with the addition of resins, are compressed into plate material. They are marketed under the name TenCate Cetex®. Within TenCate Aerospace Composites EMEA a multidisciplinary team supervised by Winand Kok (product manager aerospace), Harm Albers (sales manager aerospace) and Robert Lenferink (head R&D) has worked on the development of the new material for over two years. Every step was evaluated with engineers from Fokker Aerostructures. Considerable investment in new production infrastructure was necessary and these investments went hand in hand with the business case of the new Gulfstream. The technological development stemmed from the PPS+ programme of TenCate Aerospace Composites. This programme focuses on more efficient internal processes, new composite architectures and better temperature resistance, thus relating to both innovation and cost efficiency.
Arnt Offringa (director R&D Fokker Aerostructures)
Cooperation with Fokker Aerostructures dates back years. Nor is Gulfstream an unknown quantity. TenCate Aerospace Composites supplied carbon composite laminates to Fokker for the floors of the G550, and in 2001 the TenCate/Fokker team won a JEC Award for the innovative J nose concept for the Airbus A340. Now the partners want to move on to bigger primary structures ‘that are of great importance to the structural integrity of the aircraft’, explains Arnt Offringa (director R&D at Fokker Aerostructures). Within this context, thoughts are turning to successors of the G650 and projects within the TAPAS-project with Airbus.
The presentation of the JEC Award to (from left to right) Martijn van Wijngaarden (KVE), Arnt Offringa, Frank Simmons (Gulfstream), Robert Lenferink and Henning Kuhl (Ticona).
According to both parties, when it comes to the cooperation with TenCate it is important ‘that the companies complement each other, jointly innovate, and have their eyes set on the same goal’. And this also applies to marketing: alerting the customer to the possibilities and advantages of thermoplastic composites. For example, thanks to TenCate’s unidirectional tape technology, a light body or even the 12-m-long tail of the Gulfstream may be made of thermoplastic composite in the near future.]]>
The Polman Stadium in Almelo (NL)
Most synthetic turf systems in professional football in the Netherlands incorporate synthetic turf fibres and backing from TenCate. Heracles Almelo has been playing on synthetic turf since 2003. The present synthetic turf system in the Polman Stadium (Almelo) was developed entirely in cooperation with the club, suppliers and TenCate, the main sponsor. The board and players expressed complete satisfaction. ‘You can play the whole day long, all year round on a good field and always under the same conditions’, said Chairman Jan Smit. ‘The players have had good experiences playing on this synthetic turf system and are completely used to it.’
Fraud in the league?
The fact that fraud was said to occur in the league because one club trains at home and plays on synthetic turf and the other doesn’t is something Heracles chairman Jan Smit cannot accept. ‘In the whole of the Netherlands every PFO has the opportunity to play on synthetic turf – either on their own field, or in their immediate surroundings. Moreover, a half-hour warming-up session should be more than enough to get used to the field. Heracles Almelo will be playing on a natural grass field sixteen times this season and their opponents only twice on a synthetic turf field.’
(Picture: Rotterdam Sportstad)
When SBV Excelsior was promoted to the premier league it was required to install under-field heating in Stadion Woudestein, in conformity with the demands of the KNVB (Dutch Football Association). In view of the time available, this was not an option, so it was decided to install synthetic turf. From the start of the 2010-2011 season the club will be playing in the Woudestein Stadium on a new synthetic turf field with synthetic turf fibres based on a cutting-edge development, TenCate XQ™ technology. ‘We wanted a field that would satisfy the technical requirements we had set’, Chairman Simon Kelder tells us. ‘The field is not yet ideal, but it has been approved. We expect it to improve.’ And Simon Kelder is also convinced that there is no question of fraud. ‘Many players have now become familiar with synthetic turf. And anyway, not every natural grass field is the same everywhere.’
The symbolic placing of the kick-off spot in Heracles Almelo’s synthetic turf field by Chairman Jan Smit (left) and TenCate President and CEO Loek de Vries (photo: Wim Journee)
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said in 2007, when he was coach of AZ (NL): ‘In a couple of years’ time the whole of the Netherlands will be playing on synthetic turf.’ In his view, clubs with synthetic turf gain an advantage from their field. His solution is to have all clubs play on synthetic turf. ‘Not until then can you talk of fair play’. At Heracles Almelo they think that Louis Van Gaal will be proved right and that in the future UEFA and FIFA matches will be played on synthetic turf. ‘Just look at the winter months. That’s when the difference between a good synthetic turf field and a natural grass field in a lamentable conditionare very clear.’
Training of the football team of FC Twente on synthetic turf
National champion FC Twente (Enschede, NL) as yet still prefers natural grass. ‘The present generation of players, coaches (and a great majority of the public) did not grow up with synthetic turf’, Eugenio Porcu (manager operational affairs) says. The club is, however, aware of the advanges. ‘At our training centre in Hengelo we have two synthetic turf fields. The major advantage of these fields is that they can be trained on for more hours than natural grass fields. Synthetic turf can be played on under almost any conditions and the maintenance costs are lower than those of natural grass fields.’
Young players nowadays are growing up with synthetic turf. Many amateur clubs already have at least one synthetic turf field. ‘The perception and acceptance of this generation as regards the improved synthetic turf and their own experiences may lead to the installation of more synthetic turf fields in the Netherlands being stepped up’, Eugenio Porcu believes.
Gert Jan Verbeek (picture: Heracles Almelo)
As the former coach of Heracles Almelo, Gert Jan Verbeek is familiar with training and playing on synthetic turf. In the AFAS Stadium his current employer AZ plays on natural grass. ‘In football it is important that the field has been prepared a well as possible. In the present summer conditions and the way in which the field at AZ is prepared, I would always prefer it. But it is possible that conditions will change and the quality of the natural grass decline and then I wouldn’t have any problems playing on synthetic turf.’
An example of banners in the Polman Stadium
As a company and valuable brand, TenCate seeks to promote itself in both recreational and top-flight sport. Since 2003 TenCate has been the main sponsor of Heracles Almelo. Supporters club Bianco Nero is regularly supplied with fabric for making banners, which give the match extra colour. The same applies to the supporters’ club of national champion FC Twente in Enschede. An advantage at Heracles Almelo is that guests can go onto the synthetic turf field immediately after the match to inspect it at close quarters.
TenCate is making targeted efforts to align its brand image and identity more closely and to further strengthen and enhance this. As a producer of high-tech materials, TenCate seeks to become known to a wider public, who as business associate or shareholder may of course also have their own interest in the company. In the business-to-business environment there are more and more products and brands demanding attention. Companies battle for the favours of decision-makers and end-users. Brands and brand loyalty fulfil a crucial role as the binding agent between customers and companies. Within TenCate too the importance of an active branding policy has increased over recent years.
The TenCate brand is associated with a certain type of sport, sports organization or sporting activity. Often sponsoring in kind is carried out through the supply of materials, such as synthetic turf, composites or protective fabrics. In this way the mission of TenCate – materials that make a difference – is translated time and again into an opportunity to bring products or systems directly or indirectly to the attention of a wider public.
Sports matches and sports events in particular have great attention value for both those attending and those watching at home. National and regional television have high ratings. The intended effect is achieved among supporters thanks to the emotion that the game produces. The art of sports sponsoring is of course to associate the TenCate brand with the right sport, the right experience, the right enthusiasm and the right emotion. In the most ideal situation the brand is associated with a particular sport, club or player and the brand values are thus directly communicated: performance, sustainability, innovative strength, system thinking and total solutions.]]>
Xennia has a leading position in digital inkjet technology. Not only does this technology for applying high-grade functionalities to substrates such as textiles open the door to new technological possibilities, it is also characterized by the remarkably efficient use of materials. Considerably less ink is necessary than when using traditional printing and dyeing processes, and applying this technology to textiles delivers savings in water. Moreover, energy savings are made as well. In short, the environmental benefits are tremendous.
In traditional processing, for example in electronics, material is applied everywhere and any superfluous or undesired material is then removed with a second process step. With inkjet printing technology, the ink is applied only where necessary, which means one less process step and a significant decrease in wasted material. The recycling of materials in the existing semi-conductor industry is expensive and means additional energy consumption, but printed electronics promises great savings in materials and energy during production.
Xennia makes virtually no use of conventional solvent-based inks. In fact water-based inks will be used for the vast majority of future textile applications. In cases where Xennia does use solvent inks, these are mainly based on on safe solvents from renewable sources.
Xennia Technology is using composite materials from TenCate Aerospace Composites in its latest design for inkjet printing systems. The result is lower operational costs for inkjet systems because lighter modules mean lower costs for moving parts, and this leads to a substantial reduction in energy consumption. This development is a good example of synergy within TenCate and demonstrates that internal cooperation pays off.
The XenJet inkjet modules are designed to configure inkjet printing solutions for industrial printing applications such as ceramics, glass, textiles, packaging and product decoration. The inkjet modules encompass inkjet print engines, fluid controllers, printing software, application software and integration support. Furthermore, a series of specialist inks has been launched for industrial applications: XenInx.
With the inkjet modules, OEMs and partners in the engineering industry can create reliable inkjet printing solutions − or, in the words of Tim Phillips (marketing manager Xennia), ‘transform their inkjet ideas into production reality. Introducing reliable industrial inkjet solutions reaps major benefits in increasing customers’ responsiveness, efficiency and profitability.’
With the launch of several new modules and the use of TenCate composite materials in the design of drivers for new inkjet systems, Xennia is further implementing its strategy to use technological developments to revolutionize inkjet applications.
The Viridian webprinter at the IPEX
Partnership and takeover
The three critical components of inkjet solutions are the inkjet hardware modules (print engine and fluid controllers), the inks and the operating software. To provide a reliable solution for industrial production environments, Xennia is pursuing the ‘one-stop shop’ concept, and several leading parties have already declared their interest in this respect.
An agreement has been signed with printhead manufacturer Trident from Brookland (USA) for the supply of industrial inkjet printheads for a number of specific applications. Through the takeover of Cametrics (Cambridge), which specializes in printing software for inkjet technology, market leader Xennia Technology will have complete control over printing software, a critical component of its modular industrial inkjet solutions, including those for textile applications.
Mid June, Xennia was also present at FESPA (Federation of Screen and Digital Printers Associations) in Munich. There was a huge amount of distributor interest; among them were several distributors that visited Xennia at IPEX]]>
The value of the TenCate corporate brand or brand name is estimated to be €83 million, the total value of the portfolio of TenCate brands, €100 million. The list was compiled in October 2009 by Brand Finance, a specialist in the valuation of company brands.
A strong brand name works: it helps a company to distinguish itself in the market and to communicate why precisely its products and services meet the needs of the customer. The high regard that stakeholders have for a particular brand (knowledge and attitude) and their positive behaviour in purchasing that product or recommending that brand are what determine brand performance: how the company presents itself compared with the competition.
A strong brand name can lead to a trend in sales and cost savings, provided these are also used in marketing the products. It has an effect primarily on the trend in sales: customers are perhaps ready to order larger quantities and do so more frequently if they know who the manufacturer of the product is. In addition, there are cost savings; you can probably agree on more favourable financing with investors who have a high regard for the corporate brand (its good reputation). Suppliers are disposed to provide more attractive purchasing conditions. ‘They are eager to add you to their customer list’, states senior consultant Ferdy de Smeth, who conducted the study on behalf of Brand Finance. ‘They do that through “tombstone advertising” - placing your company name or logo in their adverts.’
Sponsoring, such as Heracles Almelo, contributes to a brand. 'People can identify with this’.
As managing partner, Ferdy de Smeth was invcolved with Brand Finance , an international and independent firm of consultants in brand valuation). In this way you can improve brand strategy and thus the company’s financial performanced, enabling the value of the brand to increase. Brand Finance has developed a method of valuation which is ISO-standardized and is endorsed by major accounting firms. The study includes the value of both the corporate brand and the product brands, thus providing an understanding of the effect of brand architecture on the value of your product and corporate brands. The study was carried out among a group of young professionals – existing and potential customers, employees and suppliers – and a group of existing and potential investors.
A strong brand helps in the recruitment of employees. After all, who doesn’t want to work for a company that has a good name?
TenCate pursues an industrial brand policy based on coordinating brand architecture. The brand policy is related to the product differentiation cornerstone in our business model. The product logos consist of the TenCate corporate brand together with the product brand of the market group concerned and the corporate creed: Materials that make a difference. Each market group works as far as possible with families of brands. The role of the corporate brand will be further strengthened in the years ahead, thus promoting TenCate’s identity, transparency and reputation.
The corporate labels TenCate Materialized (at product level) and Powered by TenCate (at company level) ensure that TenCate materials and solutions become more visible to end-users.
One of the recommendations that Ferdy de Smeth makes is: promote the TenCate name more actively. ‘You should promote yourselves more as the TenCate company, including the corporate style, and should invest more in your brand. This will also enable you to sell more.’ These are not sales costs, he emphasizes: ‘branding means investing. We shall also have to highlight our profile better to our suppliers. The same applies to the end-user marketing cornerstone: the existing and potential end-user of our materials. Use ‘TenCate inside’ for example more in ingredient marketing.
So there is quite a challenge for corporate communications – both externally and internally. ‘Internal branding also plays an important role. More internal communications enable you to intensify involvement and strengthen team spirit. You can be strong without necessarily having to be big.’]]>
Part of the bodywork consists of TenCate composites. With this expedition, Team Wilco wants to highlight the importance of sustainable energy and draw attention to the fact that in 2048 this continent will no longer enjoy protected status. The vehicle is designed by Team Antarctica, students at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology of the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
The climate-neutral vehicle that they are now building is powered by solar energy. Because it is equipped with solar cells, it is sturdy in build and TenCate Cetex® has been selected to limit the weight. This composite laminate based on carbon fibre is manufactured by Ten Cate Advanced Composites bv in Nijverdal. TenCate Cetex® can withstand the low temperatures during this period in Antarctica.
Panels of TenCate Cetex® are processed for reinforcement purposes in the lid of the boot (where the solar cells are installed), in the interior of the bonnet and the doors, as well as in the climate box. This is the electronic component that contains sensors and other parts that cannot withstand the extreme cold. The material was deliberately chosen: ‘We were looking for a reliable partner who is big enough and is based in the Netherlands,’ explains Emma Recter (product design & engineering). ‘TenCate seemed to be the right place to find the desired materials, and we’re very pleased that we can use this material.’ Besides materials, TenCate is delivering technical support.
Antarctica (picture pooljaar.nl )
Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. Once a temperature of -89.2 C was registered some 1000 km from the South Pole. The continent is almost completely covered with ice. Currently this continent is still protected by the Environmental Protocol, part of the Antarctic Treaty, against drilling for minerals. The protection by this protocol ends in 2048. This project is intended to provoke dialogue with the pundits and government leaders of the future. ‘By making the youngsters of today aware of this virgin continent and the possibilities of sustainable energy, they can later protect Antarctica.’]]>
The hand-made Voisin A-JT is the brainchild of Mattthijs Meulenbelt and Frans Lievaart. These two Delft engineers are working on this jointly with the University of Twente, where they are responsible for the master class on automotive design. As an innovative Dutch car company, they are going to design and build hand-made cars for the executive sector.
TenCate Cetex® will be applied round the engine compartment
The bodywork of the prototype consists mainly of aluminium, which makes the car lighter and ensures fuel savings., The temperature in the engine compartment can rise considerably, so that’s why TenCate Cetex® is used here.
Gabriel Voisin (left) and his brother Charles (picture: indicommons.org )
Gabriel Voisin was an aviation pioneer, who from 1919 applied his experiences and revolutionary ideas to cars. Until 1939 the company produced luxury cars. The design of the second-generation Voisin is taking careful account of the buyer’s wishes. Mass production is out of the question, so the A-JT is not a car for the multitude; it is distinctive – just like the TenCate materials it incorporates.
In Nijverdal the company works on concepts and applications for soft armour, on new prepregs for hard armour end-applications and the ongoing development of the TenCate Pro-Tector® technology.
At TenCate Advanced Armor USA, Joe Dobriski is responsible for the efforts in the field of R&D in the United States, while his counterpart in Europe are Helle Specht in Denmark and Robert Lenferink in Nijverdal.
R&D with applied technology
In fact within TenCate Advanced Armour it’s a question of combining R&D with applied technology. This combination offers the customer a series of solutions on the basis of lighter, better and more cost-effective materials. Products where the cost price is a contributory factor in the purchase also account for part of the sales. "Threat levels are constantly changing. We have to ensure the best available protection not only for soldiers and civilians in war zones but also with an eye to terrorist attacks. With a wide range of products and R&D as our strength, we can project a distinctive image."
The R&D process – what and how?
The R&D process embraces design, construction, ballistic tests and analysis. This empirical cycle is repeated until the optimal solution is realized. Granulates, fibres, composites, adhesives, cling foil, ceramics, coatings, paints and metals – all are grist for the mill during the development process. Combinations of no less than 76 different materials or forms of material have been used in the armour systems developed to date. As soon as new material concepts have been tested, the R&D engineers determine the segment or segments where the materials will ultimately be applicable. After that, the optimalization of the concept begins.
The test data are processed in statistical manners, which serve to underline the fact that the material or system meets all requirements and the chance of disappointing performances is negligible. Maybe it’s a question of development projects for the short term; maybe applications for which as yet no solution is available. Sometimes it takes several months to come up with the right solution, whereas for shorter-horizon projects it may be a matter of only a few weeks.
Internal cooperation in R&D
TCAA’s US and European armour groups cooperate to maximize their ability to share concepts and solutions and win on a global scale. Different test standards and requirements apply in the US and in Europe and market demands often differ. This can present challenges to proliferating solutions globally but enough commonality exists to foster excellent cooperative efforts.
The teams meet up at least twice a year to discuss ongoing projects. A great deal of exchange is conducted by e-mail, although this exchange is limited because of the legislation known as the International Trade Administration Regulations (ITAR), as well as other restrictions imposed by government authorities. Last year, however, the United States Department of State issued TenCate Advanced Armour with a Technical Assistance Agreement that allows technical information to be exchanged. ‘And from that moment on cooperation became possible. Consequently our mutual communication is now a little more profitable and we’re managing to be more competitive when it comes to new tenders.’ By intensifying the cooperation between the Advanced Armour, Aerospace Composites and the Protective Fabrics groups we would gain clout in the antiballistics market.
External cooperation in R&D
To stay abreast of all the developments and changes, there’s nothing like direct contact with the customers. This is the reason why the technical people on the sales team are also involved in R&D. They know the customers and listen to their wishes and demands – which are then well documented. Through their involvement in projects, developments can be tuned to the wishes of the customer or user. This makes it possible to set priorities for certain projects and is also useful with an eye to both assignments in progress and those in the future. Naturally the technologists also take part in conferences, trade fairs and specialized training courses. Finally there are military advisers attached to the R&D group, who contribute information relating to their own specific background. Thus, R&D teams in the US and Europe give substance to technological innovation and product differentiation, two of the four cornerstones of the TenCate business model.
Because of a slight drop in market demand and in order to restore profitability, the Nijverdal plant of the Grass group has been rationalized. The TenCate Grass group has three production locations: Dubai, Dayton (USA) and Nijverdal. Dubai focuses chiefly on large volumes and commodity products, while Nijverdal and Dayton focus more on flexibility and specialties. The role of Nijverdal has changed and the company is now in the last phase of process optimalization. The production process has been accommodated in one hall and arranged more efficiently; the working capital has been reduced and the logistics process adjusted; and the number of jobs − from managers to operators − has been cut. All in all the production company has become smaller and more flexible, facilitating a much better response to customer demand. Seeing that Europe has the most customers, flexibility is a must from the geographical perspective.
‘We focus directly on customer demand, tailoring our production accordingly. Furthermore innovation is of paramount importance, and here you can also think of product renewal and process optimalization. It has become a different kind of company: smaller, more flexible and more innovative.’
‘Fixing the curl’
The entire production – compounding, extruding, twining and twisting (‘fixing the curl’) – is carried out in one hall, and here some millions of kilos of grass yarn are produced annually on five tape and five monofilament lines. Packing and internal transport have been fully automated by deploying AGVs (automatic guided vehicles), releasing the operators for broader tasking. In the new situation they have to become all-rounders and master a number of steps in the production process. Training is being provided for this purpose.
Personnel are also exchanged with TenCate Thiobac (backing for synthetic grass). The two companies have already been working two years together in such areas as sales, logistics, finance and production. Furthermore, since 2009 flexible teams for extrusion, twining and weaving have been used during peaks in the production process, and some employees can be deployed in both companies. This cooperation will be extended further.Confidence
The storage space of 25,000 m² in Gildehaus (Germany), 65 km to the east, will be vacated, since fewer square metres will now suffice. In Almelo a new hall has been brought into service and divided into compartments − a compulsory procedure because of the high fire risk linked to synthetic turf. In addition the former production hall in Nijverdal will be used for storage purposes until and throughout the high season. Manufacturing used to be for stock but now there is a division between commodities and specialties: the former produced for stock, the latter produced to order. All the logistics, which used to be partly outsourced, are now in the company’s own hands.
One of the initiatives and developments relates to group tents. TenCate Campshield™ is an innovative fabric with inherent flame-retardant properties. It is scorch-, glow- and spark-resistant and satisfies numerous European standards. This new product has aroused great interest, especially in the market for group tents – and this includes scouting groups, aid organizations and tour operators. After all, it offers extra safety and protection. Soon the first product presentations with this cloth will take place.
A second launch concerns TenCate RSQshield™. This RescueProtectionSet has been developed for use by firefighters, police and emergency response workers in cases of accidents or calamities. Complying with demands, not only is it weatherproof, water-repellent, anti-fungal and anti-pollutant, it is also easy to clean and highly visible. The presentation in this respect will take place at the beginning of June at Interschutz in Leipzig, the world’s biggest trade fair in the field of incident management, crisis control and disaster relief.
The third launch relates to fabric for the benefit of the French company Soplair for covers that offer campers and caravans isothermal protection.
A Hymer with isothermal protection from Soplair
Campers in particular are becoming increasingly popular in Europe. Anyone who makes such an investment imposes high demands regarding comfort and conveniences such as climate management. And that applies particularly to the top segment. This is characterized by small customer-specific series. As a rule windows are not insulated. The so-called volet isothermique controls the inside temperature if the outside temperature is between +40 °C and -25°C. This means a saving on energy costs and increased comfort inside. Furthermore, it prevents condensation forming on the windows, the dashboard and the space underneath.
A Phoenix camper with alcove and windscreen protection by Soplair
It is a multilayer system that is tested on values such as reflection, absorption and transmission of sunbeams. TenCate Outdoor Fabrics is working to be able supply all layers of the system.]]>
A model in the new protective clothing based on TenCate Tecasystem™ from the TenCate Protective Fabrics brochure
In the US and Europe TenCate Protective Fabrics is the market leader in protective fabrics. TenCate focuses on industrial markets, fire and emergency services, the health care sector and defence applications. This is a very wide range of work situations, which require multifunctional clothing and the ultimate in protection. Some risks are so extreme that it is only possible to provide maximum protection by integrating the materials into a multi-layer system, such as TenCate Tecasystem™, in which each layer has specific functionalities. The layers themselves are aligned to each other. The system prevents water penetrating the clothing and reduces heat stress by allowing body heat and perspiration to pass through. By taking a lightweight system approach, the protective clothing is comfortable to wear and suitable for any situation in which firefighters have to work.
In TenCate Tecasystem™ each layer has specific functionalities
The four systems vary in protection, comfort, technology, colour, sustainability and weight. The TenCate Tecasystem™ Millenia 450 is the lightest and strongest protective solution on the international market. This three-layer system – unlike traditional solutions – consists of a three-dimensional thermal moisture barrier. This 3D structure creates air (insulation) in the firefighter’s uniform, which improves the breathability of the clothing and considerably reduces the danger of heat stress. The system is exceptional in that many washes do not affect its properties or appearance. Each system can be geared to the customer’s specific requirements. TenCate offers the flexibility to choose a single layer or a complete system. Single layers can be changed around to achieve a customer-specific multi-layer solution, which meets the European standard for firefighting clothing.
Mike Allen (Senior Product Development Engineer, Europe/Middle East/Africa): ‘By offering them a system, we can better assure our customers of performance and quality’,
In order to be able to comply with all the requirements worldwide, TenCate actively participates in various international standards committees that decide on European standards, the American NFPA standard and the global ISO standard. TenCate has its own test laboratories in Europe, Asia and America. Each system – including TenCate Tecasystem™ – must in addition be certified by an independent test institute. The customer (the supplier of protective professional wear) has the advantage that he no longer needs to think about the correct development of the system: development and certification in accordance with European or US standards have already been taken care of by TenCate. In addition, the customer has a purchasing advantage because the entire system can be supplied in one go. So the customer can identify the different performance levels, simplify the logistical and selection process and thus reduce costs.
Ramon Overdijk ( Marketing & Sales Director)
The introduction of the four new systems took place in June at Interschutz, the world’s ‘largest exhibition in the field of incident management, crisis manager and disaster relief. ‘This was the second time we have participated in Interschutz and our growth has not gone unnoticed’, says Ramon Overdijk, Marketing & Sales Director. ‘Our developments in the field of outer fabrics and our system approach were well received. Respected garment-makers and large European agencies visited the stand and expressed interest.’
Ballistic experts examining the impact on TenCate Liba®
The demonstrations were held in one of the bunkers of Dynamit Nobel Defence near Burbach (Germany). An international gathering was assembled there, including technicians and designers from ministries of defence, other government agencies and weapon and vehicle manufacturers.
The fitted TenCate Liba® inserts proved to be sufficiently impact-resistant. The same applied to an insert that had previously been shot at and then repaired
Some seven tests were conducted in Burbach. Sights were set on lightweight repaired protection solutions using TenCate Liba®. It was decided to reproduce a high level of threat in accordance with STANAG 4569. A damaged TenCate Liba® insert can be quickly and easily repaired. TenCate Liba® is also considerably lighter in weight than traditional steel, which make a substantial difference to the weight, fuel consumption, speed and manoeuvrability of the armoured vehicle.
Both inside and outside TenCate a great deal of knowledge and experience has been gained relating to projectiles and the consequences for armouring when they are ignited. And yet the behaviour and results of heavy explosives remain difficult to calculate. At such a high level of threat ‘we leave the field of science and enter the domain of the unpredictable’, as Dynamit Nobel Defence’s Herbert Weisshaupt put it. This underlines the importance of the protection of people and vehicles using lightweight solutions which incorporate TenCate Liba®.]]>
TenCate Miramesh® SG
The synthetic turf fibres afford extra UV protection, which ensures additional protection against erosion and preservation of the slope. The use of this system is particularly helpful for slopes where little will grow, due to their aspect.
The granting of this patent prevents other suppliers marketing this or a similar system or using it in projects. Moreover, it underlines how committed TenCate Geosynthetics is to developing distinctive and patentable materials for major applications using geosynthetics.
TenCate Miramesh® SG obviates the need for supporting vegetation on vertical slopes and under difficult climatic conditions.‘Green’ geotextiles are compatible with new environmental legislation and regulations in the US relating to construction and infrastructure projects. There is an increasing demand for sustainable roads and construction work, in which less waste is produced and fewer natural resources and less energy are required.
Use of TenCate Miramesh® SG in a project in Mexico]]>
TenCate develops and produces functional materials with distinctive characteristics and added value. These materials contribute in a positive way to progress, especially progress in social and environmental issues such as safety and protection, environmental benefits and savings in energy costs. TenCate draws on technological change and innovation for the development and production.
Technological innovation, cost management, product differentiation and end-user marketing – alongside internal factors – are the four cornerstones of the TenCate value chain model. These cornerstones are impacted by external factors such as emerging markets, differences in international product specifications and regulations, global trends and government stimulation measures. A good understanding of these developments and differences will have a large impact on the global business and will influence the global position in the value chain.
Technical textiles are still a relatively small part of global textiles production, which is still dominated by traditional textile products (mainly consumer textile products). TenCate also has its roots in traditional textiles, but approximately 25 years ago the company started to diversify internationally, outside its domestic region of the Netherlands. Since then the company has focused on its core technological competences and has gradually phased out production of its traditional consumer textiles. Currently TenCate is fully dedicated to technical textiles and high-tech materials.
The development of high added value functional textiles for demanding applications signalled the start of a successful transformation into a more technology-driven organization producing textile materials for selected end-markets. In general these are end-markets that demand specified materials, based on industrial, environmental and functional norms, legislation, etc.
Value chain management
The most crucial part of the TenCate strategy is the implementation of the value chain model. Textile companies in general are faced with complex and extended value chains and during the last 15 years TenCate has developed distinctive positions in these value chains. Also value chains increasingly tend to be international or even global. Raw material producers are often multinational companies that implement regional pricing in order to separate (geographically) or fragment markets.
Over time TenCate has acquired several companies as horizontal moves in several global value chains in order to create critical mass. More importantly, complementary technologies have been acquired in order to strengthen its technological capabilities. And recently new technologies have been added, such as digital inkjet technology. This technology is crucial for the development of digital finishing and nanoscale coating technologies.
The four cornerstones of the value chain model are also impacted by different geographical environments. There are international differences in, for example, product specifications and related technologies, market organizations, international cost structures, government relations, regulations and the like. A good understanding of these differences will have a large impact on the global business and will influence the global position in the value chain.
TenCate focuses on global trends: safety and protection, as well as environment and durability. These global trends are becoming more and more important in defining the nature and functionalities of materials. An important development is the modernization of army equipment, aimed at creating more personal safety for soldiers under ever-increasing threat levels. In the normal work environment too, we notice stricter rules and regulations concerning personal safety. And the same applies to trends in durability and environment. Looking at composite materials, this is very important when it comes to creating light strong materials for aerospace (and ultimately all forms of transportation) in order to cut fuel costs.
The effects of natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes, and the durable infrastructure investments create massive global potential for geotextiles and related products.
Emerging markets especially will create a large growth potential for technical textiles − in the first place by adopting stricter regulations, mainly in connection with the above trends. Emerging markets will demand more high-end products. This is the reason behind the positive outlook for protective fabrics and geosynthetics in these regions. Another aspect is the search for technology. No longer do emerging markets serve only as low wage countries. They are developing their own domestic industrial and technological infrastructure. New technologies and high-tech materials will be produced domestically in the near future.
For established technical textile companies this creates an opportunity to cooperate with local textile companies. One of the main challenges is the protection of technological capabilities. In this respect TenCate defines the ‘fast push’ and the ‘slow pull’. The first means that established, matured technologies can be exported to emerging markets more quickly in order to create a market. The second means that, although there will be a technology pull from local emerging markets, exporting innovative technology too quickly could threaten the position in the global value chain and may commoditize a market too soon in the life cycle of a product/market/technology combination.]]>