Autumn 2011

TenCate Geosynthetics and the end user

TenCate Geosynthetics produces wovens (woven materials), non-wovens (fleeces) and grids in the United States, the Netherlands, Malaysia and China. These are supplied worldwide and applied in infrastructure, civil engineering, the building trade, and the environment sector. 

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

Blue fabric (Tecawork Blue 65287)