The demand for geosynthetic clay liners is growing at a steady pace as several governing regulatory bodies have mandated the use of these liners in containment, landfill and containment operations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has various legislations that vigorously regulate landfill construction. With several leading companies in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific investing significantly in this space, the geosynthetic clay liners market is expected to witness development in the forthcoming years.
The on-going R&D and the intensive investigation to improve the chemical compatibility and mechanical behavior of geosynthetic clay liners have enhanced the performance of various bentonite products on modification. For instance, the sealing performance of bentonite products improves significantly when polymers are added into them. Additionally, the penetration of rapidly advancing technology in manufacturing processes will create lucrative growth avenues in the geosynthetic clay liners market.
Geosynthetic clay liners’ vulnerability to getting punctured during and post-installation, which can possibly harm the hydraulic performance of these liners remains a considerable challenge for stakeholders. Furthermore, geosynthetic clay liners have a probability of losing hydraulic integrity or bentonite thinning, piping phenomenon, and ion exchange over the long run. These factors are anticipated to restrict the growth in the geosynthetic clay liners market.
Geosynthetic clay liners Market: Introduction
Geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) are composed of sodium bentonite layer sandwiched between two layers of geomembranes or geotextiles or both resulting in a highly impermeable plane sheet. In Geosynthetic geosynthetic clay liners, sodium bentonite expands and formed impervious gel layer that has strong water-stopping property, low water conductivity, and strong anti-seepage effect under both, wet and dry condition, among other properties. Owing to this, the geosynthetic clay liners are considered as the best replacement for conventional clay and other bonding methods to be used in water containment projects, landfill liners, mining industry, disposal facilities and several others. In recent years, there have been several advances in the understanding of issues related to the use of geosynthetic clay liners as contaminant barriers. As a consequence, there has also been a significant increase in use of geosynthetic clay liners in geoenvironmental applications. The government has shown a keen interest in adoption of geosynthetic clay liners for waste management and landfill applications. Some of the common uses in solid waste disposal for geosynthetic clay liners include; low leakage rate barriers for landfill base liners, filters and drains in leachate collection systems, reinforcement of cover soils on landfill caps, low infiltration landfill caps, groundwater / seepage interception drains around waste cells, reed bed lining for leachate polishing, and erosion control of rehabilitated landfill sites.
Furthermore, increasing population is leading to high water consumption and the shrinking water resources have raised an alarm for various governments to effectively manage water resources in order to meet the current and future demand for water. For the same, governments, several private firms and NGOs are encouraging water containment projects, which can be useful for irrigation or industrial applications. Also, numerous governments are executing projects for interlinking of rivers and canals. Owing to which this, geosynthetic clay liners are prevalently being used in water containment or water proofing applications. Moreover, manufacturers of geosynthetic clay liners are involved in new product developments and aiming to develop pioneer technology which can be effectively deployed for waste management application. Despite the several advantages of geosynthetic clay liners in construction, contractors often hesitate to use this materials, since it increases the overall cost of construction. Also, the application of geosynthetic clay liners requires high-cost specialized equipment and highly skilled personnel. Dearth of both discourages contractors to go for geosynthetic clay liners in different construction projects.
Geosynthetic clay liners: Segmentation
On the basis of Application, global Geosynthetic clay liners market is segmented into;
- Canal & river
- Waste Treatment
Geosynthetic clay liners: Regional Outlook
Asia Pacific region is estimated to be the growing region for geosynthetic clay liners market due to high construction growth in the region. Increasing government spending on infrastructure development and soil & water management are estimated to drive the geosynthetic clay liners market. Propelled by various major projects in China, India, Australia and several ASEAN countries, the geosynthetic clay liners market in these regions is estimated to register a healthy CAGR over during the forecast period. North America and Europe are the major markets for the geosynthetic clay liners after the APAC region. Attributing to an increase in government spending towards water and waste management, the US is estimated to offer substantial demand for geosynthetic clay liners. Moreover, In in Europe, increasing concern regarding the environment in both public as well as private sectors, demand for the geosynthetic clay liners market is expected to witness significant growth over during the forecast period. Latin America and MEA geosynthetic clay liners market is expected to register slow growth over during the forecast period.
Geosynthetic clay liners: Market Participants
Some of the key players identified across the value chain of the Geosynthetic geosynthetic clay liners market include,
- Thrace Group
- HUESKER Synthetic GmbH.
- NAUE GmbH & Co. KG
- GSE Environmental Inc.
- Geofabrics Australasia Pty. Ltd.
- Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc.
- Geosynthetics Limited
- BECO Bermüller & Co. GmbH
- TenCate Geosynthetics Asia Sdn Bhd.
Gorantla Geosynthetics Private Limited, among others
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