Global Geotextile Tube Market - 2021-2028
The geotextile tube market size was worth US$ XX million in 2020 and is estimated to reach US$ XX million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of XX % during the forecast period (2021-2028).
Geotextile tubes create a synthetic barrier used along shorelines and beaches to maintain control erosion. Often referred to as breakwater tubes, these barriers serve as the first line of defense against waves and tidal action. Geotextile tubes help areas retain sand/shorelines and prevent further erosion or loss in the area.
Geotextile tubes offer a viable option to wet hauling, sludge lagoons, sand drying beds and other mechanical methods used for dewatering. The dewatering method employed by geotextile tubes offers an environmentally friendly way to reuse decanted water and water placed into storm drainages or water tables. Because of the high dewatering speed of geotextile tubes compared to open-air pits and heavy equipment, it is being widely utilized in numerous applications. Geotextile tubes are fabricated to precise tolerances that allow them to be utilized for dewatering contaminated sediments, copper tailings, fly ash and numerous marinas, lakes and rivers.
The global geotextile tube market growth is driven by the need for shielding coastlines.
Need for shielding coastlines
Geotextile tubes assist in preventing storm damage and protect the environment through the building of custom marine structures. Besides natural factors like ocean currents or typhoons, the increasing human intervention is also a significant factor causing coastlines to change, such as constructing harbors or jetties. Thus several solutions have been tried to stop coastlines from being further eroded. Installing submerged breakwaters along coastlines is one of the effective methods. Compared to the traditional breakwater, submerged breakwaters constructed with geotextile tubes have added advantages, including faster construction, lower carbon consumption, lesser environmental impact and lower construction cost. The installation of geotextile tubes can be temporary or permanent. Geotextile tubes are constructed stronger in comparison to the standard sandbags. Hence, it has several civil engineering and erosion control projects like embankments, retaining walls, reservoirs, bank protection and coastal erosion control.
Various projects have adopted the use of geotextile tubes for the protection of the environment. For instance, in 2021, U.S Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, has started a US$16 million Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup in the St. Louis River Area. A dredge will remove about 45,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from backwater ponds and Shopper's Creek adjacent. The plan aims to cover the ponds with a 6-inch layer of sediment to create a barrier against any contamination and provide a healthy habitat for native organisms. Dredged sediment will be deposited over the winter in geotextile tubes acting as a large filter to drain water. In the spring, dried sediment will be transferred from the geotextile tubes and taken off-site for disposal.
Volatility in the raw material prices
The geotextile tube is majorly manufactured from polypropylene, polyamide, polyester, polyethylene and other raw materials. The price of geotextile tubes depends on the prices of petroleum hydrocarbon and the changing price of the materials to decide the cost structure of the final products.
The market has observed huge volatility or instability in raw materials prices, which will act as a major restraining factor for the geotextile tubes. For instance, in June 2021, Polypropylene prices moved up a total of 12¢/lb, 4¢ in step with propylene monomer and 8¢ for supplier non-monomer-related increases.
Due to the pandemic, the geotextile tube industry has been unstable in the initial months. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted by mining and other industrial market sectors in 2020. The geotextile tubes have been widely utilized for dewatering applications. Companies have been operating at lower production rates, which has significantly affected production and revenue. The mining industry in various countries has to face huge losses during the covid-19 outbreak. Mexico's mining chamber has estimated that mining output in the country is expected to fall by around 17% in 2020. Coal India proclaimed an 11.2% decline in production in May 2020 compared with May 2021 and Minerals Council South Africa has estimated that mining output in the country is expected to fall by 8- 10% this year.
However, the geotextile tube demand has been stable in large projects such as coastal protection due to government support, which is expected to boost the market. The market has been impacted by the hike in polypropylene, polyamide, polyester and polyethylene prices in various countries. The prices of geotextile tubes hs also on hikes due to less production in the market. However, the losses are expected to recover in the upcoming years and rising consciousness towards water pollution is expected to boost the geotextile tube market in the forecast period.
By end-user, the geotextile tube market is segmented into mining, environmental engineering, agriculture, industrial and others.
The need for discharging AMD and slurry in the mining industry is boosting the geotextile tube sales
Acid mine drainage (AMD) has been one of the major problems in the mining industry. Over time, several mines reached the end of their life and production ceased, resulting in AMD discharging from these abandoned mines into local streams and waterways. Various regulatory acts such as Clean Water Act demanded the collection and treatment of AMD clay or geomembrane-lined lagoons. Hence, the use of geotextile tubes has been growing to contain and dewater AMD.
The mining area involves the slurry waste of overburden which is usually transported and stacked on settling ponds. As the extraction volumes increase, the slurry waste subsequently increases, causing the problem of space shortage. Thus, the primary task for this coal-mining area is to reduce the time of handling slurry waste to increase the space shortage problem. Geotextile tubes are utilized for hydraulic filling into slurry waste for proceeding dewatering test. During and after the filling process, water can be dissipated through the fabric and the solid particles are retained within the geotextile tubes with low moisture contents. The excellent permeability of the geotextile tubes and the use of flocculent polymer reduces the dewatering time and provides more spaces to be utilized in this area.
Various leading mining companies are utilizing geotextile tubes for effective separation and transportation of tailings. For instance, in 2019, Vale, a leading mining company, started the Main Phase for Recovery of Paraopeba River Solids. The company utilized geotextile tubes for dewatering, separating the tailings from the water.
Countries looking to safeguard from the will boost the market in Asia-Pacific
Asia-Pacific region holds a significant market share for the geotextile tube market globally. Geotextile tubes have been widely used at large sites, lagoons or wastewater treatment plants. The geotextile tubes have been gaining demand for coastal protection, agricultural and mining operations. The countries are seeking huge demand for geotextiles with growing danger at the coastlines. For example, approximately 34% of India's coastline was under varying degrees of coastal erosion. Hence, governments and companies are investing heavily in projects related to geotextile tubes.
For instance, in 2020, Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. has announced the completion of the Pentha Project. The Pentha project was a pioneering plant in Odisha, India, to adopt soft intervention technology with 3 tiers of geotextile tubes for coastal protection. The Geotextile tubes helped withstand the extremely severe cyclones 'Phailin' ,'Hud Hud' and 'Fani' that hit the Odisha and its coastal neighbours. The geotextile tube acts as a bulky bund that can protect against tidal wave action due to cyclones. In 2020, The Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department announced laying geotextile tubes filled with slurry as a shore protection measure to limit beach erosion and rehabilitate the shoreline at Bommayarpalayam. The National Institute of Ocean Technology has prepared a Detailed Project Report for the Bommayarpalayam project. "Tenders for the project, costing will cost around ₹19 crores.
Moreover, in 2017, the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) signed a US$ 13.8M contract with Samaroo Investment to install geotextiles tubes. The contract defines that 100m geotextiles tubes are installed to create groynes along the foreshore at Reliance, Essequibo.
Geotextile Tube Competitive Landscape
The geotextile tube market is moderately competitive as the end-users seek a cost-effective and ecologically-friendly process compared to traditional dewatering methods. Some of the key players contributing to the market's growth are Huesker, Low & Bonar, Texel Industries Ltd, TenCate Geosynthetics, Americas US Fabrics, Inc, Titan Environmental Containment, Geo-Synthetics LLC, Erosion Control Products and others. The major players are adopting various new strategies to dominate the market, such as launching new products, acquisitions, collaborations, contributing to the global growth of the geotextile tube market.
Texel Industries Ltd
Overview: Texel Industries Ltd. is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company founded in 1989. The company is involved in manufacturing tarpaulins and geomembranes. The company manufactures a broad range of geosynthetic textile products, including geomembranes, geotanks, geotextile tubes and HDPE azollabeds. Texel products are used in agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, civil engineering, water harvesting, landscaping, transportation and waste management.
Product Portfolio: The company offers various woven and non-woven types of geotextile tubes.
Recent Development: In 2021, Texel Industries Ltd. plans to begin commercial operations at its expanded facility for geosynthetics products in Gujarat, India, by the end of September. The company is investing US$ 4,100,207 for this expansion and has already deployed US$ 2,018,584 from internal accruals and borrowings. The new facility has a capacity of manufacturing 11,111-ton per annum and post-completion of the expansion, the company's installed capacity will double to more than 20,944 tons.
The global geotextile tube market report would provide approximately 69 market data tables, 68 figures and 210 pages.