TenCate Geosynthetics Americas

TenCate picTenCate Geosynthetics’ products can reduce road repairs.
By Alan Dorich

In the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, America’s roads received a “D” rating for their poor condition. But TenCate Geosynthetics Americas can help improve our roads, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Todd Anderson says.

Thanks to its products, “You can make a road last longer for the same amount of money or make a road cost less and have a similar lifespan, and, sometimes, you can do offer both lower cost and longer life,” Anderson says, noting that its geosynthetics can add many years to the life of a road. “When you lessen the repairs, you get more use of the road.”

Based in Pendergrass, Ga., TenCate Geosynthetics provides woven and non-woven geotextiles, geogrids, geotextile tubs, prefabricated vertical grains and composite textiles to customers across the Americas. “We have relationships as far north as Alaska and as far south as Argentina,” he describes.

TenCate Geosynthetics serves a broad customer base that ranges from the engineers designing roads to contractors trying to provide more value to owners, Anderson says. “It may be the owners themselves that say, ‘We understand the benefit and want to have our parking lots incorporate this technology,’” he says. Tencate box

The company supports its clients with a network of salespeople and engineers who can answer questions about the benefits of its products, including reducing the amount of material used. For example, a traditional roadway design may call for 24 inches of stone.

“[But if] you incorporated a geosynthetic in there, you might only need 14 inches to get the same performance,” he says, noting that this provides significant savings. “By saving 10 inches of stone, [you save] a lot of money and the time needed to transport and place the stone.”

‘Miracle Fibers’

TenCate Geosynthetics’ products include its Mirafi® brand, which takes its name from the words “miracle fibers.” Since their inception in the early 1970s, the products have been used in nearly every country in the construction of roads, retaining walls and slopes.

Anderson adds that its Mirafi RS580i product performed the best in a Western Transportation Institute/Montana State University study of geosynthetics in 2014. While all performed well, the RS580i had the best traffic benefit ratio and the best base course reduction factor.

The Mirafi flagship products also include its H2Ri series, which has the ability to move water or manage it on roads. “Water often leads to roadway failures,” he says, noting that the material constantly moves water out.

This ensures the road pavement maintains a constant level of moisture. “You get the roadway to perform at the same level throughout the section,” Anderson says.

TenCate Geosynthetics recently introduced TM13C, a new turf reinforcement product. “It has some different characteristics that allow it to contain soil while allowing grass to grow through it,” he describes.

Positive Outlooks

TenCate Geosynthetics is home to a very positive work environment, Anderson says. “It’s a pleasure to be able to work with people who you consider friends,” he says. “That spirit permeates people at the company.”

He adds that the company is thinking positively about the future. “Only two Decembers ago did we get a multi-year transportation budget,” he says. “The industry is certainly excited that the new administration has talked about a robust budget in transportation and infrastructure.

“We want to help the government and entities associated with that build better roads,” Anderson says, noting that TenCate Geosynthetics can help them “get more bang for our buck.”

The company also will stay committed to new technology and innovation in geosynthetics. “There’s a lot that can be done in this young industry,” he says.

“We’re just very optimistic,” Anderson continues. “With continued research, we’re going to find more and more opportunity to market these cost-effective solutions to construction.”

 

 

Legacy of Innovation

TenCate Geosynthetics is the U.S. arm of Royal Ten Cate (TenCate), an international company based in the Netherlands. The company, which has a legacy of more than 300 years in textile-related industries, employs more than 4,000 across the world in 45 different locations.

TenCate started operations in 1704 and specialized in the trade of textile products. The firm focused on using innovations of the era, including British steam technology, which earned it “the designation of ‘Royal’ in 1852,” it says.

Today, the company has eight divisions across the world. “TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics, composites for space and aerospace, antiballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic turf,” the company says.

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