GVR Report cover Geosynthetic Clay Liner Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Geosynthetic Clay Liner Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Containment & Wastewater Treatment, Landfill, Roadways & Civil Construction), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2015 - 2022

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-714-8
  • Number of Pages: 83
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global geosynthetic clay liner market size was valued at USD 299.0 million in 2014 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period. Increasing awareness regarding landfill protection in the construction and mining sectors is anticipated to have a positive impact on the market growth.

Geosynthetic clay liner is a fabric-like material that acts as a hydraulic barrier consisting of two layers of textiles, connected by bentonite clay, primarily employed for the lining of landfills. The product possesses exceptional characteristics such as excellent chemical-resistance and self-sealing property, which are not found in conventional bottom liners.

U.S. geosynthetic clay liner market

Increasing expenditure on infrastructure development in China, India, and Middle East countries on account of regulatory initiatives to enhance domestic output is expected to play an important role in amplifying market demand. Moreover, positive mining sector outlook in China, Australia, Chile, and Peru due to new investments by mineral processors, including BHP, is expected to incorporate the use of geosynthetic products in landfill and containment applications.

Clogging issues associated with geotextiles, wherein geosynthetic clay liners are used, are likely to pose a challenge for the geosynthetic clay liner market in the near future. Raw material accounts for 65.0% of the variable cost of the product. This cost fluctuates on the basis of changes in prices of crude oil in commodity exchanges such as New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

Rising importance of bio-based polymers due to growing concerns over reducing greenhouse gas emissions is anticipated to force raw material suppliers to increase expenditure on the development of new products including bio-ethylene and bio-polypropylene. Growing shale gas production on a global level is expected to promote the application of hydraulic fracturing, thereby driving the product demand over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Landfill was the largest application segment, accounting for over 40% share of the global volume in 2014. Regulatory bodies including the EPA and European Commission have framed a stringent framework, aimed at mandating the use of waste management and disposal practices to control environmental pollution in the mining industry. These regulations are expected to promote the application of geosynthetic clay liners in landfill applications over the next few years.

Containment and wastewater treatment is expected to expand at a volume-based CAGR of 4.4% over the forecast period. Geosynthetic clay liners are used for liquid containment and lining solution in municipal and industrial applications on account of good shear resistance and low permeability. The product is also used as a containment solution in coal ash disposal facilities, golf course ponds, shale gas production, and recreational ponds.

Global geosynthetic clay liner market

Rising importance of wastewater treatment in the manufacturing and energy sectors on account of stringent regulations regarding environmental pollution control is expected to augment the product demand in contamination and wastewater treatment application over the forecast period. In addition, increased expenditure by manufacturing companies on wastewater treatment for reducing the impact of environment pollution is likely to drive the segment.

Roadways and civil construction is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 5.7% in terms of revenue over the forecast period, on account of rising construction industry output in China, India, and Middle East, which is attributed to regulatory support promoting infrastructure development. In addition, increasing number of sports stadiums in China, India, South Africa, and Australia owing to improvement and commercialization of sports infrastructure is likely to boost product penetration in civil engineering.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific was the largest regional market, accounting for over 30% share of the global volume in 2014. Presence of a large number of mining companies in China and Australia due to abundant availability of minerals is expected to play a crucial role in increasing geosynthetic clay liners demand.

The market demand in North America was over 30 million square meters in 2014. Rising shale gas production in U.S. and Canada on account of increasing expenditure on hydraulic fracturing is anticipated to fuel demand in wastewater treatment. Furthermore, favorable regulatory scenario for infrastructure development in Mexico is anticipated to complement the geosynthetic clay liner market growth in the region.

In April 2014, the government of Mexico announced the National Infrastructure Plan (2014-18) with an investment of USD 587.0 billion. Under the program, the government announced an investment of USD 590.0 billion over a period of four years for infrastructure improvement in the energy, urban development, transportation, communication, and healthcare sectors at the domestic level. This plan may open up new avenues for the industry in the near future.

In 2012, the African Union Commission framed the North-South Corridor and the SADC Infrastructure Master Plan intended to promote infrastructure development in countries including South Africa and Tanzania. These developments in Africa are expected to increase market penetration in road and building construction over the next few years.

Geosynthetic Clay Liner Market Share Insights

The global market is dominated by geosynthetics manufacturers, which are focusing majorly on geotextile and geomembranes on account of increasing application in soil reinforcement and waste water treatment. Establishment of partnerships with textile manufacturers and lining system installers is anticipated to remain a critical success factor for manufacturers.

Key companies include GSE Holdings, CETCO, Huesker, Terrafix, Climax, Wall Tag and Layfield. In July 2014, CETCO launched a line of innovative clay liners products under the brand name, Resistex and Resistex Plus, catering to clients on a global scale. New product innovation aimed at incorporating eco-friendly and lightweight materials is expected to remain a critical success factor for industry participants.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2012 - 2013

Forecast period

2015 - 2022

Market representation

Volume in Million Square Meters, Revenue in USD Million, and CAGR from 2015 to 2022

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Germany, China, Australia, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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