Nonwoven Geotextiles Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Nonwoven Geotextiles Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Road Construction, Erosion Prevention, Drainage), By Material, By Region (EMEA, APAC), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Feb, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-803-9
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 119

Industry Insights 

The nonwoven geotextiles market size in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Asia Pacific was estimated at USD 4.12 billion in 2017 and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.7% over the forecast period. Government policies for the use of geotextiles in infrastructural development of inaccessible hilly areas, in emerging economies such as China and India, is likely to drive product demand. In addition, favorable regulations pertaining to the use of geotextiles for erosion prevention can complement the growth. Furthermore, technological developments regarding Geosynthetic Reinforced Walls (GRS) is anticipated to drive the product demand.

Increasing demand for nonwoven geotextiles is attributed to their properties including separation, filtration, reinforcement, drainage, and protection of soil. Substances and particles present in soil vary in size and may lead to one undesired mixture due to the mechanical stress and wear and tear. Nonwoven geotextiles aid in separation of these materials, thereby enabling passage of water while retaining the soil particles. This process is utilized during the construction of roads, pavements, and fields. The product can enhance safety in terms of the lifespan of roads, dams, and embankments, which in turn is also expected to drive the demand.

China nonwoven geotextiles market

Rise in construction of roadways and drainage systems in Asian countries, such as China, India, and Japan is expected to boost market growth over the forecast period. In addition, rising awareness regarding soil erosion leading to environmental problems such as deforestation and greenhouse effect is projected to enhance product demand in the forthcoming years.

Volatility in crude oil prices is expected to be a significant challenge for manufacturers as the key raw materials, such as polypropylene, polyester, and polyamides, are crude oil derivatives. However, increasing focus on the development of eco-friendly and sustainable geotextiles is projected to propel the demand for jute and coir as raw materials.

Material Insights

The high strength of polyester boosts its application in geotextile landscaping for erosion control and filtration. In addition, ultraviolet radiation resistance properties of the material bodes well for the demand, since geotextiles have major installations outdoors.

Polyethylene (PE) is expected to witness growth owing to beneficial properties of PE including thermal and UV resistance. In addition, PE geotextiles are available in different grades, such as HDPE and LDPE, making them suitable for various applications due to different compositions and properties. Lower prices compared to its counterparts is likely to have a positive impact on demand over the forecast period.

The high heat resistance of polyethylene fibers is likely to fuel their demand in high heat applications for construction industry. The penetration of polymer, on the other hand, is low owing to its low tensile strength and recyclability as compared to polypropylene.

Polypropylene nonwoven geotextiles find extensive applications in construction industry; especially for roofing, tile underlayment, pipelines wrapping, acoustical ceiling, and overall insulation. The product is also used in agriculture and landscaping in root bags, capillary matting, turf protection, weed control fabrics, crop and other types of covers. As a result, the segment is expected to register a CAGR of 6.9% over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Geotextiles prevent soil erosion by engaging a net or mat-like structure. This boosts germination in the area and enables vegetation, leading to the growth of a stable top layer owing to a strong and deep root system. In addition, the attributes such as high soil retention, easy installation, and cost-effectiveness are expected to drive the product demand in numerous applications including construction of roads, railway cuts and fills, irrigation canals, and motorways. The market growth can be attributed to the increasing need to protect riverbeds from corrosion and to control infrastructural damage caused by erosion of shorelines. The product is gaining popularity as it can protect soil erosion caused by wind and water.

EMEA and APAC nonwoven geotextiles market

Geotextiles are largely used to control erosion, as they reinforce soil and promote vegetation. They are also used in maintenance applications, which is likely to drive the demand over the forecast period. In addition, the product is used for erosion control in lakes and stream banks, thereby augmenting the demand. The nonwovens find application in the maintenance and repair of roadways, waterways, and landfills as they aid in reducing clogging by separating sediments and soil from water. This is projected to drive the demand from civil engineering industry, especially drainage application.

Regional Insights

Drainages play an important role in infrastructure development. Infrastructural growth in China has led to increased use of geotextile in drainage systems. Geotextiles are becoming an integral part of modern infrastructural development owing to numerous advantages, this in turn is expected to impact the product demand positively over the forecast period.

In Italy, drainage application segment is expected to witness a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period owing to application in trench drains as perforated pipes wrapping. In addition, the product is used for protection from soil erosion, separating the base course and sub-base of the roads during road construction, and combining it with 3D structures for creating prefabricated drains.

Middle East and Africa is anticipated to showcase significant growth over the forecast period owing to abundant availability at low cost. The product is used in road construction to provide tensile strength in the earth mass, which aids in increased water permeability of constructed roads.

Reduced rate of inflation in Asia Pacific has resulted in the decline of commodity prices and the growth of local currencies. Increased foreign investments in emerging economies, such as China and India is anticipated to have a positive impact on regional economic growth. Furthermore, rising megacities in China and India coupled with rapid infrastructure development in the region is expected to propel product demand in near future.

Nonwoven Geotextiles Market Share Insights

The market is highly fragmented on global level, while it is consolidated at regional level. The local markets are dominated by the presence of a large number of similar-sized players, resulting in an oligopolistic market, characterized by consistently similar pricing strategies.

Low entry barriers are anticipated to create attractive opportunities for new entrants, thereby increasing the competitive rivalry. The prominent players in the industry include Royal TenCate; GSE Holdings, Inc.; NAUE Group; and Officine Maccaferri S.p.A. They focus on technological innovations to obtain a significant market share.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2018 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Million square meters, Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2018 to 2025

Regional scope

Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

France, Germany, U.K., Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE

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

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Europe, Middle East, and Africa and Asia Pacific nonwoven geotextiles market report on the basis of material, application, and region:

  • Material Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Polypropylene

    • Polyester

    • Polyethylene

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Road Construction

    • Erosion Prevention

    • Drainage

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Middle East & Africa

      • UAE

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

      • Nigeria

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