The global silt curtain market size was estimated at USD 7.2 million in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 3.9% over the forecast period. Increasing awareness regarding environment degradation due to construction activities along the seashore is anticipated to have a positive impact on market growth.
Silt curtains are installed in a wide range of construction projects undertaken majorly within the vicinity of water bodies to prevent the flow of silt and sediments in the waterways, thereby helping avoid the contamination of water bodies. Furthermore, the product is used along the shorelines to avoid loosening of soil and prevent it from being washed away from the bank or shore into the waterbody.
Rapid growth in the U.S. marine construction industry and the product’s ability to reduce clogging by separating soil and sediments from water during construction activities are anticipated to augment the product demand in the country. Furthermore, rising government investments to upgrade old infrastructures such as bridges, docks, and dams are expected to complement silt curtain market growth.
The governments of various developed economies such as the U.S. and Germany have mandated the use of silt curtains in construction activities near water bodies, which is anticipated to have a positive impact on market growth. Furthermore, increasing government policies pertaining to oil spills in Russia are expected to boost product demand.
Silt curtains are used in dredging, bridge construction, dam construction, as well as for preventing construction debris runoff into the water bodies. Furthermore, rising awareness about water conservation and maintaining water quality are anticipated to boost product demand in the aforementioned applications. In addition, various governments are making it mandatory to use silt curtains during construction activities to safeguard the ecosystem.
However, lack of awareness regarding the difference between silt fence, geotextiles, and silt curtains is anticipated to restrain the product demand in the emerging economies such as India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, and Argentina. The presence of limited companies providing the entire silt curtains assembly is projected to restrain the market growth.
Silt curtains majorly consist of a series of continuous flotation elements along the top with a fabric skirt or screen hanging beneath the floats. Increased construction activities along the water bodies and rising awareness regarding the prevention of water pollution are anticipated to augment market growth.
Type I silt curtains, also referred to as type I turbidity curtains, are floating barriers designed to regulate or control runoff and various sediments, especially in calm water bodies. The product segment is estimated to witness growth at a CAGR of 4.2%, in terms of volume, from 2019 to 2025 owing to its increasing application in small ponds, roadside construction projects, and calm water lakes.
Type II silt curtains segment is estimated to reach USD 1.7 million by 2025 on account of their ability to contain turbidity and silt in various moving water applications. In addition, increasing penetration of these products in multiple applications such as dredging projects, pile driving, DOT roadwork & construction projects, shoreline construction, riprap installation, and remediation projects is likely to impact the segment growth positively.
Type III turbidity curtains are designed to have combined strength of high-strength fabric along with heavy-duty tension members (below and above the floatation as well as beneath the curtains), stress plates at the bottom corners of the skirt, and fabric reinforcement. The aforementioned abilities of the product aid in controlling sediment and silt during marine construction activities in turbulent water bodies, thereby driving market growth.
The erosion control application segment is estimated to reach 824.7 thousand USD by 2025; however, product penetration is currently limited to areas where other sediment and erosion control techniques cannot be used. Furthermore, environmental awareness regarding vegetation growth through product installation is likely to complement market growth.
Rising awareness and favorable government regulations related to erosion control are anticipated to drive the product demand in developing economies in Asia Pacific and Latin America. In addition, the ability of the product to control soil erosion helps maintain the composition of riverbank areas by trapping silt and sediments.
The application of the product in construction activities is expected to witness growth at a CAGR of 3.9%, in terms of revenue, from 2019 to 2025. This growth can be attributed to its penetration in various construction activities such as in the repair and construction of rock wall, jetty & bridges, civil works in or adjoining waterways, marine or coastal dredging, and for sediment pond management.
Major function of these products is to contain the suspended sediments and silt around one to two meters from the surface of the water, resulting in the settling of suspended particles that are primarily caused due to ongoing construction activities. This, in turn, results in controlling any further dispersion and reducing the environmental impact of construction activities, thereby, complementing the product demand in construction application.
North America is estimated to reach USD 2.8 million by 2025 on account of the occurrence of natural disasters such as hurricanes and storms in the past few years. Rising penetration of silt curtains in restoring the structures affected by these disasters is expected to complement market growth in the region.
Increased dredging activities in France for the repair and maintenance of waterways are anticipated to augment the demand for silt curtains over the forecast period. Rising number of renovation projects by Voies navigables de France (VNF) under the waterway modernization plan including the replacement of 29 manually operated dams on Aisne and Meuse rivers by automated water-inflated dams is expected to drive the market growth in the country.
Construction activities pertaining to the exploration of oil & gas is one of the major application areas for the market in Argentina. Stable government coupled with steady GDP growth is expected to augment exploration and production activities in the country. This, in turn, is projected to positively influence product penetration in oil and gas industry over the forecast period for the prevention of water contamination caused by oil spills in the country.
The sanction and commencement of infrastructural development projects in developing economies such as China, Australia, India, and New Zealand are expected to drive the demand for construction materials. Silt curtains are estimated to witness a CAGR of 4.1% from 2019 to 2025, in terms of revenue, in Asia Pacific owing to their use in construction projects along the riverside and lakeside as well as in the maintenance and repair works of dams and bridges.
The market is characterized by the presence of various key players including ACME Environmental, Nilex Inc., ABASCO LLC, GEI Works, and Elastec. These companies are majorly focusing on research & development activities to improve the product quality and durability to serve various application requirements as well as alleviate the threat of new entrants.
Furthermore, for individual projects, these companies are engaged in the manufacturing of customized products depending on government regulations, project duration, and the condition of the operating water body. In addition, primary key players offer additional services such as fabrication, distribution, design support, and project management as per customer requirements. For instance, Nilex Inc. offers innovative solutions to overcome the challenges related to resource, civil, and environmental construction projects. The company is engaged in providing new avenues to aid its clients in new product development as well as exploring new business ideas.
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2019 - 2025
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U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, U.K., China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, United Arab Emirates
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b. The global silt curtain market size was estimated at USD 7.8 million in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 8.4 million in 2020.
b. The global silt curtain market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 3.9% from 2019 to 2025 to reach USD 9.4 million in 2025.
b. Asia Pacific dominated the silt curtain market with a share of 39.6% in 2019. The sanction and commencement of infrastructural development projects in developing economies such as China, Australia, India, and New Zealand are expected to drive the demand.
b. Some key players operating in the silt curtain market include ACME Environmental, Nilex Inc., ABASCO LLC, GEI Works, and Elastec.
b. Key factors driving the silt curtain market growth include increasing awareness regarding environment degradation due to construction activities along the seashore
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