According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Geogrids Market in Europe was over USD 310 million in 2017 and industry expects consumption above 310 million square meters by 2024.” Increasing focus on infrastructure development to support the growing economy has perpetrated the evolution of the Europe geogrids market, which is widely appreciated in a host of civil engineering applications.
Geogrids manufactured from different materials have excellent tensile strength and load bearing capacity along with resistance to lateral movements under physical pressure, making them suitable for constructing roads, pavements and foundations of structures. A major incentive for the Europe geogrids market has been the high standards laid down by government agencies regarding the quality of construction, imposing the need for reinforcement of the base materials.
Considerable boost given to the transportation sector by the European Union has fueled the efforts within member countries to invest heavily in expanding the roads, railways, harbors and airports. The Europe geogrids market has benefited from these efforts with contractors preferring geosynthetic reinforced composites over inert materials. In 2015, one of U.K.’s longest railway viaducts was completed in Reading which served as an effective solution to the prevailing congestions on railway track.
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To overcome certain challenges in constructing the Reading viaduct and ensuring lateral stability, geogrids were used to reinforce the base of the structure while the vertical support consisted of geogrid-reinforced soil retaining walls, covered with concrete panels. Reading railway station is the second busiest inter-change station in the U.K. outside London, and the viaduct proved to be quite significant in bolstering the railway frequency.
The benefits which propagate the Europe geogrids industry can be understood by the successful implementation of geogrids for permitting feasible construction and improving the quality of the viaduct ground-base, which comprised of mixed soil. Another example where the Europe geogrids market proved to be vital is the construction of a new runway being undertaken at the National Airport in Minsk, Belarus to replace an older runway slated to be decommissioned.
Elaborating further, the modern runway at Minsk airport was designed for accommodating larger aircrafts used today in conjunction with more strict safety and performance standards set by new aviation guidelines. To achieve this, the base of the runway has been reinforced with geotextile material and about 340,000 m2 of geogrids were consumed in the entire project. The solution of using a polyester-based geogrid composite to reinforce the runway also provided for the drainage and soil separation support.
The significance of the Geogrids Market in Europe is evident from this example, where the site contractors saved a substantial amount on inert materials and the reinforced layer delivered a remarkably strong structure. The Europe geogrids market was valued at more than USD 310 million in 2017, owing to the rising number of public infrastructure schemes in progress across European countries, combined with the extensive adoption in soil reinforcement and preventing soil erosion.