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FINAL INSPECTION

Photograph by Flora Xu

EAGS 2019 explores global opportunities
By Flora Zhao

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o explore the future sustainable development of geosynthetics and keep abreast of the latest developments in geosynthetics around the world, the second edition of the EurAsian Geosynthetics
Symposium (EAGS 2019) was convened November 18-19 in Beijing, China. The symposium was organized by the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and EDANA, supported
by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and the Industrial Fabrics Association International
(IFAI), and co-organized by Tiandingfeng Holdings Co. Ltd., Hongxiang New Geo-Material Co. Ltd.,
Taian Road Engineering Materials Co. Ltd., Hock Technology Co. Ltd., Weifang Tuowang Industrial
Co. Ltd. and Shandong Yibo Yangguang Engineering Materials Co. Ltd.
Focusing on development opportunities, market analysis, technical research, engineering case
analysis, testing standards and methods, the symposium was a unique networking event attracting
leading decision makers from across the geosynthetics supply chain, from manufacturers of raw
materials to buyers and users of geosynthetics, with specific reference to Greater Europe, including
Russia and Asia. In addition, a tabletop exhibition was organized to facilitate networking between
participants and company representatives.

Geosynthetics enjoy huge potential applications

Flora Zhao is the
editorial director of
China Textile magazine.
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The demand for geosynthetics will continue to increase worldwide. Though China, the largest consumer of geosynthetics in the world, began seeing development of geotextiles in the 1990s, at that
time the scale of enterprises was relatively small and the product grades were low. However, today
Chinese companies have been enjoying high-grade products with rich varieties.
According to Mr. Li Lingshen, vice president of the China National Textile and Apparel Council
and president of CNITA, in 2018, the total fiber processing of industrial textiles accounted for 28%
of the textile industry, and geotextiles accounted for 6.76% of industrial textiles. Since 2013, China's
geotextiles production has grown at an average annual rate of 9.28%, reaching 1,062,400 tons in 2018.
At present, there are about 500 geotextiles companies in China, mainly small and medium-sized
enterprises producing nonwoven geotextiles. G

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