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Geotextile manufacturer extends its range


WEST YORKSHIRE-based Geofabrics has acquired a complete production line for the manufacture of cuspated plastic sheets.

These 'egg-box' type materials are used extensively as drainage cores to collect and convey seepage, run-off, leachates and gases.

Previously operated by Earth Products, the facility comprises a sheet extruder, two vacuum formers and fin-drain fabrication line.

Geofabrics has sourced the products from a number of suppliers in the past but the emerging demand for drainage composites in the remediation of contaminated land, and in landfills, civils and building applications, prompted the firm to make the investment.

These 'geocuspates' will be used in drainage composites up to 6m wide on a lamination line.

Filters are normally bonded to one side of a cuspate to prevent ingress of soil particles. A third material may be bonded to the other side of the sheet to increase interface friction angle if the drain is to be used on a slope.

'This is a natural extension to our business, ' says Robert Warwick, Geofabrics' managing director. 'We specialise in landfill engineering and now engineers working on projects involving the remediation of contaminated land can tap into this as the problems are very similar.'

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