British expertise is still highly respected in the geotextile industry, where it has been a leader for many years. One example is in the field of testing.
Manchester-based British Textile Technology Group Shirley Testing services recently carried out a comprehensive programme of tests to determine performance of non-woven and woven geotextile products from the US manufacturer Synthetic Industries. The British Standards tests included tensile strength, CBR puncture, cone drop test, water flow and pore size.
The company's geosynthetics are used extensively worldwide for landfill, leachate applications, liners, general construction and civil engineering. Testing was needed because, as Synthetic Industries' Performance Nonwovens division technical manager Sid Weiser explains, engineers in a number of countries are now specifying the BS test method.