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Geotextiles Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Material (Synthetic [Polypropylene, Polyester, Polyethylene, and Others] and Natural [Jute and Coir]), By Product (Non-Woven, Woven, and Knitted), By Application (Road Construction, Erosion Control, Pavement Repair, Drainage, Railroad, Agriculture, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: April 29, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI105063



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The global geotextiles market size was valued at USD 3.39 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 3.62 billion in 2024 to USD 6.14 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.8% during the forecast period.

The increasing demand for high-performance and functional textiles in road construction, erosion control, and agriculture applications, coupled with growing development in the construction industry, is a primary factor driving the market growth. These are extensively used to improve the soil over which pipelines, roads, earth retaining structures, and embankments are built.

Countries are vulnerable to climatic change, resulting in several disasters that frequently occur worldwide. Thus, these textiles protect roads, soil, and bridges from natural disasters by retaining walls and embankments. Moreover, they have gained popularity due to their superior benefits, such as mechanical strength and liquid repellency. Due to rapid industrialization, the growing government investments in the construction sector shall augment the industry growth.

The geotextiles market experienced disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic due to supply chain challenges and construction project delays. However, a gradual recovery was underway as construction activities resumed, driving the demand for geotextiles in infrastructure and environment projects.

Geotextiles Market Trends

Deploying Coir in Rural Road Construction to Propel Market Growth  

Geosynthetic materials stabilize soil during the construction of roads and perform functions such as separation, drainage, and reinforcement. However, strict environmental protection and the high cost of geosynthetic materials make it vital to opt for alternate products that are eco-friendly and cost-effective. Natural fibers such as jute and coir are good alternatives to geosynthetic as they are eco-friendly, readily available, and low cost.

Under various programs, substantial planned road construction projects in India require construction on poor-quality soils. The road performance depends on the subgrade soil properties. To improve or recover road performance, coir textile is used as reinforcement. For example, in May 2020, the Central Government of India announced using coir geotextiles for rural roads constructed under the third phase of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY-III). This is likely to boost the coir industry in these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the PMGSY’s new technology guidelines for rural road construction, about 15% of the road length in each batch will be constructed using the latest technology.

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Geotextiles Market Growth Factors

Environmental and Waste Management Industry Plays a Pivotal Role in Driving the Geotextiles Market

Geotextiles are widely used in landfill engineering as key components for waste containment and environmental protection. These materials reinforce and stabilize landfill structures, reducing soil erosion and improving the overall integrity of waste disposal facilities. Additionally, geotextiles aid in the appropriate drainage of liquids within landfills, lowering the risk of environmental pollution.

In waste management applications, geotextiles are employed for their filtration and separation properties. They aid in the efficient dewatering of sludge and solid waste, along the separation of liquids and solids. This reduces waste and also improves the overall efficiency of waste management systems. As environmental sustainability becomes a priority, the demand for geotextiles in various applications is expected to continue growing, driving the market demand.

Increasing Investments in Construction Projects to Drive Market Growth

The increasing infrastructure spending in different construction projects shall boost the demand for geotextiles. State, local, and federal governments are the key contributors to highway construction funding. Moreover, increasing public-private partnerships (P3s), as they receive money and the government’s approval to build roads and highways, will likely boost the product’s demand.

For instance, according to the U.S. Highway Trust Fund, in 2018, the public sector in the U.S. spent around USD 92.5 billion on highway construction, wherein the road and highway construction sector is likely to grow by around USD 103 billion by 2022. Similarly, the Indian government has allocated USD 13.14 billion under the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) for FY 2019-25. The road sector is expected to account for 18% of capital expenditure during FY 2019-25. Also, the Indian Jute Mills Association (IJMA), the National Jute Board (NJB), and the Bihar government’s rural work department have endorsed geotextile use in the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which will be beneficial and cost-effective in road construction. Therefore, increasing investment in construction projects is expected to boost global geotextiles market growth during the forecast period. 


Fluctuating Prices of Raw Material to Hinder Market Growth

Geotextiles manufactured using natural fibers such as coir and jute and synthetic fibers such as polyester, polyethylene, and polypropylene. Changes in the supply & demand of these raw materials may negatively impact the overall industry outlook. Synthetic fiber materials extracted from crude oil. Thus, the rise in crude oil prices results in a hike in the price of raw materials. Also, polypropylene resin and other plastic resin costs have skyrocketed recently. Therefore, significant fluctuations in the cost of raw materials can restrain market growth.

Geotextiles Market Segmentation Analysis

By Material Analysis

Polypropylene Segment to Dominate as it is Used in Various Construction Activities

Based on material, the market is segmented into synthetic and natural.

Synthetic segment is further segmented into polypropylene, polyester, polyethylene, and others. The polypropylene (PP) segment is anticipated to remain dominant in the forthcoming years. PP woven textile features low elongation and high strength, allowing erosion control, stabilization, and slope support. It is widely used in pavements, roads, dams, riverbanks, diversion irrigation, and railroad projects owing to its lightweight, smaller elongation, and stability with challenging construction loading and strong tensile strength.

The natural segment is further segmented into coir and jute. Jute is likely to lead the segmental growth during the forecast period. The rising environmental concerns and the increasing government regulations toward carbon emissions have urged companies to formulate eco-friendly and natural products. Being an environment-friendly and biodegradable natural fabric, jute is an alternative to many synthetic materials. Moreover, it has excellent moisture retention capability, ease of installation, high tensile strength, biodegradability, and lower cost. It is used in road pavement construction, soil reinforcement, and the protection of riverbanks.

By Product Analysis

Non-Woven Segment to Hold Largest Market Share due to Large-scale Infrastructural Development

The market is segmented based on non-woven, woven, and knitted.

Non-woven segment is anticipated to hold the largest geotextiles market share during the forecast period. This is attributable to the large-scale infrastructural development that has led to the growing demand for non-woven products in the road, railway, highway, and airport construction, soil separation, drainage systems, soil reinforcement, and filtrations. According to data from European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), around 750 square kilometers of geotextile nonwovens are sold and manufactured annually, of which 60% is used on road construction. If the new roads in the EU were made with nonwovens instead of gravel, it would save around 6.8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. Moreover, they offer both an environmental benefit and keep to the users due to their lightweight properties, tolerance to temperature fluctuations, and puncture & tear resistance.

The woven product delivers high tensile strength, durability, improved performance, reduced long-term maintenance costs, and extended project life, thus effectively reducing the environmental impact. They resist UV degradation and are suitable for long-term applications. This enables them to be highly adopted in drainage, soil reinforcement, separation, filtration, embankment, and building construction activities. This will likely contribute to product demand during the forecast period.

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By Application Analysis

Road Construction Segment to Hold Major Share Due to Huge Growth in Automotive Sales

On the basis of application, the market is segmented into road construction, erosion control, pavement repair, drainage, railroad, agriculture, and others.

Road construction accounted for the highest share in 2023 and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. This is attributable to the rise in per-capita spending on automobiles and the increasing government spending on road infrastructure, which is expected to augment market growth. In road construction applications, these textiles are mainly used to fill gaps between the roads to improve the overall soil structure and prevent the roads from deteriorating. It improves stability and decreases water erosion chances, thus strengthening road stability for longer.

In agriculture, the product is used for protection against wind, sun and control against weeds, birds, and insects. Also, farmers have started using geotextiles to improve crop yield. The breathable organic cover provided by the product is likely to inhibit soil erosion while ensuring weed control and proper irrigation. This is anticipated to favor the growth of the segment.

The product is mainly used in erosion control applications to create a grip to hold the soil tight. These are used for drainage, filtration, and reinforcement. In September 2016, a few researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, designed a durable and eco-friendly jute geotextile mainly for erosion control. This jute-based product is installed to prevent soil from cutting slopes, and embankments, and instigate vegetation and germination growth. Also, they are used in covering plants to protect them against frost. Therefore, such factors are likely to contribute to developing the erosion control segment in the forthcoming years.


Asia Pacific Geotextiles Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific will Hold the Largest Market Share due to Rapid Urbanization

The Asia Pacific market stood at USD 1.18 billion in 2023 and is expected to dominate the global market during the forthcoming years. This is attributed to the growing construction industry and the ongoing infrastructure projects in developing countries such as India and China. Moreover, rapid urbanization, the availability of a skilled workforce, and the increasing government initiatives for infrastructure development and improvement will contribute to regional growth.

For instance, in August 2020, China State Railway Group announced to expand its railway network, which will reach 200,000 kilometers of railway tracks and around 70,000 kilometers of high-speed railway network by 2035. In May 2020, coir manufacturers and exporters in Tamil Nadu, India, hoped for better rural roads after the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency stated that over 5% of the roads sanctioned by PMGSY-III must be constructed using coir geotextile procured from coir-producing states. Such developments are expected to favor regional growth in the forthcoming years.

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The rising environmental and health concerns have increased the demand for green infrastructure solutions due to their low cost, sustainability, and environment-friendly attributes in major European countries. The stringent EU policy directs the manufacturers to build green infrastructures that prevent the environment from pollution while protecting the ecosystem. Furthermore, the government focuses on enhancing and spending on road infrastructure projects due to rising automotive sales and ongoing road infrastructure development that will boost regional growth. 

The market in North America is likely to experience significant growth during the forecast period. The drainage systems in the U.S. are highly developed and extensive, and the high utilization of drainage systems has resulted in regular and proper maintenance. The increasing R&D activities and technological advancements have led to the introduction of natural and synthetic materials that require less maintenance, thus positively impacting the market growth in the region.

With continuous R&D investments and increasing competitiveness levels, non-woven and woven products offer massive growth potential in Latin America. For instance, back in September 2013, Strata acquired 50% of the equity in Geo Solucões Ltd. of Brazil to strengthen the market position in the region.

The growing product demand for reducing road damage risk and improving groundwater levels may fuel the market growth in the Middle East & Africa region. In October 2020, the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) signed a memorandum of understanding for small road contractors in South Africa to execute road construction.

List of Key Companies in Geotextiles Market

Companies are Focusing on Capacity Expansion and Strategic Partnerships to Strengthen their Positions

The market is fragmented in nature with key players such as TenCate Geosynthetics Asia Sdn Bhd., GSE Environmental, NAUE GmbH & Co., KG, Officine Maccaferri, and Fibertex Nonwovens A/S. Most manufacturers focus on acquisition, strategic partnerships, and capacity expansion to enhance their product portfolio and broaden their market reach. Also, the development of the product is based on international market requirements.



  • March 2022 - The BontexGeo Group acquired Geotexan S.A., a company specialized in the production and sale of geosynthetics and fibers. Such acquisition will help the company to make a strong market position in Spain for geotextiles.

  • June 2021 - Core & Main LP, a distributor of wastewater, water, fire protection products, and storm drainage, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of L&M Bag & Supply Co., Inc. L&M focuses on geotextiles and geosynthetics products and has a well-developed erosion control materials manufacturing operation. This acquisition will create opportunities and enhance Core & Main LP erosion control expertise globally.

  • February 2021 - The BontexGeo Group, a European industry leader in the sale and production of geotextiles for civil engineering applications, acquired 100% of the shares of Stratex SA, the Swiss-based company specialized in the sale of geosynthetic and building products with a strong market position in Switzerland. This acquisition will create a market opportunity in the geosynthetic business.

  • October 2020 - Geofabrics signed a partnership agreement with Visy to reduce the number of plastic bottles going into landfills. Visy uses food-grade Recycled PET (rPET) to manufacture its plastic bottles. In this partnership, the rPET that is not fit for Visy’s bottle-to-bottle recycling will be purchased by Geofabrics to make sustainable geotextiles for use in Australia’s rail, mining, and road industries.

  • March 2020, Megaplast, an Indian-based polyethylene product manufacturer, used BASF’s light stabilizers from the Chimassorb to produce nonwoven geotextiles used to construct national highways.


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The market research report offers an in-depth geotextiles market analysis of the key markets and emphasizes key aspects, including leading companies, materials, products, and applications. In addition, the report provides insights into market developments and major trends. This report includes historical data & forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels, and analyzes the industry's latest market dynamics and opportunities. In addition to the above mentioned factors, the study encompasses various factors contributing to the market growth in recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.8% during 2024-2032


Value (USD Billion) and Volume (Million Square Meters)


By Material

  • Synthetic

    • Polypropylene

    • Polyester

    • Polyethylene

    • Others

  • Natural

    • Jute

    • Coir

By Product

  • Non-Woven

  • Woven

  • Knitted

By Application

  • Road Construction

  • Erosion Control

  • Pavement Repair

  • Drainage

  • Railroad

  • Agriculture

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Material, By Product, By Application, By Country)

    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

    • Mexico (By Application)

  • Europe (By Material, By Product, By Application, By Country)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • Spain (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)

  • Asia Pacific (By Material, By Product, By Application, By Country)

    • China (By Application)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • South Korea (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application)

  • Latin America (By Material, By Product, By Application, By Country)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Argentina (By Application)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Application)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Material, By Product, By Application, By Country)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Application)

    • South Africa (By Application)

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa (By Application)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 3.39 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 6.14 billion by 2032.

In 2023, Asia Pacific stood at USD 1.18 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 6.8%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2024-2032).

Road construction is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

The growing construction industry, along with the increased spending on road construction projects, is expected to drive the market growth.

TENAX, TenCate, Fibertex Nonwovens A/S, AGRU AMERICA, INC., Terram Geosynthetics Pvt. Ltd., and HUESKER Synthetic GmbH are major players in the global market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market share in 2023.

The increasing use of coir products in road construction is expected to drive the adoption.

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