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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI2499
  • Pages :157
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Geocells market is expected to reach US$ 1,319.7 Mn by 2031, from US$ 677.1 Mn in 2023, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.70% during the forecast period. Geocells, also known as cellular confinement systems, are three dimensional mats with interconnected cells that resemble a honeycomb-like structure. The geocells are manufactured from high density polyethylene or novel polymeric alloys. These are primarily used to strengthen the soil, stabilizing science on steep slopes, preventing erosion, and increasing the bearing capacity of loose soil. Geocells are extensively used in major construction activities such as roads, bridges, and buildings.

Geocells Market- Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for geocells during the forecast period. It accounted for 40.5% of the market share in 2023. The market growth in North America is driven by initiatives to improve road infrastructure and sanitation standards.
  • Europe accounted for 23.0% of the geocells market share in 2023, and Asia Pacific accounted for 20.3% of the geocells market share in 2023. Asia Pacific geocells market is witnessing significant growth due to rising investments in the improvement of road infrastructure and improving sanitation levels, especially in developing economies, which is leading to significant growth in earth reinforcement applications across the globe.

Figure 1. Geocells Market Share (%), By Region, 2024

Geocells Market, By Region

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Analyst’s Views:

The geocells market is expected to witness steady growth due to increasing infrastructure development activities across the globe. The rising construction of roads, highways, railways, and other civil engineering projects will significantly boost demand for geocells. Geocells find wide usage in slopes protection, channel protection, shoreline protection, and other infrastructure projects due to their ability to prevent soil erosion. However, the availability of substitute products may restrain the geocells market growth. Products like geosynthetics and concrete blocks are gaining popularity for civil engineering applications. This may hamper demand for geocells. The high initial costs of geocells as compared to other alternatives can also hamper their adoption rate. North America region currently dominates the global geocells market and is expected to retain its position over the forecast period. North America is also anticipated to offer lucrative opportunities for geocell manufacturers owing to rapid infrastructure modernization in the U.S. and Canada. The massive growth of the construction sector, along with rising infrastructure investment in China, India, Indonesia, and other developing Asian countries, can drive the geocells market in the region.

Geocells Market Drivers:

  • Growing infrastructure development activities: Growing infrastructure development activities across the globe can drive the growth of the geocells market. Government organizations all over the world are focusing significantly on developing roads, highways, railways, retaining walls, and slopes in order to improve connectivity and augment transportation networks. Geocells made of high-density polyethylene or other materials are increasingly being used in infrastructure projects for applications such as steep slope protection, channel protection, bridge abutment, and others. These provide effective soil erosion control and allow natural reinforcement of soil through root or vegetation growth. For instance, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, over 34,800 km of national highway roads were constructed during 2020-21, which led to savings of nearly Rs. 3,500 crores due to the use of innovative technologies like geocells.
  • Increasing demand from gardening and landscaping applications: Increasing demand for landscaping and outdoor spaces from residential and commercial sectors can drive the growth of the global geocells market. As urbanization increases, the availability of land is becoming scarce. Geocells made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) help create more horizontal surfaces and establish vegetation on slopes. These geocell structures provide effective soil retention and reinforcement. These are increasingly being used for applications like slope protection, channels & ditches, tree root barrier, retaining walls, and erosion control. Their honeycomb structure efficiently contains infill soil and allows grass and plant roots to penetrate through, thus, protecting landscapes, infrastructure, and properties from erosion, landslides, or damage due to floods & heavy rainfall.

Geocells Market Opportunities:

  • Growing demand from slope protection applications: Growing demand from slope protection applications can provide opportunity for the growth of geocells market. Geocells made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP) can provide robust slope protection against soil erosion and landslides, especially on hilly terrain and construction sites. These helps stabilize slopes by forming flexible cages around soil surfaces that prevent soil movement and erosion during heavy rainfall or flooding.
  • Potential opportunities in emerging economies: Potential opportunities in emerging economies could present a substantial growth avenue for the geocells market. Many developing nations across Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa are witnessing considerable infrastructure development activities. Geocells made from high density polyethylene or polypropylene are increasingly being used in the construction of roads, embankments, shorelines, and foundation works in these countries. For instance, according to the data published by United Nations in 2022, more than 68% of people will live in urban areas by 2050, with many nations' urban development plans emphasizing the construction of cheap housing, smart city development, and road network expansion.

Geocells Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2023: US$ 677.1 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 8.70% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 1,319.7 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East:  GCC Countries, Israel,  and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa:  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa 
Segments covered:
  • By Material Type: High-density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Others
  • By End-use Industry: Construction, Mining, Energy, Automobile, Agriculture, 
  • and  Others
  • By Application: Soil Stabilization, Soil Erosion Control, Channel Wall Protection, Retaining Walls, and Geo membrane Protection , Load support/Tree root protection, Slope protection, Road verge control and others 
Companies covered:

Presto Geosystems, Polymer Group Inc., Strata Systems Inc., Armtec Infrastructure Inc., Maccaferri SPA, PRS Mediterranean Ltd., Maccaferri SPA, and Tensar International Ltd 

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing infrastructure development activities 
  • Increasing demand from gardening and landscaping applications
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High initial cost  
  • Volatile prices of raw materials

Geocells Market Trends:

  • Growing demand for bio-based and recyclable geocells: The growing demand for environmentally sustainable solutions is significantly impacting the geocells market. With rising environmental consciousness, there is an increasing need for bio-based and recyclable geocell alternatives to traditional petroleum-based geocell materials. Many infrastructure projects now have strict guidelines, thus, favoring the use of green materials. Additionally, government regulations in several countries are pushing to minimize plastic waste and promote the use of recyclable products. s
  • Development of 3D geocell products: The geocells market has witnessed significant innovation with the development of 3D geocell products. Traditional geocells formed a grid-like structure when rolled out, providing erosion control and basic reinforcement. However, the introduction of 3D geocells that can be molded into complex shapes has greatly expanded the potential applications for these products. 3D geocell technology allows manufacturers to create geocells customized to specific site conditions, such as slopes, drainage channels, and environmentally sensitive areas. This represents a major advancement over the standard one-size-fits-all approach of traditional geocells. For instance, 3D geocells were used as the core material in the recent rehabilitation of the Guaymas Canyon storm drain in Tucson, Arizona (City of Tucson, 2022).

Geocells Market Restraints:

  • High initial cost: The high initial costs associated with geocells can hamper the growth of the geocell market globally. Geocells are prefabricated honeycomb or grid-like structures made of polymers or natural materials that are used as retaining walls, soil erosion control, landscaping, and others. However, these applications require massive investment to construct geocell layers that are expected to last for decades. The installation process itself is also highly expensive, as it involves laying out geocell sheets accurately on-site, filling it with infill material layer by layer, and compacting it well. Specialized heavy construction equipment, a well-trained labor force, and engineering supervision are needed throughout the installation process. All these factors contribute to high capital expenditure, which poses a considerable barrier to the widespread adoption of geocell technologies.
  • Volatile prices of raw materials: The volatile prices of raw materials can hamper the growth of the geocells market. Geocells are constructed using polypropylene and HDPE plastic resins that are derived from crude oil. Any fluctuations in crude oil prices automatically impact the prices of these plastic raw materials, which are key components in manufacturing geocells. The fluctuating prices of raw materials pose major budgeting and planning challenges for geocell companies. It becomes difficult for them to provide accurate project cost estimates to their clients when raw material costs are highly volatile. The price uncertainty also impacts profit margins, as any raw material price increase cannot be fully passed on to consumers in the short run. 

Figure 2. Geocells Market Share (%), By Material Type, 2024

Geocells Market, By Material Type

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Recent Developments:

  • In 2020, Strata Geosystems assigned a contract to design sloped greenroofs on residential structures. The company’s civil engineering technical team designed a geocells solution to address the challenges of additional rooftop weight as well as constant maintenance cycles arising from soil erosion. Strata Geosystems is a global leader in geotechnical engineering solutions and geosynthetic manufacturing. Strata Geosystems is known for its commitment to sustainability, eco-friendliness, and reliability in providing geotechnical solutions.
  • In 2020, ASTM International announced a new standard, governing the use of geocells in geotechnical projects. ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes approximately 12,000 technical standards, covering the procedures for testing and classification of materials of every sort.

Top Companies in the Geocells Market

  • Presto Geosystems,
  • Polymer Group Inc.,
  • Strata Systems Inc.,
  • Armtec Infrastructure Inc.,
  • Maccaferri SPA,
  • PRS Mediterranean Ltd.,
  • Maccaferri SPA,
  • Tensar International Ltd

*Definition: Geocells are three-dimensional cellular structures made of polymer strips placed in a honeycomb shape. They are also known as cellular confinement systems (CCS) and are widely used in construction for erosion control, soil stabilization on flat ground and steep slopes, and load support. Geocells can be filled with soil, gravel, or other materials to stabilize steep slopes and prevent erosion. They are an environmentally friendly solution for various applications and are an excellent method for constructing semi-rigid platforms over weak soils.

Frequently Asked Questions

High initial cost and volatile prices of raw materials are the key factors hampering the growth of the global geocells market.

Growing infrastructure development activities and increasing demand from gardening and landscaping applications are the major factors driving the global geocells market growth.

In 2023, High-density polyethylene (HDPE) segment is the leading material type segment in the global geocells market.

The major players operating in the global geocells market are Presto Geosystems, Polymer Group Inc., Strata Systems Inc., Armtec Infrastructure Inc., Maccaferri SPA, PRS Mediterranean Ltd., Maccaferri SPA, and Tensar International Ltd.

North America will lead the global geocells market.  

The CAGR of the global geocells market is 8.70% during forecast period (2024-2031).

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