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Strata opens new geosynthetics plant in India

Strata began as a manufacturer of geogrids in 2004 and has evolved to become India's largest developer for reinforced soil structures.

13th March 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Vapi

Agriculture, Construction, Civil Engineering

Grand opening of Strata new manufacturing plant. © Strata Geosystems

Grand opening of Strata new manufacturing plant. © Strata Geosystems

Strata Geosystems, a joint venture of Glen Raven, headquartered in Mumbai, and a leading specialist in the soil reinforcement industry, has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Daheli, Gujarat, last month, to meet the growing demand for geotechnical products in India and around the globe.

“We are indeed a truly unique company,” said Ashok Bhawnani, Founding Director of Strata Geosystems, during the grand opening ceremony of the company's new manufacturing facility located in Daheli, Gujarat. “As the largest reinforced soil wall builder in India, we differentiate ourselves by using re-engineered yarn to build high-performance structures for highways.”

Strata began as a manufacturer of geogrids in 2004 and has evolved to become both a manufacturer and India's largest developer for reinforced soil structures. Today, Strata has built over 400 bridge ramps on national highways across the country and is a leader in the technical textiles industry. Reinforced soil technology has been adapted across the country, which led the company to expand its capacity and more effectively cater to the growing infrastructure needs in India.

“Using geogrids to reinforce soil is analogous to using steel for concrete reinforcement, and this technology is being used for a wide range of applications including ramp construction, landfills, mining dykes, and other engineered structures,” said Narendra Dalmia, CEO and Director.

Strata had the honour of hosting its joint-venture partners from Glen Raven, a global performance-textile company headquartered in the USA. Among Glen Raven's attendees were Leib Oehmig, CEO and Harold Hill, President of the Technical Fabrics division. “This is a tremendous milestone for the entire Strata global organisation,” said Harold Hill.

The plant was constructed using Strata's own technical textiles for flooring, internal roads, water-proofing, slopes and embankments, and loading aprons, providing a testament to the products' benefits.

Further reiterating its commitment to India and Prime Minister Modi's ' Make in India' vision, this new facility is the largest geogrid plant and will provide sufficient capacity to cater to India's demand while continuing to strengthen existing export markets. The plant enables the production of the widest geogrid, (made on 245" knitting machines), high-strength uniaxial and biaxial geogrids, and improved technical parameters like enhanced stress strain values.

Additionally, the facility, located over 10 acres, houses an exclusive, custom-built coating machine, efficient material handling capabilities, and an advanced laboratory, which will be accredited with global standards. This new facility also aligns with the efforts of The Ministry of Textiles towards the promotion of technical textiles in critical infrastructure applications.

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