The application of geotextiles in foreign countries began as early as the 1960s. The United States is the country with the largest consumption of geotextiles in the world. In the early 1990s, its annual consumption was over 300 million m2, and in recent years it reached 700 million m2. . Geotextiles in Europe and Japan have also developed rapidly. The annual usage of geotextiles in Europe is also around 400 million m2, of which spunbonded nonwovens account for about 60% of non-woven geotextiles; Japan in the mid-1990s There has been a significant increase in the application of geotextiles in the future. Japanese non-woven geotextiles have the largest amount of spunbonding, accounting for about 60% of the total amount of nonwoven geotextiles, and are mainly PET spunbonded fabrics.
China's geotextiles started in the early 1980s, but at the time the amount was very small, only experimental applications. It was not until 1998 that the devastating flood caused the government to pay attention. The construction department included the application of geotextiles in the design specifications and formulated relevant national standards. The geotextiles were truly valued and developed. At present, the amount of geotextiles in China has exceeded 300 million m2, and the proportion of non-woven geotextiles has reached 40%. China's civil engineering construction has a huge potential market, and its potential is never lower than the 700-800 million m2 used in the United States. Experts estimate that China's geotextiles will continue to grow in double digits in the next 15 years, with PET spunbonded filament geotextiles growing faster.
During the "10th Five-Year Plan" and "Eleventh Five-Year Plan", China plans to invest heavily in water conservancy, electric power, transportation, environmental protection, river governance and other projects, including water conservancy construction, South-to-North Water Transfer Project, power investment, road and railway. Construction, environmental engineering construction, as well as ports, airports, garbage disposal, rivers and lakes, sand control, etc., the investment amounted to trillions of yuan. In the next 10 years or more, China will have more infrastructure projects to build, and there will be more and more demand for geotextiles. China will become the world's largest marketing market for geosynthetics.