YARN TO BRIDGES – STRATA takes another giant leap in technical textiles
Strata Geosystems, a global leader in the soil reinforcement industry, opened doors to its newest state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on February 11th, 2019 aimed at meeting the growing demand for geosynthetic products in India and around the globe.
“We buy yarn and deliver bridges” said Ashok Bhawnani, Founding Director – Strata Geosystems, a global leader in the soil reinforcement industry. “Geogrids reinforcing soil is analogous to steel reinforcing concrete and this technology is not only being used for ramp construction for flyover crossings but even for landfills, mining dykes and several other engineered structures” adds Narendra Dalmia, CEO & Director, Strata Geosystems. Strata started in India with a small idea for manufacturing technical textiles back in 2004 and within a decade evolved from being a manufacturer to the largest developer for reinforced soil structures having built more than 400 bridge ramps on National Highways across the country. Today reinforced soil technology has found acceptance in every corner of the country and facilitated the requirement for a large scale manufacturing plant to cater to the growing infrastructure needs in India.
Strata had the honour of welcoming its esteemed partners from Glen Raven, Inc., 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 organization," said Harold Hill. "It's an occasion that has been many years in the making, and it's only been possible through the hard work and steadfast dedication of our team here in India. We, at Glen Raven, could not be more proud of our partners in India - they are top-notch professionals, and even better people. We couldn't ask for better partners," said Leib Oehmig.
Further reiterating its commitment to India and Prime Minister Modi's Make in India vision, this new facility will be the largest for geogrid manufacturing and will not only provide sufficient capacity to cater to India's demand but also strengthen existing export capabilities across the world. Apart from capacity, the plant will provide the widest geogrid, made on 245” knitting machines, very high strength products and will improve on technical parameters like enhanced stress strain values. The facility, located over 10 acres, houses proprietary coating machines, efficient material handling capabilities, and an advanced laboratory which will be accredited with global standards.
The plant has been built using technical textiles for the factory flooring, internal roads, water-proofing, slopes and embankments, parking lots, and several other engineered applications as a testament to their benefits and showcasing for all visitors.
The inauguration of this plant is a milestone for the country's technical textile sector and a key step towards global expansion not only for Strata but also for India in the geosynthetics arena. This plant is dedicated to the pioneering efforts by Ministry of Textiles for their encouragement to technical textiles and lending support in mandating them in various user ministries.