TenCate Geosynthetics is the world’s leading provider of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics.

TenCate Geosynthetics, headquartered in Pendergrass, Georgia, United States, has a global production platform, commercial and technical organization and has successfully consolidated and developed core markets to maximize value for customers. TenCate Geosynthetics serves the market globally with two commercial divisions - TenCate Geosynthetics and TenCate Industrial Fabrics.

Through the processing of synthetic raw materials, we develop, manufacture, and provide innovative and reliable industrial technical textiles that enhance the performance of our customers’ products.

Our Mission

To be the leading global provider of geosynthetic products and solutions that enhance the world’s infrastructure, protect the environment and conserve natural resources.

Our History

The North Sea Flood of 1953 launched TenCate’s quest for innovative product development. This catastrophic flood destroyed the coast of The Netherlands, leaving in its wake nearly 2,000 dead. With a strong will to survive, the Dutch immediately began work on a new generation of dike that would be strong enough to withstand nature’s harshest forces. The search ended at Nicolon B.V. of Holland, a company dedicated to creating stronger, more advanced industrial textiles.

As the use of geosynthetics began to develop world-wide, TenCate was at the forefront of this expansion.

In Europe, at the beginning of the century, Rhône Poulenc established a factory in Bezons, France and used Brandenberger's patent. The well-known brand “Bidim” was registered in more than 100 countries and our geosynthetics were used on many significant huge projects.

Polyfelt G.m.b.H. was founded as a department of Chemie Linz AG in Linz, Austria the 1970s. The “Polyfelt” geosynthetics were recognized for their quality and used in many projects. In 1990, Polyfelt acquired Bidim Geosynthetics, formerly owned by Rhône Poulenc.

In 2005, TenCate Geosynthetics acquired the Polyfelt Group to form TenCate Geosynthetics Europe with Headquarters in Linz, Austria.

In the Americas, TenCate’s history began in the late 1960s with the development of a new experimental product from “MIRAcle Fibers” - Mirafi® geosynthetics. The brand name “Mirafi” is now widely recognized in North America as “the company that started an industry.”

To meet the growing demand for geosynthetics and industrial fabrics in the Americas, Nicolon Corporation constructed a production facility in the United States in 1979. In 1991, Nicolon Corporation acquired Mirafi® Inc. and formed the Nicolon/Mirafi® Group. The Nicolon/Mirafi® Group soon became known as TenCate Geosynthetics Americas with Headquarters in Pendergrass, Georgia, United States.

In Asia, TenCate Nicolon Asia was formed in 1996 to focus on the fast growing geosynthetics opportunities in Asia.

In 2005, TenCate Geosynthetics acquired the Polyfelt Group to form TenCate Geosynthetics Asia with Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Our History

Our Brands

Today, TenCate Geosynthetics produces, promotes, and sells the strongest brands in the industry.

By offering progressive solutions and products in a diverse range of applications and markets throughout the world, TenCate Geosynthetics continues to set the standard as the foremost leader in the industry.


Uncompromised Quality

TenCate Geosynthetics’ products are manufactured to strict international quality standards. All products are tested and verified at our dedicated and comprehensive laboratories which maintain numerous accreditations. We offer our partners a wide scope of testing according to published standards to ensure products delivered to sites meet specified quality requirements. Lastly the lists of test methods is not all inclusive of both labs.

GAI-LAP Methods Website

  • ISO 9001:2015

            1. ASTM D1238 Test Method for Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer

            2. ASTM D3786 Test Method for Hydraulic Burst Strength of Knitted Goods and Nonwoven Fabrics (Diaphragm Bursting Strength Tester Method)

            3. ASTM D4491 Test Methods for Water Permeability of Geotextiles by Permittivity

            4. ASTM D4355 Test Method for Determination of Geotextiles from Exposure to Ultraviolet Light and Water (Xenon-Arc Type Apparatus)

            5. ASTM D4533 Test Method for Index Trapezoidal Tearing Strength of Geotextiles

            6. ASTM D4595 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Geotextiles by the WideWidth Strip Method

            7. ASTM D4632 Test Method for Grab Breaking Load and Elongation of Geotextiles

            8. ASTM D4751 Test Method for Determining Apparent Opening Size of a Geotextile

            9. ASTM D4833 Test Method for Index Puncture Resistance of Geotextiles, Geomembranes and Related Products

           10. ASTM D5199 Test Method for Measuring Nominal Thickness of Geotextiles and Geomembranes

           11. ASTM D5261 Test Method for Measuring Mass per Unit Area of Geotextiles

           12. ASTM D6241 Test Method for the Static Puncture Strength of Geotextiles and Geotextile Related Products Using a 50-mm Probe

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           15. ASTM D6566 Test Method for

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           17. ASTM D6767 Test Method for 

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Making A Difference

No problem is too complicated and no location is too remote for TenCate. We have the capability and capacity to supply products to fast-paced projects within tight schedules in diverse locations. Our project history is testament to this supply capability.

Our personnel have expert applications knowledge to help our customers to arrive at cost-effective and innovative solutions. Many different applications are supported - ranging from simple to the most sophisticated and complex.

The market challenges us to continue delivering the most comprehensive line of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics in the world. We accept that challenge by helping our customers achieve tangible results. This fortifies our belief in the power of geosynthetic and industrial fabric solutions. It also strengthens our resolve to make geosynthetics make a difference around the world.