Understanding plastics: Single-use vs. engineering plastics

January 5th, 2023

For decades, the global production of plastics has grown yearly by an average of 9% (1). Plastic production was reported as 1.7 million metric tons in 1950 (2), and this value reached 360 million metric tons worldwide in 2018 (3). The MacArthur Foundation estimated plastic production to double again over the upcoming two decades (4). […]

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AGRU America wins IAPD Bronze Marketing Excellence Award

November 16th, 2022

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) has awarded AGRU America a Marketing Excellence Award in acknowledgment of innovative and exemplary marketing initiatives from mid-2021 through spring of 2022. Pictured, left to right, is IAPD Vice President Peter DelGado of Curbell Plastics; Michael Krauss, vice president of Concrete Protective Linings and Semi-Finished Products, AGRU America; […]

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Industrial concrete protective liner applications

October 26th, 2022

Concrete and reinforced concrete pipes and containments are widely used for industrial applications such as wastewater plants, nuclear power, and geothermal power (1). However, these structures are vulnerable to chemical and biological interactions (2). Concrete protective liners are effective when used with concrete structures of high strength and stiffness, providing a barrier layer against these […]

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AGRU America promotes three

September 22nd, 2022

AGRU America has promoted Chris Eichelberger to vice president of geosynthetics; Michael Gnau, P.E., to vice president – eastern region sales, and Walt Steinbeck to western region manager.  Chris Eichelberger “As AGRU expands its influence and product offerings, we are thrilled to recognize the vital role these industry leaders play in our long-term success of […]

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Remembering AGRU America’s Rick Cannon

July 13th, 2022

Rick Cannon Rick Cannon, Chief Sales Officer at AGRU America, Inc., passed away on July 5, 2022, at his home in Blanco, Texas, after a long, courageous fight with cancer. Rick’s 34-year-long career in the plastics industry began at Gundle Lining and concluded with AGRU America. He had many different roles and traveled extensively worldwide […]

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AGRU America and HK Solutions improve manhole technology using geomembranes

January 20th, 2022

Monoform PLUS for manhole and wet well rehabilitation applications combines HK Solutions’ Monoform with AGRU’s Ultra Grip geomembrane. Manhole incorporating Monoform PLUS. Photograph courtesy of HK Solutions Group AGRU America Inc. and HK Solutions Group have released Monoform PLUS, a comprehensive manhole rehabilitation product package that offers streamlined installation with minimal impact on local traffic, […]

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Geosynthetic solutions to improve safety in mining applications

October 6th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of AGRU America What do Tesla, Apple and Ford have in common? They all rely on mines that produce metals like lithium, which drives our technology-hungry world. Now, more than ever, mining operations must run efficiently to meet increasing demand. Equally as important is supporting positive public beliefs on mining. Mining operators must incorporate […]

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Energy industries use HDPE liners for flowback water evaporation/recycling ponds

October 1st, 2021

FIGURE 1 To increase evaporation with low costs in mind, a “weep” system was added at Danish Flats to allow water to flow and fan out over the surface of the HDPE liner that is above the waterline. The problem to be solved is the disposal and recycling of millions of gallons of production water […]

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Using geosynthetics in mining heap leach pads

September 13th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of NAUE GmbH & Co. KG Industrial mining is essential in our tech-driven world. The need to create more efficient and cost-effective solutions has led to the rising popularity of a large-scale mining technique called heap leaching. Heap leaching utilizes chemical reactions to separate desired minerals from raw ore. The technique can produce […]

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How to install a liner in a large pond

August 25th, 2021

An AGRU HDPE geomembrane installed in Tulfes, Austria. Photograph courtesy of AGRU Austria Ponds are useful in a variety of functions, serving in processes such as water treatment, thermal storage, farming and more. Regardless of their function, one of the most important considerations in pond design is containment. Containment is often handled through compacted clay […]

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