Today the following landed on my desk:
- Canadian Mining Journal 2014 Buyers’ Guide
- CAMESE Compendium of Canadian Mining Suppliers 2013-2014
Both full of information. But both, surprisingly lean on information about manufactures, suppliers, and installers of geosynthetics to the Canadian mining industry.
The Canadian Mining Journal Guide lists the following under the heading Geotextiles:
- Armtec - see this link on their geotextile line
- Atlantic Industiries – I cannot find any reference to geotextiles on their site
- Fertilec – they appear to specialize is seed and fertilizers, not geotextiles, although they may use geotextiles in getting seed going.
- Flint Industries - see this link on their geotextiles.
- Inland Plastics - they are the first to mention geomembranes (not geotextiles); see this link.
- Layfield Environmental - they offer the full range of geosynthetics from geotextiles, through geogrids, to geomembranes and more; see this link. They are the first to mention mining as a market sector – see this link.
- Marcel Baril - this appears to be a firm in Quebec serving the forestry and mining sector. I could not get their Google page to open.
- Rocky Mountain Environmental - they specialize in spill kits; no mention of geosynthetics supply or installation.
Neither of the guides lists anybody under headings such as Geosynthetics or Geomembranes.
This omission of any significant (or correct) listing of geosynthetic suppliers to the Canadian Mining industry is sad & bad. For I know there are many other companies that do indeed supply geosynthetics to the Canadian mining industry.
If I go to the InfoMine Suppliers page and do a search with keyword “geosynthetics,” I get a list of 89 suppliers. Maybe the time of paper buyers’ guides is past?
Whatever the cause of the paucity of information in the paper guides on geosynthetics suppliers, I urge the 89 suppliers listed at InfoMine to contact the paper pushers and demand an insert.
And I urge them to join us at the conference Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 in Vancouver in September 2014 to meet the mining industry and promote their goods and services to the mining industry. They are all welcome.
And in particular, technical papers on geosynthetics properties and case histories from manufacturers, suppliers, and installers are very welcome. Please submit an abstract, write the paper, and come present it.