GSE Geosynthetics now rebranded as SOLMAX
Solmax-GSE to be known as SOLMAX
On 11 February, 2019 Solmax-GSE, the world’s leading geosynthetics company announced that the company and products will henceforth be known as SOLMAX. The return to the Solmax name and brand follows the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Geosynthetics to form a single strong global entity.
Jean-Louis Vangeluwe, President and CEO of Solmax says, “Solmax is a name that reflects our new identity as the global leader within the geosynthetics industry. It combines two well-structured businesses with similar cultures, an abundance of talent and knowhow and a shared mission to help protect the planet and create value for people and nature.”
Solmax’s December 2017 move to acquire GSE Environmental was driven by a clear vision to create a strong industry leader, with strength, reach, capacity and talent to reshape the geosynthetics industry
Solmax and GSE both have a proud pedigree. Jacques Côté founded Solmax in 1981 and the business rapidly grew from distribution to installation and manufacture of geotextile and erosion control systems. By 2017, Solmax was rated number three in the geosynthetics industry. GSE’s origins can be traced back to Schlegel Lining Technology and Gundle Lining Systems, which pioneered the first high-density polyethylene product in 1972. Over the next four decades, the company evolved into GSE and became a global industry leader.
The integration process is rigorous and ongoing; balancing the cultures, talent, know-how and systems of two large companies. It extends the global reach of the company and gives it the resources and agility to drive research and development and quickly commercialize and scale new innovations, products and services.
Solmax now has an extended manufacturing presence in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, better access to raw materials, and the industry clout to help raise standards and drive innovation to meet more stringent environmental requirements. Industry, mining and human activity all impact our natural environment and create waste products that are harmful. Solmax’s mission is to continuously innovate, creating state-of-the-art products and services that can help protect the earth—products that are highly resistant to contaminants, reliable, accessible in price to all countries, even developing countries, and meet stringent regulations.