Member Spotlight: May

Nortène began its activities in Brazil in 1981, pioneering the supply of plastic polyethylene screens, tarps for construction industry, and agricultural films. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Nortène has expanded and strengthened its share on Brazilian market. The company commercializes its products throughout Brazil and abroad and it is experiencing a period of continuous growth, by increasing its products portfolio and modernizing its quality laboratory. Nortene manufactures products for the following markets: construction, infrastructure, environmental engineering, industry, agribusiness, irrigation, mining, sugar/ethanol, warehousing and silage. Nortene produces HDPE or LLDPE geomembranes in blow or flat die machines, according with the project specifications. Its laboratories are accredited by GAI LAP and all the customers receive a complete quality certificate with technical information from each roll delivered. For more information on Nortene, please contact Mrs. Lima at or visit


Technology Transfer

To accomplish technology transfer FGI will:

– Answer consultant and regulatory questions about design, specification, testing, and installation of fabricated geomembranes.

– Distribute material, fabrications, and installation standards.

– Continue to publish and distribute a Technical Bulletin, press releases, and quarterly newsletter for the geosynthetics industry.

– Conduct educational seminars and short courses on fabricated geomembranes that emphasize applications of fabricated geomembranes.

– Establish and maintain an Internet site for fabricated geomembranes.

– Exhibit at various industry trade shows and conferences.

– Assist FGI members in publishing case histories, new technologies, research results, and other information.

– Provide graduate research assistants to research fabricated geomembranes; current research topics include durability in exposed applications, effect of liquid drawdown cycles on durability, floating covers, puncture resistance, subgrade preparation, and canal linings.

– Incorporate fabricated geomembrane information into undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Illinois.