Company Info

    NewGrids Limited was formed in 1999 to exploit the technical and business skills and personal knowledge built up by its founding directors during their accumulated total of more than 60 years experience in the fields of polymer orientation and international business.  Its first major activity was to carry out in partnership with the Etsong Industrial Group a feasibility study of the manufacture of integral Geogrids in China.  This led to the negotiation and signing of a Contract with the China National Chemicals and Construction Corp. to provide advice and technical services to BOSTD Geosynthetics Qingdao Ltd., for the complete construction of a plant to manufacture geogrids to comply with international standards of quality and performance.  The product range was to consist of Uni-Axially stretched and Bi-Axially stretched integral Geogrids.

The contract with CNCCC came into force in January 2001.  Then followed a period of intense activity to design and construct the building and commission the Product Development Workshop, Quality Control Laboratory and Creep Test Rooms.  In these the shareholders' technical staff in cooperation with local technical Institutes worked to determine all initial production parameters for the required product range before machinery design could be completed and full scale production started.  This included identification of suitable raw materials for the extrusion and stretching processes involved in the production process, estimates of sheet extrusion and stretching conditions and investigations into the most appropriate conditions for perforating the extruded sheet to achieve the desired performance parameters for each product.
 
Based on the results of this work, the world’s first fully integrated line for the production of geogrids was specified, designed, sourced and installed by BOSTD Geosynthetics Qingdao Ltd. under the advice  and technical assistance of NewGrids Limited.  Many of the main items of machinery were sourced in China after very careful and detailed evaluation of offers made by several competing companies and inspection visits to the factories of all the potential suppliers.  Some of the machinery and equipment items were specifically designed and manufactured for BOSTD Geosynthetics Qingdao Ltd..   The remaining equipment, notably the main items for the Product Development Workshop and the Transverse Stretching Machine, were sourced from Europe.

Installation and commissioning was completed in April 2002 and by August 2002 the full initial range of products, both Bi-Axially and Uni-axially stretched , had been produced on the line.  Following further testing, final adjustments were then made to the production conditions to maximise product quality and performance.

The second integrated line, for the production of only Uni-axially stretched geogrids, was commissioned in August 2003.  The total plant capacity is now around 20,000,000m² per year.  The first line now concentrates on production of  Bi-axially stretched grids only.

Newgrids Ltd also advised on the Quality Assurance requirements of Geogrid manufacture.  With their assistance, BOSTD Geosynthetics Qingdao Ltd. became the first Chinese manufacturer of geosynthetic products to achieve ISO 9001-2000 and CE Mark approval.

The activities of NewGrids Ltd are now concentrated on the establishment and co-ordination of the international network of distributors of the products from BOSTD Geosynthetics Qingdao Ltd..

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