Success for first ever EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium
8 June 2017
First edition of unique conference dedicated to geotextiles attracts over 200 participants

The first EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium (EAGS) was held in Beijing, 7 - 8 June, attracting over 200 participants from 14 countries. Co-organised by the China Industrial Textiles Industry Association (CNITA) and EDANA, the Symposium was also supported by several other key international organizations including the International Textile Manufacturers Association (ITMF), the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and the International Society for Geosynthetic Materials China Committee (CCIGS). 

Participants had the opportunity to learn of the latest trends and developments in technologies, markets and applications for geotextiles during 22 presentations by industry leaders and experts. The significant potential for global development of the geotextiles market was highlighted through the conference and confirmed by the level of interest in the companies participating in the tabletop exhibition. Further details on conference content will be available on the EDANA event webpage soon. 

“The success of the first edition of the EAGS confirms that our idea to organize a symposium dedicated to geotextiles was a good one," said Li Lingshen, President of CNITA, "and we will assess the opportunity for future activities in this field. We thank our partners and sponsors and look forward to our continued cooperation with EDANA”

The General Manager of EDANA, Pierre Wiertz, said that “since we started preparing the EAGS two years ago, the Chinese Belt and Road policy was launched, making geotextiles even more topical and promising as a market segment. Geotextiles will not only be indispensable to implement such a large infrastructure plan, they will also help reduce the environmental impact” 


China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA)is an organization approved by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. It is a social intermediary organization which is comprised of enterprises, institutions, and relative associations in the field of nonwovens and technical textiles. For more information, visit

EAGS delegates

Mr. Li Lingshen, President of CNITA 

General Manager of EDANA, Mr. Pierre Wiertz

EAGS symposium in session