Two needle punched non-wovens with polymer embedded in between or two non-wovens needle punched together with a polymer in between – a clever play on words that blurs the major performance and serviceability differences between the two products. To help understand the differences we decided to translate the statement and identify the published physical properties of both the polymer embedded filtration fabric and the oilmat, better assisting you with the all important decision making process of selecting the right passive secondary oil containment solution for your facility or project.




Two needle punched non-wovens with polymer embedded in between

Two needle punched non-wovens with a layer of polymers laminated in between.

By definition a laminated fabric is a two (or more) layer construction with a polymer film bonded to a fabric.

Competitor Barrier Boom /Polymer Embedded Filtration Panels


Two non-wovens needle punched together with a polymer in between


Polymers are sandwiched between a top and bottom layer of non-woven geotextiles which are then joined and firmly secured by needling them together. This technological advantage allows for the delivery of higher chemical loads in a consistent and continuous stream producing a superior quality product.  

Albarrie OILMAT/

Oil Blocker

Albarrie’s range of engineered composite fabrics employ the particular and special technological advantage of needled fabrics. Needle punching allows us to deliver the highest polymer loading in the industry in a consistent and continuous stream, and mechanically encapsulate it between two non-woven geotextiles giving our products tremendous strength and exceptional performance.

Our continual research and development programs have enabled us to develop unique containment products and offer clients from around the globe unparalleled, innovative, and high quality reliable secondary containment solutions that outperform all others.





Comparing these products is indeed like trying to compare apples to oranges. Our full range of secondary containment products are designed to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s SPCC requirements and allow clients to be fully compliant with those regulations.

All of our oil solidifying barrier products, except for SAM (which is designed to absorb oil), form impervious walls when they come in contact with oil. This means they do not “slow the oil’s progress from leaving the containment area” as stated by our competitor but rather stop the oil from leaving the containment area altogether when installed properly.

Numerous testing conducted by both Albarrie and Kinectrics, a leading research and testing facility, have shown that our smart geotextile fabrics are the best oil immobilizing barriers, and continue to remain impervious two years after being congealed. Read our case studies here.

Because each facility presents its unique set of challenges or circumstances, we understand that our clients are experts and in the best position to assess their needs. We believe in giving you the freedom to choose which product best meets your requirements by providing you with responsible facts and statistics, engineering expertise and solid advice.

Choose from SorbWeb™ PlusSorbWeb™ Plus with SAM, EsterWeb, Oil Blocker, Oil Blocker Plus, Vault kits, Q-MAX HF High Efficiency Filters or Leak Control Options



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