• Wed. May 22nd, 2024

SIS Pitches invests in tufting equipment

SIS Pitches will double the capacity of its site in Maryport, Cumbria, following the investment in two more tufting machines.

The firm produces hybrid and synthetic turf for an array of sports, including football, rugby, hockey, padel, Gaelic sports, multi-use games areas, tennis and cricket.

Its installation crews also natural turf fields.

The investment is estimated to be GBP 500,000 and follows three years of controlled growth.

The turnover of SIS Group, a specialist machinery and undersoil drainage divisions,  grew by an annualised 30% over recent years. This growth has seen the company increase the size of its team by more than 25% during the same period.

New offices

Last month saw SIS Group open a new office in Warsaw, Poland.

This move followed a similar investment in Saudi Arabia, where the opening of a new office in Riyadh coincided with SIS Pitches’ recent installation of the world’s first fully indoor hybrid pitch at Riyadh’s iconic Kingdom Arena.

Two new turf farms, in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, were also purchased to facilitate the production and transportation of SIS’s own turf to Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

New staff

In anticipation of further growth for versatile sports surfaces from its global client base, SIS Group has made six senior appointments.

Dan Meredith joins as Group Marketing Director, with Lucas Poen taking up the role of Operations Director. Simon Drury is taking on the role of Sustainability Manager, while Duncan Drury has joined as Head of IT. Dan Ramsdale has been recruited as SIS Project Manager for its specialist maintenance contracts service. Finally, Rafal Abel joins as the company’s new Business Development Representative for Poland and will be based in Warsaw.

CEO, George Mullan, said: “We are committed to the development of exceptional playing surfaces using the latest materials and manufacturing techniques. Our latest investment will make us more efficient and is a signal of our intent to grow, just as we experience sustained interest from some of the most recognisable names in sport.

“But this is also a commitment to our future as a UK-based manufacturer. With these new machines, we will be able to complete more projects at home and abroad. This will have a real impact at both elite and grassroots level, giving people more opportunity to participate in their chosen sport.”

Guy Oldenkotte

Guy Oldenkotte is senior editor of sportsfields.info and has been covering the outdoor sportssurfaces market and industry since 2003

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