In their quest for more natural products, synthetic turf installation companies have now also turned to corn. Dutch installation companies are now experimenting with pieces of corn cob.
TenCate Grass has widened its involvement in recycling synthetic turf by adding chemical recycling to the mix. Together with companies ExxonMobil and Cyclex, TenCate Grass has launched a program in the US that will process end-of-life turf to a raw material that can be used to produce new turf of at least similar quality.
Polyethylene comes in various qualities, which has encouraged some to start specifying the quality of the raw material in an attempt to safeguard themselves from investing in an inferior quality synthetic turf product. However, the quality of synthetic turf is achieved through a variety of factors.
The European Standards Committee (CEN) has accepted a proposed dust test for all infill material used for synthetic turf fields. This includes stabilizing sands as well as performance infill.
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) will launch new standards for GAA synthetic pitches on September 29. The launch will take place in the National Games Development Centre (NGDC) in Abbotstown and GAA Club members are invited to attend.
Todd DeWolfe, Vice-President Business Development at AstroTurf, will lead AstroTurf Great Lakes following the addition of AstroTurf Great Lakes to its nationwide network of synthetic turf distributors and installers of the AstroTurf Corporation. DeWolfe will lead the company together with business partners John Forrester and Justin Booth.
Last week’s announcement by the European Commission that it will recommend a ban on the sale of polymeric infill within six years and ignore the difference so-called risk management measures can make, has been met with disbelief and outright anger by some organisations in the industry.
A team of British and Canadian researchers has concluded that injury incidence rates between synthetic turf, hybrid and grass pitches, do not significantly differ. However, they did notice differences in mean severity and mean burden of injuries sustained between playing surfaces.
The decision by the European Commission to recommend the proposed ban on the future sale of polymeric infill and to cold-shoulder the suggestion to make Risk Management Measures mandatory, is not decisive yet. The recommendation still has to be approved by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament before it can pass onto the statute book. Once cleared, the World Trade Organisation also has a say.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has agreed to terms with both Mammoth Sports Construction and FieldTurf as its ‘Official Sports Construction and Architectural Design Firm’ and ‘Official Turf Partner,’ respectively.