Entries by ESTC Communications

Support publication of the CEN guideline!

ESTC encourages you to reach out to your national standards organisation to notify them that you support the publication of ‘Guidance on how to minimise infill dispersion into the environment’ by the European Standards Committee. The support is essential as we understand that the European Chemical Agency’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) is likely to recommend […]

ESTC congress postponed until November

ESTC has decided to postpone its 2020 congress. With countries having implemented travel restrictions because of the coronavirus, hosting a conference with many members absent would defeat the purpose of the event. The new dates for the event will be 16 – 18 November. The congress will still take place at the Ambassadeur Hotel in […]

Preliminary information on potential outcome of ECHA’s proposal to ban microplastics

As you are aware, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is proposing to ban all intentionally added microplastics in an attempt to significantly reduce pollution from microplastics. If adopted, this proposal will also affect polymeric infill for synthetic turf fields. At the moment ECHA is considering all input received during the public consultation period. On behalf […]

Telco on ST plans of World Rugby

Marc Douglas has accepted an invitation by the ESTC to host a conference call to explain plans World Rugby has to limit the environmental impact of synthetic turf. The new plans include reducing the pile length, more attention to the quality of the shockpad as well as a the enforcement of measures that will maintain […]

Schmitz Foam Products replaces its popular ProPlay-Sport20

As of January 2020, Schmitz Foam Products will replace its popular ProPlay-Sport20 shock pad by a renewed version. The change is necessary to answer the demand for the product and to remain on par with the latest trends and developments. Schmitz Foam Products introduced ProPlay-Sport20 in the early 2000s, when shock pads were still considered […]

ECHA opinion delayed by 3 months

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has decided to take an extra three months to finalize its opinion on the proposed restriction on intentionally added microplastics. The consolidated opinion of ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) is now expected in June this year. The standard 12 months reserved for the committees’ opinion […]

2020 ESTC conference confirmed

The ESTC announced today the dates and venue for the 2020 conference. Next’ year event will be held on 1 and 2 April with Working Group meetings scheduled for the first day and conference speakers lined up for the second day. The organising team is currently also working on arrangements for site-visits on 3 April. […]

ESTC and SASPI strengthen ties

The EMEA Synthetic Turf Council (ESTC) and the South African Sports and Play Industry (SASPI) have agreed to further explore opportunities to jointly develop the synthetic turf industry in Africa. Representatives of both organisations used the FSB Show in Cologne, Germany, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to closely work together in the interest of […]