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Sports and Leisure Group nominated for 2020 Export Lion Award

Sports & Leisure Group (Domo Sports Grass) is honoured and excited to be nominated for the prestigious Leeuw van de Export award. Flanders Investment & Trade – FIT awards this prize to Flemish companies with outstanding export results. We are proud to receive this nomination, just as we are proud of our export performance year […]

ESTC keeps shock pad norm on the table

The ESTC is pleased to hear that the European Standards Committee (CEN) will continue to develop a European standard for shock pads despite a recent vote to officially place the drafting of the  European standard on the committee’s work programme, failing to get enough votes from the various European nations that are members of CEN. […]

Micro-management won’t solve micro plastics issue

The ESTC’s response to the ECHA’s plans to ban the use of micro plastics is only one step toward avoiding the serious implications that currently threatens the European synthetic turf industry. Adopting and respecting the basics in terms of ‘good house-keeping’ can certainly make a difference. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) considers rubber and plastic […]

ESTC responds to ECHA’s proposed restriction on microplastics

Today, ESTC sent its official initial response letter to ECHA regarding the restriction dossier on microplastics.  On April 5th, ESTC informed its members about the intended restriction of microplastics, including polymeric infill in synthetic turf, like SBR, EPDM and TPE. View the letter. On March 20th, a consultation period started during which the industry can provide […]

Kilmarnock FC Embrace FieldTurf Innovation

FieldTurf Core will be installed as the new playing surface at Rugby Park stadium this summer, home of Scottish Premiership team, Kilmarnock FC. Following a rigorous selection process, Core was seen as the obvious choice, as the most advanced high-quality synthetic turf on the market. Kilmarnock joins FC Barcelona, Everton and Ajax in choosing Core […]

Infill Working Group makes progress on standard

The ESTC has made another step in paving the way for a European standard for infill material for 3G synthetic turf pitches. CEN TC217, WG6-TG1 has agreed to follow most of the working program of the ESTC Infill Working Group. Technical Committee 217 (‘Surfaces for Sports Areas’) focuses on the harmonisation of standards for sports […]

ECHA calls for total ban on plastic infill

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a proposal for a restriction on the use of micro plastics. If adopted, this would see all forms of rubber and plastic infills banned from use in synthetic turf systems. ECHA motivates its plan by pointing out that very small particles of plastic material (between 1 mm and […]

ESTC welcomes three more new members

ESTC is delighted to announce the introduction of a further three members; CIRFS, Signgrass and Beens Grass Yarns. CIRFS (European man-made fibre association) is the trade association that represents the interests of the Chemical Fibres industry in Europe. It currently has 28 full members which represents around 80% of European production. CIRFS is responsible for; […]