Fourth annual ESTO Congress set for Liverpool on 26-27 September 2013

The 2013 ESTO Congress will be taking place in Liverpool, England this autumn and time is running out to secure your place at the discounted rate with the early bird participation fee ending on Sunday 30 June.

The fourth annual ESTO Congress, which is taking place on 26 – 27 September at the Jurys Inn, Liverpool, will bring together representatives from ESTO, its member organisations and experts from the industry for debate, discussion and networking.

The participation fee, which includes meeting and dinner, is priced at 150 € per person for all bookings before 30 June. From Monday 1 July, the participation fee will be priced at 300 € per person.

Companies that have paid their membership fees within the deadline that was set can delegate one person to attend the Congress free of charge.

To download the booking form, please click here.

ESTO chairman Nigel Fletcher will be opening the two day event with a presentation, reviewing successes over the last 12 months and discussing upcoming plans and initiatives for members.

Mats Johnsson, partner at international law firm Ashurst, will be reporting on the DIN standard, followed by The Football Association’s Mark Pover, who will be profiling the impact that synthetic turf is having on football development. Representatives from FIFA, IRB and LND will also be presenting on day one. To view the preliminary conference programme, please click here.

As part of ESTO’s commitment to its members, preferential room rates have been negotiated with the Jury’s Inn. Rooms will be priced at £75 (single) and £84 (double), including breakfast.

To book a room, please contact the hotel directly on +44 151 244 3805 and use the booking code THES260913.

For more information on the ESTO Congress 2013 please click here or contact Natasja Faelens on +32 2 676 74 72 or at natasja@theESTO.com.

Fourth annual ESTO Congress set for Liverpool on 26-27 September 2013

Fourth annual ESTO Congress set for Liverpool on 26-27 September 2013 

The 2013 ESTO Congress will be taking place in Liverpool, England this autumn and time is running out to secure your place at the discounted rate with the early bird participation fee ending on Sunday 30 June.

 

The fourth annual ESTO Congress, which is taking place on 26 – 27 September at the Jurys Inn, Liverpool, will bring together representatives from ESTO, its member organisations and experts from the industry for debate, discussion and networking.

 

The participation fee, which includes meeting and dinner, is priced at 150 € per person for all bookings before 30 June. From Monday 1 July, the participation fee will be priced at 300 € per person.

 

Companies that have paid their membership fees within the deadline that was set can delegate one person to attend the Congress free of charge.

 

To download the booking form, please click here.

 

ESTO chairman Nigel Fletcher will be opening the two day event with a presentation, reviewing successes over the last 12 months and discussing upcoming plans and initiatives for members.

 

Mats Johnsson, partner at international law firm Ashurst, will be reporting on the DIN standard, followed by The Football Association’s Mark Pover, who will be profiling the impact that synthetic turf is having on football development. Representatives from FIFA, IRB and LND will also be presenting on day one. To view the preliminary conference programme, please click here.

 

As part of ESTO’s commitment to its members, preferential room rates have been negotiated with 

the Jury’s Inn. Rooms will be priced at £75 (single) and £84 (double), including breakfast.


To book a room, please contact the hotel directly on +44 151 244 3805 and use the booking code THES260913.

 


For more information on the ESTO Congress 2013 please click here or contact Natasja Faelens on +32 2 676 74 72 or at natasja@theESTO.com.

ESTO looks forward to FSB 2013

ESTO looks forward to FSB 2013

ESTO will be returning to FSB 2013, the international trade fair for amenity areas, sports and pool facilities, where exhibitors and delegates are brought together in an international forum to discuss new technologies, designs and concepts.

 

The four day event, which will be taking place on 22-25 October in Cologne, will provide ESTO with a platform to increase awareness of the benefits of synthetic turf and showcase its experience and proficiency as a leading independent voice concerning synthetic turf.

 

ESTO will have a significant presence at FSB 2013 with 144m² stand space in hall 11.3, stand G-20/H-21, providing informal meeting areas for use by ESTO members and key partners as the trade fair gathers together many of the industry’s suppliers, with opportunities for networking, discussions and sharing of best practice. ESTO will also be hosting a drinks reception on the stand on the evening of the event’s first day.

Available at ESTO’s exhibition stand will also be free copies of ESTO publications including the ESTO Annual Report 2012, Fans Concept, the ESTO-commissioned KPMG Synthetic Turf Study in Europe and ESTO Scores, a series of case studies from across the continent showcasing the advantages of synthetic turf across various levels of competition and in a number of sports. 

 

Commenting on ESTO’s involvement at FSB, chairman Nigel Fletcher said: “Education is one of ESTO’s five key pillars and a core objective of what we do; therefore events such as FSB provide an invaluable platform from which we can raise awareness of and communicate the many benefits of synthetic turf, whilst meeting with both existing and prospective members and other key stakeholders from the industry.”

ESTO will also be well represented at the IAKS Congress which runs simultaneously to FSB, as chairman Nigel Fletcher will be taking to the stage on Tuesday 22 October alongside representatives from ESTO member organisations to present to an anticipated audience of 500 delegates from over 40 countries.

 

 

For more information on FSB 2013, visit www.fsb-cologne.de

ESTO reports back on a positive two days at the Soccerex European Forum

ESTO reports back on a positive two days at the Soccerex European Forum

“It’s important that the industry has a presence at events like Soccerex,” explains ESTO chairman Nigel Fletcher, who was reporting back from the ESTO stand at the recent football industry event in Manchester, England.


“When the key decision makers from the global football business meet, whenever we can, we want to be on site to help raise awareness, to educate, answer questions and of course point them in the direction of the industry’s best suppliers, our members! And so taking stand space at events like Soccerex continues to be part of ESTO’s role to drive the debate and sell the benefits of synthetic turf for all sports.”     


Representing the industry in a forum attended by leading figures in the global football business covering 90 different leagues and federations including UEFA, AFC, The FA, Russian 2018 LOC, and the EPFL, Soccerex attracted more than 1000 attendees and with ESTO positioned in the heart of the exhibition floor, the quality of the stand design and central location ensured a significant amount of footfall and interest from delegates across the two days. 


With representatives from India, South America and Russia visiting the stand as well as the core European audience, the ESTO staff were kept busy throughout the event, supplying delegates with advice and information as well as ESTO publications which, as standard, provide all of our members’ contact details. On attending the event Nigel Fletcher commented further, “the two days have proved very useful from an ESTO perspective. We have made some good contacts for our members, helped educate those interested in the concept of synthetic turf to understand its benefits and highlighted to dozens of visitors our members’ details where potential projects require installation.”       


With the next major event attended by ESTO planned for the bi-annual FSB exhibition and conference in Cologne, Nigel confirmed plans are well underway to ensure maximum impact for ESTO at the event and to support the members who also attend: “Our aim is to provide the members with an area that they can use for meetings and entertaining clients. The meeting area will have refreshments on site for members to access, while we will also provide a host of publications for a variety of sectors, promoting not only the use of synthetic turf but also the work of our members, to assist in any business development opportunities.

 


“FSB is so large in its scale and an important event for a number of the sectors that purchase synthetic turf that again, ESTO should have a presence. Any members also attending will be able to benefit from accessing the stand, using the meeting areas and grabbing a coffee in between what we know is always a busy trade show.”

ESTO reports back on a positive two days at the Soccerex European Forum

“It’s important that the industry has a presence at events like Soccerex,” explains ESTO chairman Nigel Fletcher, who was reporting back from the ESTO stand at the recent football industry event in Manchester, England.

“When the key decision makers from the global football business meet, whenever we can, we want to be on site to help raise awareness, to educate, answer questions and of course point them in the direction of the industry’s best suppliers, our members! And so taking stand space at events like Soccerex continues to be part of ESTO’s role to drive the debate and sell the benefits of synthetic turf for all sports.”

Representing the industry in a forum attended by leading figures in the global football business covering 90 different leagues and federations including UEFA, AFC, The FA, Russian 2018 LOC, and the EPFL, Soccerex attracted more than 1000 attendees and with ESTO positioned in the heart of the exhibition floor, the quality of the stand design and central location ensured a significant amount of footfall and interest from delegates across the two days.

With representatives from India, South America and Russia visiting the stand as well as the core European audience, the ESTO staff were kept busy throughout the event, supplying delegates with advice and information as well as ESTO publications which, as standard, provide all of our members’ contact details. On attending the event Nigel Fletcher commented further, “the two days have proved very useful from an ESTO perspective. We have made some good contacts for our members, helped educate those interested in the concept of synthetic turf to understand its benefits and highlighted to dozens of visitors our members’ details where potential projects require installation.”

With the next major event attended by ESTO planned for the bi-annual FSB exhibition and conference in Cologne, Nigel confirmed plans are well underway to ensure maximum impact for ESTO at the event and to support the members who also attend: “Our aim is to provide the members with an area that they can use for meetings and entertaining clients. The meeting area will have refreshments on site for members to access, while we will also provide a host of publications for a variety of sectors, promoting not only the use of synthetic turf but also the work of our members, to assist in any business development opportunities.

“FSB is so large in its scale and an important event for a number of the sectors that purchase synthetic turf that again, ESTO should have a presence. Any members also attending will be able to benefit from accessing the stand, using the meeting areas and grabbing a coffee in between what we know is always a busy trade show.”

ESTO issues statement regarding DIN SPEC

ESTO issues statement regarding DIN SPEC 

ESTO today issued a press release on the action taken by the German Government concerning the continued and unlawful reference to the DIN SPEC in public tenders (both in English and German). This is a direct result of ESTO’s complaint to the European Commission stating that the DIN SPEC is still being referred to in public tenders.


 

To download the English press release click here or to download the German version, click here.

ESTO issues statement regarding DIN SPEC

ESTO today issued a press release on the action taken by the German Government concerning the continued and unlawful reference to the DIN SPEC in public tenders (both in English and German). This is a direct result of ESTO’s complaint to the European Commission stating that the DIN SPEC is still being referred to in public tenders.

To download the English press release click here or to download the German version, click here.

ESTO objects to statements on potential risk from granulate in-fills

ESTO objects to statements on potential risk from granulate in-fills

An open letter to the European Commission and the Italian State concerning the potential risk from certain granulate in-fills from synthetic turf:

 

The European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO) is the European trade association for synthetic turf with a key focus on all consumer aspects regarding synthetic turf usage, benefits and applications.


The studies mentioned below have concluded that “PAHs [Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons] are not released or at most negligibly released from tyre abradate” (The University of Dortmund Institute for Environmental Research 1997). Epidemiological studies conducted by the Health Effects Institute, The World Health Organisation and other investigators do not implicate tyre wear particles in ambient air as contributing to human health effects (respiratory and cardiovascular diseases).


In general, tyre abradate is a much finer particulate than the granules used as infill materials in Football Turf. The research demonstrates that the finer the particles the greater the surface area and higher potential for chemicals to leach out of the rubber.


The majority of the studies have been on higher surface area particles and have concluded they are currently acceptable. Therefore the larger granules used in artificial turf will have even less potential for emissions. For example a study undertaken by the Danish Ministry of the Environment concluded that the health risk on children’s playgrounds that contained both worn tyres and granulate rubber was insignificant.


The available body of scientific research globally does not substantiate the submission by the Italian Government and ESTO find the submission by the Italian State extremely weak in reference to scientific research on the subject. For further information of the issue and the risk, please consult the references below.


Nigel Fletcher

Executive Chairman

EUROPEAN SYNTHETIC TURF ORGANISATION

 

References

European Commission Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE) ON Brussels, C7/GF/csteeop/PAHs/12‐131103 D(03)


European Union Commission Report IP/04/208 Brussels 16th February 2004


European Union Commission 27th amendment to the Council Directive 76/769/EEC


TÜV Produkt und Umwelt Information 08/2005

 

Department of the Environment Investigation Denmark 2004


Goodyear Tyres 2003 Environmental Health and Safety Report


Chelsea Center for recycling and Economic Development University of Massachusetts Technical Report


2 Environmental Impacts of Recycled Rubber in Light Fill Applications August 1998


BIOLOGI Rapport, provtagningsären 96/97, 97/98, 98/99 Environmental monitoring in Stockholm


Municipality Laboratory for Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Institute of applied Environmental research Stockholm University 2002


Perspect 110 Suppl 3 451‐489 2002 Cancer risk assessment, indicators, and guidelines for polycyclicaromatic hydrocarbons


Gas and Particle Emissions from automobile Tires in Laboratory and Field Studies Rubber Chemistry and Technology,52, 146‐158 1978


Rubber Dust from the normal wear of tires Rubber Chem. Technol. 47, 1011‐1037, 1974


The Determination of Rubber in Atmospheric Dusts Rubber Chem. Technol. 232‐241 1974


EEA CORINAIR Summary Report Final Version. Report to the European Environmental Agency from the European Topic

 

Center on Air Emissions 1997


Particulate air pollution with emphasis on traffic generated aerosols Riso R‐1053(EN), Riso National Laboratory

 

Roskilde, Denmark, 1999


IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risk of Chemicals to Humans. Polynuclear Aromatic Compounds Part 1, Chemical, Environmental and Experimental Data, Vol. 32, Lyon, France


P.39. 1983


IPCS Environmental Health Criteria 202, World Health Organisation Geneva 1998


The effects of motorway runoff on freshwater ecosystems: 1 Field Study. Env Toxicol Chem 14, 1079 1092 1995a


The effects of motorway runoff on freshwater ecosystems: 2 Identifying major toxicants Env Toxicol Chem 14, 1101‐1092, 1995b


Tire wear as a source of PAH, Umweltbundesamt, Berlin CSTEE/2003/18/4


Source of fine organic aerosol 3. Road dust, tyre debris, and organometallic brake lining dust: Roads as sources and sinks. Environ Sci Technol 27, 1892‐1904, 1993


Biomarker responses and chemical analyses in fish indicate leakage of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other compounds from car tire rubber. Environ Toxicol Chem 22, 2926‐2931 2003

 

Fate and effect of Zinc from Tire Debris in Soil Environ. Sci. Technol. 2002, 36, 3706‐3710

 

Kazakova SV et al. A clone of methicilline‐resistant Staphylococus aureas among professional football players.


The New England Journal of Medicine 2005 352(5); 468‐475.


Health and Safety Executive. Cancer risk following exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): a metaanalysis. Research Report 2003/068. Published by the HSE available on‐line at:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr068.pdf

 

 

The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT), 23.01.06

ESTO objects to statements on potential risk from granulate in-fills

An open letter to the European Commission and the Italian State concerning the potential risk from certain granulate in-fills from synthetic turf:

The European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO) is the European trade association for synthetic turf with a key focus on all consumer aspects regarding synthetic turf usage, benefits and applications.

The studies mentioned below have concluded that “PAHs [Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons] are not released or at most negligibly released from tyre abradate” (The University of Dortmund Institute for Environmental Research 1997). Epidemiological studies conducted by the Health Effects Institute, The World Health Organisation and other investigators do not implicate tyre wear particles in ambient air as contributing to human health effects (respiratory and cardiovascular diseases).

In general, tyre abradate is a much finer particulate than the granules used as infill materials in Football Turf. The research demonstrates that the finer the particles the greater the surface area and higher potential for chemicals to leach out of the rubber.

The majority of the studies have been on higher surface area particles and have concluded they are currently acceptable. Therefore the larger granules used in artificial turf will have even less potential for emissions. For example a study undertaken by the Danish Ministry of the Environment concluded that the health risk on children’s playgrounds that contained both worn tyres and granulate rubber was insignificant.

The available body of scientific research globally does not substantiate the submission by the Italian Government and ESTO find the submission by the Italian State extremely weak in reference to scientific research on the subject. For further information of the issue and the risk, please consult the references below.

Nigel Fletcher
Executive Chairman

EUROPEAN SYNTHETIC TURF ORGANISATION

References

European Commission Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE) ON Brussels, C7/GF/csteeop/PAHs/12‐131103 D(03)

European Union Commission Report IP/04/208 Brussels 16th February 2004

European Union Commission 27th amendment to the Council Directive 76/769/EEC

TÜV Produkt und Umwelt Information 08/2005

Department of the Environment Investigation Denmark 2004

Goodyear Tyres 2003 Environmental Health and Safety Report

Chelsea Center for recycling and Economic Development University of Massachusetts Technical Report

2 Environmental Impacts of Recycled Rubber in Light Fill Applications August 1998

BIOLOGI Rapport, provtagningsären 96/97, 97/98, 98/99 Environmental monitoring in Stockholm

Municipality Laboratory for Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Institute of applied Environmental research Stockholm University 2002

Perspect 110 Suppl 3 451‐489 2002 Cancer risk assessment, indicators, and guidelines for polycyclicaromatic hydrocarbons

Gas and Particle Emissions from automobile Tires in Laboratory and Field Studies Rubber Chemistry and Technology,52, 146‐158 1978

Rubber Dust from the normal wear of tires Rubber Chem. Technol. 47, 1011‐1037, 1974

The Determination of Rubber in Atmospheric Dusts Rubber Chem. Technol. 232‐241 1974

EEA CORINAIR Summary Report Final Version. Report to the European Environmental Agency from the European Topic

Center on Air Emissions 1997

Particulate air pollution with emphasis on traffic generated aerosols Riso R‐1053(EN), Riso National Laboratory

Roskilde, Denmark, 1999

IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risk of Chemicals to Humans. Polynuclear Aromatic Compounds Part 1, Chemical, Environmental and Experimental Data, Vol. 32, Lyon, France

P.39. 1983

IPCS Environmental Health Criteria 202, World Health Organisation Geneva 1998

The effects of motorway runoff on freshwater ecosystems: 1 Field Study. Env Toxicol Chem 14, 1079 1092 1995a

The effects of motorway runoff on freshwater ecosystems: 2 Identifying major toxicants Env Toxicol Chem 14, 1101‐1092, 1995b

Tire wear as a source of PAH, Umweltbundesamt, Berlin CSTEE/2003/18/4

Source of fine organic aerosol 3. Road dust, tyre debris, and organometallic brake lining dust: Roads as sources and sinks. Environ Sci Technol 27, 1892‐1904, 1993

Biomarker responses and chemical analyses in fish indicate leakage of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other compounds from car tire rubber. Environ Toxicol Chem 22, 2926‐2931 2003

Fate and effect of Zinc from Tire Debris in Soil Environ. Sci. Technol. 2002, 36, 3706‐3710

Kazakova SV et al. A clone of methicilline‐resistant Staphylococus aureas among professional football players.

The New England Journal of Medicine 2005 352(5); 468‐475.

Health and Safety Executive. Cancer risk following exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): a metaanalysis. Research Report 2003/068. Published by the HSE available on‐line at:http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr068.pdf

The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT), 23.01.06

ESTO releases Annual Report 2012

The purpose of the ESTO Annual Report 2012 is to give an overview of the many activities ESTO carried out throughout 2012 and to highlight the membership benefits. 

The report includes:

  • A review of key achievements in 2012
  • ESTO publications including the Public Authority Guide, Ultimate Synthetic Turf Guide, KPMG Financial Report, ESTO Scores, ESTO Fans Concept and Coaches Survey
  • Information on events attended by ESTO including Amsterdam 2012 and the media briefing

The ESTO Annual Report 2012 is now available for free download – Click here to download the document in PDF format.