Yardex Enters German Market with $30 million Sustainability Focused Turf Production Investment

American company Yardex is bringing sustainable synthetic turf to the European market using their new $30 million production facility.

Yardex comes from the founders and operators of Stadia Sport and Leisure Solutions and has over 20 years of experience in the industry, completing over 1000 sports and landscaping projects in North America, Africa, the Middle East, and areas of Europe. As part of its broader strategy, the company is fully expanding into Europe with an initial focus on Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, France, and Spain.

Ensuring high quality in all these markets is crucial to Yardex and is the reason behind the purpose-built manufacturing facility. Using the most advanced machinery on the market guarantees consistent precision and quality while maintaining key environmental targets.

To date, the consistently high quality of these products has been a cornerstone of Yardex’s success, but how they are made and their longevity set them apart in the industry.

Walid Elhusseiny, Yardex CEO and co-founder, explains: “We want to lead the industry in a flexible, innovative, and sustainable way while setting new standards for the quality of artificial turf. That means having responsible solutions such as partially recyclable products made from recycled plastics, and we can only achieve that by having the tools in-house.

“Our manufacturing lines are exceeding expectations in terms of meeting global environmental standards and regulations, eliminating any sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions that could result during the manufacturing process. Using the latest technologies available not only protects the world we live in but also maintains our team’s health and safety at the highest levels and keeps our energy consumption at optimized levels whilst achieving the minimal amount of waste you can in this industry.

“Using materials free of lead and VOC (volatile organic compounds) places Yardex at a top level in terms of sustainability and providing safe products for everyone.

“Constructing our own process also means we were able to build-in quality control at every stage. Using automation, we know that we’re always providing artificial grass that meets the highest standards and gives customers the best-performing turf available.”

 

A Second Life for Artificial Turf

“In April 2020, an AMI consulting report stated in 2019 that about 38% of the sports turf installed was replacing old turf,” Walid Elhusseiny explains. “Some 61Mm2 of synthetic grass has required disposal. By 2023, replacement turf is expected to reach 42% of demand, so this industry challenge continues to grow.

“Our turf can have a second life as a downgraded product, be donated by sports clubs to the community, or be partially recycled. As a Synthetic Turf Council member, we actively promote environmentally responsible operations and encourage conversation and education through sponsoring events.

“Sustainability touches many corners of our industry, and we’re always working on how we fit into it, and we’ll continue our research and development with the aim of producing 100% sustainable products.”

Yardex’s mission to be a one-stop shop for artificial turf is taken further with its personalized customer experience. European distribution centres are being implemented to ensure fast delivery of standard products and establish networks to deliver custom colour and logo orders quickly.

Visitors to FSB 2023 can explore the Yardex portfolio in Hall 10.2, Stand C018-D019, and experience the latest polyurethane and latex coated products for professional sports and landscaping.

 

About the company:

YARDEX is a technologically advanced manufacturer and distributor of premium artificial grass for the sports and landscape industry with global supply links. It offers exceptional quality synthetic turf for sports, landscape and commercial spaces with fully customizable graphics design options and industry-leading customer service.

 

Links:

Website: yardex.com

Brochure:  https://yardex.com/brochure/

Video: https://youtu.be/uvSakXgoL-Y?si=eL_cCNn4al8d2XO3

 

Limitless play and logo design creativity on show at Cologne Public Space Expo

LazyPlay artificial grass and LazyExpo custom flooring at FSB International Public Space Expo in Cologne in October 2023

This October, Evergreens UK Group will be showcasing their comprehensive range of synthetic and customised flooring at Europe’s headline international public space, sports and leisure event, FSB in Cologne from 24-27 October 2023.  In Hall 10.2 Stand B035, the Group’s commercial team will be promoting the bespoke designs, colourways and cutting versatility for its custom logo mats and floors: LazyExpo, LazyPlay and LazyLogo.

New Cutting Table doubles capacity

From Autumn 2023, the UK artificial grass and surface pioneers will double their capacity for custom flooring with the arrival of a new additional cutting table.  A substantial part of the company’s latest development programme at their Rutland headquarters, the investments also include warehouse and roofing enhancements as well as office improvements. The new cutting table will allow the extension of the Group’s bespoke design facilities for event, play and branded logo mats and will more than double capacity for their UK and worldwide custom flooring marketplaces.

Custom designs for play, leisure and commercial branding

Exhibiting at FSB and investing in design and cutting facilities opens up limitless creative options for sports, play, entertainment, event and for commercial enterprises looking for that unique visual impact on any plane – horizontal or vertical, indoors and out..

Looking forward to introducing the most versatile of surfaces to the international audience at FSB, Commercial Director Andy Driver shares his vision for this sector:

“I would encourage manufacturers, suppliers, and installers to consider Evergreens’ bespoke cutting services, suitable for sports, play and landscaping. We can inlay LazyLogos, text, shapes (almost anything!), into a range of surfacing, including products provided by clients. Prospective customers will be pleasantly surprised with our competitive pricing, turnaround times and of course, our reputation for quality.” – Andy Driver, Commercial Director, Evergreens UK Group

Since their acquisition by Tencate in May 2022, the Group has committed to developing its operations in Oakham – their base for over 35 years. The Group also encompasses brands LazyLawn, ArtificialGrass.com and EverRoof, supplying domestic, commercial, trade and roofing markets with artificial grass, flooring and green roof products and systems.

The new cutting machine will be delivered by its UK manufacturer in Autumn 2023 and will be assembled, calibrated and fully installed to begin translating their client designs into real-life, stunning, durable and versatile surfaces, ready for action.

More info: https://evergreensukgroup.com/

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Sekisui Alveo launches new version of Alveosport shock pad with a low-carbon footprint

Sekisui Alveo, European manufacturer of high-quality polyolefin foams, is known for innovation, also in terms of environmental performance. The latest development is the use of bio-circular base materials for making the company’s renowned Alveosport shock pad used in artificial turf systems and playground surfaces. With this new offering, Alveosport retains its proven technical performance and is now ISCC PLUS certified as well. This makes the new product an excellent way to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of athletic surfaces.

Alveosport is a physically crosslinked closed-cell polyolefin foam product designed especially for use as a resilient underlay in sports fields and playground systems. The material meets stringent quality standards including EN 15330-4 (2022), FIFA QUALITY, FIFA QUALITY PRO, FIH (hockey), IRB (rugby), and GAA (Gaelic soccer), and is thus suitable for the most demanding applications. Over the past ten years, the product has been installed in hundreds of sports fields around the world. Proven performance and durability have made Alveosport a well-known brand name – and Sekisui Alveo has just made Alveosport even better: ISCC PLUS certified Alveosport is made with mass balanced bio-circular resources which are waste and residues as a substitute for virgin fossil resources, a change that drastically reduces the carbon footprint of the material.

A step into a certified sustainable future
Professional associations like the ESTC (EMEA Synthetic Turf Council) and IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) advocate environmentally sustainable solutions – and Certified Alveosport fills the bill with the use of mass balanced bio-circular resources which are based on waste and residues.

ISCC PLUS certified Alveosport can significantly enhance the environmental profile of sports surfaces. Application Development Manager Sascha Paul at Sekisui Alveo calls the new product “a step into a certified sustainable future for sports fields.”

Performance remains unchanged – no re-certification required

ISCC PLUS certified Alveosport foam is identical to standard Alveosport foam in terms of performance and durability. The new foam meets all the same exacting quality and performance standards met by the original version. This is a big benefit, explains Rolf Krämer, sales manager at Sekisui Alveo: “With Alveosport made of ISCC PLUS certified raw materials, the well-known FIFA certified shock-pad performance does not change and the system does not require any re-certification.”

Bio-circular feedstock versus fossil resources

Standard foams typically use fossil-based raw materials. ISCC PLUS certified Alveosport foam is made using certified resin produced with feedstock based on the bio-circular mass balance approach as a substitute for these fossil resources. Bio-circular feedstocks are considered a waste / processing residue of biological origin that are re-used, thus significantly reducing the consumption of fossil resources. Such sustainable bio-circular feedstocks have a negative carbon footprint due to biogenic absorption during the growth phase of renewable feedstocks.

More detailed information on the Sekisui Alveo ISCC PLUS certified bio-circular mass balance approach system is available HERE.

An all-round winner

The environmental benefits of Alveosport are not limited to reduction of the carbon footprint. Alveosport is PAH free. Any leaching of substances into the environment is well below allowable limits. Artificial turf sport fields and playgrounds also have decisive advantages over natural grass surfaces. They require no watering, fertilizers, or herbicides.

Alveosport excels not only in terms of environmental performance but also in terms of technical performance, convenience, cost, and maintenance. The resilient material delivers excellent ball-bounce characteristics, and the cushioning effect reduces injuries of players using the surface for any type of sport. Artificial turf systems can be installed in any climate zone and used at any time. They allow intensive use and require comparatively little maintenance, which minimizes costs for the community or owner. Alveosport is delivered in large but easily manageable rolls, making for easy and efficient installation. With a service life of up to 25 years, the Alveosport shock-pad can typically be reused when the grass mat is replaced. For all these reasons, Alveosport has become a favourite among athletes, clubs, owners, and installation contractors.

Part of a broad commitment to sustainability

The ISCC PLUS certified version of Alveosport expands Sekisui Alveo’s line of ISCC PLUS certified products that began with Alveolit TA foams in 2020. It underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable material sourcing.

Sekisui Alveo considers its products throughout their entire lifecycle: from raw material sourcing to manufacturing and final application. The sustainability benefits realised in the initial stages of material sourcing and production are passed on to customers further down the supply chain. Additional benefits are realised in the application phase. Many of the company’s high-quality foams are used as sustainable, energy-saving solutions in a wide variety of applications due to their flexibility, softness, light weight, excellent insulating & damping qualities, and long-term performance. Typical application fields include not only sports facilities but also building construction, industrial, medical, and transportation.

How was the ISCC PLUS certification achieved?

The ISCC PLUS certification for the newly launched version of Alveosport was based on the mass balance approach, which has become widely adopted in the chemical industry. As a milestone on the journey towards a sustainable economy, this approach is designed to trace the flow of materials through a complex value chain. Since different types of feedstocks are typically blended in the manufacturing process, physical segregation of sustainable content is often practically and economically infeasible. The mass balance approach makes it possible to track the amount of sustainable content in the value chain and attribute it to products based on verifiable bookkeeping. For companies using the mass balance approach, ISCC PLUS certification verifies that the mass balance accounting follows predefined and transparent rules. Under ISCC requirements, mass balance calculations and product sustainability declarations are audited by an ISCC-recognised independent body.

 

Sekisui Alveo AG – Company profile

Sekisui Alveo AG, with head office in Adligenswil, Switzerland, develops and produces extruded and cross-linked polyolefin foams used in Adhesive Coating, Automotive, Construction including Artificial Turf, as well as Industrial and Consumer Goods. The solutions are developed in close cooperation with processing companies and manufacturers, and tested and approved in the company’s Application Service Laboratory.

Sekisui Alveo was established in 1971 and today employs 500 people. Beside the head office in Adligenswil (Switzerland) and the two production plants in Roermond (Netherlands) and Bad Sobernheim (Germany), the company has local offices throughout Europe. Sekisui Alveo is owned by Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd.