Sport Group and BASF partner to deliver sustainable sports flooring
Sport Group, of which Polytan is a subsidiary, is partnering with German multinational chemical company, BASF for the distribution and installation of a new, sustainable flooring system with Infinergy®.
BASF offers Infinergy®, the first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) for flooring systems. The high-performance material has an excellent environmental profile and is Oeko-Tex® certified. Function, stability and environmental compatibility have been extensively tested and make Infinergy® a forward-looking alternative to previously used materials. In addition, the product ensures a production cycle without residual waste, because it can be fully recovered and reused without harmful residues. In the outdoor sector, the material can be used as an elastic layer for unsealed, sustainable and environmentally friendly sports facilities, running tracks and playgrounds.
In Sport Group, BASF has found a partner who will distribute and install the new system worldwide with Jens Dierssen, Director Global Business Incubation Infinergy noting “the strategic cooperation between Sport Group and BASF will enrich sports facility construction with a new, sustainable solution.”
Sport Group Chief Executive, Frank Dittrich adds “BASF and the Sport Group both consistently pursue the goal of sustainability. Infinergy® therefore fits perfectly into our product portfolio.”
Headquartered in Burgheim, Germany, Sport Group is the world’s largest sports surfaces company. The Group offers artificial turf sports fields, athletics tracks, playing fields and landscaping products in over 70 countries and covers the entire value chain, including research and development, manufacturing and installation, and recycling.
The Group’s corporate brands include Polytan, AstroTurf, Melos and SynLawn, and world-leading global product brands such as LigaTurf (football turf), Poligras (hockey turf), Rekortan (tracks) and Laykold (courts). Notable recent projects include hockey turf for Tokyo 2020, tennis courts for the US Open and baseball turf for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Due to its particularly cushioning properties, Infinergy® is ideally suited for fall protection flooring, which protects children in particular from injury in the event of falls on playgrounds. With its subsidiaries Polytan GmbH and Melos GmbH, Sport Group, as a strategic distributor, covers the distribution and installation of fall protection flooring with Infinergy®.
Further information at www.infinergy.basf.com
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