TenCate Grass at international synthetic turf conference
Vienna was the setting for the fourth Grass Yarn & Tufters Forum held from 9 to 11 February 2010. Here participants were able to get to grips with trends and developments in the synthetic turf market – so a must for tufters and suppliers of synthetic turf components and systems.
More than 170 delegates from companies and government authorities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America were present, among them Antoine Engels (senior sales manager) and Frans Harmeling (product & development director) from TenCate Grass, who both gave presentations.
The synthetic turf industry has seen steady growth over the last five years, despite a short-term weakness. Growth figures and technological developments make synthetic turf a dynamic industry. The prospects are good, but the challenges are sometimes formidable and the chance of consolidation is real. Speakers from various international organizations and companies, including FIFA, apprised those present of the perspectives concerning sports needs, developments in synthetic turf components, testing and standards.
Antoine Engels spoke to the delegates about the significant advantages that our backing solutions provide for synthetic turf. Although invisible, they perform a stabilizing role in synthetic turf systems. Intensive research and a constant focus on customer wishes have resulted in a new generation of multilayer backing products for synthetic grass systems. And in this respect TenCate continues to set the standard.
Frans Harmeling gave a presentation on creating end-user value through innovation and warranty. TenCate has recently introduced two warranty concepts to this end: the TenCate Performance Warranty™ that aims to safeguard the quality and durability of football fields, and the XP Warranty™ that offers a guarantee on the life span of fields subjected to intensive use.