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Polytan passes 50 year operational landmark

Polytan passes 50 year operational landmark
August 19, 2019

Synthetic sport surfaces specialist Polytan has recently marked 50 years of operations.

Founded in Germany in 1969, the company began producing shock-absorbing race tracks, gaining its breakthrough with its installation of the circular sports surface used for the athletics track at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Having grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of synthetic sports surfaces - from running tracks to tennis courts, to highly developed synthetic turf systems - today Polytan offers a full product range including design, construction, installation, maintenance and service.

With less than one year to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the company has developed a new hockey surface, Poligras Tokyo GT, that has been installed in Japan’s Oi Hockey Stadium - the 2020 Games tournament venue.

A carbon neutral product, the sustainable hockey surface is the first hockey turf to be made from regrowable raw materials and was designed to support Tokyo’s ambitious carbon-neutral targets and FIH’s commitment to sustainable hockey.

Offering superior player and environmental performance Poligras Tokyo GT features breakthrough green technology being made from 60% sugar cane and requiring 66% less water than previous Olympic turfs.

Tokyo 2020 continues Polytan parent company Sport Group’s long association with the Olympic Games. Sport Group’s brands, AstroTurf and Polytan have provided the hockey turfs for nine of the 12 Olympics which have featured hockey on synthetic turf.

Poligras Tokyo GT turfs have already been installed in nine countries as clubs, colleges, hockey associations and cities make the commitment to ‘turf responsibly’.

The latest of these installations seeing Poligras Tokyo GT laid at a training field at Seongham Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Seongnam, about one and a half hours south of Seoul, South Korea.

For further information about Polytan, click here to visit their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.

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8th May 2019 - Olympic sport federations call for clarity on management of Tokyo Games

21st January 2019 - Sports Environment Alliance looks to improve facilities’ sustainability

11th December 2018 - Polytan transforms Kalinga Stadium India for 2018 Mens Hockey World Cup

25th October 2017 - Polytan brings Concept to Creation Sports Field Symposium to Melbourne

12th October 2017 - FIH releases new hockey lighting standards

28th July 2017 - FIH publishes new standards for hockey turf and facilities

8th April 2016 - Polytan to supply World Cup and Olympic hockey turf

22nd January 2016 - FIH announces seven official suppliers as part of global turf quality program

22nd October 2015 - FIH launches new Quality Program for Hockey Turf

26th June 2015 - Grand Slam and Polytan deliver new synthetic grass courts for Northern Suburbs Tennis Association

12th July 2014 - Polytan owner the Sport Group acquires Team Sports

13th June 2014 - Polytan STI artificial turf surface opens at AIS in Canberra

2nd June 2014 - STI expands to join forces with sister company Polytan


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