Market for new types of artificial turf growing fast

By Roger Renstrom Plastics News

Montreal-More athletic venues are installing polymer-laden versions of resilient, shock-absorbing artificial grass.

At least 30 firms compete in the North American market for second-generation turf and pursue opportunities opened up by the rapid demise of first-generation synthetic king Astroturf.

Players include FieldTurf Inc. of Montreal; Specialty Surfaces Inc.’s Sprint Turf of Wayne, Pennsylvania; 1st Turf Inc. of Tampa, Florida., marketing Tarkett Sports’ Prestige system; Sportexe Inc. of Fonthill, Ontario; and Surface America Inc.’s A-Turf division in Cheektowaga, New York.

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