He found that in 2011 the artificial turf market in Europe went into recession, with North America prospects brightening and China growing strongly.
The grass yarns are made from PE (polyethylene), PP (polypropylene) and PA (polyamide). For coating, infill, underlay and shock pads the main materials are SB (styrene butadiene latex), SBR (styrene butadiene rubber), PU (polyurethane) and TPEs (thermoplastic elastomers).
Active industry investors include TenCate Thiolon, FieldTurf Tarkett, Bonar and Shaw Industries (Sportexe). Private equity is supporting companies including Polytan and Desso.
Worldwide proportion of artificial turf sales
Far East - 29%
America - 22%
Europe, Middle East and Africa - 49%