Artificial turf market falls in Europe but rises elsewhere

Consultants Applied Market Information (AMI Consulting) has reported that the artificial turf market is falling in Europe but growing in the rest of the world.

Report editor John Nash said: "Product development is more important than ever; good though today's products are, there remains plenty of room for more developments to emerge."

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%

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