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FSB will stage world’s largest synthetic turf exhibition and forum

From 22 to 25 October 2013 in Cologne, FSB and the Forum for Synthetic Turf and Leisure Sports Facilities will combine to create the world’s largest synthetic turf exhibition, with a corresponding series of presentations and events. Most of Hall 11.3 will be turned into a synthetic turf hall.

The supporting programme for the Forum for Synthetic Turf and Leisure Sports Facilities at FSB will provide the latest information about planning, creating and caring for areas of synthetic turf, as well as market potential, quality standards, and the costs of laying and maintaining synthetic turf. This year the FORUM is once again being organised and supported by IAKS and its partners, the European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Association of German Landscape Architects (bdla) and the West German Football and Athletics Association (WFLV).

For example, ESTO will be holding a round of presentations on Tuesday, 22 October 2013, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The presentations will address topics such as the development of shock pads for synthetic turf coverings and the legal regulations for synthetic turf areas in Germany. The focus here is on special issues related to current debates on the DIN SPEC 18035-7 and -6 standards for calls for tender in Germany and to the current European Union standard DIN EN 15330-1:2008-1.

In the afternoon, the FIFA workshop will be devoted to heat and synthetic turf as well as the maintenance of synthetic turf areas. On Wednesday, 23 October, the German chapter of IAKS will organise a specialist meeting devoted to synthetic turf and synthetic floor coverings for sports facilities in cooperation with the WFLV. The event will address issues such as the DIN and EN standards, planning principles for facilities and financing possibilities for the creation of synthetic turf areas. Two practical examples will be presented; they will focus on synthetic floor coverings for athletics facilities and small sports fields, on the one hand, and the suitability of such coverings for football fields, on the other.

On Thursday, 24 October 2013, a seminar on leisure sports facilities will be held beginning at 2:00pm. The event will be organised by the IAKS in cooperation with the North Rhine-Westphalia chapter of the Association of German Landscape Architects. The event will address the following topics: “Good things come to those who wait: The current Section 4 (grass areas) of the DIN 18035-4 standard for sports facilities”, “Im-possible — the limits and possibilities of LED lighting systems for sports facilities” and “Can the genie be put back into the bottle? An expert’s view of synthetic turf”. Participants must register for this seminar in writing. Additional information is available at: www.iaks.org

At FSB 2013 synthetic turf will also undergo practical testing. During the entire duration of the fair, visitors can use a synthetic turf area called “Soccer and more!” to engage in sports activities in Hall 11.3. On 24 October 2013, schools, clubs and daycare centres can also take part in the FSB Bambini Cup.