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New 3G pitch for Rugby Union team, Rosslyn Park

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After nearly a month of preparation works, the new 3G pitch is ready to be laid this week by SIS Pitches for National League One team, Rosslyn Park RFC.

They are the third rugby union team to convert to artificial grass by SIS Pitches, following on from Newcastle Falcons in 2014, and Saracen’s in 2013, who both play in the Aviva Premiership league.

The current natural turf pitch at the London stadium is being replaced with SIS Pitches’ premium product, Rugger 65, which is also used by the two Premiership teams. It is ideal for rugby games, with proven durability even after intensive use. This was also manufactured by SIS Pitches in their Cumbrian factory, and will be tested to meet World Rugby Standards.

Rugger 65 incorporates top of the range yarn, MN Ultra from Scottish firm Bonar Yarns, who are a key supplier to SIS Pitches.

Bryn Lee, Commercial Director at Bonar Yarns, commented:

Rosslyn Park is one of the oldest clubs in the country and now becomes one of the first to embrace 3G synthetic turf technology. In choosing SIS Pitches’ product Rugger 65, which incorporates Bonar Yarns MN Ultra fibre for the grass, Rosslyn Park have opted for a market-leading system designed for a fast paced game of rugby.

No doubt the League One side, plus the other teams throughout one of London’s largest clubs, will relish the new pitch.

Rosslyn Park wanted to convert its grass rugby pitch into an artificial playing pitch on its main site to increase activity across its membership and the local community.

The new artificial pitch forms part of a whole club development project titled ‘Securing the club’s future’, which also includes new shower and toilet facilities, new fencing and improvements to the bar and catering facilities.

Shaun Justice, Managing Director for Rosslyn Park, said:

We are very excited about the new pitch currently being installed by SIS Pitches. Replacing the grass pitch and training area with an artificial 3G pitch facility will allow the club to significantly increase playing time, activity levels and access, benefitting all playing and non-playing sections of the club.

Use of the 3G pitch will also be offered to the wider Wandsworth community, an area deprived of good quality outdoor pitches.

Final works to complete the project at Rosslyn Park’s rugby club ground should take another few weeks, and the new pitch will be ready in plenty of time for the new rugby season starting in September.

SIS Pitches will also be working with another National League one team over the summer, with a new 3G pitch also being installed for Loughborough University.

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New machine transforming the disposal and treatment of artificial turf

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A highly efficient machine is transforming the hitherto expensive, time-consuming and labour-intensive exercise of artificial turf deconstruction, disposal and treatment. Even when synthetic sports surfaces are regularly maintained and good care is taken, experts predict a life of no more than 15 years depending on the degree of use. And whenever an artificial turf field is eventually replaced, the old surface must of course be disposed of.

It used to be the case that the turf, with all its infill materials, was simply rolled up or taken directly to waste disposal sites. However, such methods are now – at least in Europe – regulated by statutory requirements, meaning that synthetic sports surfaces are no longer simply thrown away but are incorporated into a cycle of reclamation. One common method is to separate the roll from the infill material at a recycling facility, but recently there have been far better ideas implemented that also save on cost and time.

SMG – known worldwide as a manufacturer and supplier of complete machine programs for the installation and maintenance of synthetic turf and track surfaces – now also produces solutions for the complete deconstruction of such products. One method devised by SMG is to directly separate the infill material from the lawn in one step during the reeling process. This method removes as much as 98% of the filling from the lawn, while also separating the sand from the rubber. The lawn is then rolled up tightly and stapled on to the back of the machine so that the grass, sand and rubber are easily separated, transported and recycled as valuable raw materials for recovery.

This deconstruction, using SMG machinery, not only saves time but also money, as individual pieces of old artificial turf with infill often weigh as much as 35kg/m2 (830lb/ft2), resulting in substantial transportation costs.

A particular highlight is SMG’s new self-propelled TurfMuncher TM2000D artificial turf remover. This highly efficient machine has transformed the disposal and treatment of artificial turf, which was previously a problematic and labour-intensive exercise. The TurfMuncher has been specially designed to wind artificial turf into compact 2m rolls and separate out the infill materials. It is driven by a water-cooled 44hp Kubota diesel engine with a maximum operating speed of 7m/min and a material discharge of up to 500kg/min (1,100lb/min). This enables the removal of a standard artificial turf pitch in just 14 hours. The elastic substructures are protected during operation, meaning they can be used for longer.

For the dismantling of elastic base layers and the reclamation of all artificial turf, including separation of different infill materials, SMG provides a number of other devices, techniques and special machines such as the TurfSaw TS 350 or the TurfWinch TW2500.


Main image (top) caption: SMG’s TurfMuncher is capable of removing a standard artificial turf pitch in just 14 hours. This machine lifts the turf, separates the infill, and rolls up the turf in one process without damage to the base.


TurfSaw TS350

SMG’s TurfSaw TS350 cuts artificial turf with or without infill material with a cutting speed of 164ft/min.


SMG's TurfWinch

The TurfWinch TW 2500 rolls up artificial turf with or without backfill to transportable roles.

SMG is just one of the many industry-leading companies confirmed to exhibit at our ‘live’ event, the annual Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference & exhibition that focuses on sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, which will take place at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30.

For further information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, please visit the website at:

Rio 2016 hockey tournament to be played on world-class artificial turf

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Worldwide Olympic Partner, Dow, works with strategic customer, Polytan, to supply the high-performing playing surface for the Olympic hockey pitches.

Building on the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games experience, the innovative artificial turf solution based on The Dow Chemical Company’s (NYSE: DOW) polyethylene (PE) and polyurethane (PU) technologies will be the official playing surface for hockey competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Deodoro Olympic Park.

Dow, the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, is working once again with Polytan STI, a global leading manufacturer and supplier for outdoor and indoor sports surfaces, to deliver a higher-performing, more reliable and faster artificial turf for the world’s best hockey players in Rio.

The companies worked together on London 2012’s Riverbank Arena, which helped set the new standard for hockey’s most important competitions.

Game-changing features

Two pitches and one warm-up area at Deodoro, as well as two additional pitches to be built at the Federal University of Rio, will benefit from a comprehensive playing surface that consists of specific high-performing materials formulated together in multiple layers. The surface system is designed to deliver enhanced durability for increased pitch life, and a consistent field-of-play throughout the busy Olympic competition schedule.

The production of synthetic turf is a highly elaborated process. The system begins with the production of the master batch and the yarn for the turf. The subsequent tufting and backing process provide a strong turf bind, even when the surface is wet. For the upper surface layer, the polymer yarn provides wear resistance and energy absorption, combined with softness and speed. The complete turf system, including embedded shock pad properties, provides stability, durability, shock absorption and force reduction properties for the benefit of the players and the game.

The internationally-certified artificial turf system offers colorability, enabling customised aesthetics and design for the playing surface. London 2012 marked the first Olympic hockey competition in history to be played on blue and pink turf. The blue colour enabled players, officials, spectators and the media to keep their eyes on the ball more easily, because it provided a high level of contrast against the yellow ball and white lines.

Ana Carolina Haracemiv, Global Marketing Director, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics, said:

Our unique position as the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and a global leader in the plastics industry, combined with our customer’s experience in artificial playing surfaces, enables us to deliver the best turf conditions for the world’s greatest athletes – in hockey and other sports. The solution we developed together is durable, low maintenance, stays consistently flat and fast from game to game, and requires no watering – compared to natural grass.

Contributing to the Olympic Legacy in Rio

Beyond the Olympic athletes, citizens of Rio will largely benefit from the innovative playing surfaces to be installed in Deodoro, as the Park will remain as one of the main legacy projects for the city after the Games have concluded. Dow and its customer plan to donate material to support the construction of the Deodoro pitches and enable the long-term use of the fields.

Sidney Levy, Chief Executive Officer of Rio 2016, said:

The contribution we are receiving from Dow and its customer is an extraordinary example of how the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are changing – for the better – our city and communities. It takes true Olympic spirit, strong partnerships and great corporate citizenship to help us deliver this unique legacy for the future of Rio.


Image: Dow/Polytan hockey pitch at London 2012