AstroTurf and SYNLawn Brands Join APT and SportGroup

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APT Advanced Polymer Technology’s business as a member of SportGroup® has some exciting news:

After a period of remarkable growth, the time has come for the next chapter in the history of the SportGroup®, and indeed of the sports surfacing industry.  In order to complete the line-up of products and systems, the AstroTurf® and SYNLawn® brands will join the SportGroup. We will be able to truly support American clients as a full service provider of sport and recreation turf.

I have been employed with the SportGroup® since 2009, having had the privilege of serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of APT Advanced Polymer Technology Corp. in Harmony, Pennsylvania.  Over the last several years, I have witnessed an unparalleled growth in the sport surfacing market, especially the athletic sport turf and landscape turf segments. It has been extremely gratifying to see the hard work of our and AstroTurf’s sales, installation and R&D teams pay off and to be able to finally join forces to become the quality leader in America.

This acquisition comes at the right time and will create one of the largest outdoor sports surfacing companies in the world. Not only that, it forges a team of dedicated sports surfacing brands that is focused on introducing the most cutting edge technologies.  Together, the complementary brands offer more selections to clients, including:

  • More FIFA, FIH, and World Rugby-certified systems and pitches than ever beforeAll Brand Logo - AstroTurf APT
  • Highly evolved American Football turf systems selections
  • Top-tier Olympic and World Cup field hockey surfaces
  • Industry-leading baseball and softball systems
  • More RootZone® products and installations than any other provider on the market
  • Legendary running track brands from APT Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), including Rekortan®
  • Largest and most efficient installation force worldwide
  • Leading EPDM rubber manufacturing from Melos®
  • Leading tennis court surface systems from APT, including Laykold®
  • Most advanced “green” technologies from APT, including TuftGuard® and Qualipur® adhesives

SportGroup, founded in 1969, is a global leader in artificial turf systems and running tracks, with a >€340 million annual turnover (2015) and around 1,000 employees. The company maintains production plants in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region and operates in more than 70 countries. It has manufactured and installed more than 7,000 fields and 16,000 tracks. It is a supplier of both fields and tracks to the Olympic Games. Its leading core companies include Polytan®, APT®, Melos®, with brands like Rekortan®, Spurtan®, GridIron®, LigaTurf®, Supergrasse®, Poligras®, Dynapoint® and Laykold®.

The union of these global brands will usher in the next era of sophisticated sports surfacing for today’s highly trained athletes.

We look forward to all this partnership has in store! As always, our sales reps across the country and our team in Harmony, Pennsylvania and the new team in Dalton, Georgia, are available to answer any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact your regional representative or Sydney Stahlbaum at 512-423-5164/ sstahlbaum@astroturf.com for more information.

Sincerely,

Andreas M. Schulze Ising

President/CEO

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Record Setting Penn Relays on Rekortan Track Surface

The 2016 Penn Relays held at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania on April 28 – 30 were the first run on the new Rekortan track. Speed was expected and the relays did not disappoint. Several records and bests were set on the new Rekortan track surface, in spite of difficult wind and weather conditions. Although the focus was on the “USA vs. The World” and “Championship of America” events on Saturday, a world record by Ida Keeling, age 100 stole the show.

Here’s a list of the highlights of accomplishments achieved by high school, college and Olympic-development athletes on the Rekortan “Powered by Speed” track at Franklin Field:

  •  Ida Keeling, competing in the Masters Mixed 100m Dash in the 80 and older category set a new world mark for a runner 100 or older with a time of 1:17.33. You can watch the video of her run here: bit.ly/idawr100
  • The Shenendehowa High School 4×800 meter relay team set a Penn Relays record by over 2 seconds.
  • The Kingston College (from East Kingston, Jamaica) 4×100 Championship of America team won while tying last year’s Penn Relays record for High School Boys, with a time of 39.63.
  • Obrien Wasome of Kingston College beat Sanya Owolabi’s 1978 Penn Relays record in Triple Jump with a 16.01-meter jump.
  • The US won 5 of 6 in the “US vs. The World” competions. Jamaica won the Men’s 4x100m relay, the U.S. team won the Women’s 4x100m relay and the Men’s and Women’s 4x200m and 4x400m relays.
  • The University of Pennsylvania, the “home team” which runs on Franklin Field where the Penn Relays are held, won the Men’s 4xMile relay, its first win at the event since 1974.
  • Penn State University scored big with over a dozen top-3 finishes across the track and field competitions. Highlights for the Nittany Lions included wins in the Men’s 4×800 and Distance Medley events.
  • The University of Tennessee women’s distance relay team won three races for the second consecutive year – the distance medley, 4x1500m and 4x800m.  

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as the fast track, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortans innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance. For more information, visit the Rekortan page on this site.

These are just some of the highlights from the Penn Relays run on the new Rekortan track surface. For more information on the Penn Relays visit thepennrelays.com.

Action from the 2016 Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, April 28 – 30.

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IAAF World Championships – Men’s 400m Final

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa has won the men’s IAAF World Championship 400m final today in Beijing. Van Niekerk’s time was 43.48, with defending champion LaShawn Merritt (43.65) and Kirani James (43.78) close behind. This is the first time in history that three men have gone under 44 seconds in one race!

Van Niekerk has now earned the title of fourth-fastest man in history. This win also brings South Africa the first global victory at the 400m since the 1920 Olympic games.

Read more about this amazing race by clicking here and stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more track news!

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Kirani James Wins 400m Semifinal in Beijing

Kirani James raced across the finish line with ease today in Beijing for the IAAF World Championship 400m semifinals. Check out the video of his win by clicking here.

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James faces some tough competition in the finals on Wednesday. Check out the competition and their semifinal times below:

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We can’t wait to see what the finals brings! Be sure to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for the latest action from the IAAF World Championships!

Diamond League 400m Update

Machel Cedenio surprised everyone with his amazing come-from-behind victory in Stockholm Sweden a few weeks ago. Check out his story here, along with the race results and list of season leaders.

Stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for more track and field stories, building up to IAAF Worlds!

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Felix Chooses 400m at IAAF Worlds

Allyson Felix has chosen to run the 400m, not the 200m, at the upcoming IAAF World Championships. This year, Felix has proven to be the fastest woman in the world in the 200m and second fastest in the 400m, behind Bahama’s Shaunae Miller. Reports say that Miller may opt to only run the 200m this year at Worlds. Click here to read more.

Stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for your track and field news!

Rekortan – Powered By Speed!

Allyson Felix from the USA, left, and Dezerea Bryant from the USA, right, compete in the women's 200m race at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Allyson Felix from the USA, left, and Dezerea Bryant from the USA, right, compete in the women’s 200m race at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Team USA Ready for IAAF Worlds!

Team USA is ready for the IAAF World Championships. Read the 5 takeaways about the US team here!

Remember to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for all of the excitement leading up to the IAAF Worlds!

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 28:  Alysia Montano poses with her daughter Liliana after winning the Women's 800 Meter Run final during day four of the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on June 28, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR – JUNE 28: Alysia Montano poses with her daughter Liliana after winning the Women’s 800 Meter Run final during day four of the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on June 28, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Gearing Up for IAAF World Championships

This year’s IAAF World Championship is shaping up to be a nail biter! Isaac Makwala, Kirani James, LaShawn Merritt, and now Wayde van Niekerk are all in the mix for winning the 400m. Will any of them take Michael Johnson’s record, set in 1999? Click here for the latest buzz!

As always, stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for the latest news around the track!

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