A Practical Beginning
Back in the 1960’s the Chemstrand Company was developing a new synthetic fiber for use in carpeting. They were encouraged by the Ford Foundation to use this technology to develop an urban playing surface. It seemed that urban kids were less physically fit than kids living in rural areas. With the goal of creating a natural looking play area that could be set up and maintained easily inside a city, Chemstrand turned its attention to creating a product that “looks like grass and acts like grass.” They worked for years to formulate something that could replicate the look and feel of natural grass. Early results were marginally successful; however, the initial technology, used primarily on athletic fields, did not allow the athletes a full range of natural movement. Throughout the 1960s, Chemstrand worked to improve the technology.
Branching Out Beyond Athletic Fields
As the industry grew, synthetic turf spread from playing fields to large-scale sports arenas and beyond. What has once been impossible became possible, and the uses for this new synthetic turf exploded. Research and development continued to improve and diversify the range and quality of products and services that were available. In the 1990’s, new technologies allowed for the creation of more durable and versatile turf, and the industry experienced a complete revolution, thanks to scientific breakthroughs on everything from synthetic materials to adhesives and backing systems.
Ten Years of Advancements – Information and Technology Transform the industry
The industry as a whole has seen more advancement in the last 10 years than in the previous 40 years. Focus on infilled polyethylene and polypropylene products has expanded the uses for synthetic turf exponentially. Ideal for residential and commercial landscaping, golf courses and playgrounds, there are new ideas constantly springing up as the technology allows for more diverse applications. Thanks to new developments, there are hundreds of new ways to utilize synthetic turf.
An Industry Leader Sets the Pace
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