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2010/09/22

Tarkett Sports Acquires Majority Stake in Poligras Iberica SA

Tarkett Sports has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Poligras Iberica SA, an artificial turf manufacturer that holds a leadership position in the production and installation of sports surfaces in Spain.

FieldTurf, a Tarkett Sports company, has reinforced its industrial and commercial positions in Europe with the acquisition of Poligras, a company that has been a strategic partner to the world leader in artificial turf since 2006. Poligras was founded in 1988 by Javier Batlle and reported total sales of €35 million in 2009. To date, Poligras has installed 8 million m2 of sports surfaces primarily for soccer, hockey, tennis and golf. Among these installations are artificial turf fields for the 20 principal Spanish soccer clubs, as well as almost 1000 other sports clubs.

With a large specialised staff and 10 regional delegations, Poligras has made innovation part of its corporate culture form the very beginning. As a result, the company has earned a reputation for developing environmentally friendly solutions, while penetrating the multi-sport artificial turf marketplace. Poligras’ state-of-the-art artificial turf products represent  considerable savings in water and pesticides consumption and remain playable year round under all weather conditions.

With an impressive manufacturing facility in Valls (Tarragone), built in 2007, Poligras boasts a yearly production capacity of 4 million m2 of artificial turf.

“The addition of Poligras to the FieldTurf family further enhances our ability to continue to provide the highest quality sports surfacing products to our clients around the globe,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “The synergy between the two companies is already very strong with complete customer satisfaction, innovation, and a commitment to the environment at the core of our operations.”

“Strengthened by FieldTurf’s market position, we are entering a new era that will allow Poligras to continue its development” concludes Javier Batlle.