With artificial grass being increasingly used for landscaping applications around the world (gardens & terraces, recreational & parks, urban landscape beautification), Labosport decided to launch in 2017 the Fiber Performance Index for landscaping turf, a declination of its FPI index for sports turf.
The FPI for landscaping turf is an objective laboratory assessment of the artificial turf, with tests designed based on Labosport 25 years quality control experience. Tests focus on characteristics most frequently sought out by end-users and clients, on top of color and aspect: softness, durability and environmental compliance. For instance, the turf is submitted to intense UV radiations followed by mechanical wear with the Lisport™ machine, which allows to simulate several years of ageing in the laboratory.
The index has been adopted by top quality manufacturers, in France and in the US, allowing French clients of the retail gardening chain botanic® to choose the turf quality that corresponds the most to their need.
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SEAC adopted its final opinion by simple majority, supporting the proposal by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and following an earlier opinion by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) in June.
The restriction proposal lowers the total concentration limit of eight PAHs to 20 mg/kg(0.002 % by weight). The concentration limits for PAHs in mixtures supplied to the general public are currently set at 100 mg/kg or 1 000 mg/kg for each of the substances. The PAHs all have been identified as causing cancer and the proposed concentration limits will be closer to the limit values for individual PAHs in articles supplied to the general public (entry 50of REACH Restrictions list).
SEAC concluded that the proposed restriction is the most appropriate measure to control the risks posed by these substances, and that the measures proposed would be proportionate to the risk with limited economic impacts. The proposal does not affect existing fields but will ensure that the material used for maintaining (refilling) the fields is below the new limit. The final opinion of SEAC will be published in the coming weeks.
Labosport, a leader in sport surfaces testing, announces that it has signed today an agreement to acquire TGMS Ltd (“TGMS”), a sports surface consultancy specializing in the design & management of natural and artificial turf sports pitches in the UK. TGMS offers a comprehensive range of services including feasibility studies, design and contract supervision to support the construction of new sports pitches as well as the remediation of existing pitches.
TGMS has a broad range of experience, ranging from local playing fields and schools, through to National and International Stadia.
The acquisition has been made through Labosport PSD (“PSD”), the specialist entity of Labosport for natural turf consultancy in the UK. Together, PSD and TGMS employ some of the most highly qualified and experienced engineers and consultants available. Charles Henderson, PSD’s Managing Director: “This investment provides us a unique opportunity to improve service to our clients with a better geographical coverage, new technical services and bringing nine of the countries respected agronomists and project manager under one roof along with CAD and surveying specialists. This enables PSD, TGMS and ETL to deliver projects from inception to completion and ongoing maintenance and monitoring in-house, all to standards accustomed to our companies”
Richard Earl, TGMS’ Managing Director, commented on the acquisition: “This is a very exciting development for TGMS as it brings together two unique sets of resources and expertise in the field of sports surface design, construction and maintenance. I very much look forward to working with Charles and his team to develop what was already a mutually beneficial professional relationship in the coming years”
Labosport is a leading group of independent laboratories and institutes dedicated to sports surfaces testing and certification. With 140 employees in 13 countries, the Group offers a wide portfolio of test methods as well as technical advice and consultancy services for natural turf and synthetic sport surfaces. As one of the most innovative and quality oriented players in its industry, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of agronomy, engineering, and chemical analyses.
TGMS provide technical support and consultancy services from project inception through to completion. The company’s extensive project portfolio incorporates a diverse range of clients. These include community and professional sports clubs, local authorities, schools, contractors and developers. Alongside consultancy services, the team has a long-standing commitment to research and is currently involved in research projects with Sports Governing Bodies and Universities.
Labosport China and Canada are extremely proud and happy to announce that the Laboratories in Guangzhou, China and in Montreal, Canada have been ISO 17025 certified.
Labosport China has been accredited by CNAS (China National Accreditation Service for Conformity assessment) and Labosport Canada by the CCN (Standard Council of Canada).
In a constant evolving environment, we focus on ensuring the quality and professionalism we deliver to all our clients. Labosport China and Canada will continue to provide our clients and partners located in the regions with world class consultancy and performance testing services for sports surfaces.
Following the acquisition of Thomas Turf Services and Thomas Analytical, Labosport USA is hiring a Technical Manager for synthetic surfaces and a Business Development Manager for global services. As part of the development of LABOSPORT USA, we offer you the opportunity to join the exciting world of sport in a young and a dynamic team.
Check out the full details for each position below!
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Labosport, a leader in sport surfaces testing, announces that it has signed today an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Thomas Turf Services, Inc. and Thomas Analytical Services, Inc. (“TTS” & “TAS”), laboratories specialized in soil testing and environmental analyses. The companies are headquartered in College Station, Texas.
Following USGA research in the early 1970’s at Texas A&M University, Mr. James Thomas incorporated TTS in July 1992. In 1996, TTS was the second laboratory to be accredited worldwide by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for the geotechnical evaluation of putting green materials.
To better serve clients, TAS was formed in 1999 specializing in soil fertility, soil salinity, plant tissue and irrigation water analyses. The two sister companies provide “One Stop” shopping for chemical and physical soil testing needs.
Mr. Thomas, TTS & TAS General Manager commented: “This union provides TTS and TAS a unique opportunity to develop. We look forward to implementing the commercial synergies and the investment plan that we defined with our new business partners.”
Thierry Levy, Labosport USA General Manager commented: “We are delighted to welcome TTS and TAS in the Group. The long-standing expertise of the team in soil testing for natural turf is a great complement to Labosport’s know-how in synthetic turf and will allow us to better serve our clients”
Labosport is a leading group of independent laboratories and institutes dedicated to sports surfaces testing and certification. With 130 employees in 13 countries, the Group offers a wide portfolio of test methods as well as technical advice and consultancy services for natural turf and synthetic sport surfaces. As one of the most innovative and quality oriented players in its industry, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of agronomy, engineering, and chemical analyses.
About TTS and TAS
Thomas Turf Services and Thomas Analytical Services’ mission is to assist architects, turf managers and superintendents world-wide in the construction and maintenance of athletic facilities and golf courses. Together, the two companies provide the most complete portfolio of physical and chemical testing to help evaluate soil conditions, design proper root zone mixtures, select topdressing and bunker sands, provide fertility recommendations and evaluate irrigation water quality. The personnel at Thomas Turf Services, a USGA approved laboratory, have a combined experience of over 70 years in designing and evaluating high sand content root zone mixtures.
A 25 year journey…
The Labosport Group is a TEAM dedicated to sports surface testing and consultancy with combined expertise in chemistry, engineering, agronomy, instrumentation and material science.
We are patched by our diverse group of people from our labs around the world.
We leverage our diversity across the globe to serve our clients locally in close proximity.
INNOVATION and RESEARCH are in our DNA.
We invented the LISPORT™ 20 years ago, accepted by the industry as the state-of-the-art means of producing realistic simulated patterns on the field. Since then we have always continued to innovate:
- Labosport ScorePlay™ to monitor natural and hybrid turf
- Labosport Fiber Performance Index™ to assess quality of synthetic turf fiber
- Testyourinfill.com, web-based service for PAH and Heavy metals testing
- A drone-based service to assess Turf Health and more
- A unique equipment measuring friction & abrasion on synthetic turf
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we gathered our managers in Sicily in November for a coordination seminar and celebrated our long history of passion dedicated to sport surfaces.
We commit to the future.
The Labosport group looks forward to supporting you.
New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI), a member of the Labosport group, is pleased to announce its partnership with the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) in delivering the inaugural Certificate in Greenkeeping (CIG) programme, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the first of its kind in Asia.
The AGIF has used NZSTI’s expertise to develop a programme that will improve the professional knowledge of greenkeeping staff and provide an educational framework for the golf greenkeeping industry in the region; the initiative is backed by The R&A.
Richard Walne, AGIF President, said: “The objective was to be able to offer an accessible, affordable and internationally recognised certification for superintendents. Thanks to the support of The R&A, we have succeeded in those objectives”.
Walne, who is also Toro’s Australia and Asia Pacific Managing Director, added: “The Certificate will provide a much-needed education path for turfgrass professionals in Asia, which already exists in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe, and Australia, and New Zealand”.
Steve Isaac, Director – Sustainability at The R&A, said: “The R&A has agreed to support the AGIF Certificate in Greenkeeping as part of our greenkeeper education programme. This is a positive development for the golf industry in Asia and we are excited at being involved with this initiative.”
Olivier Ducrocq, Managing Director of New Zealand Sports Turf Institute and Labosport Asia – Pacific “We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our expertise in the delivery of sports turf management for the betterment of the golf industry in Asia”.
The programme focuses on the core knowledge and skills required to operate safely and efficiently as a greenkeeper on a golf course, and in a way that protects the turf, prevents damage to the reputation of the course and improves productivity.
The CIG is a 12-month programme with five modules.
An initial five-day Introductory Course (November 26-30) and Workplace Supervisor Course (November 28 – 30) will be held in Kuala Lumpur and will include modules 1. Golf Course Ecology and 2. Lead Greenkeeping Staff.
A five-day progression course will follow in early 2019 , focussing on the three other modules
- 3. Sports Turf Surface Management;
- 4. Sports Turf Rootzone and Soil Water Management;
- 5. Pest, Weed, Disease and Disorders.
Education will continue through distance learning and will conclude with a three-day Confirmation Course, which will involve practical assessment and completion of the final exam.
Education Partners in the programme are Jacobsen, Jebsen & Jessen; John Deere; Syngenta; and Toro, all Executive Members of the AGIF. AGIF is a not-for-profit organisation boasting more than 100 member companies from all areas of the golfing industry.
For further information, please contact New Zealand Sports Turf Institute at email@example.com
We are pleased to announce the appointment of David James as Managing Director Labosport Ltd (UK). David will manage the operations and development of Labosport UK, starting as of December 1, 2018.
David has been working in the field of sports engineering for 18 years, boasts an impressive academic career and was previously the Director of the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) at Sheffield Hallam University, the world’s largest academic group in sports engineering with 20 full time staff and 1,5m£ annual budget.
David graduated from the University of Sheffield with MEng Mechanical Engineering. During his degree he also studied at Grenoble INP. David’s PhD was sponsored by the England and Wales Cricket Board and focused on the effects of pitch construction on the dynamics of the cricket ball bounce.
In addition to his subsequent Director role at CSER, David founded & developed Sports Engineering degree courses, has organized two major international conventions and is a visiting Professor at TU Delft, Netherlands.
Through his work with international sports federations, PhD/MSc project supervision and knowledge transfer work with the Sport industry, David has sustained a significant contribution to research with projects under his lead totaling a cumulative value in excess of £2m. In 2018, he was awarded the title of Professor of Sports Engineering.
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