New Managing Director at Labosport UK

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.

David James

Tel: +44 (0) 7384112183

Labosport consolidates the shareholding of one of its subsidiaries

On Friday 29th June 2018, Labosport International, the group holding company, has reorganized the share capital of one of its subsidiaries by successfully acquiring a historical minority interest.
The operation brings the shareholding held by Labosport in the subsidiary to 100% and allows the Group to reinforce its position in one of its core markets.
This investment participates in the reinforcement of the Group’s existing operations and is in line with the strategy to operate under the brand Labosport a network of fully-owned subsidiaries.

Labosport to expand its presence in Asia-Pacific with the acquisition of NZSTI

Labosport, a leader in sport surfaces testing, announces that it has signed today an agreement to acquire New-Zealand Sports Turf Institute (“NZSTI”), the leading turf consultancy in New-Zealand. NZSTI serves 3 main markets namely research & consultancy, professional training and testing services. The company headquartered in Auckland has 14 staff in 5 locations.

Originally established as a research institute in 1949, NZSTI has grown to be recognized as the number one sports turf consultancy in New-Zealand, providing testing and construction advice to a wide array of councils and sports associations. The company differentiates itself by being the principal private training establishment accredited under New Zealand Qualifications Framework for the delivery of professional training in sports turf operations management.
NZSTI provides Labosport an entry into the New-Zealand market and will allow to considerably reinforce the Group position in Asia and Pacific. With its world class turf expertise, NZSTI improves Labosport capacity to services its core markets, from grass root sports fields to iconic stadia.

Aurélien Le Blan, Labosport CEO: “We are extremely pleased to welcome NZSTI to Labosport. This investment provides the Group a unique opportunity to expand its growing expertise in natural turf and footprint in Asia. The institute has unparalleled experience and unmatched reputation for scientific excellence. We look forward to further developing its service offering for the benefit of its customers and key business partners.”

About Labosport

Labosport is a leading group of independent laboratories and institutes dedicated to sports surfaces testing and certification. With 110 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.


New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) is New Zealand’s only full service sports turf consultancy group specialising in research, training and advice relating to design and management of natural and artificial sports surfaces. Founded in 1949, NZSTI is recognised as the “standard setting body” for turf maintenance and management. The Institute provides independent, scientifically based advice on all aspects of sports and amenity turf planning, construction and maintenance.
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Labosport involved in research project

“Assessment of exposure and potential risks to human health associated with the use of ELT recycled rubber crumb in artificial turf” 17/5/2017

Recently, European authorities (the European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM) evaluated potential risks from using synthetic turfs, filled with rubber crumb from recycled tyres, for sports activities. Both authorities concluded that these sports fields can be safely used. Nevertheless, public debate about health concerns is still ongoing. This research project is initiated by the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturer‘s Association (ETRMA) together with the Crumb Rubber Industry Platform (CRIP) and is carried out by the independent scientific consultancies FoBiG, Eurofins and Labosport. With this research project a major effort is made to fill remaining data gaps and to come to a comprehensive risk assessment of substance potentially available from rubber crumb used as infill material in artificial turfs.

During the project rubber crumb samples from tyre recycling companies as well as from artificial turf fields are obtained and analysed for chemical substances. In addition, volatile substances released from the rubber matrix to air and substances released into body fluid simulants are measured. Finally, exposure measurements are performed in the air over artificial sports fields and other potential intake routes (oral or dermal) are assessed.

The information is compiled and a detailed exposure assessment is performed for groups of people using the sports fields. By comparing the exposure information with the hazard profiles of the substances a risk characterisation is performed in order to investigate if there are risks from exposure during use of these artificial turfs. The methodology and the results of this project will be published. This project, with a planned duration of 2 years, started in early 2017.

For further questions, please contact Pascal Haxaire, Group R&D & Innovation Director at Labosport –

Labosport launches a new online service to facilitate testing of infill for synthetic turf fields

Since 1990, synthetic turf is the surface of choice for sports fields under intensive play, harsh climatic conditions or both. While different types of synthetic turf exist, 95% of fields use rubber recycled rubber granules as infill material for shock absorption purposes.

Recently, there has been a growing concern on the potential health impact for those regularly in contact with those materials, especially young athletes. While these concerns deserved to be addressed , all studies on the subject have concluded that, by a very large majority, infill products sold on the market do not present any health risks. This has been confirmed again by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) in its report dated 28 February 2017 (available here). In this report, ECHA advises all interested parties (sport associations, clubs, field owners, manufacturers and importers) to test the rubber granules and communicate the information in an understandable way to the players and the general public.

In order to support this approach and make testing of granules and infill easier and accessible to all, we are launching a new online service : TESTYOURINFILL.COM

The service is available at for the US and Europe. Residents of other countries can order similar testing services by contacting us directly.

Our testing package focuses on the latest requirements for Heavy Metals and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are key substances of interest. This will allow to identify the nature of the material, its origin and, will raise a flag in case its chemical composition is considered to be unusual by our experts.

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Labosport France strengthens its expertise in natural and hybrid pitches with the arrival of Christophe Gestain

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe Gestain as Senior Agronomist, responsible for the Natural Turf and Agronomic Systems division at Labosport France.

Christophe will manage the natural turf operations and development of Labosport in France, Belgium and Switzerland, starting as of February 1, 2017.

Christophe hold a Diploma from the public agronomy school LEGTA in PAU MONTARDON, is a Scientific Expert recognized by both the ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture in France and has more than 20 years’ experience in agronomy and agriculture related services.

Christophe is the acknowledged Turf Expert for the French Rugby League and brings to Labosport France a number of accreditations and titles:

  • The “Pelouse Sportive Ecologique” (ecological sport turf) referential and brand,
  • Turf Expert title from the Ministry of Agriculture,
  • The Phytosanitary Advisor accreditation.

We wish Christophe a good start in the Group.

LABOSPORT opens in Germany and India

Labosport is pleased to annouce the opening of two additional facilities Labosport Germany and Labosport India.

Located in Frechen – Koln, Labosport Deutschland GmbH, has a strong R&D focus and will implement new innovative testing for the Labosport Group under the supervision of Pascal Haxaire, R&D and Innovation Director of the Labosport Group. Labosport Deutschland GmbH is also fully set up to provide to the German market the full range of lab and field testing offered by the Labosport group.

Pascal Haxaire
Tel :  +49 (0)2234 4357 984

Based in Delhi, Labosport India, will be in charge of delivering Labosport services over the Indian subcontinent. Olivier Ducroq, Managing Director of Labosport Asia, is in charge of the development of this new branch office.

Olivier Ducroq
Tel: +86 188 2490 3926

New Managing Director at Labosport USA

We are pleased to announce the nomination of Thierry Levy as Managing Director for Labosport USA.

Thierry holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Temple University, Philadelphia, an Executive MBA from Laval University, Quebec City and has more than 10 years’ experience in general management. In 2005 he joined the Essilor Group in Canada, leading the post-merger integration and the management of five optical laboratories. In 2008, Thierry co-founded Laboratoire Cooptic, an integrated optical laboratory, and successfully developed the company. In 2013, he became General Manager of Jomac, an ISO 9001 company , part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group, with a leading position on the market as a manufacturer of one of the widest Canadian-made range of hand and forearm protection.

Thierry Levy
Tel: +1 581 988 5339

Labosport Group CEO nominated as chairman of CEN-TC 217

We are please to announce that our Group CEO Aurélien Le Blan will take the role of chairman of CEN-TC 217 for a period of 6 years.

CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 33 European countries. It is one of three European Standardization Organizations that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.

CEN thus provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and processes.

Technical Committee TC-217 is the committee in charge of sport surfaces.

This nomination complements our involvement in many professional associations such as ESTO, ISSS, STC and ASTM.