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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.

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Labosport acquires Thomas turf

Labosport to expand its presence in the US with the acquisition of Thomas Turf Services and Thomas Analytical Services

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”

About Labosport
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.

For more information, please visit Labosport or Thomas Turf or Thomas Analytical


Labosport acquires Thomas turf


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.


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:

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.

Turf training programme - Golf

Vision for Asian golf industry now a reality

Turf training programme - Golf

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


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.
For more information, please visit or

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.

More information at