The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has 211 member associations and its goal is the constant improvement of football. The FIFA compiles the “Handbook of Test Methods” which describes the procedures for assessing artificial turf football surfaces under the FIFA Quality Programme.
In the Handbook, a football turf is defined as the synthetic surface and infill, any shockpad and all supporting layers that influence the sports performance or biomechanical response of the surface. Tests shall be made on all elements of the construction that influence the sports performance or biomechanical response of the surface. The key tests and their test requirements towards the latex based backing are:
FIFA Certification has always been known as the highest international standards, thus the door opener for manufacturers of artificial turf to the international market. So in recent years, high-end artificial turf manufacturers in China work actively in complying with the certification requirements. FIFA certification has also become an important goal for Trinseo to assist its customers.
In 2017, Trinseo became the sole artificial turf material supplier for two leading artificial turf manufacturers in China. Trinseo is one of the few materials suppliers in China manufacturing latex binders for artificial turf in compliance with specific low volatile organic compounds (VOC) industry requirements for exports to Europe, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. Artificial turf with lower amount of VOC in indoor air (often called TVOC - total VOC) helps Chinese artificial turf manufacturers achieve bigger market share in the export market.
Trinseo developed a modified SB latex modified with performance enhancing additives to:
Trinseo plays an important role in supporting our customers by supplying them with more reliable artificial turf backing for their export market. To learn more about Trinseo latex binders for artificial turf, please click here.