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Extensive Testing to German DIN Standard 18035-7 Confirms: No Lead in Desso


BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, media have been reporting about the alleged presence of lead in a few synthetic turf fields. The fields in question are not manufactured by Desso Sports Systems.

Customers who buy a Desso synthetic turf pitch, can rest assured that their pitch doesn't contain any lead.

All Desso synthetic turf products and complete systems have been tested and approved according to the strict German DIN 18035-7 standard. This standard, specifically developed for sports fields, includes sport functional requirements, the construction method and environmental requirements and is according to the European Standard EN 15330-1. Desso synthetic turf systems are authorized for use in water-collecting areas, even in Switzerland, where the criteria are even more stringent.

Unlike many other players in the sports surfaces business, Desso is supervised by the German DIN Certco, a long-term independent quality control, which includes the control of systems, production facilities and installed pitches.

More than 15.000 European clubs and communities play on Desso pitches since its start in the early 80's. They confirm Desso's reputation as the leading European manufacturer and installer of innovative high quality sports surfaces. Desso has been a constant innovator -- for example, pioneering and introducing the use of monofilament fibers to provide superior performance, safety and longevity.

Unlike many other players in the sports surfaces business, who claim to steer the value chain of synthetic turf, Desso is a vertically integrated company with a wide range of expertise and experience.

This means Desso keeps control on the total production process. Every step of the production process, from raw material to the extrusion of fibers and finally the completed synthetic turf field is monitored and is subject to rigorous internal and external testing, among which is the German DIN Certco.

Desso's production facility has an ISO 14001 environmental quality accreditation and an ISO 9001: 2000 Quality management Systems-Requirements accreditation in place for many years.

In the United States of America, Desso Sports Systems is represented by Surface Solutions North America.

Facts & figures about Desso Sports Systems

-- European based Desso Sports Systems has developed, produced and installed synthetic turf since 1980. The company annually produces over 32 million square feet of artificial grass for football, tennis, hockey, rugby and American Football pitches.

-- With more than 485 million square feet of synthetic turf installed, the company has built a fine reputation as the European pioneer and quality supplier of synthetic turf.

-- 13 out of the 20 English Premier League clubs play or train on a Desso field, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

-- For professional soccer & football clubs who prefer to play on natural turf, Desso offers its patented Desso GrassMaster system. This 100 % natural grass pitch is reinforced by 20 million artificial grass fibers which have been injected 20 cm deep into the soil by computer-controlled machines.

-- In the USA, NFL clubs such as Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers play on a Desso GrassMaster in their stadium. Desso synthetic turf customers in USA include Colorado Rapids, Miami Country Day School, Oklahoma State University and University of Wyoming.

-- The company is part of Desso, a European top manufacturer of contract carpets and carpet tiles for the office, aviation, hotel, marine, hospital, school, and consumer markets. Clients include Fortis Bank, ING Bank, BNP Paris Bas, HSBC, ABN AMRO, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts.

The 1000 Desso employees are responsible for an annual turnover of more than $ 300 million US dollars.

-- One of the cornerstones of the Desso corporate strategy is sustainability and corporate responsibility. Desso recently signed a partnership with Michael Braungart, who together with William McDonough is known for his Cradle to Cradle principles.

About the German DIN Standard

DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, develops norms and standards as a service to industry, the state and society as a whole. DIN is a registered association (e.V.), with headquarters in Berlin and was founded in 1917. Since 1975, it has been recognized by the German government as the national standards body and represents German interests in European and international standards organizations.

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