50 years of surface solutions

Synthetic sports surface provider Polytan, which celebrates fifty years of surfacing solutions this year, will showcase its most cutting edge technology at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Since starting out in 1969 Polytan has established itself as one of the world’s leading providers of synthetic sports surfaces from athletics tracks, to hockey and football fields, to tennis courts and more.  This year, as Polytan celebrate their 50th anniversary we are reminded of the innovative, high quality surfacing solutions that have been empowering athletes right around the world.

Polytan’s concept-to-creation capability offers a full product range from a single source, including design, construction, installation, maintenance and service.

As the International Hockey Federation’s global Supplier, Polytan has delivered premium quality Olympic hockey fields at the Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio Games, and now the upcoming games for Tokyo 2020. Using this expertise, Polytan has become well known for installing Olympic quality surfaces for customers all over the world.

The upcoming Tokyo 2020 Hockey pitches will feature Polytan Green Technology which executes a new generation of sustainable surfacing solutions made from sugar cane. Poligras Tokyo GT is made from 60% renewable resources and supports the organising committees goal for the games to be carbon-neutral.


Polytan will use sustainably developed artificial grass for the hockey fields at the 2020 Olympics.

Polytan have also incorporated green technology into their high-performance athletics track system, Rekortan G13. With 50 years’ experience in the athletics track market, Polytan have developed an athletics track system that uses renewable resources to provide a green solution without compromising athletic performance.

Transforming Sport and Space

Sport and leisure are the vital heartbeat of all communities. In a changing world of urban restrictions, technological explosions and diversity, ‘a carpet and construction’ or ‘one size fits all approach’ is no longer good enough. Polytan as a leader of the sports surfacing industry collaborate and push the boundaries every day with their sister brands to promote innovation and excellence of sporting surfaces, under the management of global powerhouse Sport Group.

Sport Group sells and installs more courts, turfs and tracks globally than any other business and its knowledge, scale and vision is transforming the sports surface industry every day. The group uniquely covers the complete value chain, including R&D, chemicals, manufacturing and installation.

Sport Group’s core companies include Polytan, APT, AstroTurf, Melos, SYNLawn and market leading product brands such as Laykold, LigaTurf, Poligras, Rekortan, Spurtan and many more.

“The future requires businesses who understand the relationship between sport and space is changing; physical play must match the appeal of digital play; a sports space must be as alluring as a virtual space,” Polytan General Manager Paul Kamphuis says.

“We are ready for the future where non-traditional sport will be played in surprising spaces.  Sport Group, Polytan and APT transform how athletes, administrators, installers and owners think about sport and space.”

As the leaders in Sports Surfacing since 1969, Polytan are gearing up for the next fifty years to grow their new sustainable product range even futher, and will continue to meet the worlds sporting, environmental and community needs.


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