Carrara Stadium (Google Earth).
With the introduction of the FIFA Quality Program in 2001, FIFA gave artificial turf producers Authentication facilities provided that they meet the criteria specified in the program itself. Since then, the number of companies supporting the FIFA Quality Program has increased, and now almost 25 companies They are licensed by FIFA worldwide and thus contribute to improving the quality of football artificial turf surfaces.
In 2009, the initiative “FIFA Preferred Provider“In response to the demand for higher quality, not only in products but also in the installation process of soccer turf. The overall objective is to protect the interests of consumers when purchasing soccer fields and to ensure that the soccer fields are Meet the highest requirements In terms of quality, performance and safety. Preferred FIFA Providers are companies with at least two years of experience in the FIFA Quality Program that extend their services beyond the traditional supplier/installer relationship by playing an active role in the development of program standards.
Italian producers of artificial turf
It is the manufacturer that has licensed the largest number of products (307) and the only person who, due to his long experience in cooperating with FIFA, is registered as the preferred provider of Fifa.
Since 1972, Limonta Sport has been developing and manufacturing systems on the market for synthetic and hybrid turf pitches for football, rugby, tennis, hockey, golf and swing, as well as plastic surfaces for basketball, volleyball, handball and badminton.
The synthetic product range is enriched with safe and eco-friendly innovations, such as organic and natural fillers for artificial turf and innovative hybrid systems for natural and artificial turf.
In our country, the Limonta Sport pitch deck has the FIFA Quality Pro certificate.
In the list of licensees of FIFA, the Mondo Group is registered with its Spanish subsidiary headquartered in Zaragoza, whose production plant is responsible for artificial turf.
Mondo was born in Alba (Cuneo) in 1948 as a manufacturer of palapeno balls. During 70 years of history, it has become an international group with 9 production plants in Italy, Spain, Luxembourg and China and sales branches in Europe, North America and Asia.
The company consists of three divisions: Mondo Sport & Flooring, Artigo, and Mondo Toys. Each of them embodies the excellence of its own sector of expertise: flooring, sports equipment, civilian flooring, balls and games.
In Italy, the stadium wearing the Mondo mantle is FIFA Qualituy Pro . certified
Italgreen is a company based in Villa D’adda (Bergamo) that has been the leader in the production of artificial turf entirely made in Italy since 1983.
Research, innovation and quality are the attributes that have made Italgreen, in its thirty years of activity, a leader among artificial turf companies, a point of reference for professional and amateur sports associations and, above all, the first Italian company to deal with service. Complete, from production to laying artificial turf.
In our country, 8 Italgreen fields have Fifa quality certification, 7 of them are Pro.
Radici Pietro Industries & Brands SpA
Radici Pietro Industries & Brands Spa is part of the Miro Radici group of companies, an international reality that currently consists of 130 companies with more than 4,000 employees.
The history of Radici in Val Seriana began in 1950 with the small trade in Cavalier Pietro Radici fabrics, until today it has become a major industrial reality.
The Sit-in SPORT artificial turf comes from the perfect synergy between the various production activities of the Miro Radici Family Of Companies industrial group, which has always been involved in the world of textiles.
Sit-in SPORT, in its laboratories, controls and analyzes the entire production process cycle in accordance with the latest quality and safety regulations. Thanks to this, the Sit-in SPORT mats meet the stringent technical and performance requirements dictated by FIFA, LND, ITF and IRB regulations.
In Italy there are nine Sit-In Sport pitches between Fifa Quality and Quality Pro.
It is the manufacturer of the latest conversion process to artificial turf, and it is the only company that has not yet requested FIFA certification for its products.
Safitex first appeared in the textile sector in 1968, inheriting the glorious past of wool factory F.lli Testa di Gabriele.
Year after year, Safitex experiments and researches new products and markets until, in 2002, it devotes all its resources to a new product: artificial turf. This is the landmark witnessing the transformation of Safitex into Safitex Turf.
Artificial turf presents a new challenge, as Safitex has harnessed all the skills of the region to build a real technology supply chain and to realize the ambitious project to become the green reference in the sector: it is the first in 2018 together with Radici Group, conducted a life cycle analysis (LCA, Life Cycle Assessment) of In order to determine the environmental impacts of artificial turf and to define a supply chain project according to the principles of circular economy.
Other names in the Italian market
One of the recent Italian companies to receive FIFA certifications is Unieco Green, a Bergamo-based company that, however, abandoned the artificial turf sector a few years ago.
On the national market we also find Polytan, a German company whose products are also popular with us, which has received the Fifa Quality Pro certification for four stages.
Moreover, the entry into Italy of Domo Sports Grass (affiliated with the Belgian sports and leisure group) is recent.
Finally, we remember the appearance of other European companies in our markets in the past; Among these are Dutchman Edel Grass, and English Desso (now a division of Tarkett Sports).
Source: Fifa Quality Program for Football Turf – Handbook of Requirements, ed. October 2015, review. March 2020
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