Artificial turf got its final breakthrough when the 3rd generation technology was introduced in the late half of the nineties. Till then, artificial turf was used widely in e.g. tennis courts and fields for American football and baseball but because the ball behaviour was quite different from that of natural turf, it was not yet considered suitable for soccer on a high level. This changed completely by the introduction of the 3rd Generation technology where rubber granulate was used as infill and thereby improved ball rebound and running characteristics.
This has lead to the complete acceptance by all the important football organisations like FIFA and UEFA, and artificial turf is now recommended for use on all levels, e.g. Champions League and the World Cup.
In a typical artificial turf, Genan rubber granulate contributes to both the infill layer (Fine, Fine-mix or Medium) as well as the manufacturing of the elastic layer, whatever it is built up on site (in-situ) or from prefab mats.
As of 1st of May 2013, Thomas Harbo has been appointed CEO of Genan A/S with the responsibility for the Genan plant in Viborg as well as sales in the Nordic countries and the UK. Thomas Harbo will replace Michael Agerkilde, who since May 2011 has held the position as CEO of Genan A/S.
A recently published article in ”European Journal of Business and Management” advocates the use of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) work in circular economy models (CEMs), e.g. carbon markets. CEMs are economical systems designed to minimize the industry’s impact on the biosphere as well as to ensure the optimal resource efficiency.