Act Global Sports to Feature BASF in Its New XtremeLok Technology to Enhance Synthetic Turf Durability

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Proprietary coating application adds resilience and extends useful life of synthetic turf.

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XtremeLok utilized in 1.4 million square foot installation of synthetic aviation turf, AvTurf, at US Air Force Academy.

This product enhancement continues our position as a technology and performance-focused firm.

Act Global Sports, a synthetic turf manufacturer with installations in 70 countries, has selected innovative components from BASF to offer a proprietary secondary coating application XtremeLok that will improve tuft bind and increase the life of their artificial turf system.

The technology enhancement improves the locking of the grass fibers into the turf backing, referred to as tuft bind, a result of continued research, development and comparison testing across varying coating technologies. The benefits of XtremeLok are improved quality, durability and longevity of the turf.

John Baize, director at Act Global, said he is pleased with the pace in which the company is introducing leading technologies into the synthetic turf market. “This product enhancement continues our position as a technology and performance-focused firm,” said Baize. “Act Global is committed to investing in scientific testing to produce high-quality products to ensure our turf systems can withstand years of all-weather and intense use.”

The XtremeLok coating has already been utilized in Act Global’s 1.4 million square foot installation at the United States Air Force Academy runways as well as the Highland Heritage Park in Douglas County, Colorado. The results have met the stringent U.S. Air Force Academy requirements and the Highland project achieved a tuft bind of 12.75 pounds (56.7N). The product feature is now available to all sports, aviation and landscaping customers who require tier-one quality.

Both Act Global and BASF are committed to promoting social responsibility. Act Global has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact for seven years, and BASF is a founding member. Synthetic turf for many years has been associated with a number of social benefits through increased opportunities for physical activity and participation in sports. However, as drought conditions continue to strain the availability of clean drinking water, the need for water conservation increases. The Synthetic Turf Council estimates between three to six billion gallons of water are conserved annually from the use of synthetic turf.

About BASF
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company with over 111,000 employees and sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and agricultural products to oil and gas. Through science and innovation, its solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. It sums up its contribution in its corporate purpose: “We create chemistry for a sustainable future”. Further information on BASF is available http://www.basf.com.

About Act Global
Act Global Sports, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a world leader in synthetic turf manufacturing with field installations in 70 countries. The company’s monofilament and fibrillated artificial Xtreme Turf and Xtreme Lawn products replicate natural grass for use in international stadiums, indoor sport centers, synthetic lawns and other synthetic grass uses. Act Global has four manufacturing locations in USA, Europe and Asia and works through an expanding partner network of leading contractors. Act Global Sports is notable for being the first company in the world that is a FIFA Preferred Producer for Football Turf, Synthetic Turf Council Certified Manufacturer and holds an ISO 9001 certification. Further information on Act Global is available at http://www.actglobalsports.com.

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