Global Synthetic Turf Manufacturer - TigerTurf - Bringing State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility to Americas

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, March 20 /CNW/ - World-leading synthetic turf
manufacturer TigerTurf - with customers in more than 80 countries - is facing
rapidly growing demand in its latest markets: the Americas. In response, the
27-year old company is building a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in
Austin, Texas.

    "By establishing a facility in the Americas we can bring our
manufacturing technology and our focus on research and development - the
latest in conversion technologies, backings, yarns -- that much closer to our
customers," said Graham Vivian, owner and founder of TigerTurf International.

    Harry Salomons, a director of TigerTurf Americas, said having a plant in
the Americas will also help enhance customer service and logistics. "Because
we've chosen a plant location near major shipping and trucking routes, we can
deliver our products more quickly, efficiently - and we can easily access the
specialty yarns and other superior raw materials we rely on to produce them."

    The new plant is slated to begin production this year, according to
Salomons. "It will manufacture all types of synthetic turf fibers, from the
latest monofilaments to slit film and everything in between, for our sport
field and landscape solutions."

    Salomons said TigerTurf's solutions include both commercial and
residential landscape products and three tiers of field systems: custom, those
meeting stringent governing body standards (FIFA, FIH, IRB, ITF, etc.) and
more commonly used fields.

    "Our products are distributed through a network of representatives
throughout the Americas," said Salomons. He noted that TigerTurf field systems
have already been adopted at West Virginia's Concord University, Connecticut's
Waveny Park and Ohio's Hamilton Township.

    Further south, in Monterey, Mexico, a TigerTurf baseball surface was
recently installed by RIDESA, one of the company's Latin American dealers.
"Interest in TigerTurf is high throughout the region - we're installing two
soccer fields now, and we expect dozens to follow," said RIDESA owner Jaime
Llaguno Farias.

    Jim Savoca, executive vice president for Sports Construction Group, sport
field contractor and one of TigerTurf's U.S. representatives, said he believes
the plant will be a great asset to his customers. "Having a manufacturing
facility in market that can deliver the quality of manufacturing and technical
expertise TigerTurf represents is ideal for me to meet - and exceed - my
customers' needs," said Savoca.

    As for Vivian, he is confident in the company's opportunity to grow in
the Americas markets, both in market share and in technological and
manufacturing expertise. "We anticipate TigerTurf will become an industry
leader in the Americas markets in the next few years. This plant represents a
great step in that direction," he stated.

    About TigerTurf International

    TigerTurf International is one of the largest synthetic turf
manufacturers in the world, with headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, and
wholly owned subsidiaries in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United

    The company owns several manufacturing facilities throughout the world,
all with ISO 9001 Certification. In areas where the company has not yet
established manufacturing plants, TigerTurf contracts with select partners
that meet stringent quality control standards.

    TigerTurf develops customized and standard turf solutions for soccer,
American football, field hockey, lacrosse and numerous other sport and
landscaping surfaces. Many of the company's products have passed the stringent
testing requirements of FIH, ITF, IRB, and World Bowls.

    TigerTurf is a FIFA Quality Concept Licensee and provider of FIFA tested


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