Football players in Melbourne are to start playing and training on pitches manufactured using recycled tyres from British cars this month.
Suffolk-based Murfitts Industries, a UK manufacturer of premium rubber granules for artificial sports surfaces, has shipped more than 300 tonnes of its products to Australia to be laid in new pitches.
This order has been delivered to Tiger Turf Australia, one of the world’s largest artificial turf manufacturers, which is laying two football pitches for Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club in east Melbourne.
The surface, which will cover 19,000 square metres in total, will be compliant with FIFA regulations and will be used for senior level competition and training.
This latest project is the most recent in a string of export successes with Murfitts now exporting to over 50 countries across five continents. Recent international projects that utilised Murfitts products include a new pitch for the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, three fields at CEJU Youth Sports Center in Belem, Brazil (Part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy) and the world famous Amsterdam Arena – home of Ajax Football Club.
“The demand for our product from customers around the world is a resounding endorsement of the work our team puts in to deliver the highest quality,” said Mark Murfitt, Founder and Managing Director of Murfitts Industries.
“We continue to develop and invest in our processes and are always looking for even more innovative ways to meet our clients’ needs. We aim to lead the way in both effective recycling and high quality manufacture. Our business is unusual in that we are able to completely remove a waste product from the refuse chain and create something of higher value from it, something which clearly has multiple benefits.”
The company manufactures its products by recycling car tyres from across the UK, and has developed bespoke processes that enable it to recycle 100 percent of every tyre.