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Steady growth anticipated in global artificial turf market: report

Report offers comprehensive industry overview

July 3, 2024  By Turf & Rec

The 10th edition of the “Artificial Turf Global Market 2024” offers a comprehensive industry overview up to 2027, delving into sustainability, economic challenges, and regional trends that are shaping the market. The bi-annual report also offers independent quantitative analysis and provides a detailed look at the market’s performance over the last 18 months and its projected growth over the next five years.

The report is a resource for grass yarn tufters, extruders, suppliers, installers, governing bodies, and investors. It provides insights into turf construction technologies, ongoing developments, and necessary adaptations to address the emerging needs of the market. Equipped with industry insights, stakeholders can navigate through the ever-evolving landscape.

The report has emphasized multiple factors that are influencing the industry, with particular focus on two areas.

Industry challenges

There are still many challenges, most of which revolve around the topic of sustainability and perception. These include PFAS, primary and secondary microplastics, and end-of-life recycling. But in these challenges are also opportunities.

By way of an example, the impending ban on polymeric infill in Europe will have a ripple effect with the development of natural alternatives, most likely organic blends, and increase demand for shock pads.

With the replacement segment of the sports market increasing again to 41 per cent in 2023 (just over 70Mm2 in terms of area) and set to increase to 90Mm2 in 2027, then end-of-life options, solutions and capacity are urgently needed.

Demand and market confidence

Steady growth appears to be on the horizon; however, end users are hesitant to confidently commit to a return to pre-pandemic spending levels quite yet.

Despite ongoing environmental and safety concerns, the market is poised to offer growth potential over the next four years, focusing on product innovation, automation, the changing climate, and ongoing urbanization.

In 2021, landscape and leisure demand overtook sport demand for the first time. In 2023, this shift continued although landscape growth slowed, and the demand for sport picked up after a post-pandemic drop.

The demand for landscape and leisure products is strongly driven by improved products, more and better channels-to-market and reduced prices. Buyers require aesthetic and haptic developments with the goal being that artificial grass more closely replicates the look and feel of natural grass. This is achieved through improved use of yarn combinations, colours and textures. Artificial turf is increasingly finding applications in which natural grass is not used, for instance interior decorative displays.

Sport is also growing with increased participation from young and in particular female players placing demands on pitch availability which alongside the changing climate is leading many to install a synthetic surface as part of a wider community facility.

More detail on the structure and findings included in the report can be obtained here.

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