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Gerflor's Expertise for the Rio Olympic Games

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Through its partnerships with IHF and FIVB, Gerflor will supply the handball and volleyball courts during the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio


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GERFLOR’S EXPERTISE FOR THE RIO OLYMPIC GAMES from 5th to 21th August 2016. The Group will be involved in the manufacture, delivery, installation, technical assistance and dismantling of flooring for 7 volleyball courts and 6 handball courts, an area of over 15,000 m2!

FLOORS MADE IN FRANCE As the leading player in flexible floor covering, Gerflor caters to both individuals and professionals with its ranges for sports, homes, healthcare, retail and offices. Gerflor is based in France and has over 70 years experience in the research and creation of sports flooring. Its TARAFLEX® brand is a recognised reference in this segment. With the expertise it has gained from some of the world’s largest sporting events, Gerflor has stood out for several years as the world leader in indoor synthetic sports flooring.

A WEALTH OF KNOW-HOW AND EXPERTS IN ACTION: A dozen Gerflor technicians will be mobilised in Brazil this April, June and July for the 2016 Olympic Games preparatory events and official competitions. This type of competition requires a specific organisation, involving Gerflor teams at various stages of the preparation:

• Before: manufacturing, assembly and quality monitoring. TARAFLEX® floors are manufactured and assembled in France, at the Gerflor Technocentre with a 1,500 m² area fully dedicated to the creation and assembly of courts.

• During: installation of floors and ongoing technical support.

• After: dismantling

GERFLOR: 40 YEARS OF OLYMPICS!

Gerflor’s TARAFLEX® sports floors have been used since 1947 at the largest international sports federations (volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis). Through partnerships with these federations, Gerflor has been present at the Summer Olympic Games since 1976, i.e. 40 years of Olympics!

THE TARAFLEX® BRAND HAS BEEN A KEY BENCHMARK FOR INDOOR SPORTS FLOORING SINCE 1947 Safety, Comfort, Performance and Resistance, Gerflor’s TARAFLEX® sports floors offer the best immediate protection against falls and helps prevent long-term sports injuries. Floors designed to last: TARAFLEX® floors offer the same level of performance throughout the life of the product. TARAFLEX® THE CHAMPIONS’ FLOOR

• Protecsol® surface treatment: reduces the risk of friction burns when diving

• Shock-absorbing foam underlay (for enhanced safety)

• Rolled wear layer reinforced with a fibreglass grid: stability and safety with support VOLLEYBALL COLOURS: Coral, Teal, Terracotta. HANDBALL COLOURS: Mint Green (play area), Terracotta (6 m areas), Oak Design (around the edge of the court).

The TARAFLEX® range offers a wide choice of colours for sports surfaces including the colours of the most iconic events (18 colours available).

OLYMPIC GAMES: THE MOST WATCHED SPORTING EVENT IN THE WORLD! The Rio Olympics (5th to 21th August 2016) and the Paralympics (7th to 16th September) will be the first edition of the Games to be held in South America. They will bring together 65 disciplines, 16,000 athletes from 206 countries, 4,500 officials, 70,000 volunteers and... 25,000 journalists!

40 YEARS OF OLYMPICS… & A FEW ANECDOTES!

IN 2008: CHINESE DISCIPLINE! With their experience gained from previous Olympics, Gerflor technical teams were able to tackle unforeseen circumstances successfully. A case in point is what happened at the Capital Stadium, the main volleyball site, just a few days before the opening of the Games. The parquet on which TARAFLEX® Plus was installed had shifted after the air conditioning had been switched off. The organising committee followed the Gerflor team’s recommendations even whilst taking a drastic measure: one hundred Chinese soldiers were requisitioned and positioned around the 756 m2 volleyball court. These soldiers then lifted the floor, welded and secured using double-sided adhesive tape, and maintained it so that the workers could rework on the parquet. After the work, the flooring was laid down again and readjusted. A first in the history of Gerflor sports flooring!

IN 2012: TECHNICAL FEAT AT THE SERVICE OF HER MAJESTY! Handball competitions were held in a pavilion that could seat up to 6,000 spectators; after the Games, the pavilion was to be converted into a multipurpose community sports centre. The semi finals and finals were to be held in another pavilion, the Basketball Arena, which was a modular structure with a capacity of 12,000 seats. Gerflor rose to the challenge of uninstalling the handball court floor and reinstalling it in the Basketball Arena... overnight!

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Gerflor Welcomes Recycling Initiative

Gerflor Welcomes Recycling Initiative


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Gerflor has applauded a NSW Government initiative to support its efforts to take the flooring industry in Australia into a sustainable 21st century.

Gerflor, together with the Vinyl Council of Australia and members of the Australian Resilient Flooring Association welcomed a grant to fund research into alternatives to the current end of life scenario that sees commercial vinyl flooring destined for landfill. The grant of $59,500 is from NSW Environment Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy. Industry investments increase the total budget for the project to almost $220,000.

Vinyl flooring is the material of choice for hospitals, schools and retail fit out. It is easy to clean and maintain and durable but glue and other flooring residue make it difficult to be recycled. This research project will leverage the lessons and successes of international flooring recycling projects such as RecoFloor in the United Kingdom where flooring is collected and reprocessed into products including road cones and safety barriers.

Managing Director of Gerflor Australasia, Chris Low said the grant provided a welcome boost to industry efforts to avert the loss of quality material to landfill.

“This funding will enable the Vinyl Council of Australia, on behalf of our industry, to work with leaders in the commercial  property industry, construction and demolition and industry partners to find viable products and end market alternatives,” Mr Low said.

“We have a product that answers diverse needs and demands during life and this research will reduce landfill and add value through a whole new range of useful products,” he added.

CAPTIONS:

Gerflor product innovations support industry efforts to a more sustainable future.
1. Gerflor Symbioz is a new generation vinyl that is 100 per cent recyclable.
2. Commercial quality Gerflor Texline HQR has a water resistant backing made from recycled plastic milk bottles.
3. Gerflor introduced recycled glass to its range of Safety flooring to replace traditional carborandum that contaminates and thwarts recycling.

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Handball European Championships

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Handball European Championships onTaraflex™ Sports Flooring


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1/ The Event: Handball European Championship
Dates: 12th to 26th January 2014
Place: Denmark (Aalborg, Copenhague, Aarhus and Herning)
Gerflor is proud of being part of major team successes and will support the 4 qualified teams in semi-finals on Friday 24th January: Spain, France, Denmark and Croatia.
Gerflor has supplied 4 surfaces (44m x 26m) in Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution for this event.

2/ Gerflor, the official flooring supplier to all European Handball Competitions
Thanks to its partnership with the EHF since 2004, Gerflor is the exclusive floor supplier to all official EHF competitions.
This is the recognition for:
- the Gerflor event expertise thanks to its complete solution: manufacturing, delivery, installation, technical assistance and dismantling of the courts.
- the quality of the Taraflex® Sports Flooring. Gerflor floors are the most recognized and enjoyed surface by Top Handball nations, players and coaches for their global sport performance. Gerflor guaranties the athletes the most outstanding and safest surface to let them express their best Talent during the competitions.
Gerflor also has a long and proven history in Handball.
For example, Gerflor entered a new partnership with the EHF, for the period 2011-2016. Instead of the traditional handball court, Gerflor specifically developed a Taraflex® “yellow and blue" flooring system without any lines to match the official EHF colours. The yellow and blue colours of the EHF court have been specifically designed to develop a unique trademark and to improve TV broadcasting
Gerflor, through IHF agreements, supplied courts for Handball tournaments during the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
Taraflex™ is the most widely specified sports surface in the world, it has been selected for 10 consecutive Olympic Games from Montreal in 1976 to London in 2012 for indoor surfaces like Handball, Volleyball, Badminton and Table Tennis.
On the road to Rio…

3/ Present in over 100 countries
With over 60 years of experience in the manufacture of vinyl flooring, Gerflor, manufacturer of Taraflex® Sports Flooring, has the unique position of world champion in indoor sports flooring. With over 2500 employees worldwide and significant investment in sports research and development, Gerflor always stays one step ahead of the competition.
Thanks to its Taraflex® Sport brand name and product ranges, Gerflor has supplied more than 70 000 gymnasiums and sport centres (representing more than 40 million square meters) around the world.
Professional and amateur athletes, sports enthusiasts and school children alike play on Taraflex® sports floors all around the world. Gerflor has been ensuring its users comfort, safety and performance as well as an excellent quality / price ratio for decades.

4/ Taraflex Sports Flooring, 152 solutions for all indoor sports
The Taraflex® sports floors range includes 152 solutions, all designed to reduce the risk of injury through increased comfort and shock absorption without compromising performance. The unique laminating construction provides shock absorption to cushion athletes’ pounding, and reduce stress on their joints, thus helping fight fatigue and reduce the risk of injury. The multi-layered floors provide safety and performance through a laminating process that incorporates a 100% pure vinyl, wear layer with reinforced fibreglass and patented closed-cell foam backing.
The pure vinyl nature of the wear layer protects the colour throughout the lifetime of the product. The wear layer has a surface treatment called ProtecsolÒ which reduces the likelihood of friction burns but also eases maintenance.
All Taraflex® products are ISO9001 certified and can be laid in a portable or permanent manner.

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Volleyball Competitions

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Gerflor, official flooring supplier to all World Volleyball Competitions


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1/ Taraflex™ by Gerflor, the preferred surface of all Volleyball Competitions 
Gerflor has a long and proven history in Volleyball. Thanks to its partnership with the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) since 2005, Gerflor is the exclusive supplier to all official FIVB competitions.

2/ Gerflor, on the road to London Gerflor,
through IHF and FIVB agreements, supplied courts for Handball and Volleyball tournaments during the Olympic Games and courts for
Sitting Volleyball during the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. Taraflex™ is the most widely specified sports surface in the world, it has been selected for ten consecutive Olympic Games from Montreal in 1976 to London in 2012 for indoor surfaces like Handball, Volleyball, Badminton and Table Tennis.
Gerflor floors are the most recognized and enjoyed surface by Top Volleyball nations, players and coaches for their global sport performance. Gerflor guaranties the athletes the most oustanding and safest surface to let them express their best Talent during two weeks time.

3/ Present in over 100 countries
With over 60 years of experience in the manufacture of vinyl flooring, Gerflor, manufacturer of Taraflex® Sports Flooring, has the unique position of world champion in indoor sports flooring. With over 2000 employees worldwide and significant investment in sports research and development, Gerflor always stays one step ahead of the competition. 
Thanks to its Taraflex® Sport brand name and product ranges, Gerflor has supplied more than 70 000 gymnasiums and sport centres (representing more than 40 million square meters) around the world. 
Professional and amateur athletes, sports enthusiasts and school children alike play on Taraflex® sports floors all around the world. Gerflor has been ensuring its users comfort, safety and performance as well as an excellent quality / price ratio for decades.

4/ Taraflex Sports Flooring, 152 solutions for all indoor sports 
The Taraflex® sports floors range includes 152 solutions, all designed to reduce the risk of injury through increased comfort and shock absorption without compromising performance. The unique laminating construction provides shock absorption to cushion athletes’ pounding, and reduce stress
on their joints, thus helping fight fatigue and reduce the risk of injury. The multi-layered floors provide safety and performance through a laminating process that incorporates a 100% pure vinyl, wear layer with reinforced fibreglass and patented closed-cell foam backing. The pure vinyl nature of the wear layer protects the colour throughout the lifetime of the product. The wear layer has a surface treatment called ProtecsolÒ which reduces the likelihood of friction burns but also eases maintenance.
All Taraflex® products are ISO9001 certified and can be laid in a portable or permanent manner.