"The FieldTurf brand and intellectual property are highly regarded worldwide as the premiere infilled turf product," said Regis de Boissieu, president of the Commercial and Sport division of the Tarkett Group. "Their engineering and patents are a valuable asset and will allow us to strengthen our worldwide market share of turf products and grow our range of indoor and tennis products in North America."
In order to serve customers worldwide, this merger is achieved through the creation of two new entities. FieldTurf, based in Canada, will operate in North America, South America and a part of Asia. Tarkett Sports, based in France, will operate in Europe, the Middle East and part of Asia.
"The strength of our patents and IP had attracted many suitors, but Tarkett was the perfect partner," said FieldTurf CEO John Gilman. "Having the opportunity to add Tarkett's complete range to our product offering will help us better serve our many customers and facilitate our continued expansion in a rapidly growing industry."