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20.03.2019

Usain Bolt Maintains Partnership

The Bad Berleburg sports flooring manufacturers BSW have extended their advertising deal with Usain Bolt for the third time. For five more years, the company will be advertising its Regupol sports floorings with Jamaica’s athletics superstar.

For BSW, this partnership is almost an affair of the heart – and no wonder. At the 2009 World Athletics Championships, Usain Bolt demonstrated his exceptional ability in setting his world records on the blue Regupol tartan track at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Only a year later, he and his sprint colleagues from the Racers Track Club were training on the very same surface, delivered and installed by BSW on the campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, Jamaica. In the words of BSW export manager Peter Breuer, it was a genuine boost for Jamaican athletics as a whole and a development the company is still extremely proud of. “The track has now been in use for nine years and is still very popu­lar with the sprint stars, as it’s extremely durable and there’s no variation in its physical properties. It always feels the same for the athletes and this is very important,” Breuer continues.

Under the auspices of legendary coach Glen Mills, the entire Racers Track Club trains on Regupol. Since the advertising partnership began, the company has installed a number of synthetic running tracks on the Caribbean island and this year will see the seventh track completed; this time on the campus of Jamaica College. More Regupol tracks can be found at the National Stadium, the adjacent Stadium East and the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education, where Jamaica’s athletics coaches learn their trade and acquire their qualifications.

BSW
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04.12.2018

Youth development centre

Talent is not everything. Performance needs to be repeatedly confirmed and improved with consistent, intensive training. For this purpose, Bundesliga club Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV) has set up a youth development centre right next to the Volksparkstadion, the home of its professionals. Covering 4,600 m², the centre has sufficient space to include a school with boarding and day-care facilities, a canteen and cafeteria, offices, a conference area, and fitness and seminar rooms. Placing the centre right next to the well-known Volksparkstadion is a deliberate attempt to bring youth teams and professional footballers closer together.

In order to transform youth payers into high-performance, skilful professionals, a range of training areas, besides football pitches, are needed to develop physical strength and fitness. One such area is the campus’s own fitness studio for targeted strength and endurance training. The floor required for this facility is everroll impact+, the elastic fitness flooring from the manufacturers BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH. A total of 475 m² was laid in HSV’s development centre. The 400 m² training area and the 40-metre sprint track are visually distinguished by the colour of their respective wear layers.

For casual outdoor training, a small pitch was installed on the roof of the development centre. Regupol kombi play was chosen for the playing surface here. This is an elastic, synthetic sports flooring consisting of two layers, for which installation and marking are carried out on site. Its high elasticity reduces the risk of injury from falls, while its compacted wear layer makes it an ideal surface for all ball games, in which the fun factor takes precedence over performance.

BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH
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18.04.2018

A safety floor for all generations

Planning for the first facilities known as “alla hopp!”, the Dietmar Hopp Foundation’s biggest funding scheme so far, got underway in autumn 2014. The 19th and final facility was opened exactly three years later. Each “alla hopp!” installation consists of three to four modules with a variety of exercise activities for all visitors.

The “alla hopp!” complexes in Speyer, Sinsheim, Bürstadt, Rülzheim and Deidesheim were all fitted with seamless safety flooring from BSW GmbH, well-known by the name of playfix. Each of these locations has characteristic elements, such as a generation carrousel, running tracks and trampolines that can be found on all the “alla hopp!” playgrounds. playfix is obviously the right choice here, as the seamless synthetic flooring is ideally suited to all of these elements in equal measure. The most important function is of course impact reduction, as this can prevent the worst happening in the event of a fall. And because these “alla hopp!” playgrounds are intended for both young AND old to meet and indulge in exercise and activity, this aspect is also relevant for elderly people with limited mobility. Thanks to its double-layer design, playfix offers protection from fall heights of up to
3 metres. The thickness of the base layer that provides this protection depends on the fall height that needs to be catered for. The 10 mm thick coloured surface, or wear layer, gives the flooring its attractive design. Both of these elastic granulate layers are mixed with a binder and installed on site.

A further benefit of playfix flooring is that it can be modelled to form hilly landscapes, for instance, which of course offer the same level of fall protection as the flat areas. This characteristic also allows the surface to be fitted precisely around all the equipment and provides seamless transitions at the edges.

BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH
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20.12.2017

A safety that floor meets the needs of all generations

playfix synthetic floors from BSW support the aspirations the foundation has for their facilities, because the in-situ installed floor surfaces are barrier-free and provide certified fall protection properties. Their comfortable elasticity and invitingly attractive design encourage people to take time out and relax.Planning for the first facilities with the name “alla hopp!”, the Dietmar Hopp Foundation’s biggest funding scheme so far, began in Autumn 2014. The local population were included from the outset and a great many of their Ideas were taken on board and actually implemented. The 19th and final facility was opened exactly three years later.Each “alla hopp!” installation consists of three to four modules with a variety of exercise activities for all visitors, from the youngest children to teenagers and also for the older generations. The “alla hopp!” compelxes in Speyer, Sinsheim, Bürstadt, Rülzheim and Deidesheim were all fitted with seamless safety flooring from BSW GmbH, well-known under the name playfix. Each of these meeting places has characteristic elements, such as a generation carrousel, running tracks or trampolines that can be found on all the alla hopp! playgrounds.playfix is obviously the right choice here, as the seamless synthetic flooring is ideally suited to all of these elements in equal measure. The most important function is of course impact reduction, as this can prevent the worst happening in the event of a fall. And because these alla Hopp playgrounds are intended for both young AND old to meet and indulge in movement and activity, this aspect is also relevant for elderly people with limited mobility. Thanks to its double-layer design, playfix offers protection from fall heights of up to 3 metres. The thickness of the base layer that provides this protection depends on the fall height that needs to be covered. The 10 mm thick coloured surface, or wear layer, gives the flooring its attractive design. Both these elastic granulate layers are mixed with a binder and installed on site.A further benefit of playfix flooring is that it can be modelled to form hilly landscapes, for instance, which of course offer the same level of fall protection as the flat areas. This characteristic also allows the surface to be fitted precisely around all the equipment and provides seamless transition points at the edges. Last but not least, the range of design possibilities playfix offers is almost unlimited. Colour combinations, inlays, figures or lines, it’s all possible with playfix. And what’s more, playfix can be adapted to blend into the existing surroundings or stand out conspicuously, depending on your design concept.


30.11.2017

How Parkour facilities become sports parks and meeting places

The Parkour movement has its origins in France and was originally used as an escape technique in the Vietnam war by former soldier Raymond Belle. He passed his skills on to his son David, who then developed the technique further, applying it with his friends to the urban environment. That was in the late 1980s in the Paris suburb of Lisses. Since then, the sport has grown strongly and is currently experiencing quite a wave of popularity. This has led to towns and cities reacting to the trend and taking action. Next to classical playgrounds, parkour areas with their urban-inspired elements are increasingly beginning to appear. Concrete steps and blocks, ramps, walls and metal bars are taking the place of swings, slides and seesaws – as is the case in Essen.BSW spoke about the new parkour facility on the Zollverein with Kevin Rutkowski, 24 year-old personal fitness trainer and parkour coach from Mülheim.BSW: Mr. Rutkowksi, you are a parkour trainer and you introduce children, teenagers and adults to the new facility and to parkour techniques. What’s the attraction of this sport for you personally?Kevin Rutkowski (KR): Parkour offers a vast scope of possibilities for me to keep myself active both physically and mentally outside in my environment. I don’t need any equipment, apart from my own body and a little creativity. Parkour doesn’t have any strict rules. I can determine how I want to move forward. For instance, do I jump over the wall or do I get over it in a completely different way. The city is transformed into one huge training ground and that’s why it never gets boring.BSW: You say that, as a trainer, you want to “pass on parkour with the right values”. How would you describe the values of parkour?KR: The sport of parkour is still very young compared to other forms of artistic movement, but it’s developing. Lots of people think of parkour as daredevil jumping and youngsters vandalising urban furniture looking for adrenalin kicks, but the philosophy of parkour is very different. Safety, risk assessment and the complete control of your own body are the top priorities. It’s about respect and self confidence, about learning to assess dangers and handling yourself and your body well. The careful treatment of our environment as well as public and private property is a given. Real tracers are always prudent and safety-minded. It’s really important to me to correct the false impressions people have about parkour.BSW: The origins of parkour lie in the urban environment. With areas like the Zollverein, the sport is shifting away to specially designed facilities. Can real tracers find themselves in these places?KR: Absolutely. Facilities like this show us that the sport is being taken seriously. Demand is growing and tracers can meet up with other people who are interested. Parkour isn’t shifting to these new areas completely, but it does offer additional scope for training. In the Zollverein park, for instance, the different elements mean you can be very versatile in your training. And besides, it’s created a place where you can meet your friends and spend time together. And these are great places for workshops or courses where beginners can get to know the sport better.BSW: You mention beginners. That’s when safety should play an even more important role. On the parkour course at Zollverein, there’s a synthetic playfix surface which is elastic, with impact reducing properties. Does such a floor surface benefit your parkour moves?KR: Parkour runners actually like to hone their senses to take in real surroundings, like hard concrete surfaces. Safety flooring conveys a certain security that can lead to reduced alertness. For us tracers, seamless synthetic surfaces are a very good compromise when it comes to doing justice to beginners and advanced tracers alike. On the one hand, they provide fall protection for inexperienced athletes, but on the other hand, they’re still solid enough for us to execute our moves in a controlled manner. Such surfaces are well accepted in the parkour scene, especially as the grey colour of playfix makes it look like a concrete floor. Loose safety surfaces, like sand or bark mulch would be much less suitable. Your feet sink in and you can’t get a good start. Mulch absorbs moisture and soon gets soggy. It rained solidly for the two days before the facility in Essen opened, but we were surprised how quickly BSW’s synthetic surface dried out once the rain stopped.BSW: Then, we wish you all the best for your future coaching activities and your own training. Thank you very much, Mr. Rutkowski.KR: You’re welcome.The parkour park on the Zollverein site is a joint project between the youth welfare network of AWO Essen (Essen Workers Welfare Association) and the Zollverein Foundation with the project “Zollverein mittendrin” (Zollverein in the thick of it). Young people developed the park together with landscape architects, professional planners and the Zollverein Foundation.BSW installed approximately 220 m² of their seamless playfix safety flooring in slate grey and light grey in the Zollverein parkour park. Due to its resilient, PU-bonded synthetic surface, playfix has some decisive benefits to offer when it comes to resistance to vandalism as well as parkour module maintenance and abrasion protection.


15.05.2017

Fun for all the family at Ketteler Hof on seamless safety flooring

Romping around in a corn bath, riding on tractors, building an obstacle course with their parents – the toddlers’ area focuses squarely on enjoying physical activity, combining the experiences of play with senses and feelings. Famous for imaginative playing areas, the Ketteler Hof adventure park’s philosophy encourages children to join in actively, rather than consume passively. That can be felt in all individual areas, right down to the smallest detail, and in this respect, the playfix indoor floor from BSW conforms to the park operator’s requirements.On the one hand, the structure of elastic protective layer and seam-less PU surface guarantees the safety of the little explorers, be-cause playfix indoor has certified fall protection properties for fall heights of up to 3 metres. On the other, the coloured design possi-bilities transform the floor itself into a piece of playing apparatus. For instance, the architect of the indoor area, Jolanta Teschner from the Dipl.-Ing. Rolf Teschner bureau for garden and landscape design in Dülmen, has designed a river flowing through a green meadow. This doesn’t only integrate the playfix floor into the “town-country-river” theme, but also encourages the children to include the floor in their games. Fixed playing equipment, such as the large tractor in the corn/ball pool, is enclosed seamlessly by playfix indoor.playfix indoor’s PU surface is pleasantly warm under foot; a great benefit, as all indoor areas can only be entered in stocking feet. Besides, playfix indoor complies with antislip category “R10” in accordance with DIN 51130 and can therefore be classified as an extremely non-slipping surface.For BSW, this is already the second project at Ketteler Hof, for which they have provided the safety flooring. In the Pixie Village and on the adventure crazy golf course, two of the countless creative playing areas in the park’s outdoor section, playfix safety flooring was laid in 2008. The new indoor play area now offers a fascinating range of playing options for the cold season as well.


15.02.2017

Indoor safety flooring from BSW in Germany’s most modern furniture store

playfix indoor consists of a base layer of varying thickness, de-pending on the fall height involved, and a seamless PU coating, making it ideal for indoor areas. All components are installed on site, in line with creative and decorative specifications. The play area planning was in the hands of Künstlerischen Holzgestaltung Bergmann GmbH, a specialist company wellknown for their crea-tive play area designs in untreated wood, all of which are unique. Standing next to the overdimensioned playing apparatus in “Pu-muckl-Kinderland”, the kids can feel just like the cheeky little gob-lin. In keeping with the story, they also have the opportunity to play in the carpenter’s workshop in the backyard that belonged to Pu-muckl’s human friend Master Eder. The older, more agile children can climb down to the cellar maze via a giant hot air balloon. Those who can’t or don’t want to can whizz down on slides.

A seamless surface with unlimited design potential

Besides fulfilling its impact protection function, playfix indoor also has a creative role here, as the seamless PU coating is colour-coordinated to fit perfectly into the play area concept. Applying log-os and lettering poses no problems at all. For the “Kinderland” at the Segmüller store, the colours sand-beige, pigeon blue, autumn brown and dusty grey were selected to harmonize with the rest of the equipment in each specific play area. The grey pathways in the cellar maze, for instance, look very similar to screed flooring. The seamless surface is very good for cleaning and is also slip re-sistant.

Certified fall protection properties for indoor play areas

Depending on the type and height of the play area equipment, the flooring must fulfil the impact protection values required by DIN EN 1177:2008. At Segmüller’s, playfix indoor impact protection flooring was installed for fall heights of 1 to 3 metres. The surface achieves these values by varying the thickness of the base layer under-neath. For a fall height of up to 3 m, the overall thickness of the floor layers is 87 cm. The lower, softer base layer consists of two sheets of PUR-bonded foam. Installation of playfix indoor fall pro-tection flooring is always carried out by experienced fitters from BSW.


10.01.2017

Munich Airport’s new play areas

Although, for children, flying is always an adventure, the hustle and bustle of airports, waiting times and security checks make it just as strenuous as it is exciting for the little passengers. In the satellite building of Terminal 2, Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport has set up two new family and children’s zones so that its younger passengers can play, let off steam and relax before their journey. And the seamless indoor surfacing from the Bad Berleburg manufacturers BSW is providing the required climbing and playing safety.

The concept for the two zones came from Munich architect Eva Demmelhuber, inspired by Bavaria’s Alpine landscapes.  
The furnishings and playing elements are all special one-off designs and are named after famous Alpine massifs. And so the kids can while away their waiting times on the Watzmann mountain, the central massif of the Berchtesgaden Alps. Or they can go climbing over huge tree trunks floating down the Partnachklamm Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Of course, this “Alpine region” needs the appropriate impact protection surface for its little “mountaineers”. For this, Eva Demmelhuber chose playfix indoor, the seamless PUR flooring from BSW with outstanding fall-protection properties. This floorcovering not only provides the necessary protection; its colouring can also be adapted to the design concept.

Further benefits of playfix indoor are its easy cleaning, resilience, durability and non-slip properties. Symbols, logos, images and lettering can also be applied to the flooring. In both family and children’s zones, the task of laying the floor was entrusted to the capable hands of a trained BSW technician.

BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH
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14.11.2016

New contract with Usain Bolt

BSW GMBH, manufacturer of Regupol sports surfaces, has recently again extended the contract with Usain Bolt. Until October 2018 BSW will be advertising for its well-known, high quality sports with the Jamaican superstar.

Part of the agreement is that BSW shall maintain the track at the University of the West Indies in Kingston/Jamaica. After Usain Bolt ran his furious, still unbeaten world records in 100 m and 200 m on the Regupol track at the Berlin Olympic Stadium during the Athletic World Championships in 2009, BSW built a a Regupol track in Jamaica in spring 2010.

Peter Breuer, BSW’s Director of Export, visited Bolt and his fellow athletes trained by legendary coach Glen Mills of the Racers Club of Jamaica to get the new agreement on the way. “Bolt, his sprint comrades and coach Glen are still enthusiastic about the quality of our track surface”, says Breuer. “In reality even more than before, as the track does not change its physical properties at all. The track is still as elastic and user-friendly as it was six years ago.”

The daily training of the top athletes with their razor-blade-like spikes leaves wounds though. The extreme Caribbean climate is also a factor for wear. From time to time the “high stress areas” have to be patched. About once a year a BSW technician travels to Jamaica to carry out these repairs. By grinding down to the shockpad and filling with a high-quality Regupur polyurethane compound and EPDM granules, the patched areas cannot be distinguished in physical properties from the original. The heart of the track system, the Regupol shock pad, does not change its properties, even under these harsh conditions.

BSW Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH
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07.11.2016

Munich Airport’s new play areas with Alpine flair

The concept for the two zones came from Munich architect Eva Demmelhuber, inspired by Bavaria’s alpine landscapes. The furnishings and playing elements are all special one-off designs and are named after famous Alpine massifs. And so, the kids can while away their waiting times on the Watzmann mountain, the central massif of the Berchtesgaden Alps. Or they can go climbing over huge tree trunks floating down the Partnachklamm Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Of course, this “Alpine Region” needs the appropriate impact protection surface for its little “mountaineers”. For this, Eva Demmelhuber chose playfix indoor, the seamless PUR flooring from BSW with outstanding fall protection properties. This floor covering not only provides the necessary protection; its colouring can also be adapted to the design concept. The lush meadows and babbling streams of the Bavarian Alps are captured in spring green and Capri blue surfaces. For the children’s play zone on level 04, which is only accessible after the security checks, 155 m² playfix indoor were supplied and installed. The surfaces are barrier free, allowing easy access to wheelchair users. A further 62 m² of playfix indoor was laid on level 05. The flush-mounted inspection hatches in the floor were also covered with playfix indoor, giving them the same impact protection qualities as the rest of the surface. The overall installation height of both floor surfaces is 42 mm and is a bespoke design, specially adapted to this specific project. This version is classified as flame retardant Bfl-s1 in accordance with DIN EN 13501-1:2010 and is also approved by the DIBt (German Insitute for Building Technology). The fire class was a decisive feature for the architect, as the fire protection certificate was a requirement the airport had demanded.  Further benefits of playfix indoor are its easy cleaning, resilience, durability and non-slip properties. Symbols, logos, images and lettering can also be applied to the flooring. In both family and children’s zones, the task of laying the floor was put in the capable hands of a trained BSW technician. 


18.06.2014

When a fall protection floor becomes a play area

The creative colour design and the three-dimensional arrangement turns the playfix polymer floor into a play area. Fall protection according to DIN 1177:2008 allows children to climb and play about to their hearts' content without restrictions on their creativity. The customer for the Brussels playground was the Brussels Institute for Environmental Management (IBGE, Institut Bruxellois pour la Gestion de l’Environnement). It is obvious that playfix’s sustainability was an important criterion for selecting the fall protection floor. Once installed, playfix leaves customers impressed thanks to its long service life and easy cleaning. Dirt remains visible on the surface and can be easily removed.

BSW have revealed that the playing hill was one of its most demanding projects in playground construction. The joint-free flooring had to be applied on a steep incline and required detailed patterns in four different colours. BSW specialists with a high level of skill and experience had been specially sent from Germany for this purpose. The whole area covering 140 m² was completed in only one day, despite the difficult installation conditions.


04.09.2013

BSW at FSB trade fair: product innovations and interesting sports construction projects

The innovations presented under the slogan "Sport Scaping" have one thing in common: They reveal sports flooring with new functional properties for new applications and sports, often with interesting colour schemes. In addition to the existing varieties of sports flooring, BSW will offer attendees the following innovations: Regupol AGM
The new training track for long-distance runners.Regupol AG indoor
The construction concept for athletics hall flooring.regugym climb
The first safety flooring for climbing centres has already proved its protective capabilities many times over.

playfix indoor
Many people are still unaware of the fall protection flooring for in-door play areas. Change that now and find out how you could benefit.

everroll
The tried-and-tested fitness flooring, now in a practical tile format.

BSW flooring designer
The software for visualising design ideas, now with colour-change options for athletics facility floor plans.

Several construction projects in which BSW sports flooring has been installed with interesting designs or functions.

All attendees who arrange an appointment at BSW's stand will receive two free entrance vouchers for the FSB trade fair. Visit the BSW website to request a meeting.


04.09.2013

Athletics, ball sports and climbing in Barbarossa Hall

Built in the mid-1970s in Kaiserslautern in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, the hall has been completely renovated at a cost of €7.35 million – 60% of which was contributed by the federal state. "Kaiserslautern is a major regional centre for sport, and sports venues of this type are ultimately counted as one of a town's ‘soft location factors’. We are pleased that our commitment and support has enabled us to invest in the sporting centre of Kaiserslautern. The hall is an architectural success – it is visually appealing, and meets the highest sporting and energy standards", says Roger Lewentz, Interior Minister for Rheinland-Pfalz, providing a perfect summary.The measures undertaken involved three stages: modifying and completely refurbishing the existing sports hall, adding an entrance hall with unrestricted access to all storeys, and extending it to include a climbing zone. Now that the renovations are complete, the hall has almost 4,500 square metres of usable space.Three years later, it is now once again open to athletes from the worlds of handball, football, hockey, volleyball, badminton, basket-ball, track and field (including the long jump) and climbing as well as to seven schools in Kaiserslautern. And one group of sportspeople is particularly pleased to see it reopen: track and field athletes. In addition to a new playing field, Barbarossa Hall has also been fitted with a 165-metre running track, a 50-metre sprinting track, a long jump pit and seating for almost 1,000 spectators. "This means that, for athletics in particular, it the largest hall in the region", explains construction official Peter Kiefer.

Ball sports and athletics under one roof

Combining a ball sports field, a surrounding athletics area – including a coverable long jump pit – and a climbing wall, Barbarossa Hall is now a leading example in innovative sports utilization. The addition of the athletics area and climbing wall to the usual indoor sports areas means that sports have been combined under one roof that normally take place in different rooms or even outside. The athletics flooring has been skilfully integrated into the existing surface. For example, a long jump run-up track has been added to one of the long sides of the three-lane circuit track by extending the straight section of the outside lane where it begins to curve. Placing the long jump lane here saves space whilst meeting all of the requirements of school sports and athletics training alike. The long jump pit has been covered with floor sections lined with Regupol AG that can be adjusted if necessary.

Barbarossa Hall therefore shows how athletics can be organised indoors without neglecting the ball sports normally played in such venues. This concept can set a precedent for both renovations and new buildings.

Regupol AG – Running track flooring for professionals and amateurs

Athletes need just one training session to appreciate the quality of the new running and sprint tracks. BSW's synthetic track, one of the most used models in international professional venues too, combines several advantages. Thanks to its identical thickness, the jointless flooring has the same physical properties throughout and is renowned amongst athletes for its speed – benefits confirmed by Usain Bolt, the world record holder for 100 and 200 metres, amongst others.

As standard, the Regupol AG running track flooring was installed in Barbarossa Hall in several stages. After pretreatment with a primer, prefabricated Regupol off-the-roll flooring is adhered to the substructure (PUR glue). Installing this base layer provides the foundation for the outstanding properties of the track to be completed later – the factory-based and constantly monitored prefabrication of the flooring using PUR-bound rubber granules guarantees the quality (layer thickness, material density) and the desired properties (force reduction, weather resistance).

Finally, the pores are sealed – the Regupol flooring is levelled off with a special two-component polyurethane filler. The finish is provided by a top layer made up of a PUR cast coating interspersed with EPDM granules with a grain size of 1.0 mm to 3.5 mm. The jointless, grainy track surface produced in this way combines with the elastic base layer to help the athletes achieve sporting excellence. Naturally, the Regupol AG synthetic track installed in Barba-rossa Hall meets the guidelines of the IAAF (International Amateur Athletics Federation) and can be used both indoors and outside.

Following in the footsteps of world record holder Usain Bolt – with his training track in Jamaica – and those responsible for the Olympic stadium in Berlin, the people of Kaiserslautern decided on a blue Regupol tartan track. The bordering areas, right through to the multi-part pit cover, were produced in grey with the same layer structure.


04.09.2013

The first IAAF-certified synthetic track in Oman comes from North Rhine-Westphalia

The running track project was developed and carried out by the Special Projects Division at Khimji Rhamdas, which has for many years been BSW's exclusive partner in Oman for Regupol sports flooring products. With more than 25 years of experience in developing sports and fitness facilities, Khimji Rhamdas offers formidable expertise in this field. BSW supplied the material and sent out a technician to manage and supervise the building work. In total, 10,021 square metres of red and beige Regupol AG running track flooring was installed. This flooring comprises a prefabricated Regupol base layer made of PUR-bound rubber granules and a top layer of high-quality, coloured EPDM granules that are interspersed in a fluid polyurethane layer to produce a jointless surface. The special material composition of Regupol AG ensures uniform, consistent force reduction. This running track flooring is one of BSW's highest-quality athletics flooring products. The IAAF certificate authorises the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex to host Asian athletics competitions and tournaments held by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

"We are extremely pleased to be able to present the Ministry of Sports Affairs with the IAAF certificate for the athletics track", says T. Renganathan, Manager of the Special Projects Division at Khimji Rhamdas. He continues: "Khimji Rhamdas is perfectly equipped to realise extensive sports facility projects. We have qualified personnel, partnerships with internationally renowned suppliers who provide high-quality products, and work with distinguished overseas technicians."

Thomas Beitzel, Export Manager at BSW, emphasises just how important it is in such projects to obtain support from participants with the right amount of experience and technical knowledge. "In large-scale running track projects, it is vital to involve experienced and specialised companies such as Khimji Rhamdas in the design phase in order to establish the right requirements and complete the project without error. And choosing the right products is just as crucial as skilled installation."


20.06.2013

Caribbean Island Gets Blue and Yellow Synthetic Running Track

The new training site includes a 400m Regupol AG running track, a water pit for the steeplechase, facilities for javelin, discus and hammer throwing, as well as long jump, triple jump and pole vaulting facilities. A special feature of this running track is that the straight sections on both sides of the track have been extended. This means that it can be used for sprints and the 100 and 110m hurdle races. The reason behind this is that the track has a seafront location and the wind direction changes from morning to evening. However, the weather conditions and the tropical climate in Barbados have no effect on the physical properties of the Regupol track surface, which remain constant, even in conditions of extreme heat or cold.

The reference project for the Regupol AG track surface by BSW was the 400m track in the Usain Bolt Stadium of the partner university in Jamaica, where both students and members of the famous Racers Track Club, including Usain Bolt, have been running on the same blue BSW surface. Extensive on-site testing and numerous reports of positive experiences convinced the decision makers at the UWI University in Barbados of the quality of Regupol floors and the reliability of the BSW service.

The decision turned out to be the right one. The university reports that the number of athletes listed in the sports programme has tripled since the opening of the track. It appears that the striking colour scheme of the track draws in the runners.

Since the construction of a blue Regupol synthetic track in the Berlin Olympic stadium, a trend for running tracks in blue and other colours has emerged. BSW, the pioneer of this trend, is busy installing running tracks worldwide which do not have the traditional, red surface. As far as the construction of the UWI Cave Hill campus track is concerned, BSW has assisted the university in the planning phase for the entire athletics facility, including the substructure, soliciting the advice of an experienced construction engineer on site. Consulting work is included in the service provided by the company.


20.06.2013

Made in Germany: Uncompromising safety for shooters

The Special Forces cannot be injured by their own bullets when training for situations like this, or other critical situations at their training camp. All shooting ranges of the GSG9 are therefore equipped with Regupol safety floors and wall panels made by BSW GmbH in Germany.

Products made from elastic Regupol material offer optimal protection against ricochets, rebounds, and bullet splinters. They were specifically developed for installation in shooting ranges operated by the police, military, special units, security services, shooting clubs, and hunting clubs. The bullets penetrate the elastic high-strength material even at very flat angles of impact and are not able to exit from it.

The elasticity and durability of these materials is achieved by mixing special rubber fibres with polyurethane and pressing them into shape. This method is used to create elastic compound paving as well as elastic plates and shooting blocks for various applications. Special constructions are also possible, depending on the type of ammunition and the shooting range. The standard program includes a flooring system for indoor shooting ranges that is covered by a completely gap-free PUR coating on top. This product is known as Regupol FH and offers certified protection against ricochets and bullets travelling at up to 7000 joules of kinetic energy. Regupol has decades of service life, due to its resistance against mechanical impact. The flooring is available in several colours.

The Regupol safety floors, wall and ceiling covers are made in Germany by BSW and comply with demanding safety and environmental standards. They are subject to continuous quality controls during production and installation, are weather- and UV- resistant and have a significantly longer service life than other materials used. Regupol safety elements remain highly wear-resistant, also after intensive use.

For more than 30 years, Regupol safety elements have fulfilled the relevant international quality requirements - whether in indoor or outdoor areas, shooting ranges with a main shooting direction or 180° shooting ranges. Objects equipped with Regupol safety elements made by BSW can be found all around the world. Many are used in special structures that provide safety when training for specific missions. Ballistic protection in stairwells, multi-storey house facades or inside areas of airplanes and railway coaches, to name a few examples.

Outside installations are also covered with Regupol. These outside floors are used by all-terrain and armoured vehicles that fire at targets on walls covered by protective Regupol plates or blocks. Overhead bullet catchers made of concrete or steel are installed to prevent bullets from travelling upwards and leaving the area of the shooting range. Regupol safety products have also been used for a long time to protect those areas against rebounds and ricochets.

The uncompromising safety properties of Regupol safety floors and wall coverings are undisputed worldwide. In the past year, BSW has equipped shooting ranges in Switzerland, Singapore, Russia, China, France, Norway, Taiwan, Poland, Finland and, of course, in Germany.