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Melos Stone – my way!

Floorcoverings are now available for clubs and real fans, perfectly shaped in colour and function. And even with logos, for those who want them.

For clubs: You can give your stadium grounds, offices and museums a unique upgrade with a Melos Stone floorcovering. Those who’d like to be welcomed by their own club logo can also make this a reality with us. We can produce any motifs, signs, names and numbers by using the water. These motifs fit perfectly into the floorcovering.

For fans: With Melos Stone, you can bring home your very own football club design. Melos Stone can be easily installed outside on terraces, in entrance areas or on connecting paths. The floor sets bright and visible colour accents, documenting long-term membership and loyalty to your club and team.

Actually, all colour combinations including monochrome stone grey are possible. However, Melos Stone flooring isn’t as hard as the name would suggest: The granulate compound consists of elastic rubber that is almost as strong as non-slip as stone, thanks to its high material hardness (experts call it “90 Shore A”). On site, the loose granulates are mixed with an adhesive, applied to the floor and smoothed.

For all those interested in technology: Melos Stone flooring consists of approx. 10 kg material per square metre and is non-slip, barrier-free, weatherproof, lightfast and even water-permeable! Melos Stone flooring is a true all-rounder, and certainly a real eye-catcher for fans and clubs.

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Hybrid Infill

The quality of artificial turf pitches for sport depends largely on the type of infill granules used. In particular, the basic material and processing method are crucial factors in determining how artificial turf systems perform in terms of playing conditions, environmental compatibility, impact on health and costs alike. In developing its new Hybrid Infill, Melos has succeeded in combining natural and synthetic materials for the very first time. Playing performance is not the only aspect to benefit.

It’s no longer a question of choosing Hybrid offers the best of both worlds.
The days when artificial turf pitches have to be filled with infill granules made from recycled scrap tyres are long gone. Responsible decision-makers are on the look-out for better alternatives for our environment and health alike. In particular, new synthetic infill types developed especially for use in artificial turf pitches are considered a less problematic option – these include Melos’ long-established Infill EPDM ST and successful, innovative Infill Bionic Fibre. Exclusively organic alternatives (containing e.g. cork) have also been available on the market for some years now.
Hybrid Infill is a new solution that is both synthetic and organic in origin.

How far has Hybrid Infill been developed to date?
The development of Hybrid Infill is almost complete. It will be officially presented at the FSB trade fair in Cologne at the start of November. Hybrid Infill is one of the best-performing infill products as regards common test standards, environmental compatibility and impact on health.

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Variety of 3D printing applications

Melos GmbH, based in Melle near Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, is a leading manufacturer of plastics for sport and leisure floorings. Melos is currently developing a new business area, expanding into the field of additive manufacturing processes. This will complement the company’s traditional expertise in rubber and compounding. A team of developers led by Jörg Siekmann, Managing Director, is rapidly building a high level of expertise in the area of 3D printing. Their primary aim is to become specialists in paste extrusion techniques with a wide variety of materials. The new printer head combines a variety of methods used in additive manufacturing but is primarily based on the FFF process (Fused Filament Fabrication).

Here, the elastomer-based granules are transformed into a highly viscous paste using a special binding agent. The structure of the granules can be adapted to the requirements of the application. The form and size distribution of the solid granules affect the printing process and have to be carefully matched to achieve the best result. The diameter of the printer head nozzle and a number of other process parameters can be adjusted accordingly. This significantly improves efficiency in printing large volume components. Jörg Siekmann: “We are continuing to grow and develop our company. Our product portfolio will soon include 3D printing. The possibilities are fascinating and we see extraordinary potential for three-dimensional design techniques in shaping playground areas all over the world. Our journey is just beginning. We want to certify more materials and develop processes for a sustainable future. We expect to add further applications soon and are always open to new challenges.” Primary applications include the production of playground figures or simplifying the construction of moulds with difficult geometries.

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Melos 3D Granules Designer

Create your own floor covering with the Granules Designer in a few steps. This tool can be of particular value during a consultation. The Granules Designer will support you to illustrate the colours and present a planned area realistically.

The Granules Designer follows on from the 3D Granules Designer, which was developed as a computer software. To use the Granules Designer on the road, the tool is now available as a download for mobile devices. The software is optimized for iPads and Android tablets. You can use the app wherever it is needed: in meeting rooms, on site or directly at your desk.

And the best part: The integrated gallery enables you to have your favourites always ready to hand. You can save, manage and share your individually blends in the gallery.

The Granules Designer offers a great variety of functions. You can choose from 24 coloured granules, which can be indi­vidually combined and mixed with each other until you obtain your desired colour. The result of the created colour mixture is immediately visible and can be easily adjusted any time. The Granules Designer is highly impressive with its highly realistic presentation. Zoom directly into your colour blend and experience the impressive colour variety and fine details of your exclusive granules design. You can explore all space and surface details on a virtual 3D model.

Download the Granules Designer in the App Store or Play Store, only available for tablets (e.g. I-Pad).

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Bethel Children and Youth Hospice

Melos GmbH can look back on a positive business year and has not forgotten its social responsibility. This year, the company is supporting the Bethel Children and Youth Hospice. Since 2012, the Bethel Children and Youth Hospice has been offering rooms for ten children suffering from terminal illnesses. However, it is more than just a place of dying or saying final goodbyes. The motto of the hospice is “assisted dying means assisted living”, meaning it is rather a place for dying where children can spend time with their families. On their most difficult paths, many children and young adults come to the hospice several times.

The Children and Youth Hospice enables children to learn how to deal with their situation in their own way: by making advisory services available, for example. The families can stay in Bethel together and can gain relief from the home care situation. The Christmas holidays enable families to spend special moments together at the hospice. During these days, the hospice becomes a meeting place for sick children and their parents. In this community, the Christmas season is spent together so that they can provide one another with good cheer and support. They take this opportunity to remember those who are no longer with them.

Beginning with the initial idea for the construction of the institution, Melos GmbH has been supporting the children’s hospice right from the initial idea to establish the institution. As a sponsor of the charity event “Klosterpforten Cup”, Melos assisted from 2009 to 2011 during the institution’s first years. “In the Bethel Children and Youth Hospice, we know that our donation is in good hands,” explains Sven Prause, among other things responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility at Melos GmbH. Therefore Melos has again decided to forego a Christmas or New Year’s campaign and instead to donate €2,500. The feedback from business partners was very positive.

(Picture: Sebastian Piramowicz)

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The new “Ready to Build” concept

The range of Melos granules and matching polyurethanes of various qualities has grown immensely through constant product innovation in recent years. And their application has not been limited to sports facility construction, for even architects and urban planners have discovered coloured and highly resilient Melos products, e.g. for architectural surfaces in urban environments. The wide range of applications is opening up opportunities for processing companies, but combinations of granules and system components are becoming increasingly complex at the same time. The Melos GmbH team has already supported countless exciting projects for play, sports and architectural applications and now intends to improve planning security and reliability.

The “Ready to Build” performance and service strategy enables processing companies to stay abreast of products, systems and applications and provide customers with even more targeted advice on design options, prices, etc. When ordering via Ready to Build, processing companies obtain the required products from the plant network. Depending on the application, ready-to-use granules, polyurethanes or artificial landscaping turfs are supplied to the site quickly. Melos supports the process of advising customers with practical services.

At the website, processing companies can configure products and request prices or sales support, including samples obtained with just a few mouseclicks. The website supports planning, makes project calculations easier, realistically simulates colours and is used as a product catalogue in customer consultations or during the preparation phase. Melos will be offering the whole range of modern live communication at FSB in Cologne from 27 to 30 October (Hall 10.2, Stand F040 / G041) on 150 m². The “Melos experience” will come to life for visitors with innovations, the new Ready to Build performance and service concept, and many interactive features.

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Innovative infill granules on historical ground

Since June of last year, football is being played in “Stade de Suisse,” the Swiss national stadium, on artificial turf – the stadium was filled in with “Infill Bionic Fibre” granules from Melos.

“The miracle of Bern” is not only a household name in Germany to every football fan. The title of football world champion, which postwar Germany surprisingly won against the overwhelming favorite, Hungary, on July 4, 1954, has remained both a key historical event and myth to this day. Sönke Wortmanns identically named movie was a great success just like the musical in Hamburg that was based on the movie, and personalities like Sepp Herberger, Helmut Rahn, or Fritz Walter are still celebrated today as heroes. The final match of the football world championship was played at that time in the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern on wet, muddy natural turf - however today there is not much left of the conditions from those days. The old stadium was demolished in 2001, and the modern stadium, “Stade de Suisse,” was built on the same land. The new Swiss national stadium and home of Young Boys Bern, the Swiss premier division, offers room for around 31,000 spectators and was equipped with a modern artificial turf in June 2014 by Polytan, which is headquartered in Burgheim. The turf was installed by the company. The “Infill Bionic Fibre” artificial turf granules that were used, are produced by the Melos Company from Melle.

The decision to install artificial turf in Stade de Suisse was made for several reasons. On the one hand, the simplified care and the possibility of increased use for training played a role, and on the other hand concerts are held in the stadium on a regular basis in addition to the sporting events, with artificial turf being substantially easier to protect than natural turf. So, the Young Boys Bern players can always be sure to find a football field in the stadium that is good to play on. This is also facilitated by the use of Infill Bionic Fibre granulates. In contrast to the widespread, conventional EPDM granules, Melos was inspired by nature when it developed its special granules. Infill Bionic Fibre especially stands out by its natural appearance, its organic grain shape, optimal health and environmental characteristics, weather-resistance, and its extremely inviting character for tackling. One of the most important characteristics of an artificial turf sport field is a pleasant, natural appearing playability, and this attribute is especially intensified by this innovative product from Melos. Thanks to its near-natural structure, sporting activities on Infill Bionic Fibre feel almost like natural sports turf. These granules endure for the life of the field and do not have to be replaced. Based on its special structure and composition, it does not wash out either, stays soft, and is anti-bacterial.

Because of the installation of new artificial turf with Infill Bionic Fibre, sporting activities are now feasible year-round in Stade de Suisse, and the Young Boys Bern football players have a football field available where they can have enjoyable and natural football games. Of course, it cannot be predicted whether events that are important to football history will take place again in Bern or not, but the conditions for first-class sports are certainly present.


The somewhat different "moonscape"

At the Rothenberg – Park in Kassel-Rothenditmold, a one of a kind physical activity center was ceremoniously opened on November 12, 2014. For more than three years, the consultants at the Planungsbüro TEO Industriedesign GmbH have, together with Melos GmbH from Melle, conceptualized this project and driven its implementation. This productive cooperation resulted in the creation of a unique publicly accessible area, in which users ranging from the young to the old can sustainably train their coordination, motor function and self-awareness; thereby using these sensory experiences to foster their own creativity.

At the beginning, there was the idea of TEO-General Manager Jens Freitag, to create an outdoor variant of sports flooring successfully brought to market by his R&D Service offices years ago, and to create a public space with it in Kassel. The existing indoor variants were already used successfully in professional sports, as well as in medical applications in the treatment of the sick and the elderly, and have thereby proven their functionality.

In order to bring the successful concept of his sports flooring to the general public, Jens Freitag needed partners for the technical development and access to public offices. In the course of a sporting activity development plan, the City of Kassel came to the conclusion that the physical activity opportunities offered to the public should be expanded. Now, all Freitag needed was a partner that would help him to drive the implementation of the materials development associated with the project, because the demands on an outdoor variant of the sports flooring were quite special. To this effect, he was looking for a premium manufacturer of rubber granulates whom was located in Germany, and able to share the enthusiasm for his project. He was able to find that suitable partner in Melos GmbH from Melle in Lower Saxony. The phase between planning the area and the actual implementation lasted for more than three years. Melos GmbH was included in this process from the very beginning, and a very close cooperation with the TEO-Planungsbüro was born. Various experiments with EPDM granules were conducted in order to develop the suitable flooring for the physical activity center. Aside from suitability for the training- and experience effect, requirements were: being weather-proof, lightweight, and featuring an anti-slip surface with a visually pleasing appearance. The defining factor were not merely the individual granules, but a suitable layering. Eventually, the standard EPDM granules of type "60 Shore A sulphur-cured" with a 1.0 – 3.5 mm grain by Melos were used. This granulate is particularly well suited to fit sports- and play areas, and aside from the weather-proofness and its fall protection properties, it also scores big with its low-dusting and hygienic properties. Color-wise, a mix of May-green, Reseda-green and yellow fit splendidly into the lawn environment of the park. The actual construction of the center was successfully performed by Procon Play & Leisure GmbH from Geseke within two weeks, and thus, nothing stood in the way of the ceremonial opening by the Director of Urban Development Christof Nolda and District Mayor Rolf Lösking.

In the end, it was proven that the successful interaction of various parties can realize projects even of an unusual nature, such as the one in the Rothenberg-Park in Kassel. Now, citizens have an hitherto unique opportunity to experience themselves and to do something for their own health. The concept will certainly elicit many reactions, and one would should assume that, with the support of Melos, more "moonscapes" will be created in Germany.


Melos EPDM Mulch flooring for a "green classroom"

In spring, Melos GmbH provided the Integrated Comprehensive School (IGS) in Melle with EPDM Mulch flooring. At the heart of the site there is what is referred to as the "green classroom". It is a shady circular area which is surrounded by trees, and has been fitted with EPDM Mulch flooring.

Classroom 6 has a diameter of 11 metres, and there are benches on the gabion stone walls. Pupils use the green lounge during break times, and a parents' meeting has also previously been held there. IGS headteacher Marlies Brüggemann says that it is intended that some lessons will be taught outside on occasion.
The school's headteacher is pleased that sealed surfaces have been fitted in some areas of the green classroom. This facilitates cleaning, and the surfaces can be used again soon after wet weather. The polyurethane-bound EPDM Mulch surfaces in classroom 6 can be cleaned with little effort. They also remain hygienically clean, because the material does not allow fungus and bacteria to breed. Thus there are no hidden maintenance costs.
The EPDM Mulch, which is bound with PUR binders, is certified in accordance with toy safety standard EN 71-3 and CEC 01.4-08, and has been installed at the school as a water permeable system by the specialist company Berleburger Schaumstoffwerke, a client of Melos. The material used is made of new, solid-coloured EPDM. "The material is environmentally friendly, and above all colourfast," says Melos application engineer Benno Bojahr. In certain designs, it is possible to incorporate EPDM Mulch as certified safety flooring.
EPDM Mulch is a newly developed component for safety flooring, recreational areas and walkways. "That is a unique selling point of Melos," says Bojahr. The EPDM Mulch material looks very natural. As a water-permeable surface, EPDM Mulch offers both a hygienic and economical alternative to organic materials. Firmly attached to the base, this seamless flooring ensures an accessible and safe playground.

Ms Brüggemann had the idea for a green classroom when new fire escape doors and emergency stairs were installed at the school. She installed a key function for the teachers, so that the doors could be opened "normally". From the outset, her goal was to involve pupils and parents in the project, and this is what she did. In the autumn of 2013 the plans began to become concrete. Appointments were made and meetings were scheduled. Melos promised to install the newly developed Mulch as a reference project. A total of approximately 25 parents worked, mainly on Saturdays, on the green classroom. Bianca Kryenhagen, Chair of the School Association, says that 200 children took part in a sponsored run, and helped the Association to raise around €4,500.
Headmistress Marlies Brüggemann is already thinking about how more seating can be added, and has received an amount of grating which is no longer needed elsewhere. This would ideally be covered with materials made by Melos, but that is a different story.