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Urethane tracks vie for records

June 7, 2004 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 82, ISSUE 23

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Facilities at the International Olympic Committee's Lausanne headquarters were recently outfitted with Degussa's polyurethane floors.
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Facilities at the International Olympic Committee's Lausanne headquarters were recently outfitted with Degussa's polyurethane floors.

Surfaces made of polyurethanes, which have a slight "give" in them to cushion joints and lessen injuries, are one of the hottest trends these days in track and playground construction, according to Conica, part of Degussa's construction chemicals division. High growth in North America is being matched by annual growth of 40% for such surfacing in some emerging countries, says Karl Meyer, director for sport activities at Conica. The surfaces are installed on-site, in a single, seamless application.

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