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ESTO elects new Chairman
Jun '08
At the Plenary Meeting of the Founding Members of the European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO) held in Brussels on June 19, Mr Marc Uleman was elected Chairman, replacing Mr Arnoud Fiolet.

Mr. Uleman is Managing Director Technical Yarns at Bonar Yarns. He obtained a degree in mechanical and chemical engineering from the University of Twente (NL) and has a wide range of experience of the chemical industry having worked for eight years with DSM, firstly in Research & Development and later as the Commercial Director Chemical Products.

Subsequently, he worked with General Electric Plastics where he held various managerial positions, a.o. Automotive Manager Europe. He gained experience in the textile sector with the Radici Group as general manager of three carpet and rug production companies. He also has a good knowledge of branch organisations - he participated in several working groups within the European manmade Fibres Committee (CIRFS) and was involved in the founding of the European Carpet and Rug Association (ECRA).

We wish Marc every success in this new function.

Notes to Editors
1. Synthetic turf in Europe is a € 1 billion+ business, with dynamic growth rates. Together with the USA, Europe is the global leader in this activity. ESTO represents about 85% of the European Synthetic Turf market.

2. The founding members of ESTO are:
Bonar Yarns, Desso Sports Systems, Domo Sports & Leisure Grass, Edel Grass, FieldTurf Tarkett, Greenfields, Lano Sports, Limonta Sport, Mondo Tufting, Poligras, Polytan, Saltex, Ten Cate Thiolon, Tessiture Pietro Radici & TigerTurf.

3. ESTO has been formed as a sector group within EATP, the European Association for Textile Polyolefins, a respected and influential industry association in Brussels. It follows EATP's strict rules of conduct on competition policy compliance.

European Synthetic Turf Organisation

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