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Polytan surfaces are manufactured by sister-company APT Asia Pacific in their ISO-certified manufacturing plant located in Dandenong South, Melbourne. It is the largest sports and recreational distribution facility in the southern hemisphere, producing over 100 types of synthetic turf. In 2009, APT was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in recognition of contribution to the Victorian export market through their world-class sports surfaces.

APT Asia Pacific is the only synthetic turf manufacturer to make yarn in Australia. Their yarn is made using only the highest-grade raw materials comprising of 24 unique components not found in any other yarn.

Polytan surfaces are truly made for Australasian conditions; they are durable, UV stabilised and rigorously tested to withstand the harshest climates. No other yarn manufacturer can claim 25 years of continuous exposure testing in Australasian conditions.

Polytan’s turf brands, including Poligras and LigaTurf, are made using Australian Made yarn.



APT and Polytan operate a Quality Management system based on ISO 9001:2015, with an emphasis on management involvement, structured processes & procedures and customer satisfaction.

Polytan develops specific Quality Management Plans for every project based on the procedures documented within the Polytan Operations Manual. Each project’s specific QMP documents the primary project quality objectives and the procedures to be followed to achieve those objectives.

Polytan further develops and implements Inspection & Test Plans (ITP’s) for all project work phases, which stipulate the necessary requirements for the works, including witness points, hold points, quality record requirements and relevant references for the quality objectives stipulated.


Polytan synthetic surfaces comply with the current national and international quality assurance standards for artificial surfaces, including all environmental requirements. We work closely with all relevant sporting organisations to ensure our products comply with the intricate guidelines set by the codes and to achieve certifications when required by customers.

We are happy to provide additional information and answer any questions you have about these standards and our surfaces.

The FIH is the international governing body of field hockey worldwide. FIH certified hockey fields are tested and approved as meeting the current International Hockey Federation standards.

Polytan is the Official Global Partner and Turf Supplier of the FIH. Our hockey surfaces are used at all major FIH hockey sporting events around the globe including events such as the Women’s and Men’s Champions Trophy, Women’s Hockey World Cup, Hockey Pro League and more. Polytan surfaces have also been used for 8 Olympics and 4 Commonwealth Games.

The FIH ensures all certified hockey pitches are manufactured and installed to the highest quality for players. Polytan is one of the select few preferred suppliers, who can meet the requirements set out in the FIH quality programme for hockey turf.

In addition to meeting FIH Certified Manufacturers and Field Builders criteria, FIH Preferred Suppliers are also required to comply with a global commitment to providing high quality hockey pitches suited for international, national and community based clubs all around the world.

In 2001 FIFA established the FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf in response to the growing need for an alternative to natural turf for football (soccer) fields. The FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf aims to endorse products that meet strict quality requirements designed to improve the game and to protect players, clubs and associations.

Polytan is recognised as a FIFA Preferred Provider having worked closely with FIFA on the Quality Programme for Football Turf. As a FIFA Preferred Provider, Polytan meets the highest standards for synthetic football turf systems for quality, performance and safety.

All LigaTurf systems installed by Polytan meet the FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf requirements for certification.

World Athletics (formerly the International Associations of Athletics Federations) is the international governing body for athletics tracks across the world. World Athletics set special requirements for athletics tracks to be measured, tested and certified to ensure athletes experience the best surface performance.

When testing and assessing an athletic facility, the detailed process requires a solid understanding of every project and design element to meet Certification. In addition to the surface performance, there is a construction compliance across the entire track at different locations to confirm the facility conformance.

World Athletics has accredited a network of laboratories around the world with the requisite experience and expertise to interpret and determine the results and observations made on site correctly. This experience and expertise protect the interests of all the parties involved, including the manufacturer of the synthetic surfacing system, the installer, the main contractor, the designer, the owner and importantly, the athletes.

Polytan is one of the select few “Preferred Suppliers” that the AFL has nominated to maintain quality control.

The AFL / Cricket Australia “Approved Synthetic Turf Product” mark is awarded to those products that have been subject to a series of stringent laboratory tests. These tests include those for durability, joint strength, resistance to weathering, ball roll and bounce, hardness, traction and abrasion.

Certified ovals must meet a second stage of testing that occurs on site once the project is complete. Once the synthetic surface is laid and infilled, the final playing surface will:

  • Have similar playing characteristics to excellent natural turf,
  • Offer quality and durability of the product, and
  • Maximise playing comfort and safety for players.

Testing is undertaken on a variety of points on the field to ensure compliance across the facility. Once an oval has met all the requirements of the field testing it will be issued with official certification. These fields need to meet specific criteria set in the AFL / CA Handbook of Testing for Synthetic Turf – March 2018.

Rugby Australia follows the guidelines for artificial turf set out by World Rugby.

Rugby Union as a sport was quick to adopt new generation (3G) artificial grass surfaces for the development of the game. What is now referred to as World Rugby Regulation 22 was introduced in 2003 to ensure that 3G surfaces replicate the playing qualities of good quality natural grass. Regulation 22 defines those artificial grass systems specifically designed for the game of rugby union and as such are referred to as Rugby Turf.

To ensure that artificial playing surfaces replicate the playing qualities of good quality natural grass, provide a playing environment that will not increase the risk of injury to players (current statistics indicate that there is no increased risk of injury) and are of sufficient durability (provided they are maintained), World Rugby has developed the Rugby Turf Performance Specification.

The laboratory test programme, which an artificial turf must satisfy as part of the Rugby Turf Performance Specification, includes a programme of simulated use to assess the ability of a surface to perform over a period of time. Testing for compliance with World Rugby Regulation 22 can only be undertaken by an Accredited Test Institute (ATI) and field testing can only be completed by an accredited technician.

The development of synthetic turf surfaces that replicate the playing qualities of a high quality natural turf with technology that allows for significantly increased usage and intensity has been embraced by Rugby League.

To ensure these surfaces provide a satisfactory playing environment that will not increase the risk of injury to players and are of adequate durability to perform for a period of time that makes the economic investment viable, the National Rugby League (NRL) has worked with the UK’s Rugby Football League (RFL) to adapt their synthetic surfaces standards for use in Australia. The NRL Performance and Construction Standard (Standard) was first published in 2014 and was updated in 2021.

The Standard includes requirements for both laboratory testing of the synthetic surface as well as performance requirements once turf is installed. A new synthetic turf field should be tested by an NRL approved test agency, who also holds the FIFA/World Rugby Test institute status, before it is played upon for matches and training.