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EHF EURO 2018 and 2020 to be played on Gerflor


EHF EURO 2018 and 2020 to be played on Gerflor

The EHF and Gerflor have confirmed that the long-term agreement to supply flooring for Europe’s top national team competitions has been extended through to 2020.

Gerflor will supply its flooring systems for the next four EHF EURO events as well as the ‘EHF EURO’ younger age category tournaments on an annual basis. The partnership between the EHF and Gerflor dates back to 2004.

Speaking about the extension to the partnership, Michael Wiederer, EHF President, said: “Gerflor has been a trusted partner of the EHF for many years and we are delighted that we will continue this relationship through to 2020. For Europe’s top competitions we demand the very best and, for more than a decade, Gerflor has consistently delivered both world-class products and service to the EHF.”

Gerflor’s Pierre Lienhard, Director International Operations, said: “The EHF is an important partner for Gerflor, its high profile events and competitions, including the EHF EURO and EHF Champions League, offer us the perfect platform to showcase our products to the market. We are delighted that the EHF has once again chosen Gerflor as its exclusive flooring supplier across all of its competitions.”

The following events will be supplied with the Taraflex Sport M Evolution floor from Gerflor:

Women’s 19 EHF EURO in Slovenia
Women’s 17 EHF EURO in Slovakia

Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia
Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France
Men’s 18 EHF EURO in Croatia
Men’s 20 EHF EURO in Slovenia

Women’s 19 EHF EURO (TBC)
Women’s 17 EHF EURO (TBC)

Men’s EHF EURO 2020 in Sweden, Austria and Norway
Women’s EHF EURO 2020 in Norway and Denmark
Men’s 18 EHF EURO (TBC)
Men’s 20 EHF EURO (TBC)

Continual development

Since 2016, the EHF’s national team competitions have had a new look thanks to the development of a new colour scheme by the EHF and Gerflor.

With the highly distinctive ‘bright yellow and blue’ considered outdated and as a result of the update to the EHF corporate identity, a new colour scheme was introduced at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland.

The new look for the EHF EURO events provides a consistent look across European handball, with the use of ‘lagoon blue’ for the main court area, a colour used in the EHF Champions League since 2006/07, but with the addition of the ‘EHF’ dark blue for the six-metre goal area and surrounding the court as well as red for the coaching zone.

Top class playing conditions

The floor supplied by Gerflor is the Taraflex Sport M Evolution. A 7 mm surface featuring a bi-density 5 mm foam backing and a 2 mm thick top layer gives ideal playing conditions for players for a portable surface.

The surface is the most used one for top handball events worldwide on a removable stage and provides great cushioning , perfect elasticity and a controlled grip under foot.

The Protecsol top layer varnished treatment contribute to a perfect grip/slide compromise for players while reducing risks of skin burns while falling down.

About Gerflor

Gerflor is the world’s most famous brand in the sports flooring industry, with three brand leaders in their particular category: Taraflex in the sports/education industry, also used for international sport events in table tennis, handball and volleyball. Sport Court for 3x3 basketball, now an Olympic sport discipline. Connor, a specialist in wooden floors and used in basketball’s NBA.Taraflex is the world’s most used surface for international handball events, recognised for its perfect playing performance and its ability to be installed in record time, while at the same time offering strong design and coporate identity.

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