It is with great pride I write this to celebrate our twentieth year in the sports surface industry. Playrite has witnessed ups and downs over the last two decades with the good outweighing the bad, we keep seeing people swap and change companies never wanting to leave this sector. Dealing with a wide customer base means a day in the week of Playrite is never the same, when I reflect on the past 20 years it is difficult to know who to mention and thank first.
It would be a miss not to thank Ian Beswick who with our previous Chairman had the foresight to set up Playrite and Ian must take credit for the initial product development and marketing attributes that set the company on its way. National Floorcoverings Group has never lost sight of Playrite's strengths and continues to show its support with investment whenever necessary. We have seen our sales force grow from two to six with the most recent appointment of our Spanish Sales Manager Jose Conde.
Without a doubt investment and development on our tufted range has helped Playrite grow, not just with tufted sales in football and leisure it gives us the ability to offer a totally impartial guide to the relevant sports surface to suit our clients need, this has supported and at times enhanced our needlepunch range.
Two special mentions must go to our long standing relationships built over 20 years of business with Dales Sports Surfaces and Centaur Products. Dales Sports worked alongside Playrite in developing our bowls surfaces initially in the UK yet most recently across the world and as far away as Australia. Dales extensively market our bowls surfaces alongside the Playrite name and have become without doubt the markets leader in supply and installation of bowls carpets.
Centaur Products owned by Dave Wilson came across Playrite some 18 years ago seeking to develop a portable indoor football surface. With our help we developed Rec-Turf together, supplying the system into Canada for the past 17 years. A huge Thank You from myself and Playrite for their continued support.
We are taking the time out on our stand (Hall 11.2, P058) at FSB in Cologne to celebrate our success during the show, all parties are welcomed.