Firl + Schretter Sportstättenbau OHG in Neuburg an der Donau is founded. It concentrates initially on the installation of polyurethane-bound synthetic surfaces for sports facilities. “Polytan” becomes a registered trademark.

1975 – 1985 

The range of products is expanded to incorporate the production of raw materials for polyurethane-bound synthetic surfaces. This enables Polytan to strengthen its market position in Germany. Its stock-in-trade is sales, production and installation from a single source.


Polytan expands its operations with the newly acquired production facilities for synthetic turf and polyurethane in Grefrath (NRW) and sets up Polytex GmbH as a wholly owned subsidiary.

1990 – 1999

Polytan is able to increase its export business considerably and sets up subsidiaries in Great Britain and China.

2003 – 2006

Implementation of fully vertical production of synthetic turf products. A complete coating and extrusion plant for synthetic turf is installed in Grefrath for this purpose.  The one-stop-shop philosophy guarantees high-quality products and installation for synthetic turf systems. Participation as a licensee in the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf and first FIFA Recommended 2 Star pitch worldwide.


As a result of the targeted takeover of companies, Polytan continues to grow in Europe and in the North American market in particular.


Polytan steadily strengthens its leading position in Europe in terms of the market share and quality of its sports surfacing systems. Polytan also becomes a partner of the DFB in the biggest synthetic turf project worldwide (EUR 25 million investment): 1,000 mini pitches in Germany.


Polytan again breaks the world record for FIFA-certified synthetic turf pitches and becomes a FIFA Preferred Producer under the collective brand name of “Polytan|STI”.