The Secret Behind The Matchplay LSR Fibre
LSR is made of a plastic based on polyethene (PE). Polyethylene, which belongs to the group of plastics knows as polyethylene, which belongs to the group of plastics known as polyolefins, means “many molecules of ethylene”. The raw ingredient used in producing polyethlene is naphta, a product obtained from petroleum.
By subjecting ethylene gas to intense heat, the carbon and water molecules it contains form building blocks that ultimately form a soft thick mass. The fluidity of this product and the pressure under which it is produced are the key factors in the elasticity of the final product. During the production process, this liquid mass is forced through a perforated plate. These almost congealed threads that are then cut into small pieces become the granular polyethylene supplied for processing into all kinds of products.
More polyethylene is produced throughout the world than any other kind of plastic. We are so used to this modern material that we never stop to think about the many things for which it is used. These include everyday products such as refuse bags, sewer pipes or toys. And without realising it, we often buy things wrapped in a polyethylene film.
But there are also various qualities of PE. Since the LSR fibre manufactured by our own oversea’s manufactor has to meet some very demanding criteria, the PE used to manufacture this fibre has been developed especially for this outdoor ‘synthetic playing grass’ purpose.
Polyethelene is highly resistant to aggressive substances, is practically unbreakable, and can withstand enormous temperature differences without suffering any damage at all. Whats more, it’s one of our most environmentally friendly materials. It’s annual production uses less than 1% of the total annual production of crude oil and natural gas.
Having recognised the excellent properties of PE, the R & D Department of our oversea’s manufacturer has combined various high – quality types of polyethylene with such additives as colorants and UV stablisers. PE is thus one of the basic elements that provide the specific properties that make the LSR fibre so suitable as a playing surface for various sports.
The fibres are smooth, elastic and make sliding to tennis balls safe to perform. No wonder, then, that this fibre has been named “Less Sand Residual” (LSR), hence you don’t require sand all over the court to play, as is the case with less quality yarns….So this yarn, converted into playing court surfaces will be there for the long-term, with the superior playing characteristics.