Interface wins European Innovation Award
Bayer’s newest turf fungicide, Interface®, is successfully penetrating the market across
Europe. Within less than one month of its launch in the Netherlands, the product has been
honoured with the NWST Innovation Award in the Turf Maintenance category.
Interface’s launch in the Netherlands drew on many aspects of the UK launch. The Dutch
accolade mirrors some of the ‘grass roots’ feedback from UK greenkeepers on the
strengths of the product, that was introduced here in 2013.
“The UK and Holland experience very similar climates,” says Bayer’s Product Manager
Claire Matthewman. “As a result, the turf suffers many of the same stresses caused by
damp and humid conditions, which demands a powerful fungicide to protect against
fungal turf disease, such as Fusarium.”
Bayer’s Interface has been especially formulated with StressGard Formulation
Technology to not only offer robust protection from disease, but also to raise the turf’s
defences and alleviate the everyday stress burden – such as extremes in temperature
and player traffic.
Like many testimonials that are emerging from the Netherlands, the head greenkeeper at
Thornhurst Park Golf Club in South Yorkshire explained that during his pre-launch trial, he
experienced very positive results with Interface.
“It kills the pathogen immediately. I’ve noticed a considerable greening up effect on the
greens I’ve tested and there seems to be more vigour to the turf compared to the greens
that didn’t receive the product, which is excellent.”
The award hosts, NWST, publishes two leading specialist Dutch trade publications for golf
and sports field managers; Greenkeeper and Field Manager. The publishing house
initially shortlisted 30 innovations in three categories; sports turf maintenance, artificial turf
and machines. In the sports turf maintenance category, Interface was directly chosen by
greenkeepers and field managers as their favourite golf solution.
John Hall, Bayer’s Commercial Technical Manager for Europe and Japan, explains how
word on new innovations spreads very quickly in Holland due to the close community of
200 golf courses.
Dick van Brienen, Bayer’s Marketing Manager in the Netherlands, believes that the award
is testimony that greenkeepers do not see Interface as a normal fungicide, but recognise
the innovation of StressGardTM Formulation Technology. “We’re delighted to have
received this accolade in Holland, and hope Interface’s popularity continues to grow.”
Please visit our Interface Product Page for more information.