California Sports Surfaces Celebrates 70th Anniversary 1953 – 2023

Significant Milestone for World Renowned Sports Surfacing Company

2023 marks the 70th anniversary of California Sports Surfaces (CSS) providing high performance surfacing to major tournaments in tennis, track and field as well as pickleball, a sport fast gaining in popularity in the US. The company began in 1953 with the original Plexipave®, designed as an alternative to grass and clay for tennis courts becoming the surface brand of choice for every Australian Open between 2008 and 2018 and the BNP Paribas Open. Another long-established product launched by CSS is Plexitrac®, an advanced track surface for runners, providing safe training with an advanced cushioning system without compromising performance. Since the 1990’s, CSS has gone on to acquire and develop other major brands and systems for use in indoor and outdoor applications becoming the largest manufacturer of sports surfaces in the world. Located in Massachusetts, CSS was acquired by ICP adding a market leading range of brands and products to their portfolio of coatings, adhesives and sealants. The newest addition to the offering is ‘CoolTop’, a finishing topcoat compatible with mat and liquid rubber cushioning systems that reduces the court surface temperature via solar reflectance. Many hours of research and laboratory testing went into creating the technology to provide better playing and practice environments for athletes of all abilities. CSS will continue to move forward with innovation working closely with the sports industry to develop new products that drive excellence and push the bounds with advancing technology.

CSS exports to over 50 countries worldwide and heading up the sales for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region is Blaine Bishop, also Head of Export Sales for Leeson Polyurethanes. CSS recently exhibited at the FSB trade fair in Cologne, Germany, which is the world’s largest trade fair in the sports and leisure sector and attended by the decision makers in the industry. Blaine, and his colleagues from the US, featured the CSS brands to the national and international planners, architects, operators and investors to provide technologies and solutions for projects and existing facilities to develop modern sports centres. For more information visit

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