Europlay nv, a Belgian company located in Dendermonde and Wichelen, is a leading authority in Europe as well as out of Europe when it comes to producing playground equipment for public spaces. The playground equipment, made of wood, metal and synthetic materials, meet the European safety norm EN 1176. It is also known for its design and because you absolutely get value for your money.
Europlay manufactures imaginative playground equipment – for public use – designed to stimulate creative play.
In addition to this, a new range of playground equipment has been launched: Eco-Play. This equipment is made out of eco-friendly wood types like robinia, oak, larch and douglas.
Europlay nv also produces Eco-Mulch, an environmentally friendly shock-absorbing underground (wood chips) and imports shock-absorbing rubber tiles (Eco-Flex).
The use of environmentally friendly wood:
No residual waste because no heavy metals are used (no impregnation with metal salts)
The use of certified wood (PEFC); a certificate of origin is included
The use of European types of wood protects the tropical rainforest and limits the emission of CO2
The application of the different types of wood according to their own natural durability makes that no further wood treatment is required
The playground equipment of Europlay is made of a unique combination of basic materials like timber, metal, HDPE (polyethylene sheet material) and ropes and nets with steel-wire reinforcement
Types of timber used
Larch (class III) is used most of all at Europlay. It is a wood type low on sapwood and it has a durable heart/core, which makes it ideal to use for outdoor products.
Douglas (class III) is used as an alternative for straight and strong wood structures. Has some more sapwood than larch so it is applicable to round wood of which the sapwood is mostly milled.
Oak (class II) is a durable stable wood that is only used for round and square poles in contact with the ground.
Robinia is used in the range of Eco-Play. Robinia wood is part of the durability class I to II, hence it is the most durable European wood species.
For the majority of the equipment the timber is not in contact with the ground. Instead of directly into the ground, the poles are placed on metal base supports (TYPE A in the ground or TYPE B on the ground).
Three types of metal are being used: steel, aluminium and stainless steel. All steel components are being sandblasted and treated against corrosion, whereupon they receive a final colour by means of a polyester powdercoating. This entire treatment process offers high-quality characteristics and ensures colour fastness. Aluminium parts are always anodised and coloured by means of a polyester powdercoating. Stainless steel components offer a high durability and protection against corrosion, as well as an everlasting good look. All metal materials are 100% recyclable.
Synthetic elements consist of polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide or polycarbonate. The materials are selected and processed depending on their strength and applicability. All plastic components are UV-resistant and protected against breaking and colour changes. HDPE polyethylene sheets (High Density Polyethylene) are produced specifically for the creation of playground equipment. This product’s high density offers an absolute added value against deformations. All plastics are 100% recyclable. Moreover, the black coloured HDPE panels we use, are manufactured with recycled materials already.
Europlay’s ropes and net constructions are made of vandalism resistant steel cables. These consist of an interweaving of thin galvanised steel wires. This construction ensures rope flexibility and resistance against heavy overload and pulling force. The galvanised steel wires are eventually covered by polypropylene. This cover makes grabbing easier and gives a pleasant feeling in children’s hands. Ropes and nets are available in different attractive colours.
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