Swiss Running Track Innovator Wants to Make Germany’s Tracks Faster


The Swiss company CONICA is a global innovation driver in athletics running tracks. Now the company has signed a cooperation agreement with the German Athletics Association (DLV). Both parties want to benefit from each other’s expertise and experience. In doing so, the running track producer and the association want to set new standards – especially in running track research and development. With an aim to support athletes in their performance, CONICA is committed to bringing Germany’s running tracks up to speed using the latest technology.

Jürgen Kessing, President of the German Athletics Association, is pleased about the partnership: “CONICA is a global leader in developing cast running tracks. It’s been repeatedly proven that athletes perform at their peak on a CONICA surface. The quality of the material is gentle on the athletes’ foot and leg muscles, and the technology involved is designed to make them faster. In addition, CONICA applies high quality standards in its work and is very sustainable.”

Frank Lebert, Managing Director of Deutsche Leichtathletik Marketing GmbH, adds: “We are very pleased to have CONICA, a technology pioneer for running tracks, as a partner. After all, these running tracks can be found in renowned stadiums such as the Letzigrund Stadium in Switzerland or in Monaco.”

Close cooperation with athletes and coaches yields insights

CONICA will work closely with the end users of the running tracks (athletes and coaches) to help them learn about the technical and qualitative differences of each track. Often laid as a sandwich system in Germany’s large stadiums as well, the tracks are to be further developed to meet the modern requirements of the sport. Working closely with the association, athletes and coaches, CONICA aims to technically and sustainably improve Germany’s running tracks in the most important stadiums and training centres. The goal is to achieve fast running times – and ultimately more records.

“CONICA is delighted to have partnered with the athletics association that has the most members in the world. The DLV is one of the most competitive associations internationally and its members regularly win medals at major competitions,” says Julio Fernando Fadel, Head of Marketing & Communication. “We expect the cooperation to lead to in-depth discussions with athletes and coaches about running tracks. This is hugely important for our research and development and will ultimately benefit the athletes and teams. We are convinced that there is still a lot of potential for more speed in Germany’s stadiums and training centres – and that this can be achieved based on constructive and mechanical improvements to the running tracks while simultaneously conserving resources.”

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