Goal in a box: Polish company supplying all the goal posts for Russia World Cup
A full goal post and net are packaged in a single cardboard box.
The team may have left the World Cup, but Poland retains a lasting presence on the pitch – literally. The goal posts for Russia 2018 were produced by a Polish company Interplastic, a specialist in sporting equipment. As more Polish companies mull expanding to new markets beyond the European Union, the company offers an example for others to emulate.
Founded in 1985, Interplastic is based in Tuchom, in northern Poland. With an area of over 10,000 square metres, its factory employs more than a hundred people. In addition to producing goal posts, it equips sporting venues, ranging from school gyms to the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk. Sports aside, the company’s products can also be found in public buildings, museums and playgrounds.
From its base in Tuchom, the company has been successful globally. Its products have been exported to over fifty countries, including Morocco and Singapore. It has equipped venues around the world, as a map on its website shows.
The World Cup in Russia is not the first high-profile event that Interplastic has supplied equipment for. In 2016, it provided the handball goal posts for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It also equipped several Polish stadiums in the run-up to the 2012 European Football Championship, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
The company’s innovative products include “Goal in a box”. In this patented construction, a full goal post and net are packaged in a single cardboard box, which significantly reduces transport and storage costs – and has the further advantage of being better for the environment.
As Interplastic continues to provide equipment for prestigious international events, it is proud of its roots. “As an ambassador of the Polish economy around the world, we promote values such as family traditions, reliable quality and innovative solutions,” says Jan Żółtowski, the company’s managing director.