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Ipswich-based Ransomes Jacobsen, a subsidiary of Textron Inc, has been asked by FIFA to supply more turf maintenance equipment for the World Cup tournament beginning next week in Germany.

Ipswich-based Ransomes Jacobsen, a subsidiary of Textron Inc, has been asked by FIFA to supply more turf maintenance equipment for the World Cup tournament beginning next week in Germany.

The request came following an approach by football's governing body to Ransomes' German distributor, The Turf Care Co, to hire ride-on triplex mowers and turf utility vehicles to prepare more stadium pitches at the global tournament.

As a result, virtually all the World Cup stadium pitches, including the spectacular Olympiastadion in Berlin where the final will take place on July 9, will be prepared using equipment supplied by the Ipswich turf maintenance equipment manufacturer.

The additional machines being hired to FIFA are five Jacobsen Tri-King triple cylinder ride-on mowers and three E-Z-GO MPT turf utility vehicles.

David Withers, managing director of Ransomes, said: “The FIFA World Cup is the highest profile sports tournament on the planet and the pitches are being prepared by equipment supplied from Ipswich.

“That should give all the staff here a great thrill. They know that their efforts in producing some of the finest turf maintenance equipment available have been roundly recognised at the highest level of sport.”