With composites at the Olympics – Fibre composites optimize sports equipment08 März 2010 | By Frank in Allgemein, Business, Exhibitors, Innovation
The 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver consisted not only of a fight between athletes but also a contest between materials.
Light, strong, flexible – these are the requirements that must be provided by sports equipment.
Composites precisely fulfil these criteria and consequently have become essential where top level sports are concerned. Whether helmets, hockey sticks, skis as well as boots and sticks, helmets, luge or bobsleds – no sport can survive without equipment of high-tech materials with fibre reinforcement. Atomic, Dynamic, Dynastar, Elan, Fischer, Nordica, Salomon or Völkl – virtually every reputable supplier of sports equipment depends on composite materials. The manufacturers of composites are ecstatic – according to the latest survey by the Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK), twelve per cent of the composites produced in Europe are already being used in the sports and leisure sectors.