E. Sports News

Nox MTB shoe made with thermoplastic composites

THE collaboration between Xenia Materials and Vittoria Cycling Shoes started a few years ago, when Edoardo Vercelli sensed the possibility of substituting the prepreg epoxy matrix carbon – used in the high-quality cycling shoes’ soles – with XECARB® carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites. After winning in Grächen (CH) 2019, Leo Páez cycled to another outstanding… Read more »

Carbon fibre bike with improved stiffness

THE Vekta aero-road bike is made using a specific lay-up process and 80% ultra-high modulus unidirectional carbon fibre. Reap Bikes, a UK-based manufacturer of carbon fibre bikes, has launched a new vehicle with a full monocoque frame and improved aerodynamics and stiffness. The Vekta aero-road bike is made using a specific lay-up process and 80%… Read more »

TPE-based midsole adds more spring to stride of new running shoe

ONE of the world’s largest sportswear companies, ANTA collaborated with Teknor Apex to develop a high-dampening midsole construction incorporating Monprene® TPE for a new line of running shoes. The midsole is a thick layer between the insole and outsole that is typically composed of a soft cushioning material. The companies carried out 40 000 running… Read more »

Eco-friendly splints make their debut in sports

WOODCAST is a lightweight biodegradable material made from wood and biopolymers, originally developed to replace the plaster casts traditionally used in hospitals. The material, invented by the Finnish high-tech company Onbone, proved to be so versatile that it is now used in a wide array of usage areas, one of them being sports. Injuries of… Read more »

Large-scale manufacturing platform for electric jetboards

COBRA International in Thailand, one of the world’s largest OEM manufacturers of composite goods for water sports, automotive, marine and civil engineering, is collaborating with Radinn to mass produce its new range of electric powered surfboards. Swedish innovators, Radinn, produce some of the fastest jetboards on the market. Originally launched in 2018, the production requirement… Read more »

Adidas made a running shoe that’s fully recyclable

ADIDAS is strengthening its commitment to tackling plastic waste with the reveal of Futurecraft.Loop – a 100% recyclable performance running shoe. Together with Parley for the Oceans, in 2015 adidas introduced the first performance footwear concept with an upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from marine plastic waste and illegal deep-sea… Read more »

Reebok goes green

Fashion goes green with these minimalist plant based shoes SNEAKER aficionados are used to choosing between high tops and low tops, laces and Velcro. But how about a sneaker with a sole made from corn? Reebok is planning to unveil a completely compostable sneaker designed to not cause harm to the environment when it’s created,… Read more »

Nike kit made with recycled plastic

YOU may know that 75% of all Nike shoes and apparel now contain some recycled material. You may also know that Nike has diverted nearly 5 billion plastic bottles from landfills since 2012. But did you know that at least 12 of those bottles form the backbone for every one of Nike’s federation kits —… Read more »

A safer ride

Better protection for the horse, making the jobs of farriers a little easier By ERIN PUSTAY BEAVEN, online content editor for Rubber & Plastics News CONTINENTAL knows a thing or two about traction, grip and vibration control. And one of its latest innovations, the direct result of collaboration with German firm Turfcord GmbH, is helping… Read more »

Lanxess supports young eMotorsports Cologne racing team

LANXESS has decided to become a premium sponsor of the young eMotorsports Cologne team from TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences and support Formula Student – a design competition with more than 900 universities worldwide. This future has already begun for Formula Student: since 2009, the team of 35 students from eMotorsports Cologne has… Read more »

Going through hell to get to heaven

CFRTP composites from Covestro make mountain bikes safer LIGHTWEIGHT, highly resilient and ideally also attractive to look at: These are the demands that enthusiastic cyclists make on the components of their bikes today. The challenge: the synthetic resin-carbon fibre composites that are in great demand in this scene may be light and chic – but… Read more »

Advanced polyurethane materials for perfect flight

adidas ‘Telstar 18’ is the most advanced World Cup ball to date ALL eyes were again on the ball when 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia kicked off on 14 June. The ‘Telstar 18’ proudly continues the series of Official World Cup Balls adidas has produced since 1970, when the original Telstar with its iconic 32… Read more »

Dunlop and BASF unleash the performance within tennis rackets

BASF’s Infinergy results in higher ball rebound with faster ball response MODERN day tennis players tend to play with more spin and as a result, hit the ball out of the top of the racket rather than the center. The disadvantage of this is players swing with more force to generate more power and spin…. Read more »

Dow insulation at Olympic Winter Games

Make housing comfortable and energy efficient A RANGE of high-performance technology solutions powered by The Dow Chemical Company were used in several venues at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. These included modular houses and the Olympic village. Dow’s solutions were applied to help reduce energy usage while making accommodations… Read more »

Carbon dioxide for the production of sports floorings

Premiere for new product at hockey field in Germany FOR the first time, synthetic sports floorings can be produced with carbon dioxide – which means less crude oil is needed as a raw material. The world’s first subfloor of this kind has now been opened in the hockey facility of a renowned sports club in… Read more »