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Use of thermoplastic composites in the sporting goods industry

In the sporting goods industry, thermoplastic composites are mainly used, which consist of a combination of thermoplastic polymer matrices and long-fibre reinforced fibres. Examples of such materials are polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyamides (PA) and polypropylene (PP) in combination with carbon fibres or glass fibres .

Optimising the performance of sports articles by choosing the right thermoplastic composite material

It should be noted that the choice of thermoplastic composite and the type of fibre reinforcement depends on the requirements of the specific sports article and the desired properties.  Thermoplastic composites make it possible to optimise the performance of sports articles. For example, the flexibility of a racket can be adjusted by choosing the right type of fibre and the arrangement of the fibres in the material. Vibration damping can also be optimised by choosing the right thermoplastic material. Compared to classic materials such as wood or aluminium, they are lighter, more stable and more resistant to damage. In addition, they can be used to produce very precise shapes.

Another advantage of thermoplastic composites is that they are recyclable. Unlike conventional materials such as wood or aluminium, thermoplastic composites can simply be melted down again and processed into new products.

Wide range of applications

In the sporting goods industry, thermoplastic composites are used in a variety of applications, including:

  • Rackets for sports such as tennis, squash and badminton: Thermoplastic composites make it possible to produce lightweight and robust rackets that also have good flexibility and cushioning.
  • Skis and snowboards: thermoplastic composites make it possible to produce lighter and stronger skis and snowboards that are also more resistant to damage.
  • Bicycles: thermoplastic composites are used to produce lightweight and strong frames, forks and mudguards for bicycles.
  • Golf clubs: thermoplastic composites make it possible to produce lightweight and robust clubs that also have good flexibility and cushioning.
  • Sportswear: thermoplastic composites are used to make lightweight and breathable sportswear that is also robust and durable.
  • Footwear: thermoplastic composites are used to make lightweight and robust sports shoes that also have good cushioning and support.

Use will increase

Overall, thermoplastics offer many advantages to sporting goods manufacturers and their use is expected to increase in the future. Compared to conventional materials, they offer improved performance and longer life.


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