Hexcel Promotes Composites for Skis and Snowboards

05 February 2008

Hexcel, who has a long history of supplying prepregs, laminates and polyurethane systems to ski and snowboard manufacturers, exhibited at the recent ISPO winter sports exhibition in Munich.

When Hexcel manufactured its own skis back in the 1970’s, they helped pioneer the use of composites in sports equipment. These days Hexcel continues to support the winter sports market by developing new and improved products to provide a better experience to professionals and enthusiasts alike.

At ISPO 2008 Hexcel promoted two new products. The company’s Modipur 5-3-0 polyurethane system enables skis and snowboards to be manufactured in under 5 minutes and weighing less than 3 kilos.

For the first time Hexcel also promoted Polyspeed Nano-Ski Laminates in which the laminate contains nano particles, designed to improve the flexural properties of the ski. The nano particles provide a measurable effect on the flex and damping behaviour of the ski laminate.

Other exhibits on the Hexcel stand at ISPO included

▪ a baseball bat manufactured with Modipur polyurethane, carbon fibre and wood.
▪ The front fork head for a bike, manufactured by Look Cycle using Hexcel’s HexMC carbon fibre/epoxy moulding material. The carbon design saves 30% weight compared to the aluminium equivalent.
▪ The Aero+ Tubeless wheel for a road bike, developed by Corima.

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