Hexcel Showcases Innovations for Sports Equipment at ISPO Munich

16 January 2018

Hexcel Showcases Innovations for Sports Equipment at ISPO Munich

Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.

To enable the creation of extremely lightweight components with no compromise in performance, technologies on display will include HexPly M78.1 fast-curing prepreg, HiMax multiaxial reinforcements and Polyspeed pultruded components.

HexPly M78.1 features a fast-curing epoxy resin matrix and is available with carbon, glass or aramid fibre reinforcements. It cures in just 7 minutes at 120°C, yet it has a long storage out life of 2 weeks at room temperature, meaning there is often no need for freezer storage, saving time and energy. HexPly M78.1 is a low tack system making it easy to handle. It also provides excellent adhesion to auxiliary and core materials including aluminium, wood, thermoplastics and elastomers. Customers are said to be finding that this new system provides greater flexibility in ski manufacture, enhancing the process and the quality of the final product.

Hexcel’s HiMax multiaxial fabrics offer significant weight advantages for manufacturers of skis and other sporting equipment, where every extra gram of weight is critical in improving performance. Hexcel’s fibre-spreading capability allows the development of ultra-lightweight carbon multiaxials and the fibres can be placed in different axes to optimise the performance of the finished laminate. Hexcel's Research & Technology team collaborates closely with customers to develop fabrics optimised for their individual application and processing technique.

Following the acquisition of Structil in October 2017, Hexcel’s product offering now includes Polyspeed pultruded profiles produced at Vert-le-Petit, France. This latest addition brings expertise in the pultrusion of high performance unidirectional and orientated profiles. Polyspeed pultruded profiles are used in several sports and marine applications including walking and ski poles, sail battens, stiffeners for skiffs and racing boats, kites, arrows, and stabilising and extension devices for bows and crossbows. Constant section pultruded and pullwound profiles are produced in a continuous process with a variety of sections including tubes, rods and flat sections using carbon, glass, quartz and basalt fibres. Hexcel will show a small part of its pultruded product range at ISPO Munich.

Photo provided by Hexcel

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