Sports & Leisure
Composite materials have established themselves in sports and leisure activities by replacing wood (particulary in boating and sliding) and metals (notably in cycling).
Material strength and weight reduction are primary concerns for manufacturers of high-performance sports equipment, as they must withstand impact in demanding environments.
Several criterias have favoured the use of composites:
- their lightness (easy to carry and handle)
- their good resistance to humidity and corrosion
- their good resistance to wear
- their high rigidity or flexibility (depending on the type of reinforcement used)
- their ease of implementation
- a wide range of possible shapes
Composite materials are particularly useful in the following fields:
• Recreational vehicles: camping cars, motocycles
• Winter sports: snowshoes, skis, ski poles
• Cycling: bicycle frames, pedals• Sailing: masts, booms, furlers, sail reinforcements, shrouds, etc.
• Board sports: paddles, boards, rudder bars…
• Tennis racket frames
Whether in te context of the production of parts with complex geometry or in the context of the search for maximum lightness for significant resistance, the various production processes make it possible to meet all the needs of the market :