CHINAPLAS 2019: Small Beads Unleash New Possibilities in Sporting Equipment
2019-04-04    [Source:BASF]
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BASF’s innovative Infinergy® E-TPU demonstrated in new bike saddle and other sports equipment 

Material helps extend endurance training while improving comfort 

BASF at CHINAPLAS 2019: Booth no. 11.2A41, China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, PR China, May 21-24 

Guangzhou, China – April 4, 2019 – At CHINAPLAS 2019, BASF will showcase a new range of sports equipment innovations which demonstrate the possibilities for Infinergy® expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) to support endurance training and increase comfort.

One of these is a unique bike saddle, which is setting new standards in shock absorption and suspension thanks to its composition from thousands of light and highly elastic Infinergy beads. The high elasticity optimizes pressure damping in the seat area. As soon as the pressure impulse has subsided, the saddle core returns to its original shape instantly. The material retains this property, even under continuous load.

This E-TPU foam has already transformed the safety shoe and running shoe market through its revolutionary cushioning and comfort attributes.
“Whether you pursue sports professionally or for leisure, you always want the equipment that brings you safety, comfort, and fun. Consumers are becoming more aware of the materials that are used to make sporting equipment. Infinergy helps sporting goods manufacturers to deliver enhanced product performance and improved comfort,” said Dr. Jens Peter Dierssen, Head of Global Business Management Infinergy at BASF.

The innovative material is also used extensively in a diverse range of sporting goods, delivering excellent mechanical performance for rackets and many more applications.
“Brands are continuously improving the quality, comfort, look, and image of products to match consumers’ expectations. BASF materials can help them achieve this. We will continue to innovate with sports manufacturers, as well as capitalize on the unique aesthetics of our materials – which is a key success factor in the increasingly fashion-conscious sports world,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.

At CHINAPLAS 2019, BASF will also showcase other sports equipment and gear made of BASF’s polyurethane (PU) material. These include motorcycle protective clothing, an airless mini soccer ball, and ski boots. The material’s unique combination of toughness, elasticity, lightweight, and flexibility bring performance, durability, comfort, and precision to this sporting equipment.

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