At a virtual ceremony in Paris, ASICS,
a Japanese multinational corporation, was announced the winner of the JEC World Composites Innovation Award
in Sports and Health care category. The award was granted by an international jury for advanced moulding technology behind ASICS spikeless track shoe, Metasprint, designed to improve speed over short distance.
The new CFRTP (carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics) technology was developed by scientists at ASICS Institute of Sport Science in Kobe. In collaboration with a close team of cross-industry partners, they discovered a new usage for composite materials to advance track shoe development.
Traditionally, sprinters have relied on spikes to gain traction. However, by using the new CFRTP manufacturing technology to mold the sole of the Metasprint, ASICS have revolutionised what a track shoe looks like.
The new honeycombed carbon fibre outsole removes the spikes to make the traction of the shoe to the track more efficient, so sprinters are able to exert higher propulsion with every step.
“CFRTP composite material has been studied by various industries for its very resilient and light qualities. On behalf of ASICS and our close cross-industry partners, we are delighted to be able to accept such a prestigious award and bring this technology to the sports industry. Not only can it help athlete performance, but it can also improve sustainability. The manufacturing method of this technology allows recycling of the unused fragments, thus reducing the waste,” Kenichi Harano, executive officer, senior general manager, ASICS Institute of Sport Science
At ASICS it is our mission to create intelligent sports technology that both protects and supports athletes of all abilities to perform at their best. We are committed to continue our effort to develop sustainable, high-quality technologies like this one for the applications of wider sports usage including footwear and other equipment.”
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (JL)