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Gloucestershire University to test graphene-enhanced sportswear

7th Sep 2021

University of Gloucestershire and Versarien, an advanced materials group, have joined hands to test the first graphene-enhanced sportswear. The university will carry out the first wearer trial for the clothing. Versarien plans to commercialise graphene in textiles through products that harness graphene’s unique thermal and moisture management...

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Netherlands' Teijin Aramid & OMP Racing make protective racing suit

12th Aug 2021

Teijin Aramid, Netherlands-based leading producer of aramids and a subsidiary of Japan-based Teijin Group, has collaborated with OMP Racing, a market-leading producer of premium motorsport safety equipment, to engineer a new protective motor racing suit that will be worn for the first time at the Berlin Formula E ‘E-Prix’ on August 14.

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US firm Huntsman makes Irogran TPU grade polymer for outdoor clothing

30th Jul 2021

US company Huntsman has developed Irogran A 85 P 4394 HR TPU, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for high-performance fabrics for outdoor clothing and other consumer and industrial applications. It is a highly versatile elastomer, which can be easily extruded and added to nylon and polyester materials to give them a protective, durable, waterproof...

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Japan’s Teijin making carbon fibre products in Vietnam

14th Jul 2021

Teijin Carbon Vietnam Co (TCV) has started operating commercially in Ha Nam to make carbon fibre products including prepreg, a fibre sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin as an intermediate material for composites. TCV initially will produce carbon fibre materials for sports and outdoor activities, including fishing, golf, bicycle and ice hockey...

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Dutch firm Royal DSM introduces trail running shoes with Norda

14th Jul 2021

Royal DSM, a Dutch multinational global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has today introduced first seamless trail running shoe made with bio-based dyneema fibre by Norda, a Canadian shoe brand. The shoe upper is seamlessly constructed with dyneema fabric, which benefits from its intrinsic properties.

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French company NAWA collaborates with Santa Cruz for racing wheels

13th Jul 2021

NAWA, pioneer of advanced nano-material technology, is collaborating with the Santa Cruz Syndicate. Under the partnership, the leading downhill mountain bike team is using NAWA’s next-generation carbon fibre-reinforcing technology for its ultra-strong composite racing wheels. This has the potential to reduce the number of wheel failures by 80 per cent.

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German scientists develop gloves to prevent injuries to goalkeepers

2nd Jul 2021

The German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF) and its project partner T1TAN have developed a glove for soccer goalkeepers to prevent 90 per cent of injuries caused by overstretching. The scientists developed a mechanical concept which helps absorb the force in the fingertips and optimally transfer it to the forearm via the wrist ...

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Chinese brand Anta uses Covestro’s Maezio to upgrade shoe

10th Jun 2021

Anta, a well-known sports brand in China, has used Covestro’s Maezio composite material to upgrade its KT6 basketball shoe. Maezio not only has a low density and high degree of rigidity but also allows for an extensive degree of freedom in design – its mechanical properties can be adjusted by changing the direction and thickness of the sheet lamination.

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Canadian startup Stoko to expand with $6 million seed funds

18th May 2021

Stoko, a Vancouver-based startup that has created a new category of professional knee brace support called supportive apparel, has generated $6 million in seed funding from multiple sources, including some of Canada’s top industry investors. The funding will help the company expand. Stoko has changed the way athletes prevent and recover from injuries.

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