The high stiffness, damping properties and low weight of natural fibers make them ideal for sporting good applications.

Sporting & Recreational Equipment

The sporting industry is usually one of the first places to adopt new materials and technologies. Composites in particular, found a home early on in sporting goods. Many of these markets are actively looking for performance enhancements and lightweight composites with high strength and stiffness are very attractive. With Sunstrand’s product offering, now the sporting industry has an opportunity to provide eco-friendly performance materials to their customers. It seems only natural for the recreation industry to make the move toward green products.

Natural fiber composites can provide excellent damping and impact properties. These materials provide less weight and more performance in a sustainable way. Thereby providing outstanding stiffness-to-weight ratio combined with excellent damage tolerance and a low carbon footprint. There are a variety of opportunities for bio-materials in sporting and recreational equipment a few of them include:

  • Surf and stand-up paddle boards
  • Boat cabins, hulls and accessories
  • Bike frames and cowlings
  • Skis and snowboards
  • Lightweight camping accessories

Applications

Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is a woody perennial grass requiring almost no pesticides, fertilizers or additional watering.

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Hemp

Hemp

Hemp is gaining a large amount of interest in the composite industry.

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Flax

Flax

Flax fiber is the original natural fiber being used in composites for linens and food applications.

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Kenaf

Kenaf

Kenaf is another bast fiber readily available for non-woven composite applications.

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Other Materials

Other Materials

Sunstrand can import and process other specialty fibers.

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