Application of the month
16 Jul 2021

Epoxy resins help athletes break records

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are (finally!) just around the corner. As from 23 July, athletes from all over the world will try their best to win an Olympic medal and perhaps break world records!

In the last 70 years, epoxies have played a key role in improving the performance of sports equipment & protheses and thus allowed (para)athletes to always get higher, faster & stronger!

Tune in for the following disciplines and discover how epoxy technologies have supported the competitors in reaching for the extraordinary:

  • Archery // 23 to 31 July. Para-archery // 27 August to 4 August 2021

Epoxy is used in the light composite material that archery bows are made from but it is also used as a glue to install inserts in carbon arrows.

  • Field Hockey// 24 July to 6 August 2021

Epoxy resins in hockey sticks help them to have increased responsiveness and become lighter, stronger, more reliable and more resistant to fatigue!

  • Sailing // 25 July to 4 August 2021

Marine-grade epoxy resin has exceptional adhesive qualities and has become the most popular choice for repairing today’s fiberglass boats.

  • Canoeing// 25 to 30 July 2021 (Slalom) and 2 to 7 August 2021 (Sprint). Paracanoeing // 2 to 4 September 2021 (Sprint).

Epoxy resins are used as coatings. They make the canoe more durable and robust.

  • Cycling Road// 24, 25 & 28 July 2021. Paracycling Road // 31 August to 3 September 2021.
  • Cycling Track// 1 to 8 August 2021. Paracycling Track // 25 to 28 August 2021

Carbon Fiber/ Epoxy composite bikes are the lightest bikes on the market.

  • Pole Vault// 31 July & 3 August 2021 (Men) and 2 & 5 August 2021 (Women).

Composites such as fiberglass or carbon fiber with epoxy resins allow poles to have the right stiffness to promote higher jumps.