ROHACELL® foam cores for champions

Sandwiched designs with cover layers made of fiber plastic composites such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and core materials such as ROHACELL® are of growing importance for modern sports equipment. The extremely rigid and strong ROHACELL® is an ideal material for lightweight, yet durable components because of its low density. The high thermoforming capacity of the foam and its special creep resistance allow for very short production times.

With heat and pressure applications, the high-strength PMI foam can be combined with all conventional plastics to create extremely durable composite materials. Composites with cover layers made of materials such as CFRP result in high-strength, rigid designs with extremely low weight. These materials are ideally suited for light, yet durable sports equipments such as cross-country and downhill skis, racing bike wheels, rackets, hockey sticks, snowboards, and surfboards.

You can’t be a winner if you’re not using the right material. We’re talking about the hockey sticks, which, with their ROHACELL cores, deliver the highest possible puck acceleration, the so called rebound. Most of all, they are so robust that they can take this most extreme punishment for longer periods.

Star biathletes taking top honors in a race do not owe their success to chance; it is the result of submitting to rigorous and disciplined training, daily physical and mental condition, and choosing the ultimate in equipment.

Cross-country skiing goes back a long way, yet is attracting new followers. The high-tech systems by Madshus and Evonik are making believers of beginners.

High-tech and craftsmanship made in Germany: Why a bicycle manufacturer near Lake Constance relies on ROHACELL® for its wheel rims to help it sprint into the top-ranking in the world of professional cycling. A case in point: Team MILRAM at the Tour de France 2009.