Innovations in adhesives for sporting and leisure equipment

Laurie Gibbons
Industry Applications
April 21, 2016

Adhesives for Sporting and Leisure Equipment

After noticing a wide spread use of carbon fiber in sporting goods applications, I read an article on new materials in sporting equipment manufacturing Assembly. It was clear that the innovations in sporting goods are not just carbon fiber. There are a vast array of new materials.  Strength and weight reduction are key drivers in most sports and leisure equipment applications.

Permabond adhesives and sealants bond the growing variety of materials used in manufacturing sporting goods.  Bonding these new materials and eliminating mechanical fasteners allows even greater strength, and weight reduction.

Key reasons to select adhesive bonding over mechanical fasteners include:

  • Weight reduction
  • Increase strength
  • Reduce costs
  • Increase stress distribution
  • Improve manufacturing process,
  • Increase vibration resistance,
  • Prevent corrosion
  • And finally, the ability to design with a wider choice of substrate materials

So, adhesives are used throughout the sporting goods industry.  Generally, equipment made for professional athletes has the latest in technology.  However, the materials technology and adhesive technology are advancing so quickly that sporting equipment for weekend warriors far exceeds what was current just a few years ago.

The substrates we are being asked to bond in sporting goods are the same materials we are asked to bond in aerospace and automotive applications.  The Olympic motto, Citius – Altius – Fortius (Faster – Higher – Stronger) applies aptly to developing adhesives for sporting and leisure equipment.  Adhesives allow sporting goods manufacturers to produce FASTER with HIGHER profits a STRONGER product!

To discuss your adhesive application further, please contact Permabond. If you would like to download a brochure regarding adhesives for sports equipment, please click here: Adhesives for the Sports & Leisure Industry.

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