Composite Materials Enhance Performance at 2012 Olympic Summer Games

New sports equipment technology includes use of composite materials

Aug 07, 2012, 15:45 ET from American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA)

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As records are set and broken at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, all eyes will be on the world's elite athletes. Little thought will be given to the bicycles they ride, the javelins they throw or the arrows they shoot. But new sports equipment technology, much of it made using composites materials, will make it possible for athletes to push harder, go longer and set new records.

Equipment made using composite material is lighter, stronger and offers more rigidity. You will see some of the applications in many Olympic events including track and field, archery, gymnastics, field hockey, rowing, cycling and tennis.

Composites are typically made when glass or carbon fibers are combined with liquid resin.  When the resin hardens, the new composite creates materials that have lighter weight, greater strength, more rigidity and greater power. The same composites that are helping build more fuel efficient cars, corrosion resistant storage tanks, strong and durable bridges and buildings are changing athletics for professionals and amateurs.

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About the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA)

Representing more than 3,000 companies, ACMA is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry, providing strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In the U.S. alone, the composites industry employs about 550,000 people and generates almost $70 billion in revenues per year. The composites industry makes product that:

  • Improve fuel efficiency in cars, trucks, RVs and trains
  • Make underground tanks that don't leak
  • Turn wind into electricity
  • Clean emissions in coal plants
  • Transport ethanol
  • Enable the disabled
  • Protect our troops
  • Build bridges that don't rust
  • Create a host of recreational, art and architectural products that make life more beautiful and fun

SOURCE American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA)