Photo credit, all images: Sicomin Epoxy Systems, Decathlon
Sicomin Epoxy Systems (Châteauneuf les Martigues, France) announces its new collaboration with the sports equipment giant Decathlon (Lille, France). Sicomin will supply its GreenPoxy 33 resin to produce Decathlon’s new JIB and Block wakeboards which will be manufactured in Meditecthe specialist in the manufacture of composite panels based in Tunisia, North Africa.
With the desire to produce products that are as sustainable as possible, GreenPoxy 33 resins will contribute to Decathlon’s environmental mission, deriving 28% of its carbon content from vegetable sources, while offering high mechanical properties and optimized clarity in finished laminates. Formulated with rapid processing in mind, Sicomin says GreenPoxy 33 has been seamlessly integrated into Meditec’s manufacturing process, ensuring it can meet Decathlon’s production demand and maintain such short cure cycles. than 10 minutes at 100 ºC.
Meditec combines GreenPoxy 33 with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited wood cores, further increasing the percentage of responsibly sourced materials in the new JIB and Block boards. Both models were designed for intermediate wakeboarders looking for a stiff yet flexible board to use in cable parks or when being towed. The Block model also features a unidirectional (UD) carbon fiber stripe on the bottom to further increase its pop on the water.
“The environment is at the heart of our design. It is a company policy to measure the ecological impact yes, but it is also a desire, as outdoor sports enthusiasts, to manufacture the greenest products possible”, specifies Gaël Gibert, product engineer, Wakeboard , Decathlon. “We are always looking for new technologies that allow us to improve our products in this direction and Meditec and Sicomin have enabled this.”
Decathlon closely monitors all the factors that contribute to the ecological impact of its products, including supply chains and the kilometers traveled by raw materials and finished products. Sicomin’s manufacturing site in southern France, combined with Meditec’s location close to Europe near Tunis, also provides a reliable, low-mileage supply chain that avoids extended shipments from the East Asia.
“We are delighted to see Decathlon add GreenPoxy-based boards to their range, reinforcing the fact that more sustainable manufacturing options are just as possible for high-volume production,” adds Matthieu Chaloin of Sicomin. “We have worked with Meditec for many years now, and their success and expertise in using our GreenPoxy 33 resins for press molded panels makes them the ideal production partner for Decathlon.”