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Sports & leisure

Browse through our portfolio of high performance plastics solutions for sports & leisure.

Sports & leisure

Winning materials for Sports & Leisure

Those who play and enjoy sport - from Olympians to rank amateurs - want better, lighter, higher-performing equipment; while in our everyday lives we’re increasingly looking for goods that perform well, look good, last longer, and use as little energy as possible, both in their production and use.

DSM has a proud tradition of sports sponsorship. Many products and technologies developed in our previous partnership with the Dutch Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF) have since been fully commercialized and feature in our portfolio. Our current sports partnerships focus on utilizing the transformative power of DSM’s innovation philosophy to continue ‘pushing the envelope’ in sports. For the next generation of breathable, non-microporous sporting attire for instance, more and more brands are choosing our Arnitel thermoplastic. This durable material allows sweat and moisture to escape, while preventing outside moisture and germs from getting in.

And whether it’s sports shoes, ski- and snowboard bindings, or stiffeners and fasteners, the exceptional bending and impact resilience of our EcoPaXX makes it ideal for all kinds of dynamically loaded applications. The material also has an excellent surface for painting – ideal for sports and leisure applications where aesthetics can make all the difference. And nice to know: EcoPaXX is certified 100% carbon neutral from cradle to gate!

Explore this page to find more examples of how our high performance plastics are used in a wide variety of sports and leisure applications.

Arnitel® VT for outdoor clothing and medical gowns

Outdoor clothing can be made waterproof and highly breathable with ultrathin membranes made from Arnitel® VT from DSM. Arnitel VT is a very flexible thermoplastic elastomer that, when made into membranes just a few microns thick, is 100% waterproof but also highly breathable and comfortable. The material contains no PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) and is 100% recyclable. DSM approved BDO made with Genomatica's bio-based process technology in its Arnitel products. Used as a raw material, BDO made from Genomatica's process is able to increase Arnitel's bio-based content up to 73%.

Featured customer applications

Breathable Outdoor clothing

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Arnitel® TPC allows for very sustainable solutions, since it is PFC free and 100% recyclable; Arnitel® TPC allows for very comfortable and reliable solutions due to its high breathability and 100% waterproof performance under all circumstances, unlike perforated membranes

Golf Shoe Receptacles

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Stanyl® PA46 allows for reliable and cost effective solutions due to its excellent thermo-mechanical characteristict enabling, unlike POM, no deformation of the part under the high vulcanisation pressure, and leading to a lower scrap rate of the entire sole

Ice Skate Parts

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Akulon® PA6 allows for light weight, cost effective solutions in comparison with metals (no corrosion protection coating needed with PA6); Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for great appearance solutions, since it yields a better surface appearance than PA66 and PPA (even at 50-60%GF); Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 allows for even more cost effective solutions, since it yields faster moulding than standard PA6 and enables thinner wall designs

Inline Skate Frames

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Akulon® PA6 offers the possibility for less weight and lower system costs through part and function integration, easier assembly and longer tool lives, in comparison with metals; Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good mechanical properties (stiffness and toughness) and due to its better surface appearance than PA66

Mountaineering shoes

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for reliable solutions due its excellent low temperature resistanceand excellent combination of flexibility and stiffness as required in a mountaneering shoe; EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for more sustainable solutions, since it enables solutions which are 100% carbon neutral from cradle to cradle; EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for cost effective solutions due to its good processability

Skibinding Fixations

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good mechanical properties (stiffness and toughness) and due to its better surface appearance than PA66; Akulon® PA6 allows for very cost effective solutions

Snowboard Binding Base Plate

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Akulon® PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good mechanical properties (stiffness and toughness) and due to its better surface appearance than PA66; Akulon® PA6 allows for very cost effective solutions

Snowboard Binding Straps

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its excellent flexibility at various temperature regimes; Arnitel® TPC allows for solutions with a a unique touch & feel performance

Snowboard bindings

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for reliable solutions due to its good mechanical properties, also at low temperatures; EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for more sustainable solutions, since it enables solutions which are 100% carbon neutral from cradle to cradle

Snowboard Cover Laminates

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Arnitel® TPC EM740 allows for reliable solutions due to its combination of a Shore D hardness of 74, its superior cold temperature impact resistance and fatigue endurance and due to its good UV resistance; Arnitel® TPC EM740 allows for cost effective solutions since it can be bonded well to the board substrate

Solarium Hinges

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Akulon® (UltraFlow) PA6 allows for reliable solutions due to its good mechanical properties (stiffness and toughness) and due to its better surface appearance than PA66; Akulon® UltraFlow PA6 allows for very cost effective solutions since it enables thin wall designs (due to high flowability) and high productivity rates (up to 25% cycle time advantage in molding)

Suit Case Handles

Consumer goods | Sports & leisure

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its retention of flexibility even at temperatures down to -40°C or at elevated temperatures up to 100 ˚C; Arnitel® TPC allows for solutions with nice toch & feel characteristics

A scientific approach to building solutions

Our dedicated teams work closely with customers to look at the entire process of developing new parts and components – whether it is a case of metal replacement, or developing solutions that are stronger, safer and more effective.

Our methodical approach extends to every step of the process, from design and material performance to production and compliance.

  • Design

    Discover the new high-performing plastic solutions for the extreme demands of next-generation example.

  • Performance

    To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

  • Production

    Improving on a part includes improving how it is produced. Whether we are helping you improve the production process itself, or reducing and eliminating secondary operations, we support you through the entire process.

  • Compliance

    Getting a part ready for commercialization includes ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

Bright solutions in sport shoes

We understand more than most what it takes to be a winner -- which is why DSM supports sport in its many forms. The sport shoes industry can benefit from our portfolio of high performing plastics that are energy returning, durable and fatigue resistant. The portfolio covers a range of stiff and flexible plastics, both also in bio-based solutions to meet the demand for more sustainable shoes.

Featured Products

With our broad, high-quality materials portfolio and in-depth technology know-how, we work in close collaboration with customers to develop new applications in response to the search for lighter, stronger and more durable materials.

Here's a selection of some of our most recognized brands and products, keeping you ahead of the curve and enabling you to lead the market through the use of cutting-edge technology.

Further reading

  • Arnitel® VT, a PFC free alternative for breathable membranes in outdoor clothing

  • Read our latest blogpost

  • Learn more about DSM

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