Arlanxeo, a leading global manufacturer of synthetic elastomers, will present its high-performance rubbers for exciting applications in sports and leisure at DKT 2018 (German Rubber Conference).
“Our rubbers are perfect for complex applications in sports,” says Jürgen Gunther, Head of Global Sales in the High Performance Elastomers (HPE) business unit at Arlanxeo. “In soccer, for example, they enable accurate shooting, while they cushion impact in running shoes and protect against cold in diving suits,” he adds. The Arlanxeo business units HPE and Tire & Specialty Rubbers (TSR) will present their comprehensive range of “sporting” rubbers at the exhibition in Nuremberg.
High-Tech for Ball Sports
Be it soccer, basketball, or golf, Arlanxeo products are used in many types of sports. Arlanxeo even ensures top performance for the official match ball of the soccer World Cup in Russia – with the sustainable rubber Keltan® Eco. The layer of foam rubber beneath the exterior of the ball ensures optimal bounce.
But whether it’s for soccer, basketball or handball, all balls should remain firm for as long as possible. The air in the ball has a ball bladder with X_Butyl®, and the butyl rubber from the TSR BU is particularly gas-tight. Even squash balls comprise a significant part of butyl rubber leading to a high level of elasticity. In the case of golf balls, perfect flight characteristics are ensured by means of butadiene rubbers from the Buna® brand, which are embedded in the hard rubber core beneath the exterior. “The demands are extremely high here,” says Hans Joris, Global Marketing Director Non-Tire at TSR. “We have special processes in place to ensure that we meet all the demands.”
On Light Soles
High-tech sports items are also produced to enable top performance in athletics. The right footwear is particularly important for long-distance runners. And this is where Arlanxeo rubbers prove their worth. The perfect rubber mix in the soles of running shoes ensure good cushioning, optimal grip, and durability. For example, neodymium-butadiene rubbers and styrene-butadiene rubbers from the Buna® brand are used, as well as the butyl rubber X_Butyl®, the ethylene vinyl acetate rubber Levapren® and the nitrile butadiene rubbers Krynac® and Perbunan®.
Robust, flexible soles are also a must for trekking and hiking shoes, naturally with rubbers from Arlanxeo. And for trips to the beach or the pool, we also wear rubber on our feet, in our flip-flops. Buna® emulsion styrene butadiene rubber and butadiene styrene copolymer ensure a durable, durable sole that retains its color for a long time.
Sporty, Yet Safe
Things can get a little rough in some sports. The ethylene vinyl acetate synthetic rubber Levapren® from Arlanxeo ensures the safety of athletes. Fashioned into protective pads of soft foam, it is used in helmets and in elbow and knee pads. They protect football players, hockey players, and cyclists in the case of falls and heavy impact. Motorcycling fans also use special protective clothing reinforced with Levapren®.
Orthopedic bandages with Baypren® chloroprene rubber from Arlanxeo provide support for injured elbows, wrists, and knees. This rubber ensures that the joints remain mobile while giving them sufficient support to heal.
Perfect for Water Sports
Baypren® also has a wide range of applications relating to water sports. For example, it can be used to produce diving suits, booties, diving hoods, and gloves with excellent insulation. Sun and saltwater have little effect on Baypren®, which makes it perfect for water sports such as surfing or windsurfing. “We offer Baypren® in various forms, with many different types of applications,” says Heiner Stange, Head of Technical Marketing at the business area CR/EVM. “Our sulfurous forms are particularly suitable for water sports, as they are extremely tear-resistant.”
High-Performing in Many Disciplines
Arlanxeo rubbers are also used in many other sporting applications – from track and sports field surfaces to grips for golf clubs, coverings for table tennis bats, and bicycle tires. “Depending on the application, we develop custom solutions for our customers,” says Head of Global Sales Jürgen Gunther, HPE.
We would be happy to provide more information in person. Visit us at DKT 2018 – Hall 12, Stand 506.
Arlanxeo is a leading global provider of synthetic rubbers. It achieved a turnover of around €3.2 billion in 2017, has approximately 3,800 employees, and operates 20 production sites in nine countries. The company specializes in the development, production and sale of high-performance rubbers, which are used in industries such as the automotive and tire industry, construction, and the oil and gas industries. Arlanxeo was founded in April 2016 as a joint venture of Lanxess and Saudi Aramco.