TeXtreme carbon fabric plays role in Olympic hockey final and NASCAR wins

Success for Bauer hockey sticks and motorsports teams using Spread Tow technology

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The men’s ice hockey final was one of the last events in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. In it, Canada beat Sweden 3-0 and, according to Oxeon AB’s (Boras, Sweden) latest newsletter for its TeXtreme spread tow fabrics, players using Bauer sticks had a decisive role on goal scoring, contributing to the overall victory. TeXtreme reports that all of Bauer’s premium sticks are reinforced with its Spread Tow carbon fabric technology and have been for many years to achieve lighter, stiffer hockey sticks that also have better impact tolerance.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The most prestigious race is the Daytona 500 which was won by a car built using TeXtreme. Overall, the 2013 season, which ended November 7, went well for cars reinforced by TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber fabrics, with 33 victories out of 36 starts. Different teams competing with cars from different manufacturers, yet all using TeXtreme, collected 16 poles, 157 top five positions and 301 top ten positions.

Oxeon asserts that the mechanical performance of the woven Spread Tow structure in combination with its more optimal fiber volume fraction enables production of ultralight and high-performing advanced composite parts. TeXtreme fabrics, available as dry roll goods or prepreg, can be varied on a number of parameters creating unique opportunities to optimize the reinforcement to the application.