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Short process for Decathlon wakeboards

Low mileage supply chain avoids extended shipping from East Asia.

14th March 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Les Martigues, France

Sports/​Outdoor

Sicomin, the formulator of high-performance epoxy resins based in  Les Martigues, France, is supplying its new GreenPoxy 33 resin to sports equipment giant Decathlon’s for the new JIB and Block wakeboards.

The boards will be manufactured at Meditec, a specialist composite board manufacturer based in Tunisia.

GreenPoxy 33 resins derive 28% of their carbon content from plant sources while also providing high mechanical properties and clarity in the finished laminates. Formulated with rapid processing in mind, GreenPoxy 33 has been seamlessly integrated into Meditec’s manufacturing process, allowing it to match Decathlon’s production demand and keep cure cycles as short as ten minutes at 100ËšC.

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, have been designed for intermediate wakeboarders looking for a rigid yet flexible board to be used at cable parks or when towed. The Block model also features a unidirectional carbon strip on its lower part to further increase its pop on the water.

Decathlon closely monitors all factors that contribute to the ecological impact of its products, including the supply chains and transport miles incurred by both raw materials and finished products. Sicomin’s manufacturing site in Southern France and Meditec’s location close to Europe near Tunis provide a reliable and low mileage supply chain that avoids extended shipping from East Asia.

www.sicomin.com

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