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Sports and Recreation

Lightweight thermoset and thermoplastic advanced composites from TenCate are used across a broad range of specialised sporting applications, from tennis rackets, cycle helmets, fishing rods and boat paddles to high end athletic footwear and insoles. 

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Sports and Recreation TenCate CFRT® thermoplastic composite materials can be found in over 100 million pairs of high-end athletic footwear worldwide.    TenCate has been the supplier of choice for over 25 years to some of the largest athletic brands in the world.  Doctors rely on TenCate's CFRT thermoplastic orthotics which are under the feet of more than 5 million patients who require podiatric correction. Properties such as high durability, excellent damping, shock attenuation and resiliency provide a measurable difference in comfort, performance, and support. TenCate's composites provide superior stability and support, yet are lightweight and thin enough to minimize weight to reduce fatigue and stress. TenCate CFRT® composite materials can be designed with different fiber types and content in each direction allowing for tailored properties in each direction. TenCate's ability to tailor the thermoplastic laminate provides designers with the freedom to develop a shoe component with different characteristics in the medial-lateral and longitudinal direction.

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TenCate Cetex® TC940 PET
TenCate Cetex® TC940 PET (formerly PMC/Baycomp CFRT® PET) is a high strength polyethylene terephthalate (PET) semicrystalline polyester thermoplastic unidirectional tape. This TenCate thermoplastic composite is designed for applications in recreational equipment as a result of its high impact strength and low cost. 


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  • Product Table - Consumer Footwear LaminatesProduct Table - Consumer Footwear Laminates
    Orthotic 
    Laminates
    TenCate
    Cetex® 
    Product
    Laminate
    Style
    Resin Style Thickness mm/inche Rigidity
    N/cm2/ lbs/in2
    Modulus
    GPa/Msi
    Strength
    MPa/ksi
    Carbon TC951 TL2100 Acrylic Semi-Flex
    1.78/
    0.070
    124/
    42.4
    11.0/
    1.6
    363/
    53
    Carbon TC951 TL2100 Acrylic Semi-Rigid 2.29/
    0.090
    240/
    82.0
    9.7/
    1.4
    337/
    49
    Carbon TC951 TL2100 Acrylic Rigid 2.79/
    0.110
    424/
    144.9
    9.0/
    1.3
    282/
    41
    Carbon TC951 TL2100 Acrylic Ultra 2.92/
    0.115
    468/
    159.9
    10.3/
    1.5
    302/
    44
    Carbon
    TC951
    TL6000-MOD1 Acrylic Twill Weave 2.92/
    0.115
    1600/
    546.7
    29.0/
    4.2
    329/
    48
    Carbon TC951 TL6000-2L Acrylic Twill 
    Weave
    2.2/
    0.087
    365/
    124.7
    17.2/
    2.5
    376/
    55
    Carbon TC951 TL6000-3L Acrylic Twill Weave 2.95/
    0.116
    1434/
    490.0
    28.6/
    4.1
    335/
    49
    Carbon TC951 TL6000-4L Acrylic Twill Weave 3.43/
    0.135
    2487/
    849.8
    28.3/
    4.1
    454/
    66

    All RTL panels are supplied with .007” (.0.178mm) films
    on the outside with the exception of TC951 (TL6000-MOD1).

    Footwear Laminates
    Laminate 
    Type
    TenCate
    Cetex®  
    Product
    Laminate
    Style
    Resin Fabric Thickness mm/inche Rigidity 
    N/cm2 / lbs/in2
    Modulus
    GPa/Msi
    Strength
    MPa/ksi
    Carbon TC950 SL2000/
    SuperLam
    PMMA PLain Weave/
    Twill Weave
    0.25/
    0.01
    -- 220.6/
    32**
    3438/
    512**
    Carbon TC950 TL2000* PMMA Plain Weave 0.89/
    0.035
    60.0/
    20.5
    29.6/
    4.3
    591/
    86
    Carbon TC950 TW2000 PMMA Twill Weave 0.60/
    0.024
    13.2/
    4.5
    19.0/
    2.8
    550/
    80
    Carbon TC950 TW2000-TPU 
    PMMA Twill 
    Weave
    0.87/
    0.034
    11.7/
    4.0
    7.2/
    1.0
    268/
    39
    Carbon/
    Glass
    TC950 BW1000 PMMA Basket Weave 0.98/
    0.039
    24.9/
    8.5
    13.4/
    1.9
    298/
    43
    Carbon/
    Glass
    TC950 BW1000-PEB PMMA Basket Weave 1.08/
    0.043
    25.2/
    8.6
    10.3/
    1.5
    168/
    25
    Carbon/
    Glass 
    TC950 PW1000 PMMA Plain Weave 0.84/
    0.033
    15.8/
    5.4
    10.3/
    1.5
    155/
    22
    Carbon/
    Glass
    TC950 TW1000 PMMA Twill  
    Weave
    0.89/
    0.035
    24.3/
    8.3
    15.7/
    2.3
    327/
    47
    Carbon/
    Glass
    TC950 TW1000-TPU PMMA Twill Weave 1.0/
    0.039
    24.1/
    8.2
    11.4/
    1.7
    327/
    48.7
    Carbon/
    Glass
    TC950 TW1000-PEB TPU/
    PMMA (1)
    Twill 
    Weave
    1.08/
    0.043
    28.4/
    9.7
    9.7/
    1.4
    195/
    29
    Glass TC950 AG18-2L PMMA Plain
    Weave
    0.89/
    0.035
    23.4/
    8.0
    15.2/
    2.2
    416/
    60
    Glass TC950 AG33 PMMA Plain Weave 0.84/
    0.033
    8.8/
    3.0
    6.9/
    1.0
    215/
    31
    Glass TC952 XTS-3L
    ABS Unitape 0.90/
    0.035
    41.0/
    13.9
    20/
    2.9
    450/
    65.3
    Glass TC952 XTS-4L
    ABS Unitape 1.20/
    0.047
    55.3/
    18.9
    16.5/
    2.4
    506/
    73
    Glass TC950 TWAG PMMA Twill
    Weave
    0.84/
    0.033
    13.8/
    4.7
    11.2/
    1.6
    324/
    47
    Glass TC970 SS-AG7544 TPU (1) Plain  
    Weave
    0.50/
    0.02
    -- 72.4/
    10.5**
    251/
    37**
    Glass TC970 SS-AG7781 TPU (1) Plain  
    Weave
    0.2/
    0.009
    -- 72.4/
    10.5**
    318/
    47**

     *Values shown are with PMMA core (0.33 mm PMMA core).    
    **Tensile
    (1) Injection overmoldable

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