Power Flex Technology for Padel Bats
High-Performance Padel Racket Is more Powerful and Durable
Dunlop, racket sports brand and market leader in padel bats in Spain, and BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, have developed the Power Flex Technology that significantly enhances padel bat performance.
The new technology Power Flex consists of the application of a new material developed by BASF: Infinergy. The world’s first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) is applied to the core of the padel bat. Its unique elastic properties and extraordinary resilience offer clear advantages in playability and durability of the bat.
The Infinergy material is as elastic as rubber but lighter. As such, it provides the optimal weight parameters. The high elasticity of the material delivers explosive power and greater comfort as balls rebound faster off the bat. At the same time, Infinergy is an extremely durable material and maintains its properties across a broad range of temperatures. As a result, the durability of the bat in optimal condition is extended, and the bat performs exceptionally in all weather conditions, maintaining its performance in temperatures as low as -20ºC to well above 40ºC.
After almost two years of cooperation and development between both companies, and numerous tests performed by members of the Dunlop Team of players and coaches, including current World Champion Juani Mieres, the first Power Flex bats will be launched as part of the Dunlop Padel 2016 collection. “We are very excited about the development of the Power Flex technology using our Infinergy E-TPU. The partnership with Dunlop allows us to introduce our know-how and expertise in a new application area in cooperation with a market-leading specialist brand,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.
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