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Fairmat, Decathlon partner for environmentally friendly composite sports equipment

Fairmat (Paris, France), a low-carbon impact composite materials producer, has announced a partnership with Decathlon (Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France) to develop a range of Kuikma padel rackets. Padel rackets, unlike a tennis or squash racket, has no strings and is typically made of carbon fiber or fiberglass. The partnership, based on a virtuous production line integrating recycled carbon fiber composites, will use Fairmat’s material extensively, starting in 2024. 

The Fairmat material, with its high performance and low-carbon impact, enables production of light, robust and eco-responsible padel rackets. This initiative is in line with Decathlon and Fairmat’s desire to promote a circular economy and to adapt to the current challenges of scarce raw materials. Beyond padel rackets, the partnership will explore other sporting applications, with the intention of reducing the environmental footprint of sports equipment and meeting the new expectations of consumers.

Fairmat’s patented technology for the production of a new, more sustainable material made from carbon fiber integrates recycled composite materials and bio-sourced resins. The company says it focuses on research and development to create materials with exceptional mechanical properties, working closely with researchers and industry partners to develop solutions tailored to the specific needs of each sport. Fairmat is also actively exploring other sectors where its sustainable composite materials could contribute to a greener, circular economy, including  mobility, connected objects, automotive, high-tech, construction and design.

The company is also committed to reducing the environmental footprint of its own activities. It has set up a virtuous production chain with a factory near Nantes, France, to minimize the environmental impact of its production and distribution processes.

Both companies are looking forward to working closely with each other to reduce the environmental impact of their products.

Publication date: 08/05/2023

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