Sustainable material company Spinnova makes its debut in composites in partnership with ski manufacturer Pusu. In Pusu x Spinnova alpine skis, carbon and glass fibers are replaced with Spinnova fibers which are laminated to the woodcore as reinforcement material. Composites is a new application area for Spinnova Oy, Jyväskylä/Finland, as the Spinnova fiber has until now been demonstrated in apparel and interior design applications.
The key features of the products from Spinnova and Finnish ski maker Puuppolan Suksi Oy (Pusu), Jyväskylä, are high performance, sustainability and functional design. Based on vigorous testing, initial results show that Spinnova reinforced skis improves skiing experience and provides long-lasting performance and durability. Moreover, Spinnova materials are safer to process than conventional composite materials.
Pusu has been making skis and snowboards from sustainably sourced wood since 2016, and their philosophy is to maximize the use of natural materials. Ski manufacturing has traditionally relied on non-renewable materials like plastic, glass fiber, carbon fiber and costly metal blends. Spinnova’s technology makes textile fiber out of wood pulp or waste mechanically, with no harmful chemicals, minimal water usage and CO2 emissions. The 100% circular Spinnova fiber does not shed any microplastics to the environment.
The first commercial factory producing Spinnova fiber is expected to begin production by the end of 2022.