Composites Advance Table Tennis

Cornilleau and Michelin have combined their know-how and capacity for innovation to develop the world’s first range of composite table tennis rackets designed predominantly for leisure use.

The partnership between Cornilleau, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of table tennis tables, and Michelin, the world’s leading tire manufacturer, was born from a shared commitment to bring innovation to an area where their combined competencies could produce a significant breakthrough in the sport.

The challenge was to develop a racket made entirely from composites that would deliver a superior playing performance whilst offering additional unique benefits in terms of:

  • durability: shock resistant and waterproof, allowing for intensive outdoor use in all weather conditions.
  • comfort and grip: thanks to an innovative design based on ergonomics and a tactile rubberized handle.
  • appeal and style: thanks to a contemporary and dynamic-looking design.

Cornilleau approached Michelin because of its technical expertise in rubber compounds and composite materials and its track record in mastering the properties of rubber. The two companies worked together for more than 18 months choosing materials, deciding on the design and manufacturing process, and, above all, developing a new surface material.

Michelin and Cornilleau technical experts worked closely together to develop an innovative surface using a unique elastomer, giving the surface design a system of cavities. This exclusive concept is a break away from conventional rackets, which have either a smooth or pimpled surface. The key benefit of this new “ADS” (Air Driver System) technology is optimum performance in terms of elasticity, which gives the player additional speed, power, and control. Available progressively through leading sports goods retailers in Europe, the range consists of three models that are adapted to different types of playing requirements, depending on the level of speed, rotation and control required. A fourth model designed specifically for institutional use in, for example, schools, sports clubs and holiday venues, will be available through specialist institutional and educational suppliers.

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