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sports & leisure

Rossignol Group : innovation
and performance in winter skis applications
skis, accompanied by shorter sidecut radii, for better "carving" in all the aforementioned segments; - increased width, for improved lift, and greater versatility to accommodate both on-piste and off-piste practices and therefore improve performance in all snow conditions for all levels of skier; - the propagation of the "Rocker" concept, initially introduced on broad freeride skis, and which consists in progressively raising the ends of the skis, for a profile akin to that of a surfboard. Our development of this "Autoturn" geometry has given rise to a new generation of skis, with outstanding agility on dressed and compact snow, and which can turn easily in powder snow. Female customers have been the object of specific developments carried out by our Dynastar and Rossignol brands, focussing on weight saving, eco-design and product characteristics designed with user-friendliness in mind, along with the aesthetic sensibilities of female skiers.
JCM: Could you remind us of the different components that make up a ski: bindings, beam, etc.?

The ski has long been a “tool of transport” for man, based on a simple wooden structure with a variety of types and shapes. Today, it is a highly sophisticated structure designed for competitive sport and for leisure. The beam-type structures draw on multi-material concepts which still may include wood, along with fibre reinforcements, organic resins (polyethylene, epoxy, polyurethane, etc.), steel (for the edges) and a heavy dose of “design”.

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ice skates. The majority of skis sold today now comprise ski-interface-binding assemblies. In order to improve ease-of-use for our retailer customers, and keep their drilling and assembly operations for bindings to a minimum, our factories produce the skis and assemble directly the interfaces (rails or profiles) designed to receive our bindings. The latest generations of bindings therefore offer "tool-less" assemblies for the retailer, to save time, reduce the risk of assembly error and facilitate the length settings for customers.
JCM: Who makes what? Who are the world's top manufacturers?

interview

jec composites magazine / No64 April 2011
HEAD
OF

NICOLAS PUGET ADVANCED RESEARCH ROSSIGNOL GROUP

JEC Composites Magazine: In the world of winter sports, how do you generally distinguish between the different types of discipline: alpine skiing, crosscountry skiing, snowboarding…? What are the main trends and developments for meeting market demands?

snowboarding and ice skating under the brand names Rossignol, Dynastar, Look, Lange, Kerma and Risport. Consumer needs have, in recent years, led ski manufacturers to segment their ranges per type of discipline. As far as Rossignol's alpine skiing range is concerned, this features the "RACE" segment, with slalom and giant slalom skis derived from competition skis; the "ON TRAIL" segment, with leisure-oriented skis to make the most of skiing on-piste; the "ALL MOUNTAIN" segment, with skis especially suited to off-piste skiing; and, lastly, the "FREE" segment, with skis suited to the new freestyle and backcountry practices.

N. P. : In addition to the Rossignol group, the main market players are the Finnish group AMER (Atomic and Salomon), the Austrian group HEAD (Head, Tyrolia), the Austrian group Fischer, the American group Jarden (K2, VÖLKL, Marker, Madshus), the Tecnica group (Nordica, Blizzard, Tecnica) and the Slovene group Elan. There are also hundreds of smaller brands now populating the ski market. The main volumes are thus produced in Europe, especially in Austria, France, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. Subcontracting in Asia has grown over the past decade, in particular for snowboards. The industrial strategy of the Rossignol group led us, in 2010, to relocate 60,000 pairs of skis to the Sallanches factory (Haute-Savoie).

NICOLAS PUGET : Among the different winter sport activities, Rossignol designs and manufactures equipment for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing,

N. P. : Our brands develop all the equipment required for winter sports activities: skis and boards (alpine, The technical developments of recent years have been marked by cross-country skis, snowboards), bindings (for alpine skis and three main trends: snowboards), boots (alpine, cross-country, snowboard) and - the reduction in the size of



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011

Cover
Edito
Point of view: fast expansion
Contents
Agenda of Events
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In Brief
Reinforcement - Red Composites: a real expertise in carbon fibre
Housing - Housetec: a young company with a background of 40 years’ experience
Asia - Hua Dong Fibreglass, an SME that exports worldwide
APPLICATIONS
Construction - Creative eye-catching design for a new Sheraton hotel
Marine - Multiplast builds the Groupama V070
Awards - ICERP-JEC Innovation Awards Programme 2011: eight companies rewarded
MARKET
Human capital - Latest appointments
Sports and Leisure - Rossignol Group: innovation and performance in winter skis applications
FEATURE WIND ENERGY
Reinforcement - WebCore Technologies: great ambitions in the wind industry
New rovings for wind turbine blade applications
Prepreg spar caps: a solution for today
Software - Industrial software for manufacturing large components such as wind blades
Leveraging an end-to-end solution for composite wind turbine blades
Laser placement - Manufacturing rotor blades with highest precision while reducing costs
Automation - A fully-automated manufacturing process for wind blades
Maintenance - An innovative, certified blade repair system
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Testing - Using nano-scratch testing to detec composite failure
Mould - Processing technology for the rapid production of advanced composites
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Robot - Robotic fibre placement machine helps reduce energy consumption
Process - A new industrialized construction process for transport infrastructures
Fibre placement - Tape laying and fibre palcement: complementary solutions
NDT - What’s new in non-destructive testing labs?
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Reinforcement - Red Composites: a real expertise in carbon fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Housing - Housetec: a young company with a background of 40 years’ experience
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Asia - Hua Dong Fibreglass, an SME that exports worldwide
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Construction - Creative eye-catching design for a new Sheraton hotel
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Marine - Multiplast builds the Groupama V070
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Awards - ICERP-JEC Innovation Awards Programme 2011: eight companies rewarded
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Human capital - Latest appointments
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Sports and Leisure - Rossignol Group: innovation and performance in winter skis applications
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Reinforcement - WebCore Technologies: great ambitions in the wind industry
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - New rovings for wind turbine blade applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Prepreg spar caps: a solution for today
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Software - Industrial software for manufacturing large components such as wind blades
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Leveraging an end-to-end solution for composite wind turbine blades
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Laser placement - Manufacturing rotor blades with highest precision while reducing costs
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Automation - A fully-automated manufacturing process for wind blades
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Maintenance - An innovative, certified blade repair system
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Testing - Using nano-scratch testing to detec composite failure
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Mould - Processing technology for the rapid production of advanced composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Robot - Robotic fibre placement machine helps reduce energy consumption
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Process - A new industrialized construction process for transport infrastructures
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - Fibre placement - Tape laying and fibre palcement: complementary solutions
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #64 - April 2011 - NDT - What’s new in non-destructive testing labs?
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