Power Sports

Power Sports Applications

Across dry land, snow and water, the power sports industry strives to achieve high performance and safety with its products, which often experience demanding environments. Lighter weights allow high performance to be achieved with any engine size. Impact resistance and durability are key safety requirements. CORE Molding Technologies has worked with the power sports industry for more than 20 years, focusing on mass production methods and low mass materials. CORE can help you develop differentiated and cost effective products for your customers to safely enjoy the thrill of your power sports products.

History of Composites in the Power Sports Industry
History of Composites in the Power Sports Industry

Composites have been used in the production of marine products for hundreds of years. The first composites were wood overlays on iron underpinnings. It wasn’t until the 1950s that fiberglass was established in marine mass production. As the maritime industry grew and advanced so did the composites, which now encompass areas such as structural reinforcements, drive systems and engine components. The added capabilities extended to other power sports applications in off-road vehicles, motorcycles and snowmobiles. CORE has always operated at the forefront of industry advancement. For more than 20 years, CORE has supplied the power sports industry with a diverse range of molded composites.

The Development and Future of Composites in the Power Sports Industry
The Development and Future of Composites in the Power Sports Industry

Composites and engineered plastics for the power sports industry are no longer simple open mold processes. Now, fiber reinforced composites use advanced, closed molding processes and continue to undergo major evolutionary developments. Engineered thermoplastics, both with and without fiber reinforcement, are widely used. CORE works extensively with our industry partners to bring new materials and processes to commercialization. We have a solid reputation of providing the right process for the right application in this industry.

Durability
Integration of Multiple Components
Durability

Composites are known for durability due to their high strength-to-weight ratio and resistance to chemicals and corrosives. This makes composites an ideal choice for many demanding applications that experience heavy loading and fatigue cycling in harsh environments, typical of applications in this industry.

Integration of Multiple Components

Combining multiple components into fewer parts reduces complexity and lowers assembly and labor costs in your operations.  CORE can apply our design and engineered plastics expertise to help you eliminate cost by developing designs that integrate multiple components into a single molded part.

SMC Compounding and Material Development
SMC Compounding and Material Development

CORE has a catalog of proven sheet molding compound (SMC) formulations designed to meet specific mechanical properties such as strength, density, surface finish and tolerance of harsh environments. If one of our standard materials is not a good fit, our materials engineers can create an application-specific formulation to provide the best benefit to your design.

Lightweight Materials
North American Manufacturing Coverage
Lightweight Materials

The benefits of reducing weight to improve performance and fuel efficiency in engine-powered products is well-documented. CORE has a broad suite of low- and reduced-density SMC formulations for lightweight applications in serial production applications. If one of these is not right for your program, our design team can tailor a new material, to do more with less mass.

North American Manufacturing Coverage

In today's markets, the cost of transporting products has become a large portion of the overall cost equation. CORE has 7 strategic manufacturing locations throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Diversified process capabilities, in conjunction with strategic locations, means it's likely CORE has a solution that is well-suited and convenient to your needs.

Program Support
Program Support

CORE has experience supporting programs of all types, from prototype through serial production. Whether your program launches with First Article Inspection (FAI) or a fully-developed Run-at-Rate PPAP approval, we have the talent, systems, and expertise to handle it. Using rigorous APQP processes in a Phase Gate approach, we turnkey the entire tooling development and production approval process. You can count on CORE for an on-time, flawless program launch.

Large Press Expertise
Large Press Expertise

CORE operates some of the highest tonnage compression and low-pressure injection molding presses in North America. These assets enable our customers to design large surface area, deep draw parts without the need for secondary assembly.