Our new Sporting Division is branching into new industries, in particular athletic shoe composite orthotic inserts. Optimizing biomechanics to maximize sports performance is nothing new, but composites has become increasingly favored to facilitate these improvements.
This customer designs biomechanical products to reduce pain, speed recovery and support health benefits though controlled motion. They wanted to use composites to enhance this product’s response while reducing the product’s weight. The hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot were the focus of the design and construction.
RWC worked with this customer several years ago on some initial product development. That customer has reengaged RWC to utilize our experience in design and manufacturing to further enhance their product design and capability. They wanted to reduce costs while increasing efficiency and volume throughput. Our ability to provide competitive production rates with our Mexico facility was instrumental in gaining the production side of the contract.
Our development program was completed in January, and the production program is completing this month. We’ve had great collaboration on design, tooling and flow details between the customer and the RWC team.
We will be excited to join the customer in their formal product launch in the near future!