New line of foam product tapped for big-waves


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Tecniq LLC and Zotefoams launch HydroZote brand of floatation foams

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 August, 2013 : - - San Diego - Tecniq LLC and Zotefoams, Inc. announced today the commercial launch of a new breed of floatation foams branded HydroZOTE™. The foam is ultra-light weight, virtually waterproof, and measurably more buoyant than competing floatation foams.

“Water Sports/Flotation Industry products, and pool floats are just a few of the types of products that HydroZOTE™ will add meaningful value to,” said Trey Moody, Sales & Business Development Manager at Zotefoams, Inc., the manufacturer of HydroZOTE™. “The added buoyancy and reduced weight per capita are critical factors in setting HydroZOTE™ apart,” Moody explained.

HydroZOTE™ has already proven its effectiveness in such extreme environments as big-wave surfing. While working in cooperation with a consortium consisting of professional big wave surfer Ian Walsh, his sponsor Red Bull, and product development company Tecniq, Zotefoams was able to provide a thinner, lighter, more high performance product. “HydroZOTE™ is amazing, the foam is so light weight that it really gives me an advantage over what I was using before,” said Ian Walsh.

Recently, the iconic global surf and watersport brand O’Neill took an interest in the use of HydroZOTE™ for competition wakeboard and waterski life vests. O’Neill plans to release a series of products utilizing a special blend of the foam that they coined NytroLite Foam with  HydroZOTE™ by Zotefoams. Be on the lookout for the O’Neill life vests exclusively using HydroZOTE™ foams in stores in 2014.

“The foam (HydroZOTE™) is definitely a game-changer,” said Rob Falken, Managing Director at Tecniq LLC. “Personally, I’m really excited about the environmental process utilized to manufacture it” he continued. HydroZOTE™ closed cell foam is produced in Zotefoams exclusive nitrogen expansion process. The foam contains none of the carcinogens found in competing floatation foams and uses no blowing agents. It also doesn’t out-gas, which means there is no Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC’s). Leaner, meaner, and greener, HydroZOTE™ is poised to be an agent of change.

Source: Tecniq

Author: The Editors

Tags: Tecniq, Ian Walsh, Floatation Foam

Industry: Surfersvillage

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