Enthusiasts from Austria make exclusive hand-crafted skis using basalt fiber

Daniel Neururer and Maria Wibmer, a young couple from Tyrol, have started their small ski manufacturing business with an emphasis on local materials and special customer requirements. Basalt for the layup drew them primarily because of environmental reasons.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

Not only renowned companies paid their attention to the unique properties of basalt fiber. Small artisanal factory, launched by the guys from Tyrol, is trying when possible to replace carbon and glass fibers to natural basalt and flax in order to maintain an eco-friendly manufacturing process.

Конструкция лыж от XQZT Skis
Конструкция лыж от XQZT Skis

“Our goal is to customize every pair of skis according to the customer’s needs. When it comes to materials we try to buy local (the only exception is the bamboo). Our cores are homemade and we work with ash, bamboo and maple. We use also sidewalls out of bamboo/ash and bamboo tip spacers (so plastic is reduced to a minimum).

For the layup we use fiberglass, carbon, basalt and flax – depending on the customer’s needs. Recently, we try to push flax and basalt instead of fiberglass and carbon because of environmental reasons.”

The entrepreneurs are so concerned about protecting the environment that decided to compensate all carbon emissions caused by each pair of the skis by investing in carbon reducing projects.

Основатели компании XQZT Skis
Основатели компании XQZT Skis

Doctor in Economics Daniel Neururer and architect Maria Wibmer launched their factory a few years ago.

“We got a nice chance to get big workshop and we said to each other now or never. So we started to plan how to set up a small but professional ski business.”

Companies: Basalt Projects Group

Industries: Ecology

Terms: Ski

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