Breakthrough in ski wax manufacturing for the Finnish company Vauhti Speed Oy. Widely used fluorines will be replaced with new, innovative additives in ski waxes.

For a long time, the ski wax industry has strived to find replacement components for fluorine additives which have been deemed harmful to the environment and people. Vauhti’s new PURE products will revolutionize the ski wax market and move the product selection into a more environmentally friendly direction. New collection, which have been registered under trademark PURE, will be selectively launched in markets already for this winter’s ski season.

In 2015, after a change in ownership, Finland’s leading – and the world’s oldest – ski wax manufacturer, Vauhti Speed Oy, started an extensive product development project related to new-generation liquid ski waxes, and cleaning and care products for skin skis. At the same time, Vauhti launched a research project aimed at finding additives to replace fluorine compounds in ski waxes. As the first ski wax manufacturer in the world, Vauhti succeeded in developing products free from hydrocarbon solvents for skin skis, and the products received patent protection in 2019. As a result of long-spanning research work, the company made a breakthrough in replacing fluorine compounds harmful to the health with new additives in ski wax products, which Vauhti Speed Oy is now launching on the market.

PURE SKI WAXES

Vauhti’s new PURE collection is a completely fluorine-free ski wax and care product range which includes product categories all the way up to the requirements of a competitive skier. The waxes’ performance has proved to be significantly better than that of fluorine waxes (and coatings) in certain conditions.

Vauhti’s PURE collection is the result of systematic, long-spanning development work performed together with e.g. the University of Eastern Finland. The man behind the new range and its additives is Vauhti Speed Oy’s CEO Esa Puukilainen – a chemist, researcher and doctor from Joensuu, Finland.

The company has submitted a patent application for the new additives, guaranteeing exclusive rights to Vauhti for the fluorine replacements in the ski wax industry, as used in the PURE collection. A purer and more responsible ski wax is Vauhti’s answer to the current generation’s needs and values.

Zinc stearate, polydimethylsiloxane with aliphatic groups, and the mixtures of these improve the performance of hydrocarbon waxes and paraffins used in glide waxes in all snow conditions. The chemistry of these additives enables their processing and complete blending with hydrocarbon waxes and hydrocar- bon solvents. The amount and proportion of the additives and the type of wax ingredients can be extensively optimized for the requirements of different snow types. These products are easy and effective to use with the sponge bottle and less harmful to the environment.

The new and innovative PURE collection is a significant breakthrough and milestone for the Finnish Vauhti on its way to becoming the world’s market leader in ski waxes.

More information:

CEO Esa Puukilainen, tel. +358 50 331 7101 www.vauhti.fi

 

Vauhti Speed Oy will organize a press conference on the new PURE range and future ski waxes in context with the cross-country skiing World Cup in Ruka on 28 November.

VAUHTI SPEED OY PRESS CONFERENCE, ON 28 NOVEMBER AT THE RUKA MEDIA CENTER AT 11.30 AM.

THE FUTURE OF SKI WAXES AND THE EFFECTS OF EUROPEAN CHEMICALS LEGISLATION ON THE FIELD VAUHTI SPEED OY’S CEO AND DOCTOR OF CHEMISTRY ESA PUUKILAINEN

–                          The use of various fluorine compounds in today’s ski waxes and in the ski wax industry

–                          Upcoming legislation changes and their effect on the future of ski waxes

–                          Vauhti Speed Oy’s new fluorine-free waxes and the chemical structures behind the products

 

VAUHTI SPEED OY – A SKI WAX FACTORY FROM JOENSUU CONQUERING THE WORLD

Vauhti’s ski wax factory is located in Joensuu, Finland, and today it is one of the world’s most modern and automated ski wax factories. Vauhti Speed Oy’s roots go all the way back to 1912. It is one of the world’s oldest, if not the oldest, operating ski wax manufacturer.

Aulis Tolsa started to manufacture ski waxes together with this brother Valto Tolsa in Virolahti. As Tolsa retired in 1991, Vauhti transferred to the Joensuu region, to the ownership of the ski legend Aki Karvonen.

In 2014, Vauhti was transferred to a Finnish family investment company which hired PhD Esa Puukilainen as the CEO. Puukilainen is widely recognized in the field and has researched e.g. in his doctoral thesis the interaction between plastic materials and water, with a ski base as one area of application.

Vauhti Speed Oy’s factory in Joensuu employs 12 persons. In the coming financial year, the company aims at a turnover of 7 million euros.