Polycarbonate hits the mark for arrow nocks

Makrolon® 2805 polycarbonate from Covestro has been used in Werner Beiter’s arrow nocks for more than 30 years. (Photo credit: Günter Kuhr)
Makrolon® 2805 polycarbonate from Covestro has been used in Werner Beiter’s arrow nocks for more than 30 years. (Photo credit: Günter Kuhr)

From a hunting method to a precision sport – archery has made quite a transformation over the years. While the sport is all about precision, that’s not its only impressive aspect. In fact, an arrow shot from a bow can have a range exceeding one kilometer, while archers who use special bows can shoot more than two kilometers.

These key attributes call for continuous improvement to bow and arrow technology, including the nock of an arrow – the notched tip that briefly clasps the bowstring before the tension of the drawn bow is released and the arrow takes flight. The nock is a hub of sorts, as it is the central point where energy is directly transferred to the arrow, enabling it to reach speeds of over 300 kilometers per hour.

For more than 30 years, Werner Beiter GmbH & Co. KG – a pioneer in precision injection molding and manufacturer of premium archery accessories and parts – has turned to Makrolon® 2805 polycarbonate from Covestro for its nocks. This material complements the nock’s strong points, offering mechanical strength that contributes to overall durability, and specialty colors that allow an archer to see the arrow’s point of impact, even from far away. From national teams and world champions to Olympic medalists, the world’s top athletes often work on their game at the Werner and Iris Center at Beiter’s site in Dauchingen – an unrivaled facility for testing archery equipment. Lisa Unruh, named a 2016 Woman Athlete of the Year by the World Archery Foundation, is among those who can attribute their success to Beiter’s nocks.

With the help of Makrolon® 2805 polycarbonate, Werner Beiter will help archery players hit their marks for years to come.

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