Rawlings® and VyaTek Sports Agree to Technology Licensing Agreement
Tempe, AZ (February 22, 2010) – VyaTek Sports and Rawlings Sporting Goods, Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership that will expand the presence of ExoGrid® Technology in the Baseball and Softball Bat marketplace. ExoGrid is a patented and branded technology invented by VyaTek Sports that uses a series of machined apertures to alter the physical properties of a metal structure. This structure is then reinforced with composites to accurately match the strength and stiffness properties desired. The result is a hybrid material that has the ability to use the best qualities of both metal and composites.
Further, this new partnership is the first to introduce Ph.D or Passive-Hybrid-Damping into ExoGrid structures. ExoGrid Ph.D is the culmination of years of vibration damping R&D by VyaTek Sports. The baseball/softball bat is the perfect application for such technology because of the violent nature of the baseball/softball collision.
The new Rawlings 5150 ExoGrid bat with Ph.D was developed in a joint effort by VyaTek Sports and Rawlings Product Development. The result is a bat with an improved sweet spot and less vibration when a ball is mis-hit off the handle or the end of the bat. The new ExoGrid “slot pattern” allows for maximum handle stiffness and durability. The first application will be expanding Rawlings 5150 bat line to include this hybrid technology.
Rawlings is a leading marketer and manufacturer of baseball equipment and other sporting goods equipment in the United States. Rawlings is the Official Baseball and Helmet of Major League Baseball® and official ball of the NCAA® baseball championships. Rawlings is also the official basketball, football, and baseball of the NAIA®, NJCAA®, and many other organizations. Rawlings is the official basketball, football, baseball, and softball of the National High School Federation®. For more information, please visit www.rawlings.com.
VyaTek Sports is a company that applies proprietary advanced materials technologies to help create state-of-the-art products that are sold through VyaTek’s official Licensees. For more information, please visit www.vyatek.com.