Smith Optics and Arkema present the new “Evolve” sunglasses collection using Rilsan® Clear Rnew

- Press release

Smith Optics and Arkema unveil the new “Evolve” sunglasses collection using Rilsan® Clear G830 Rnew at the Outdoor Retailer Summer fair in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 21st to 24th.


Rilsan® Clear G830 Rnew offers all the necessary characteristics to provide Smith Optics with the required quality for their new “Evolve” sunglasses collection: optimal comfort, lightness, good impact resistance, superior durability, and nice flexibility.


A total of 20 new “Evolve” sunglass frame models* are made entirely of Rilsan® Clear G830 Rnew, a bio-renewable sourced polymer derived from castor oil. This new collection perfectly fits in with Smith Optics‘s durable eco-design strategy.


Rilsan® Clear G830 Rnew uses 54% bio-based raw material, thus helping reduce CO2 emissions. It naturally offers the same key benefits, namely freedom of design, comfort, and durability, as classical Rilsan® Clear G350. It is one of Arkema’s latest innovations in high performance bio-based polyamides. Rilsan® PA11, Pebax® Rnew and Platamid® Rnew have demonstrated Arkema’s ability to offer innovative bio-based solutions for highly demanding markets.


The use of Rilsan® Clear G830 Rnew in the new Smith Optics® models marks the start of a new adventure and a close collaboration between Arkema and Smith Optics®.





For more information, visit www.smithoptics.com


* Models: Proof, Annex, Touchstone, Backdrop, Mogul, Riverside, Hideout, Vanguard, Pavilion, Advocate, Lockwood, Embargo, Shelter, Parallel, Redline, Spoiler, Whisper, Trace, Threshold, Toaster

More details on www.smithoptics.com


Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, Smith Optics, Inc. was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. Today, Smith is known for its diverse line of sunglasses, goggles and helmets. Smith's devotion to excellence, innovation, performance and style has made Smith the choice of action-sport athletes worldwide. Smith products are sold in more than 50 countries through sporting goods and specialty stores.


A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema consists of three businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Arkema reported sales of 5.6 billion euros in 2008. Arkema has 15,000 employees in over 40 countries and six research centers located in France, the United States and Japan. With internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.



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