China is gearing up to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and held the World Winter Sports Beijing Expoat the beginning of summer to prepare and promote the games. Various technologies from around the world showcasing new trends in winter sports were presented at the exhibition, some of which could be used at the Olympic Winter Games.
Switzerland became the very first Guest Country of Honour at the exhibition, a role that involves helping China develop global ice and snow resources, according to a statement.
The Lucerne-based startup Glice had a large booth at the expo, where it showcased its synthetic – and sustainable – ice skating rinks. Glice synthetic ice is manufactured with a special high-density molecular structure and self-lubricant, which reduces shavings to a minimum to deliver a realistic skating experience. It is also a zero-energy technology.
Glice ice skating rinks have been used in over 70 countries worldwide at various types of events, and the startup was able to make important new contacts at the expo in Berlin. Viktor Meier, co-founder of Glice, confirmed that the company plans to use its technology at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.