How are Laporte Clay Targets made

HOW LAPORTE TARGETS ARE MADE

RESIN : RP, ECO or NATURAL

2 Components to make a target

A BINDER made of PETROLEUM RESIN or TREE RESIN : 1/3 of the target
A FILLER made of LIMESTONE reduced to a fine powder : 2/3 of the target

The materials are brought to a high temperature then mixed thoroughly before being molded and then cooled rapidly to give the result known to all shooters.
The quality of the raw material, the proportions used and the expertise of our engineers make it possible to produce products that meet the expectations of athletes and meet environmental standards.

PAH QUEST

All petroleum-derived materials contain harmful chemicals called PAHs. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon is a chemical compound containing only carbon and hydrogen. Many of them are found in coal and oil deposits, they are also produced by the thermal decomposition of organic matter, for example, in engines and incinerators or when biomass burns in forest fires. Notice that limestone has no ecological impact!

RP RESIN or ECO RESIN ?

Cruise distilation and carbon burning produce different results including viscous pitch like bitumen or Coal Tar Pitch containing a lot of PAH (up to 200000mg/kg !). In the past, Coal Tar Pitch was used as a binder for making targets.

LAPORTE® stopped using CTP several years ago to align with the rising of Global Environmental Expectations.

If the Coal Tar Pitch could have been compared to DIESEL, the Petroleum Resin also named RP RESIN, now benefits from a treatment that allows us to guarantee PAH levels well below the most severe requirements such as those of the ISSF.

THE CHOICE IS UP TO YOU !
Just as you can choose your car gazoline according to its degree of treatment and its quality during its use, it is possible to choose the type of RESIN that you want to use according to the rules in force in your country or to contribute in your own way to preserving the environment or even to favor the cost factor …
ECO CLAYS have a good price and a low impact on the Environment

RP RESIN sounds like
«Regular» PAH <600mg/kg
acceptable in most countries
at the best price.

ECO RESIN sounds like
«Premium» or E85
PAH <10mg/kg


Much lower than the maximum PAH rate imposed by the ISSF (50mg/kg)

THINK GREEN – THINK LAPORTE® NATURAL

NATURAL RESIN:
A gift from Tree

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
SINCE 1990, Laporte has been producing Eco-Friendly Clays with low environmental impact and have never stopped improving them….. As far back as the 1970’s our CEO, Jean Michel Laporte received the «Grand Prix de l’Environnement» for the products the company manufactured at that time and to date his environment ethos has remained steadfast and resolute.

YOU ARE FREE TO CHOOSE. The choice of targets to use is up to each client and depends on the rules in force in their country including waste treatment. LAPORTE can supply RP, ECO or NATURAL resin to meet your financial and legal needs.

GREEN. This word is mainly used to define the attitude of people aware of nature. Shooting sports federations and most shooting clubs do their best to get their members to adopt this attitude.

laporte natural resin clay targets

LAPORTE NATURAL RESIN comes from pine crude gum (resin), extracted of the alive pine trees and it has many advantages due to their natural origin, it has chemical harmlessness and eco­friendly properties and owns clear tendency to biodegradability.

BIODEGRADABILITY is the capacity for biological degradation of organic materials by living organisms down to the base substances such as water, carbon dioxide, methane, basic elements and biomass. Laporte use Biodegradable Natural Pigment to paint its clays. Regardless of the type of resin used, 30% of a target is made up of a mineral filler that naturally returns to the ground without any environmental impact.

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