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Molten Corporation

Molten Corporation (株式会社モルテン, Kabushiki-gaisha Moruten) is a sports equipment and automotive parts company based in Hiroshima, Japan.

Molten Corporation
Native name
株式会社モルテン
Private KK
IndustrySports equipment
FoundedNovember 1, 1958; 61 years ago (1958-11-01)
Headquarters
Yokogawa Shin-machi, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, 733-0013
,
Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Kiyo Tamiaki
(President and CEO)
Products
Number of employees
3,900 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2015)
Websitemolten.co.jp
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

Molten is mostly known for manufacturing balls for several team sports, with a range of products that includes American footballs, association footballs, basketballs, dodgeballs, handballs and volleyballs. Notably, Molten basketballs are the official balls for all FIBA worldwide competitions,[3] and numerous domestic leagues outside of North America.

Molten is also the official volleyballs producer for USA Volleyball and the NCAA men's and women's championships.[4]

HistoryEdit

FIBA basketballs

Founded in 1958, Molten is the world's largest ball and sports equipment manufacturer. Molten USA, Inc. was established in 1983 to bring these quality sports balls to the U.S. marketplace. Originally located in Southern California, Molten USA moved to northern Nevada in 1988 and continues to call the RenoSparks area its home.

Only six years after their founding, Molten basketballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls were the official balls of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Molten has been the official basketball for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016). Molten basketballs have also been the official ball for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for the past 30 years[when?] culminating in the Men's and Women's World Basketball Championship. This championship was held in the U.S. for the first time in Indianapolis in August 2002.

Molten volleyballs became the official ball for the U.S. national teams in 1997 and the boys' and girls' junior national teams in 2001. Presently clubs, regions, high schools, colleges and tournaments throughout the U.S. use Molten volleyballs.

Through the 2006-07 season, Molten supplied balls for the elite Europe-wide Euroleague, but the league's organizing body, Euroleague Basketball (company), switched to Nike as its basketball supplier.[5] Since 2012 the company approuced even in the European football for supply Alashkert in the Armenian Premier League, their first official step in football.

They offered their technology to the Teamgeist project and supplied the official football as OEM to Adidas for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[6] At 2012 Molten has landed in the European football, and now supplying the Alashkert in the Armenian Premier League.

AFCEdit

Starting from 2019, Molten will supply official match ball for all Asian Football Confederation (AFC) club and national team tournaments, including the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The Molten Acentec was specifically designed for the Asian Cup, based on Vantaggio 5000.[7]

The only exception are the AFC Champions League, as Molten will provide Adidas match balls (Molten are the official manufacturer and distributor of Adidas footballs in Japan).[8]

UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

Starting from 2018–19 season, Molten will supply official match ball of UEFA Europa League, replacing Adidas. The unnamed official match ball of the tournament are also derived from Vantaggio 5000, albeit with custom design.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". Molten Corporation. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Company Overview". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  3. ^ FIBA and Molten unveil basketball for WC2019 on FIBA website
  4. ^ List of official equipment suppliers on NCAA.com, 28 Sep 2019
  5. ^ "Euroleague Basketball Announces Partnership with Nike". Euroleague Basketball. June 28, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2007.
  6. ^ Camacho, Mariano Jesús (February 15, 2016). "En busca de la esfera de Dios" [In search of the sphere of God]. Vavel (in Spanish). Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "AFC appoints world-leading ball manufacturer Molten as official match ball supplier". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "AFC unveils Official Match Balls by Molten for 2019". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ UEFA.com. "Molten becomes UEFA Europa League match ball supplier". UEFA.com. Retrieved October 13, 2018.

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