UHMWPE: Lightweight & Abrasion Resistant  

USA Rope & Recovery manufactures rope using Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene(UHMWPE)—a type of polyolefin that is composed of long chains of polyethylene. The mechanical and physical properties of UHMWPE are intrinsic properties of the material—such as good wear and impact resistance, chemical inertness, lubricity, and biocompatibility— and can be modified in a manufacturing process. UHMWPE’s outstanding mechanical and physical properties are why manufacturers tend to choose UHMWPE over other polymers for high-performance sports applications, and medical grade internal and external equipment. USA Rope & Recovery manufactures durable UHMWPE fiber string, line, and rope for high quality medical and sports applications.  

UHMWPE For High-Performance Sport Applications

USA Rope & Recovery chooses to use UHMWPE to make sports gear and equipment due to UHMWPE’s mechanical properties that make for a longer life cycle than sports gear made from Polyethylene terephthalate(PET). UHMWPE fibers can also be used as composite plates in personal armor. Recently, additions to the US Military’s Interceptor body armor were designed to offer protection by utilizing a form of UHMWPE Spectra or Dyneema fabric. UHMWPE Dyneema provides puncture resistance to protective clothing in sports such as fencing. Other sports applications that contain UHMWPE fibers are:

  • Bowstrings
  • Climbing equipment
  • Fishing line
  • High-performance sails
  • Suspension lines on parachutes and paragliders
  • Rigging in yachting
  • Tennis Elbow String
  • Lacrosse Sticks

According to Grandview Research, The global ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market size was estimated at USD 1.33 billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 11.4% during the forecast period. UHMWPE is being increasingly accepted across the defense industry for personal protective equipment and anti-ballistic applications, and UHMWPE fiber rope is found in several end-use industries such as sports equipment, construction, and healthcare. High-performance lines such as backstays for sailing and parasailing, bow strings for archery, and fishing lines for deep sea fishing are made of UHMWPE. Due to the low stretch, high strength, and abrasion-resistance properties of UHMWPE, sport application manufacturers choose using UHMWPE fiber—over PET—for a stronger and longer life cycle. In climbing, cord and webbing are made of combinations of UHMWPE and nylon yarn. They exhibit high lubricity and low elasticity compared to their nylon counterparts. Using UHMWPE provides you with outstanding mechanical and physical properties, making it the main reason why USA Rope & Recovery manufactures UHMWPE for all sports applications.  

USA Rope’s Use of UHMWPE for Internal and External Medical Grade Applications

USA Rope & Recovery can manufacture UHMWPE string and rope for internal and external medical applications such as back braces, ankle braces, traction machines for chiropractors, and emergency levers for hospital beds all using Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene(UHMWPE). PET fibers are being replaced in the healthcare industry for medical application by UHMWPE fibers in order to create reduced device sizes and increase effectiveness and versatility. As the demands for medical devices increase due to the rising geriatric population, the medical industry is seeing a corresponding increase in demand of UHMWPE for medical applications. Major industry participants are developing innovative supportive products that have a longer life cycle, increased comfortability, and that give a strong mechanical performance. UHMWPE fiber is also commonly used for other medical application including but not limited to:

  • Orthopedic implants(knee replacements, hip replacements, shoulder implants, elbow implants, ankle implants, spinal implants, and bone substitutes, among others)
  • Other external medical equipment(back braces, knee braces, ankle braces, medical bedsheets, traction machines for chiropractors, and emergency levers for medical beds in healthcare facilities).

The increasing demand for external medical equipment is expected to significantly drive the growth of the UHMWPE market in the healthcare & medical industry. Companies are taking steps to increase production capacity to meet the rising demands of UHMWPE. Since the early 2000’s, USA Rope & Recovery has manufactured rope, string, and devices using UHMWPE fibers in order to provide safe and superior external and internal medical grade equipment.  

USA Rope—Your UHMWPE Fiber Manufacturer for High-Quality Sport and Medical Grade Applications

USA Rope & Recovery is engaged in manufacturing, importing and exporting of UHMWPE, Polytetrafluoroethylene, and Polyurethane fibers. USA Rope has a goal of serving you with the best quality UHMWPE product along with the most responsive service for all medical and sports applications. We are always on the move developing different products to fit many different applications in the sports and medical industries. USA Rope specializes in custom rope manufacturing for companies and individuals in need of a unique product they can’t find anywhere else. Our clients can avail from us the best quality products at reasonable prices. USA Rope & Recovery manufactures rope by using top of the line supplies from across the USA. Call USA Rope & Recovery today—We will manufacture all your UHMWPE lines, strings, and ropes for sports and medical grade applications.