UHMwPE

UHMwPE stands for Ultra High Molecular weight PolyEthylene.  This fibre was invented more than 20 years ago and is in production since 1990.

Production

The fibre is manufactured by means of a gel-spinning process that combines extreme high strength with incredible softness.

Properties and end-uses

The fibre is 15 times stronger than steel on a weight-for-weight basis.  Also this PE has a very low specific gravity and is ideal for lightweight solutions.  It is chemical resistant, UV resistant and moisture resistant.
It is used in aviation, fishing industry, ropes, medical applications, protective gloves and life protection applications (armour protection).