UHMW PE, Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, has become the material of choice for facing steel fender panels and where the combination of very high impact and abrasion resistance with low-friction properties is needed.
UHMW PE is the strongest and toughest of all polyethylene grades for marine applications – even outlasting steel as a facing material, and many times better than timber facings. UHMW PE does not decay or rot, and is unaffected by marine borers. It is grain-free so will not splinter or crush, and can be cut, drilled and machined with ease. Most UHMW PE is supplied as Black – not just because this is the most economic choice, but also because black is manufactured using a double sintering process which work hardens the UHMW PE to further increase its abrasion resistance.
UHMW PE is available in many other colors yellow, white, blue, green, red, grey or orange which can be used to make the fender system highly visible in poor weather or to demarcate zones along a berth. UHMW PE also comes in many thicknesses per project requirements and also can be provided in a re-processed grade for a more economical solution.
UHMW PE can also be supplied in stand-alone applications not related to rubber fenders, for sliding surfaces that do not require any energy absorption.