Contrary to polypropylene, polyethylene is made from the ethene rather than propene molecule. The production of ethene starts with the distillation of natural gas and oil. Ethene is the most widely produced petrochemical.

Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer created by the polymerization of ethene. The granules are melted by means of extrusion, pressed through a spinneret and turned into filaments. Polyethylene is a monofilament or film, not a multifilament.



  • Synthetic rope, not biodegradable
  • Very smooth, which makes it difficult to knot


  • Yachts

Technical details

  • 3 or 4 strand twisted
  • Least strong synthetic rope in the range after synthetic flax
  • Vulnerable to wear and tear
  • Moderate elasticity (± 10%)
  • Does not absorb moisture, floats (density 0.96 g/cm³)
  • Better UV resistance than polypropylene
  • Heat resistant: melts from 150°C
  • Resistant to acids and bases
  • Comes in orange as standard


  • Pre-packaged hanks
  • Bobbins
  • Reels

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