Redco™ Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), also known as high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) or high performance polyethylene (HPPE), is a thermoplastic. It has extremely long chains, with molecular weight numbering in the millions, usually between 3.1 and 5.67 million. This high molecular weight results from efficient packing of chains into the crystal structure.
The result of its molecular arrangement is a very tough material, with the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic presently made. It is highly resistant to corrosive chemicals, with an exception of oxidizing acids. Redco™ UHMW has extremely low moisture absorption, very low coefficient of friction, is self lubricating and is highly resistant to abrasion (10 times more resistant to abrasion than Carbon Steel).