UHMW PE1000 - Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

Optimum performance

Industrial plastic UHMW PE1000 (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) is a self-lubricating thermoplastic material with high abrasion and wear resistance.

It is highly resistant to chemicals and solvents (with the exception of oxidising acids) and has one of the lowest coefficients of friction of all engineering plastics in our range.

UHMW PE1000 has very low moisture absorption, excellent electrical and dielectric properties and high UV resistance. UHMW PE1000 does not perform well when exposed to temperatures above +120°C, and can become brittle at temperatures below -150°C.  Its waxy surface also makes bonding difficult.

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Unique features

  • High abrasion and wear resistance
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • High impact strength


  • Beverage And Goods Industry
  • Food Processing Industry
  • Harbour Construction
  • Materials Handling Industry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Packaging Industry

Machining options

  • Machining (routing, milling, turning)
  • Welding
  • Water jet cutting
  • Laser beam cutting
  • Warm bending
  • Gluing
  • Thermoforming
  • Yes
  • Not in all cases
  • No

What are the main technical properties of UHMW PE1000? (tbc)

UHMW PE1000 is a very tough and strong material with a temperature range of up to 80 degrees. The black version is UV-resistant and therefore suitable for permanent outdoor applications.

The chemical resistance and food suitability make UHMW PE1000 one of the most widely used plastics.

UHMW PE1000 is excellent to weld and suitable for storage tanks and piping. 

How to identify UHMW PE1000? (tbc)

UHMW PE1000 is a fairly soft plastic, which makes it scratch-sensitive. When you light UHMW PE1000 you can identify the material by the blue flame, yellow top and white smoke. 

The specific gravity is less than 1, which makes UHMW PE1000 float.

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Technical information

  • General
    Definition Norm Unit Value
    Density DIN EN ISO 1183-1 g/cm³ >0.93
    Moisture absorption in normal climate DIN EN ISO 62 % <0.01
    Flammability (thickness 3mm/6mm) UL 94 - HB
    Molecular weight - 106 g/mol ~9
  • Mechanical
    Definition Norm Unit Value
    Elongation at break DIN EN ISO 527 % >50
    Tensile modulus of elasticity DIN EN ISO 527 MPa >650
    Notched impact strength DIN EN ISO 11542 Kj/m2 >100
    Shore hardness DIN EN ISO 868  Scale D >63
  • Thermal
    Definition Norm Unit Value
    Melting temperature ISO 11357-3 °C 130 ... 135
    Thermal conductivity DIN 52612-1 W/(m*K) 0.40
    Thermal capacity DIN 52612 kJ/(kg*K) 1.90
    Coefficient of linear thermal expansion DIN 53752 10-6/K 150 ... 230
    Service temperature, long-term Average °C -250 ... 80
    Service temperature, short-term (max.) Average °C -250 ... 80
    Vicat softening temperature DIN EN ISO 306, Vicat B °C 80
  • Electrical
    Definition Norm Unit Value
    Dielectric constant IEC 60250   2.3
    Dielectric dissipation factor (106 Hz) IEC 60250   0.0001
    Volume resistivity DIN EN 62631-3-31 Ω*cm >1014
    Surface resistivity DIN EN 62631-3-2 Ω >1014
    Comparative tracking index IEC 60112   600
    Dielectric strength IEC 60243 kV/mm >40