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Longer Life

UHMWPE PipesWith a wear resistance 4 to 7 greater than Q235 Steel or 10 times that of HDPE (PE100) pipes under the same operating conditions, UHMWPE Pipe will give you far superior life under most operating conditions.*


Because of its very smooth surface and self-lubricating properties, UHMWPE Pipe has far superior anti-scaling properties to any other pipeline on the market today. A non-stick factor that leads to its strength in the marine industry, preventing barnacle formation.

Lower Maintenance Costs, Less Maintenance Time, Less Downtime, Less Loss of Production

The far superior collaboration of wear resistance and weight reduction (0.93 SG) means the time between pipe replacements and/or rotations can be increased whilst simultaneously reducing installation management constraints of lifting gear and excavation requirements.

Reduced Pumping Costs

Along with the benefits mentioned above, UHMWPE Pipes also offer significant cost savings through increased pumping efficiency. With a surface roughness of 0.00022mm UHMWPE Pipe is extremely smooth and has resultant properties superior to PTFE (Teflon). Quantifying by example UHMWPE has a friction coefficient of 0.05, compared to 0.28 for HDPE or 0.58 for Steel (ISO 8295).

This means less friction, less pressure loss and greatly reduced energy inputs to deliver the same result.

Chemical and Corrosion Resistance

With chemical resistance second only to PTFE (Teflon), UHMWPE pipe will offer superior life to other pipeline products in acidic or corrosive applications under 85 degrees C.

Lower Installation Costs

The strength of UHMWPE pipes can offer many savings in installation costs:

  • High compressive strength means reduced size or eliminating excavations (greater than 1.5x that of HDPE)
  • Combination of strength and flexibility (>250% tensile elongation) means concrete bases are not required on wetlands and difficult terrain
  • High strength and flexibility provides greater protection against damage due to ground subsidence, earthquakes or other unexpected movement and loading of the pipeline
  • Can be laid directly on the seabed

Extremely High Impact Resistance

UHMWPE has the highest impact resistance of any plastic. UHMWPE is widely used in the production of Bullet Proof Vests and Bullet Proof Helmets. Recently, it has become popular in the medical field for hip joint replacement due to this strength and its surface roughness /lubricating properties.

Environmentally Friendly

  • Base material is colourless, odourless and non-toxic
  • Low Carbon Production Process. The UHMWPE manufacturing process produces only 15% of the carbon dioxide emissions of that of the equivalent amount of steel pipe without discharge of waste water, exhausted gas and waste residue
  • No painting. Can be made to any colour.


Despite dramatic advantages over every other polyethylene, Pipe & Buoy Australia still intends to compete within the market. With the help of patent holding partners (the only patent holding UHMWPE manufacturer), our process technology is such that this product is similarly priced to HDPE

Put all of these superlatives together and weigh up the massive saving in "Total Pumping Costs" and we believe UHMWPE should always be your first consideration when choosing a pipeline product.

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