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Alro Plastics Product: TIVAR® UHMW Product Family

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE or sometimes shortened to UHMW), also known as high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE) or high-performance polyethylene (HPPE), is a subset of the thermoplastic polyethylene. It has extremely long chains, with molecular weight numbering in the millions, usually between 2 and 6 million. The longer chain serves to transfer load more effectively to the polymer backbone by strengthening intermolecular interactions. This results in a very tough material, with the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic presently made. It is highly resistant to corrosive chemicals, with exception of oxidizing acids. It has extremely low moisture absorption, has a very low coefficient of friction, is self-lubricating, and is highly resistant to abrasion (15 times more resistant to abrasion than carbon steel). Its coefficient of friction is significantly lower than that of acetal. It is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.


TIVAR®1000 UHMW is an excellent general purpose wear material that meets FDA, USDA, & 3-A Dairy guidelines for pharmaceutical processing and food contact applications. Standard colors are Natural (White) and Black, custom colors are also available.


Blue in color, is recognized worldwide as the premium lining material for bulk material handling, TIVAR® 88 is noted for its performance in promoting bulk solids flow of cohesive or non-free flowing materials due to its low surface friction.

TIVAR® CeramP®

TIVAR® CeramP is a shatter resistant alternative to ceramics. TIVAR® CeramP is noted for dimensional stability. TIVAR® CeramP is a proven performer in high speed, high load

TIVAR® CleanStat®

TIVAR® CleanStat is a static-reduced product that meets FDA & USDA guidelines for food handling and pharmaceutical processing. TIVAR® CleanStat is weldable and will eliminate static build-up problems while exhibiting a longer-wearing, lower-coefficient of friction sliding surface than stainless steel.

TIVAR® DockGuard

TIVAR® DockGuard provides dock fender facing that outlasts other materials such as wood, rubber, urethane or high density polyethylene. The ideal material for marine fender systems, TIVAR® DockGuard allows vessels to glide easily along its surface without marring hulls.

TIVAR® DrySlide

TIVAR® DrySlide is modified with special dry additives for enhanced coefficient of friction and antistatic properties. TIVAR® DrySlide is effective in dusty environments where components need extra lubrication and anti-static properties.


TIVAR® ESD is an ideal material to use when potentially volatile conditions exist, such as those in grain elevators and munitions plants, effectively safeguarding against static discharges.


TIVAR® H.O.T. is formulated to maintain key performance properties in an extended temperature range, TIVAR® H.O.T. will excel in a variety of industrial manufacturing environments where temperatures range up to 275°F.


TIVAR® HPV was developed specifically for wear components subject to challenging production environments, such as high speeds, high temperatures, high loads and aggressive cleaning agents. TIVAR® HPV is also FDA compliant.


TIVAR® MD has been specifically tailored for use in the food processing and packaging industries where it can easily be traced by the conventional metal detection systems installed to detect contamination of the foodstuffs (results may vary depending on the sensitivity of the metal detection system used).

TIVAR® Oil Filled

TIVAR® Oil Filled is an enhanced dynamic coefficient of friction formula, exuding an oil additive to lubricate mating surfaces. This is commonly used for applications requiring higher pressure velocity values. TIVAR Oil Filled meets FDA & USDA guidelines for food contact applications.

TIVAR® PolySteel

TIVAR® PolySteel is compounded to achieve specific gravity >1 (won't float); activates metal detectors. TIVAR® PolySteel has been specially formulated to create a magnetically detectable polymer material that can be separated from wood pulp in solution.

TIVAR® U.V. Resistant

TIVAR® U.V. Resistant is modified for enhanced stability in outdoor applications and is available black as a standard and also in custom colors. Outdoor applications for TIVAR® U.V. Resistant are endless.

TIVAR® VMX Food Grade (UHMW)

TIVAR® VMX Food Grade UHMW-PE is an EU 10/2011 and FDA 21 CFR § 177.1520 compliant material containing a metal detectable additive. The material has been specifically tailored for use in the food processing and packaging industries where it can easily be traced by different detection systems installed to detect contamination of the foodstuffs. TIVAR® VMX Food Grade presents excellent toughness and impact strength and even improved wear and abrasion resistance compared with TIVAR® 1000 and therefore makes this grade especially suited for wear and friction applications.