UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene), is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic engineering material with wear and corrosion resistance and boasts a low-friction surface.


UHMW exhibits very low moisture absorption and retains key physical properties at temperatures as low as minus-22° F (minus-30° C). It offers very good electrical insulating properties, moderate mechanical strength and stiffness, and excellent machinability. It is an excellent general-purpose material which offers performance properties that make it effective in a tremendous range of applications, particularly food handling solutions, conveyance mechanisms and material handling, and packaging solutions where wear resistance and durability are crucial. Plus, UHMW meets a wide range of regulatory compliance standards, including 3-A Dairy, ASTM/Mil-Spec, FDA, UL-94 Flame Class, and USDA.

Polymershapes proudly offers UHMW from industry-leading manufacturers, including Quadrant Engineering Plastics, makers of Tivar®. We can meet your UHMW needs in a variety of shapes and sizes, including sheet, rod, and tube. We can also provide you with various grades of this versatile material, including bearing grade, ceramic filled, FDA, virgin, glass-filled, reprocessed, oil-filled, static dissipative, UV resistant, anti-skid, flame retardant, high temperature, and metal detectable. Available colours include natural, black, blue and green.

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Black, White




0.125", 0.187", 0.250", 0.375", 0.500", 0.625", 0.750", 1.000", 1.500", 1.750", 2.000"

Quadrant – TIVAR® Documentation
  • Superior abrasion resistance
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Good corrosion resistance
  • Excellent impact strength
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Bearings and Bushings
  • Building & Construction
  • Chemical Processing
  • Food and Beverage Preparation and Processing
  • Gaskets and Seals
  • Gears
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Hopper and Bed Liners
  • Machine Shops
  • Milling and Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Orthotics
  • Outrigger Pads
  • Packaging and Conveying Equipment
  • Playground Equipment
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Semiconductor and Electronics
  • Sheaves
  • Sporting Goods
  • Tooling
  • Valves and Fittings
  • Wear Strips

Sheet and Rod: Natural, Black, Blue, Green
Tube: Natural, Black, Blue, Green

Grades: Bearing Grade, Ceramic Filled, FDA, Virgin, Glass Filled, Reprocessed, Oil Filled, Static Dissipative, UV Resistant, Anti Skid, Flame Retardant, High Temperature, Metal Detectable

SheetDimensions: 12″ x 12″ to 60″ x 120″
Thickness: 0.060″ – 6″
RodDiameter: 0.25″ – 10″
Length: 1′ – 10′
TubeOutside Diameter: 0.875″ – 9.5″
Length: 5′ – 10′


FDA Compliant

As well as many other industry-standard certifications.

Resistant To UV Radiation

When exposed to UV, UHMW is protected against cracks or disintegration.

Self Lubricating

At elevated temperatures and pressure conditions, chemically reactive constituents react with the contact surface. This helps in to avoid major wear or breakdown.

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