Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene and Its Application

The size of the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market in the year 2021 was about $1,896 million, and it will advance at a growth rate of above 10% in the years to come, to reach about $4,494 million by 2030.
 
NEW YORK - Dec. 6, 2022 - PRLog -- The ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene is a specific type of polyolefin structure irrespective of relatively weak van der Waals bonds between its molecules which provides it with ample strength. This material has highly preferred as a polymeric component in total joint replacements due to its ideal combination of structural strength, wear resistance, and biocompatibility, along with the persistent gold standard.

The UHMWPE fiber polymer chains can capture a greater orientation of more than 95% and a crystallinity level of over 85%. In addition, the weak bonding between olefin molecules causes local thermal excitations for disrupting the crystalline structure. Thus, UHMWPE fibers possess lower heat resistance, unlike other high-strength fibers. The melting point of these fibers ranges between 144°C to 152°C. It remains functional at a temperature less than -50°C.

In 2021, the ultra-high molecular weight of the polyethylene industry contributes $1,896.4 million, and it is projected to rise at a rate of 10.1%, to generate $4,493.7 million in 2030. The novel uses of this material in healthcare, its increasing demand in the military for manufacturing of bulletproof jackets due to its superior grade polymer, and automotive industry development.

Under the application segment, the medical grade & prosthetics capture a significant share of the industry. It is ascribed to the rising geriatric population in both developed and developing countries. In addition, UHMWPE (https://www.psmarketresearch.com/market-analysis/ultra-hi...) usage has significantly increased over the years. As this material is massively utilized for medical implants or prosthetics manufacturing, led to its durability, wear, abrasion, and wear-resistant nature.

This material also possesses lengthy chains that are highly flexible and has great strength. It has a lighter weight compared to metal materials. Therefore, all such characteristics resulted in the increased medical applications of the polymer over the years.

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