PE-HMW (High Molecular Weight)

PE-HMW, also known as PE-500, is a very versatile plastic that is easy to process and offers a number of advantages. It is used, among other things, in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the construction and paper industries. Due to its physiological harmlessness, the plastic is also used in the food industry for products that come into contact with food.

PE HMW gravel

Properties & advantages of PE 500-HMWPE material

PE 500 HMWPE is high molecular weight polyethylene with an average molecular mass of approx. 500 g/mol and a maximum density of 0.96 g/cm³. Its excellent mechanical properties, such as scratch and cutting resistance and resistance to acids and alkalis, together with its good sliding properties, make it a material that is ideal for machining. Whether drilling, milling, sawing, cutting or laser cutting: Numerous processing techniques can be used with this plastic. Very good impact strength, high shock and impact absorption and pronounced rigidity are further positive properties of this plastic, which enjoys great popularity in numerous industries due to its many advantages. It should also be emphasized that PE 500 has virtually no moisture absorption and is food-safe and physiologically harmless. All in all, this is a high-quality engineering plastic that is often superior to other plastics – take a look at our overview page and find the optimal material for your needs.

The most important properties of PE 500 at a glance:

  • High molecular weight polyethylene
  • Highest density of 0.96 g/cm³
  • Average molecular mass of approx. 500 g/mol
  • Very good impact strength
  • Slightly higher stiffness and strength than PE-UHMW
  • Good slip properties
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Food safe
  • Good shock and impact absorption
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Excellent resistance to cold (down to -200 degrees Celsius)
  • Good cut resistance
  • Good electrical insulation
  • Available from us as 100% recycled material

The main applications of PE-HMW

The good resistance to wear and abrasion makes PE 500 plastic a popular material for plastic parts and sheets in mechanical and plant engineering and the construction industry. Thanks to its balanced combination of stiffness, toughness and mechanical damping capacity, the plastic is predestined for the area of ground protection and support technology, for example as temporary roadway mats on unpaved and wet surfaces.

Due to its physiological harmlessness, it is also used in the food industry and for products intended for food processing. Cutting pads or cutting table and chopping block supports are a good example of this.

The plastic is also used in the area of transport and load securing, as ramming buffers, collision protection, load and tool carriers.

Environmental and waste disposal technology, the electrical industry or hydraulic engineering and harbor construction are further sectors in which the versatile plastic is used. The sports and leisure industry also regularly uses it in the manufacture of playground equipment and outdoor furniture and the like.

Buy PE 500-HMW products from LuxTek

LuxTek is your reliable producer of all kinds of plastic products. From stable support pads and robust road plates to semi-finished plastic products and custom-made milled parts, we provide you with products you can count on. We offer pressed PE 500 plates and blanks made of PE 500-HMW in various thicknesses and dimensions. The production is based on the sinter pressing process, which ensures a stress-free inner structure.

PE 500 is also available in different colors as well as antistatic, electrically conductive or antimicrobial – feel free to contact us, we will find the right modification for your products or applications.


LuxTek, a family-owned company founded in 2004 and based in Saarland, Germany, stands for high quality made in Germany. All working processes are certified according to ISO 9001:2015 and the products are available as 100% recycled material. For the use of PE 500 we are your reliable partner.

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