Spend five minutes on our website and you’re sure to come across two words that look very similar:
Polyethylene and polypropylene.
They start and end the same and are both equally as difficult to say, if you’re saying them fast.
But they are both materials that are essential to the work we do here at Renco Nets.
It’s why we thought we’d take some time today to actually explain what each material is and where it comes from.
It’s one of those words you feel like you always see, right? And there’s a good reason: it’s the most common plastic in the world.
At last count, over 100 million tonnes of polyethylene resins are produced a year, which makes up for 34% of all the plastics in the world.
But it was actually invented by accident.
A German scientist called Hans Von Pechmann was doing another experiment and produced the substance that became known as polyethylene by chance.
But its true potential wasn’t realised until the 1950s when scientists started experimenting with it and discovered its versatility.
These days, it’s mostly it’s used for packaging, due to it being relatively light but extremely durable.
Here at Renco Nets, we use it in a wide range of different products, from cricket practice nets to the scramble nets used in children’s soft-play materials.
The question now is:
What is polypropylene and how is it different?
With about 55 tonnes produced per year, polypropylene is the second most common plastic after polyethylene.
It has very similar properties to polyethylene, but polypropylene is slightly harder and more resistant to heat.
That’s really the key difference.
The same scientists – J. Paul Hogan and Robert Banks – who developed polyethylene for mass commercial use also created polypropylene during the same experiments in the 1950 for Phillips Petroleum.
Being that bit tougher, polypropylene makes for great rope.
We supply a variety of different types, including multicolour polypropylene rope, which is pretty rare in the industry.
We also use polypropylene in our multi-coloured chevron netting, which comes in two different types and is incredibly popular in the child’s soft play market.
You can see how the two often get mixed up as they have very similar qualities – but ultimately, the difference is one of toughness and resistance to heat.
But if you’re ever unsure about which would be most suitable for your specific rope or netting need, you can always give us a call on 01469 575804 and we’ll be more than happy to advise you.
In fact, whatever your netting need might be – here at Renco Nets, we’re always on hand to help. Get in touch today.
In the thirty years we’ve been in business, Renco has come a long way. From a tiny one-man operation providing nets to the local fishing industry to one of the biggest suppliers of soft play netting in the UK, we’re very proud of our history.
It’s why we thought it would be a great idea to sit down with the man who started it all – our founder, Rene Jorgensen – and dig a little deeper into the history of Renco.Read More
Figuring out the difference between knotted polypropylene and braided polyethylene can seem complicated. But it needn’t be. There are really only a limited number of key phrases you need to know when it comes to choosing which type of material you need.
Of course, if you’re ever unsure of what type of material would best suit your specific needs, we’re more than happy to talk it through with you and figure out the best option. Just give us a call and we can sort it.
Still, to give you a head start, we thought it would be useful to run through four of the key terms we use most often, so you can see what it’s all about.Read More
When it comes to the use of nets in sport, you’d be surprised at how many different ways they can be used beyond the typical image of a criss-cross white net strung up between goal posts.Read More
If you’ve ever tried to grow fruit or vegetables in your garden, you’ll know keeping annoying animals and bothersome birds at bay can be a real challenge...
But if you work in the agricultural industry, you’ll understand the problem steps up to a whole new level. Whether it’s mice, rats, birds or bugs...keeping pests off your crops is essential to the success of any agricultural business.
Thankfully, here at Renco Nets, we have plenty of experience providing anti-vermin netting to a wide range of companies.
We understand not all pest control situations are the same. Different problems require different solutions. It’s why we offer a variety of nets, each using different types of mesh and various materials depending on the specific pest problem your business might have.
For example, it might be your business requires netting that keeps the birds’ pecking beaks away but allows bees to go about their business, pollinating flowers and helping nature run its course. In such cases we’re able to provide a custom size mesh that blocks birds, but lets bees bumble on through.
In addition to the size of the mesh, we’re also able to use certain types of material some vermin dislike. This helps deter any unwanted trespassing and keeps your assets well protected.
The other key challenge we find our agricultural clients face is the sheer size of their need. Often crops will span vast fields and it can be tough to find nets big enough.
That’s not a problem we have here at Renco Nets. We’re able to provide almost any custom size you require. Our ability to make large, seamless nets will see you covered whether you’ve got an acre to protect or a few courgettes and cabbages on an allotment.
When it comes to the agricultural industry, we understand the demands on land and how much success rides on a good crop. It’s why all of our agricultural nets are made to the highest quality and we go to great lengths to make sure we meet the specific needs of each client.
So, when it comes to arranging protection for your agricultural businesses’ most valuable asset, make sure you get the expert advice you need by giving us a call. We’ll figure out the best netting solution for you and make sure your crops stay pest-free. You can reach out and call us anytime from 8am to 4pm on 01469 575 804.
We’ve seen a lot change in the 30 years we’ve been manufacturing netting here at Renco Nets, but one thing has remained constant throughout…our rope.
Though we’ve seen demand for different types of netting change, from coarse nets for fishing to soft nets for children’s soft play, the types of rope we use have largely stayed the same. We’ve been working with four key types - polypropylene, poly hemp, yarn construction and nylon – for over three decades.
But it’s certainly not ‘money for old rope’, as they say. As the netting industry has become so competitive, another thing we’ve seen change is the price of rope, it’s been steadily increasing for a while now. As a result, today we source materials not just from Europe but also from suppliers all over the world.Read More