Marlow’s New SPIE Rope Range Launched

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Marlow ropes take personnel insertion and extraction to new heights.
Marlow have developed 3 new S.P.I.E. (Special Patrol Insertion and Extraction) ropes. The standard SPIE for land based activities, the SPIE WPX and the SPIE DPX for waterborne operations.
Marlow were the first company to develop the F.R.I.E.S. (Fast Rope Insertion & Extraction System). Designed as a multi use product for rapid personnel deployment and extraction, this reduces the risk to helicopters and personnel.
New for 2013 the Marlow S.P.I.E. takes development of extraction ropes further as well as increasing the number of personnel from 6 to 12 who can be transported with increased safety. The S.P.I.E. has an integrated loop system which is colour coded for easy personnel attachment. The green primary loop holds the load under normal conditions. The larger red loop offers a back up if the primary attachment is miss aligned or in the unlikely event of a failure will carry the load.
There is a further yellow loop at the top of the assembly where a short lanyard can be attached to aid S.P.I.E. retrieval. Particularly useful when attached to loading hook below the helicopter.
The standard S.P.I.E. is manufactured from Opti-Twist polyester which offers low shock loads and improves abrasion resistance. This S.P.I.E. works well on land and is heavy enough not to be affected by downdraft.
The S.P.I.E. WPX is a light weight floating option for waterborne operations. Manufactured from Polysteel the product floats allowing personnel to connect to the line from the water. The unique construction ensures low shock loads when personnel are lifted.
The S.P.I.E. DPX is manufactured from UHMPE which offers a super strong, lightweight and highly abrasion resistant option. The S.P.I.E. DPX can be used in both waterborne and land based operations. UHMPE is resistant to most chemicals and extended UV exposure.
Standard S.P.I.E. length is 40m, custom lengths can be manufactured on request. If you require further information please contact the Marlow head office.
Tel:  +44 (0) 1323 444 444
Email: [email protected]

Sailcloth Technoligy

British rope manufacturer Marlow Ropes continues to expand their US presence by announcing that ProDrive anti-torsion rope, the world’s leading textile solution for code zero and top down furling sails, will now be distributed in the States by sailcloth manufacturer Dimension Polyant’s US branch. Dimension’s ubiquitous presence in lofts from coast to coast will ensure the product is available quickly and at a reasonable cost to the greatest possible number of sailmaking customers.

“Marlow Ropes have a global reputation as being the best at what we do, as do Dimension Polyant which why this partnership to distribute ProDrive to sail makers in the US is a perfect fit,” said Marlow Managing Director Jon Mitchell. “Both brands hang their hat on technical innovation, service, and quality, so we’re confident this will be a strong and long lasting association which will further enhance our expanding US business.”
D/P President John Gluek commented that “DIMENSION-POLYANT Sailcloth Technology puts a great deal of thought and research into any potential product before we represent it. In this case we were well aware of the ProDrive product and its’ performance. When Marlow made it available, our focus, therefore, was on adding convenience to the system. By bundling the termination clamps from Colligo Marine, adhesive heat shrink, and a detailed spec sheet with usage instructions, we’ll save the sail maker valuable time during the ordering process and bring the system that much closer to a turnkey solution. The D/P sales team brings to the table a solid background in technical cloth manufacturing, sail making and world class racing experience. As service oriented personnel, we can provide solid sailing recommendations including our new Marlow brand.”
For more information on Marlow products in general or Pro Drive specifically please call Marlow’s US Sales & Marketing Office on (508) 830-0444 or visit www.marlowropes.comDimension Polyant’s range of sailcloth and sail making hardware can be found online at or by calling 1-860-928-8300.