Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Trends, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018 - 2028

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Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Trends, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018 - 2028

Status : February, 2023 | Chemical & Materials

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Global Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market: Snapshot

A steel wire rope refers to a complicated mechanical device that is utilized to lift and move an object or a load. Steel wire ropes also find utilization in lift and lower elevators, and in the maintenance of towers and suspension bridges. Steel wire ropes are utilized for various end-use applications based on their load bearing capability and longevity. Growing utilization is expected to bolster growth of the global steel wire rope and plastic rope market.

For a variety of applications, a big number of end customers chose high carbon steel wire ropes. In addition, stainless steel wire ropes and galvanized steel wire ropes are favored for a variety of applications because they are less susceptible to corrosion.

A steel wire rope's lifespan can be extended by lubricating it at frequent intervals. The adoption of fiber ropes and novel material ropes as substitutes for steel wire ropes is projected to stifle growth of the global steel wire rope and plastic rope market. Corrosion is a major problem with steel wire ropes as it leads to delays in various industrial operations.

Steel sheaves are being replaced by plastic sheaves in order to extend the life of steel wire ropes. In comparison with typical steel wire ropes, a strong steel wire rope is more costly, which is likely to have a detrimental effect on end-use businesses. Following crisis of crude oil, steel wire rope producers have seen significant increase in sales, and there are an increasing number of programs connected to coal mining, oil exploration, and drilling for other minerals and ores.

Steel imports from China to the U.S. have seen a significant increase as a result of the new tariffs imposed by the U.S. government, which is likely to be a driving force for local providers as competition from Chinese vendors is reduced. The usage of steel wire ropes in wet weather is a significant obstacle. Another major obstacle to the global steel wire rope market's expansion is a labor scarcity and a lack of staff capabilities.

Global Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market: Overview

One of the most multi-functional pieces of mechanical machinery to be used across industries, ropes are made of varied material, which determines their utility, performance and service life. The development of new and advanced fibres have led to high performance ropes, which in turn have led to a rise in their applications. As higher breaking loads and increased abrasion resistance and fatigue resistance become more and more important, the global steel wire rope and plastic rope market is looking at an upward trajectory. Projected to grow at a moderate rate.

Global Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market: Notable Development

  • June 2017: Agreement between PSC Crane and Rigging from Piqua signed for supply of Plasma synthetic rope slings. The slings, as a lifting and lowering solution, are seen as an evolutionary development in the world of rope - 7 times lighter than wire ropes and 1/2x the size of a round one. These are expected to stiffen the competition for steel wire ropes and plastic ropes market in the coming years.
  • April 2018: Samson, through its partnership with Baitra, increased its distribution capacity in Spain; it increased facility size by a factor of 6. This might be read as the partners’ foray into untapped territory created by an increase in demand.
  • March 2019: Turbolite M, an 8 strand compacted hybrid hoist rope with high strength and fatigue resistance, developed which is helping break new grounds in underground mining.
  • FRES: Developed by National Oilwell Varco, Fibre Rope Extension System (FRES) can help increase lifting capacity of existing steel rope cranes for deep-water operations

Some of the most prominent competitors operating in the competitive landscape of global steel wire rope and plastic rope market include –

  • WireCo World Group Inc
  • Bekaert SA
  • Tuefelberger Holding AG
  • Cortland Limited
  • DSR
  • Samson Rope
  • Usha Martin
  • Jiangsu Langshan
  • Marlow Ropes Ltd

Current focus for most companies to chart growth in the global steel wire ropes and plastic ropes market is through improving efficiency and shelf life. In order to capture opportunities, it is important to focus on process improvement and financial flexibility to invest in the right kind of strategies.

Global Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market:  Key trends

A move for steel sheaves over plastic ones in order to increase life of steel wire ropes is seen as driving adoption of the ropes. Here, it is important to note that good steel comes at a higher price than conventional steel, thereby impacting end-use industries negatively but nonetheless, opening gates to a more durability.

Increase in demand for steel wire ropes and plastic ropes from industries such as marine and fishing, mining, industrial and crane end-use, oil and gas, sports and leisure, and construction is expected for sheer virtue of the ropes being lightweight and sturdy apart from having a low specific gravity and superior elasticity. Besides, these have a high resistance to corrosion and can handle bending stresses exceptionally well.

Global Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market: Drivers

Owing to excellent impact resistance, flexibility, load-bearing capacity, and lifespan, a swift adoption of steel wire ropes and plastic ropes by industries such as mining and industrial and crane end-use is noted.  

Plastic ropes are gaining better foothold, especially in cranes industry due to their ability to withstand harsh conditions during handling, installation and maintenance. 

Global Steel Wire Rope and Plastic Rope Market:  Regional Analysis

The APAC (Asia-Pacific) region would be prominent in terms of market value for steel wire ropes and plastic ropes in the forecasted period. China would be a key player; with the country’s industrial activities growing at a steady pace, the demand for steel wire ropes and plastic ropes is predicted to grow. Other countries representing a rosy outlook are India, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.  Brazil and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries are expected to play a key role too.

Global steel wire rope and plastic rope market is segmented based on:

Type of lay

  • Regular lay
  • Lang lay

Material type

  • Polypropylene
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • HMPE
  • Specialty Fibers


  • Marine & Fishing
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Oil & Gas
  • Industrial & Crane
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Others

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