Rope & Twine: A Buyer's Guide

Originally established as London-based rope manufacturers in 1932, we here at Kendon Packaging know a thing or two about rope and twine. That’s why in today’s post, we’re offering a comprehensive buyer’s guide - covering everything from the manufacturing process to where to buy rope and twine - to ensure your business is fully informed before your next bulk wholesale order.

Blue rope

So what’s the difference?

As leading rope and twine manufacturers, we think it’s important to understand the difference between the two materials to gain a more enhanced comprehension of their properties and purposes. Let’s start with some simple definitions...

Rope is a general overarching term applied to fibres, natural or synthetic, that are braided or twisted together in a variety of patterns to achieve specific handling and strengthening characteristics
Twine is a light duty type of rope, categorised as a cordage type typically under 0.1875 inches (0.5cm) in overall diameter

So in short, rope is a more general term for any cordage with a diameter over 0.5 inches, whereas twine is a light duty type of rope more appropriate for light to medium duty. So with that now established, let’s move on…

How is it made?

Put simply, rope manufacturers tend to make their material by twisting or braiding together a bundle of flexible fibres to increase the overall length and tensile strength - but let’s take a look in a little more detail.

The construction of rope begins with the infusion of fibres to form yarn. Here at Kendon Packaging, we weave together the synthetic fibre polypropylene. This yarn is then twisted, turned and lock stitched together into strands, which are in turn twisted to form rope.

How does this affect the properties?

It’s always worth asking rope manufacturers about the construction process of their material, as this can heavily impact its properties and the subsequent suitable functions.

The twisting of strands serves not only as a way of keeping the rope together, but enables it to more evenly distribute tension among individual strands. This means that all our rope and twine here at Kendon is incredibly hard wearing, suitable for flexible use in domestic, commercial and industrial environments alike.

As previously mentioned, twine is a lighter duty type of rope, so it’s vital to consider the properties you require from the material before making a purchasing choice. Our twines are suitable for light to medium duty, perfect for fastening boxes, crates and pallets for grouping or stability during transportation. For heavier duty jobs, we recommend our sturdier blue rope. Either way, because of our use of synthetic fibres in the manufacturing process, you can rest assured our rope and twine is durable, being resistant to water, abrasion and rot.

Where to buy rope and twine?

Right here of course!

All our rope and twine is produced in our mills in Yorkshire and guarantees both high quality and high function. So why not browse our selection of industrial ropes and twines and then get in touch to see how we can help with your next industrial wholesale order. You can reach us right here.