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Copely Developments Ltd
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Buying Guide



A tube is an unreinforced pipe made from a single material.


A hose is a tube that is reinforced for strength, durability, or resistance to crushing.



An excellent all round material which is widely used in numerous applications. PVC is the most cost effective material available and has a wide range of chemical resistance.

PVC (Anti-Static)

Anti-static properties prevent the build up of any static charge which is vital in explosive environments or where potentially explosive gases are used i.e. pure Oxygen. Copely offers different levels of anti-static properties from conductive to anti-static.

Nylon (PA12)

Polyamide 12 (nylon) is the premium engineering polymer for all pneumatic tubes. Certified to DIN standards for use with vehicle air brake systems. Nylon can also be formed post extrusion to make a variety of shapes and coils.


Polyurethane (TPU) is a very strong and flexible material for use in a variety of applications. It has excellent kink and abrasion resistance properties. TPU is available in two forms – Ether which is good to use with water based applications and Ester which is better with oils.


Low Density Polyethylene is a good all round material for the manufacture of tubes. It is particularly good with drinking water due to its low taint characteristics.


High Density Polyethylene is much stronger than LDPE and is used mainly in our cores and tubes applications to provide high strength centres for the application of tape.


Polypropylene is a good strong all round material widely used in our cores and tubes.


Thermoplastic Polyester Elastomers are highly flexible and strong materials. We use them mainly for liners in drinking water hoses due to WRAS approvals and zero taint.


Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a synthetic fluoroploymer and is very chemically inert so has the widest resistance to chemicals available. It is the same material used to coat non-stick pans so it is also very hard wearing and has a very low coefficient of friction.


Thermoplastic Vulcanizates (TPVs) are high-performance elastomers, which offer manufacturing flexibility, ease of processing and durability. They display a lot of the features and performance of rubber but are lighter weight and fully recyclable.


Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) is a highly non-reactive thermoplastic fluoropolymer which has high purity and great resistance to solvents, acids and bases. Copely has recently started extruding PVDF for demanding applications.

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