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Lightweight, rustproof and cost-effective motion plastics® for shipbuilding

Tried and tested in numerous applications on the high seas: energy chain systems and plain bearings from igus® withstand the toughest environments. They are extremely reliable and fail-safe in shipyards, on deep sea crane ships and working vessels or shore power applications in ports.

Our solutions are:

  • Maintenance-free, self-lubricating
  • Strong, yet lighter than steel
  • Resistant to corrosion, seawater, chemicals and UV rays


  • Suitable for use in extreme temperatures
  • Easy installation, flexible, modular
  • With predictable service life

e-chains® and cables for shipbuilding

e-chain® E4-1

Strong and maintenance-free

Almost all applications are possible with this e-chain®.

chainflex® cables

Fail-safe cables

Worldwide No. 1 in terms of choice, testing and guarantee


Moving energy made easy

Ready-to-install e-chain systems® and harnessed cables

Rotary module

For fast rotating applications

Integrated strain relief and cable guides in guide trough

twisterchain® technology

Rugged, quiet, for high loads

energy chains for circular movements up to 540°. Quick cable replacement

twisterband HD

Rotary movements in minimum space

Stable pin/hook connection for high load and long service life

Bearing technology for the shipbuilding

drylin® W ES

Modular linear system

Combination of self-lubricating Tribo-polymers and corrosion-proof stainless steel

drylin® R ES

Self-lubricating and corrosion-free

Round guide systems made of stainless steel and sliding elements made from Tribo-polymers

iglide® PRT ES

Maintenance-free and easily installed

Rotary tables as stainless steel version V4A

DNV-GL certificate

Certified reliability

403 Cable types with DNV GL certification

chainflex® guarantee

Predictable reliability

Guarantee of 36 months or 10 million double strokes on all cables*

Online tools

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Application examples

From the shipbuilding and offshore sector

Boat cranes

In contrast to metal and bronze bearings, the igus® bearings do not corrode due to their high-performance polymer structure and are for this reason the ideal choice for underwater application.

Ship loader

Wind and weather proof, energy chain cable carrier and chainflex® cables on a ship loader at the Baltic Sea port of Wismar.

Boat motor
lifting device

Boat motor lifting device and inner boom roll-up device equipped with plastic plain bearings.

Application examples Offshore

Successful applications with polymer products in the offshore industry

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* Guaranteed for 36 months or 10 million double strokes (up to 5 million double strokes for cables in the chainflex® M line). Whichever comes first. The number of double strokes depends on the type of installation and cable quality. This is described in the current catalog, in the data sheets and in the service life calculator below.