The Ultimate Guide To Vectran® Fiber

The Ultimate Guide To Vectran® Fiber: Applications, Strengths, Limitations & Treatments

In the ever-evolving world of manufacturing, OEMs constantly seek cutting-edge materials that push the boundaries of strength, durability, and performance. As a leading webbing manufacturer with over a century of expertise, Sturges Manufacturing has consistently delivered exceptional solutions to established OEMs.

Today, we dive into the realm of Vectran® fiber, an extraordinary material that has revolutionized various industries. Let’s explore the characteristics, applications, and advantages of Vectran®, and why partnering with Sturges could be your ultimate solution for Vectran® webbing.

What is Vectran®?

Vectran® is a fiber composed of liquid crystal polymer (LCP) filaments. Developed by Kuraray Co., Ltd. in the 1980s, this advanced yarn possesses remarkable strength and exceptional resistance to abrasion, impact, and flex fatigue. With a molecular structure comparable to an interwoven network of steel cables, Vectran® sets itself apart by combining the strength of steel with the lightweight properties of synthetic fibers.

Vectran® Fiber Strengths

In the realm of advanced materials, few fibers can rival the remarkable capabilities of Vectran®.

  • Strength: Pound for pound, Vectran® fiber surpasses most conventional materials in terms of tensile strength, including steel and aramid fibers. Its impressive resilience enables it to withstand extreme forces without compromising its integrity.
  • Cut and Abrasion Resistance: Vectran® boasts exceptional cut resistance, making it an ideal choice for applications that require protection against sharp edges and high levels of abrasion. Its ability to maintain its integrity under abrasive conditions is unmatched.
  • Creep Resistance: Creep refers to the tendency of a material to deform permanently under constant stress over time. Unlike many other fibers, Vectran® exhibits minimal creep, making it highly reliable and dependable in critical applications that demand consistent performance over extended periods.
  • High Chemical Resistance: Vectran® demonstrates remarkable resistance to a wide range of chemicals, including acids, solvents, and hydrocarbons. This characteristic makes it suitable for applications where exposure to harsh environments is expected.

Vectran® Fiber Limitations

Vectran® has moderate resistance to ultraviolet (UV) light, similar to other synthetic fibers. Although prolonged exposure to sunlight can result in degradation over time, at Sturges Manufacturing, we offer treatments to mitigate this limitation and enhance UV resistance.

Vectran® Applications

The exceptional properties of Vectran® fiber have found applications across a wide range of industries:

  • Fall Protection: Vectran® fiber excels in fall protection systems. Its strength, high cut resistance, and low stretch properties of Vectran® make it an ideal material for safety lifelines.
  • Aerospace: Vectran® is employed in spacecraft tethers, parachutes, and airbags due to its high strength, low weight, and resistance to extreme temperatures.

Why Established OEMs Work With Sturges Manufacturing

Sturges Manufacturing stands as the premier partner for OEMs seeking the full potential of Vectran® and other industrial webbing. With our unrivaled expertise in webbing manufacturing and extensive experience with high-performance materials, we possess the knowledge and capabilities to create tailored solutions. Our treatments and finishes enhance Vectran®’s attributes, enabling its application in a wide array of industries. By collaborating with Sturges, OEMs gain access to a dedicated team committed to delivering superior products and exceptional customer service.


In the last 40 years, Vectran® fiber has emerged as a game-changer in the world of high-performance materials, offering unmatched strength, durability, minimal moisture absorption, and chemical resistance. With its myriad applications and unparalleled characteristics, it has become the material of choice for OEMs in various industries.

Sturges Manufacturing, with its century-long legacy and commitment to innovation, stands ready to harness the true potential of Vectran® and provide customized solutions that exceed expectations. Contact our team with your inquiries today.


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