2024 - Issue 1

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President's Message

By Bill Putnam

Welcome to the winter edition of our Ropecord News. We are all wrapping up our year-end plans and preparing for the New Year of 2024 in our businesses and our personal lives. I hope the year 2023 has been healthy and happy and 2024 brings continued success.

As we plan for 2024, please remember to mark your calendars to include our Winter Virtual Technical Meeting on February 6-7, 2024. We switched to this virtual format by necessity in 2020 and 2021. We had strong participation and good success. With typical winter travel weather always a concern, we have decided to continue this as a virtual event for 2024.

We will all have a chance to network and get together again at our annual meeting on June 16-19 at the Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This is a biennial joint meeting with our Eurocord partners and is always an excellent event. Reservation details and the agenda will be coming out in the new year.

Our organization continues to be strong financially. We are starting our 2023/2024 fiscal year with good participation by members and our income and expenses are in line with budget expectations. This was our first year with a new online dues calculation system and we appreciate all the members that provided feedback and helped work through the new system. 

Our mission includes being the relevant leader in standards development globally. We are seeing growing success in this area and awareness of CI and our technical standards are an area we should all be proud of. The work being done in this regard is often a slow and challenging job as we work through various committees and organizations that are involved in all things related to rope standards. Our Technical Director, Sarah Padilla, will report on current initiatives. 

This is a good time to thank Pete Lance and his team for all the work they do on our behalf to keep the wheels turning. The 2022/2023 work wrapped up on the website upgrades and that allowed us time to set up a regular cadence of LinkedIn posting. Special thanks to the Communications Committee headed by Fran Hoffman and James Wolfington for creating a full schedule set up with a new release every week.

We appreciate all the members that were able to attend the Fall Technical and Board Meeting held on October 3-4, 2023. The Technical Committee had a very active schedule that will be reported later in the newsletter. As always, we thank member companies and attendees for allowing participation in these technical groups as it is the strength of our association. Many committees still need additional members and chairs, and we encourage your participation. 

A big thank you to the Associate Members who sponsored this meeting: 

  • Avient Protective Materials
  • FibrXL
  • Hailide America, Inc
  • Honeywell
  • I-Coats N.V.
  • Kuraray America, Inc.
  • Teijin Aramid
  • TP Industrial Yarns B.V

Comments or suggestions on any of the initiatives we are undertaking, or should be considering, are always welcome. You can send feedback to Pete Lance or any of the board members. Thank you for your continued support and participation.

I wish you all good health and happiness during this holiday season and into the New Year. Take an extra moment to appreciate your family, friends, and business associates.


Cordage Institute Happenings

Highlights of the October 2023 Technical Meeting

On October 3-4, 2023, the Cordage Institute held a Technical Meeting at LIVE! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. The event consisted of Technical Subcommittee and Task Group meetings and a group dinner. The dinner was filled with fun, food, and laughter as friends were able to meet and catch up. A meeting of the full Cordage Institute Technical Committee also occurred, and reports from each Subcommittee and Task Group were provided.

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Don't Miss the Winter 2023 Virtual Technical Meeting

The next meeting of the Cordage Institute’s Technical Committee will be held virtually on Tuesday February 6, 2024 and Wednesday, February 7, 2023 via ZOOM.

The meetings will begin on both days at 7:00 a.m. PST | 9:00 a.m. CST | 10:00 a.m. EST | 4:00 p.m. CET (Your time zone). The agenda and meeting times will be confirmed based on how much time each subcommittee and task group will need. 

Please mark your calendars for these meetings. Once meeting times are finalized, an invitation with information on joining the meetings will be sent to members. In the meantime, please reach out to the CI office if you have any questions.

Save the Date: Cordage Institute and Eurocord’s 6th Joint Conference

Please mark your calendar for the Cordage Institute and Eurocord's 6th Joint Conference on June 16-19, 2024 at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Immerse yourself in the ultimate vacation experience with pristine white sand beaches, or the zero-entry lagoon swimming pool. The oceanfront resort boasts multiple on-site restaurants, a fitness center, and the full-service Arum Spa. 

The program will feature technical working group and committee meetings, technical and industry speakers, member presentations, The Sim Whitehill Memorial Golf Tournament, awards, and plenty of other networking opportunities. 

Be on the lookout! More information on the conference and program will be sent to members and posted on the website in early 2024. 


The Cordage Institute Call for Technical Paper Abstracts is Now Open! 

We are seeking engaging and educational technical presentations for the Cordage Institute and Eurocord's 6th Joint Conference on June 16-19, 2024 at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The presentations, which will be given during the Annual Technical Seminar on Wednesday, June 19, should cover timely and noteworthy topics related to fiber ropes, cables, chains, and other synthetic tension members. 


Please send your abstract with your name, affiliation, phone number, and postal address to info@ropecord.com by February 16, 2024. 

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Stuart Janke Appointed to Cordage Institute’s Board of Directors

The Cordage Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Janke from Cortland Industrial to the Board of Directors. Mr. Janke brings over 35 years of global experience in the synthetic rope industry, occupying senior leadership and management roles across various business development and operational roles at Cortland. Mr. Janke has led Cortland through several transformational ownership changes and overseen the implementation of Cortland's innovative manufacturing technologies and branded synthetic rope, tether, and sling products. Having resided in Asia Pacific and Australia and led partnerships in China, India, and Southeast Asia, Mr. Janke brings a diverse geographical business experience to lead Cortland's continued global expansion.

Mr. Janke is excited to join the Board and looks forward to learning from members and working to improve the organization.


New Cordage Institute Member

The Cordage Institute is happy to welcome the following new member:

Regular Member

Gulfport, Mississippi


Serving the industry for over 20 years, G&B Ropes has ensured high quality end products. G&B Ropes sources only first grade materials. Our raw materials undergo exhaustive and regular testing before being allowed into production. Our products receive exhaustive and thorough product development by our rope designers. After development, our lines are then tested on the water, in real world applications, before sending the line into production.

When designing a rope for our clients we listen to our customers. As we build our line we factor in how the line will be used. These factors include: line application, strength, weight, hand feel, and aesthetics. This combines to make a rope that not only performs as needed but also looks great.

Over the past few decades the rope industry has seen many changes. Raw material quality, design technology, and production methods have evolved light years. Through it all, one thing has remained constant: Our commitment to quality.

From dinghies to destroyers, G&B manufactures ropes of uncompromising quality for every application. G&B Ropes are a unique weave of modern engineering and time honored tradition. Our products are the result of years of experience in the lab, at the braiders, and perhaps more importantly, on the water.  At G&B Ropes we realize that the best rope in the world isn’t worth it if you can’t get your hands on it when you need it.

That’s why G&B is committed to not only producing ropes of uncompromising quality, but also to being your #1 rope source. That means high quality rope, on time, every time…when you need it.

Knots & Notes

By Sarah Padilla, Cordage Institute Technical Director

The Knots and Notes section of Ropecord News informs you of the standards being developed by the Cordage Institute, as well as by other industry organizations. As we develop this section of the newsletter, please let us know what type of content is of interest to you by sending an email to sarah@ropecord.com or info@ropecord.com.

Standards Update

Updates from the Cordage Institute Standards subcommittees on how things are progressing since the last newsletter.

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The Standard Review

Updates from other standards bodies that are relevant to the cordage industry.


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Member News and Press Releases

John Flory Receives Energy Education Foundation (EEF) 2023 Technology Pioneers Award 

Press Release

John Flory was awarded the Energy Education Foundation (EEF) 2023 Technology Pioneers Award at a ceremony in Houston on September 28. The EEF is associated with the Ocean Star Museum Hall of Fame in Galveston. It advocates and supports education about the energy industry.

Mr. Flory was recognized for Model Basin Testing of Offshore Structures because of his work in scale-model testing of single point mooring systems for tankers. He conducted these tests in the 1970s at the Netherlands Ship Model Basin (NSMB, now MARIN) when he worked for Exxon Research and Engineering. These tests were part of his work to develop the Single Anchor Leg Mooring (SALM), which is still used at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) facility.  

BRILEN New Development – GLI Series

Press Release

BRILEN TECH, S.A., European manufacturer leader in the production of high tenacity polyester yarn, after big investments on research, has developed a new series of yarn, GLI series, which increases tenacity in around 10% versus the standard, and well known by the industry, GLE yarn.


In those applications which a higher breaking force is required, or where the weight of the final product can limit the applications, the use of this yarn can mean a reduction of quantity of material and production time, keeping any other mechanical behavior.


This product has already been presented to most of BRILEN’s customers, with a very good acceptance, and is in industrial trials for homologation, and would also be available for offshore solutions.

Automate Your Twisting Process and Gain Increased Productivity with a Doffing Robot

Press Release

The AD400 is specifically engineered to automate the doffing process for tubeless bobbins on the Roblon Tornado 400 twister. This ensures a swift and efficient transition between production cycles, reducing downtime and increasing overall productivity.

The robot removes finished bobbins from the spindle and precisely places them on an external tray. After successfully doffing the finished bobbin, the AD400 will restart the Roblon Tornado 400, ensuring a continuous and uninterrupted production flow and thereby increased productivity.

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Rope Provider Introduces Overload Warning System to Enhance Safety

Craig Jallal, Rivera

Designed to seamlessly integrate with existing setups, Defender Fuse accurately accounts for total system energy, making it a versatile solution for a wide range of applications.

Unique in its ability to integrate into any mooring system without the need for line replacement, Defender Fuse considers the full spectrum of system energy, ensuring comprehensive protection in various scenarios.

While conventional snapback technologies focus solely on individual mooring components, Samson engineered Defender Fuse to address the entire mooring system’s energy absorption, including the stiff, high-performance mooring lines and elastic tails prevalent in the industry.

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Private Equity Acquisition of I&I Sligmax Brings Promise of New Products

Hoist Magazine

More than 100 days have passed since Tennessee-based private equity firm River Associates Investments LP acquired I&I Sling and Slingmax with an eye to create an industry leader to provide custom synthetic rope and heavy lift sling solutions for the electric utility, offshore energy, construction, arborist and inland, and commercial marine industries.

I&I Sling is a manufacturer of custom lifting slings, a supplier of rigging hardware and hoists and a provider of testing, engineering, repair and inspection services, while Slingmax is a supplier of advanced, high-performance synthetic slings and multi-part wire rope slings through 37 independent companies in 12 countries, each of which are exclusively licensed, trained and certified to manufacture, repair and test Slingmax products.

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Partnership to Make Maine a Force in Floating Wind Sector

Nina Korman, North American Windpower

Netherlands-based FibreMax, a producer of customized mooring tendons, announced a new collaboration with floating wind foundation maker PelaStar, synthetic rope producer Yale Cordage and Avient, manufacturer of Dyneema lightweight, ultra-strong fibers. The goal of the joint venture is to focus on enhancing local content development and driving economic growth in the State of Maine’s floating wind sector.

With the ambition of localizing the supply chain and leveraging the collective expertise, the partners aim to minimize environmental impact, reduce project risks and create economic opportunities within Maine.

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Industry News

When Should You Retire Your Rope?

Alison Osius, Outside

Back in 2002 or 2003, my friend Chris “Chez” Chesak won a rope. Psyched! At the time he was working for the American Alpine Club (AAC), but he left and moved from Golden, Colorado, to Boise to be near his eventual wife, Sally. As a member of Idaho Army National Guard, he was deployed to Iraq for a year in 2004. One child was born, and another, and that nice 10.2mm BlueWater Eliminator sat dormant all this time, and through four times moving house.

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'Art with a Mission': Maine Artist Turns Used Lobster Rope into Amazing Art

Steve Minich, WMTW 8 ABC

An artist from the Knox County town of Appleton is creating colorful wall hangings and sculptures, using recycled rope once used as lobster gear.

Eric Darling says his mission is to keep as much rope out of landfills as he can while giving that rope new life in a way people can appreciate.

"I'm doing something that's helping out the environment as well as it's a gorgeous medium to work with," said Darling.

The rope is known as pot warp and Darling says he literally stumbled upon it as an artistic medium.

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Upcoming Industry Events

Cordage Institute Winter 2024 Technical Meeting

February 6-7, 2024


OIPEEC Conference 2024

April 9-11, 2024

Hotel Caesius Thermal & Spa Resort

Bardolino - Lake Garda, Italy

Techtextil Frankfurt

April 23-26, 2024

Messe Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

AWRF Spring General Meeting

April 28 - May 1, 2024

Omni Nashville Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee

Offshore Technology Conference

May 6-9, 2024

NGR Park

Houston, Texas

WSTDA 2024 Annual Meeting

May 20-23, 2024

Los Suenos Marriott

Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Cordage Institute and Eurocord 6th Joint Conference

June 16-19, 2024

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Techtextil North America

August 20-22, 2024

Raleigh Convention Center

Raleigh, North Carolina 

International Workboat Show

November 12-14, 2024

Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Ropecord News is published by the Cordage Institute. The Cordage Institute is an international association of rope, twine, and related manufacturers, their suppliers, and affiliated industries. Articles appearing in Ropecord News are the views of the authors and not necessarily those of the Cordage Institute. Members are encouraged to contribute articles and items of interest by emailing them to info@ropecord.com.

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