A high-performance knotless fishing net made with an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) film has been developed by the producer of advanced fibers and composites, Teijin Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, together with Kinoshita Fishing Net Mfg. Co., Ltd., Aichi/Japan.
MX-4 combines Teijin's advanced Endumax film and Kinoshita’s manufacturing technology implemented with net-knitting machines for knotless netting, made by crossing threads with each other for extra strength and abrasion resistance. Endumax is a 60μm-thick film offering high strength, high modulus and resistance to impact, abrasion, chemicals and sunlight. Kinoshita proprietary technology enables Endumax that has been cut to just mm in width to be knitted into highly functional MX-4 fishing net.
The net is especially suitable for purse-seine nets for skipjack, tuna, horse mackerel and mackerel, which are used in harsh environments where durability and fast drainage are crucial. MX-4 does not shrink easily and is resistant to breakage due to abrasion even after hundreds of castings, so it can be used safely for long periods. It also improves work efficiency and cost efficiency by reducing needs for net reconditioning and tailoring. Furthermore, it reduces the frequency of net disposal and is more marine friendly. When MX-4 is pulled up from the sea, it immediately sheds water and becomes lighter, making it easier to work. It also stays clean.