Quality Certification

Marlow’s Quality Management System is certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 (for environmental management), as well as Regulation (EU 2016/425) Module D for our range of CE approved products.

We are regularly audited by SGS and ISOQAR in order that we meet and exceed the necessary standards.

ISOQAR Management Systems logo for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Quality Policy

Marlow Ropes is a world-leading manufacturer of engineered synthetic fibre ropes and cordage. It is the policy of Marlow Ropes to continually focus on our Customers’ requirements to ensure their satisfaction with the products and services that we supply. In order to achieve this policy, we will:

  • Develop performance measures to assess our success with Customers.
  • Continually review quality objectives to ensure continuous improvement in the effectiveness of the quality system.
  • Train and fully involve every employee in the continuous improvement of quality.
  • Review the suitability of the quality policy in meeting the needs of our Customers.
  • Ensure our products meet any relevant regulatory requirements including, where applicable, Directive 89/686/EEC Article 11B
  • It is accepted that our Customers will be the final judges of the quality of our products and services.

Environmental Policy

Marlow Ropes Ltd recognises that its activities will have an effect on both the local and global environment. Marlow is fully committed to ensuring that the negative effect is minimised as far as is practical.

To achieve this Marlow Ropes will:

  • As a minimum requirement, comply with all relevant environmental legislation.
  • Minimise waste and make the most efficient use of resources throughout all areas of the business.
  • Identify areas where the company’s activities influence the environment and establish actions and targets to reduce the negative impact of these activities.
  • Monitor key performance indicators in waste, resource use and transport. These will be periodically reviewed and targets set so as to continuously improve.
  • Review the environmental commitment of the supply chain with the aim of ensuring the company uses suppliers that meet Marlow’s own standards wherever practical.
  • Consider all materials used in production to ensure the company’s products have the minimum impact on the environment over their entire life cycle.
  • Invest in the most efficient production machines and processes taking into account the full life cycle of the equipment.
  • Ensure all employees of the company are proactive in implementing this policy through training and communication.
  • Further our committment to a circular economy by educating our customers and end users and aligning ourselves with related organisations, to encourage action after the life of the product has ended through our re-use, re-purpose & recycle commitment.

This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure its continuing effectiveness.

Environmental Objectives

In line with Marlow’s Environmental Policy, Marlow Ropes have set the following objectives which have either recently been achieved or are ongoing.

  • Achieve ISO14001:2015 (for effective environmental management systems) – ACHIEVED IN JANUARY 2024
  • Reduce waste yarn from the production process to less than 3% of the total material used. Measured and reported on monthly. – ONGOING
  • Ensure that at least 50% of the fibre waste is recycled. Measured and reported on monthly. – ONGOING
  • Remove all single use plastic packaging from the standard product range (in Phase 1) and the wider use of plastic packaging in shipping and delivery (in Phase 2). Progress to be reported on monthly. – ACHIEVED IN 2021 WITH ONGOING MANAGEMENT.
  • Ensure all card and paper used is sustainably sourced and FSC certified. Progress to be reported on monthly. – ACHIEVED IN 2021
  • Either as part of an industry collective or in our own right, to have put in place recycling initiatives for end of life rope, for both Marlow and end users. – ONGOING

These objectives are monitored on a monthly basis and are reviewed annually. For further information on our environmental aims, click here.

Quality Standards

At Marlow, we manufacture ropes to a wide range of internationally recognised quality standards, including CE standards, cordage institute standards, DEFCON’s, MIL specs, ANSI, NFPA and many others.  The table below details some of the main standards that we adhere to.

STANDARD NUMBERTITLE
BS 3367:1999Ropes and lines for fire service use other than rope rescue purposes
BS F 143:1993Specification for Para-aramid braided cords for aerospace purposes
BS EN 354:2010Personal fall protection equipment. Lanyards
BS EN 365 : 2004Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. General requirements for instructions for use, maintenance, periodic examination, repair, marking and packaging
BS EN 358:2018Personal protective equipment for work positioning and prevention of falls from a height. Belts for work positioning and restraint and work positioning lanyards
BS EN 564:2014Mountaineering equipment accessory cord Safety requirements and test methods
BS EN 566:2017Mountaineering equipment. Slings. Safety requirements and test methods
BS EN 892:2012+A2:2021Mountaineering equipment. Dynamic mountaineering ropes. Safety requirements and test methods
BS EN 1492-4:2004+A1:2008Textile slings. Safety. Lifting slings for general service made from natural and man-made fibre ropes
BS EN 1891: 1998Personal protective equipment for the prevention of falls from a height. Low stretch kernmantle ropes
BS EN ISO 1140:2021Fibre ropes – Polyamide – 3-, 4-, 8,- and 12-strand ropes
BS EN ISO 1141:2021Fibre ropes – Polyester – 3-, 4-, 8,- and 12-strand ropes
BS EN ISO 1346:2012Fibre ropes – Polypropylene split film and multifilament (PP2) and Polypropylene HT multifilament (PP3) – 3-, 4-, and 8-strand ropes
BS EN ISO 2307:2019Fibre ropes – Determination of certain physical and mechanical properties
BS EN ISO 9554:2019Fibre ropes. General specifications
BS EN ISO 10325:2018Fibre ropes. High modulus polyethylene. 8-strand braided ropes, 12-strand braided ropes and covered ropes
BS EN ISO 10547:2009Polyester fibre ropes. Double braid construction