Van der Lee produces 23 inch 8-strand nylon rope
It took less than two weeks for Van der Lee to make two 100-meter nylon coils. Such a length isn’t particularly unusual: what was special is that this involved almost 4,000 kg of rope.
The production of the strands usually takes place on a strander, directly next to the braiding machine. However, it wasn’t possible to produce this size in the factory and they had to use the (approximately 130-year-old) ropewalk. Braiding the ropes itself took around a day per coil. The weight of these extremely heavy coils meant that the spooling machine (the coil rolls onto this after production) was not able to cope and extra contra weight needed to be placed on the crane. The production of these significant diameters was possible because of the old ropewalk and the rope factory’s own-developed 8-strand braiding machines. This is something that no other Dutch rope factory can do.