Cortland Expands Rope Reach in Europe

Cortland, a leading provider of international high performance rope, slings, cables and umbilicals, has hired Rob Arends as European Rope Sales Manager.  Arends’ will be based in the Netherlands and will focus his efforts on the European market. Cortland has been experiencing rapid growth worldwide and wanted to take advantage of the opportunities in Europe.

“This newly created position fits perfectly with our geographic expansion plans. The European rope market is very important to us, and having a local representative matches our company’s strategic position of offering customized, localized solutions for our customers”, said Sam Bull, Vice President of Cortland. “Rob is an expert in the Offshore, Oil & Gas and Wind industries and will be a great asset to our company.”

Arends is an industry veteran with many years of international experience in HMPE heavy lift slings and grommets, mooring assemblies, and synthetic (HMPE) ropes.  For the past six years he was Sales Manager for Endenburg b.v. in Gouda.  During his tenure, he helped to develop trust in HMPE rope, grommets, and slings and showed the offshore, towing, and heavy lift markets the various possibilities with HMPE. Prior to Endenburg, Arends spent 4 years with ABUS Kraansystemen b.v. in various sales management roles.

“I’m very excited about joining Cortland. I’ve been in the industry a long time and when I decided to make a change I wanted to go with the company that offered the best services and product range for the industry,” stated Arends.  “Cortland is a customer focused company.  They offer great flexibility – they build solutions around what the customer needs are, and they don’t push them into a pre-determined offering,” Arends continued. “Light weight, high strength, HMPE ropes have been successfully replacing wire cables in many applications.  Cortland’s patented Plasma® HMPE rope BOB® blend and patented 12×12 construction provides unique solutions for deep water applications, heavy lift solutions, towing and lashing projects.”

Arends holds a bachelor’s degree in HBS-A. He currently resides in IJsselstein UT, The Netherlands.

Cortland provides worldwide experience in creating lightweight rope, slings, cables and umbilicals to the oil and gas, heavy marine, subsea, ROV, seismic, defense, and medical markets. Cortland is part of Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU), a diversified industrial company with operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to

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