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Timeline of Plastics

In the history of  plastic, many people did their contributions. Let’s check out.

Alexander Parkes

1839 – Natural Rubber – method of processing invented by Charles Goodyear
1843 – Vulcanite – Thomas Hancock
1843 – Gutta-Percha – William Montgomerie
1856 – Shellac – Alfred Critchlow, Samuel Peck
1856 – Bois Durci – Francois Charles Lepag
Timeline – Beginning of the Plastic Era with Semi Synthetics
1839 – Polystyrene or PS discovered – Eduard Simon
1862 – Parkesine – Alexander Parkes
1863 – Cellulose Nitrate or Celluloid – John Wesley Hyatt
1872 – Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC – first created by Eugen Baumann
1894 – Viscose Rayon – Charles Frederick Cross, Edward John Bevan
Timeline – Thermosetting Plastics and Thermoplastics
1908 – Cellophane ® – Jacques E. Brandenberger
1909 – First true plastic Phenol-Formaldehyde tradenamed Bakelite – Leo Hendrik Baekeland
1926 – Vinyl or PVC – Walter Semon invented a plasticized PVC.
1927 – Cellulose Acetate
1933 – Polyvinylidene chloride or Saran also called PVDC – accidentally discovered by Ralph Wiley, a Dow Chemical lab worker.
1935 – Low-density polyethylene or LDPE – Reginald Gibson and Eric Fawcett
1936 – Acrylic or Polymethyl Methacrylate
1937 – Polyurethanes tradenamed Igamid for plastics materials and Perlon for fibers. – Otto Bayer and co-workers discovered and patented the chemistry of polyurethanes
1938 – Polystyrene made practical
1938 – Polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE tradenamed Teflon – Roy Plunkett
1939 – Nylon and Neoprene considered a replacement for silk and a synthetic rubber respectively Wallace Hume Carothers
1941 – Polyethylene Terephthalate or Pet – Whinfield and Dickson
1942 – Low Density Polyethylene
1942 – Unsaturated Polyester also called PET patented by John Rex Whinfield and James Tennant Dickson
1951 – High-density polyethylene or HDPE tradenamed Marlex – Paul Hogan and Robert Banks
1951 – Polypropylene or PP – Paul Hogan and Robert Banks
1953 – Saran Wrap introduced by Dow Chemicals.
1954 – Styrofoam a type of foamed polystyrene foam was invented by Ray McIntire for Dow Chemicals
1964 – Polyimide
1970 – Thermoplastic Polyester this includes trademarked Dacron, Mylar, Melinex, Teijin, and Tetoron
1978 – Linear Low Density Polyethylene
1985 – Liquid Crystal Polymers

Thai International Plastics & Rubber Exhibition

Venue: Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC)
Country: Bangkok, Thailand
Start Date:  31-AUG-11 End Date:  03-SEP-11
Industry:  Plastic & Plastic Products Thai-plastics-expro

Tiprex is a premium exhibition providing the latest and the best in plastic materials for all manufacturing and processing industries alike. The unique feature of the expo is the presence of the entire spectrum of plastic & rubber products manufacturers from Tyres to Tubes, Hoses, Industrial Components, Extruded Profiles, Molded Goods, Latex articles etc.

Professionals related to the field of Furnishing, Electromecanic, Packaging, Transport, Safety and security, Office equipment, Hotel, Restaurant, business, Chemistry and plastics engineers, Managers of survey and services offices, analysis laboratories, Searchers and training centre managers, Purchasing managers, Companies chief executive officers in all sectors of activities.

Exhibitors include Constructors, manufacturers, suppliers of machinery & equipments for plastic & rubber industry, Producers, suppliers of raw materials, Manufacturers and processors of plastic materials, Institutions & information agencies.

Business Timing:  10:30am – 06:00pm
Public Timing:  10:30am – 06:00pm

Thai international Plastics & Rubber Exhibition-[2009]
Venue: Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre-BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand
Date: Sep 23, 2009 – Sep 26, 2009
Industry Focus: Plastic & Plastic Products

Oil Price Influences Plastic Market Trend

International oil price trend to some countries plastic market influence is bigger. Plastic price and crude oil prices don’t sync, obviously lag, a lagging effect and shorter time. Crude oil prices to plastic influence in theory is weakening, oil price fluctuation relationship can be industrial chain weakening. Rise in oil prices at cycle or down cycle, plastic raw materials and prices tend to rise or fall in the corresponding period, rise or drop in plastic cost role is more and more obvious.


2011-2016 Global Biodegradable-plastic Market Will Up 20% A Year

Recent research and Markets’ new report Biodegradable Plastics Market reveals:

The increasing demand for renewable and bio-based materials and shift in consumer preference for eco-friendly packaging is driving the market for global biodegradable plastics. The global biodegradable plastics market in terms of volume (000, metric tons) is expected to grow from 664,000 metric tons in 2010 to 2.33 million metric tons in 2016 at an estimated CAGR of 20.24% from 2011 to 2016.


Biodegradable plastics offer tremendous potential in various applications including packaging, electronics, transport, textiles and medical. Amongst all market segments, the starch-based plastics market commands the largest share in terms of volume, while PLA based plastics lead the market in terms of value. Packaging forms the largest application market due to increased consumer awareness for sustainable packaging. The packaging application contributed over 50% of the global biodegradable plastics market in 2010. In PLA-based plastics, textiles applications are expected to have the highest CAGR of 23.16% from 2011 to 2016.

Industry participants with the most agreement and collaboration and significant product developments include Cardia Bioplastics limited, Cereplast, Purac, and Telles. In 2011, Cereplast, Inc. has concluded a multi-million dollar distribution agreement with BioWorks Pl for the distribution of Cereplast bioplastic resins in the Poland market.

Let’s Start from Plastic Bottle Recycling

As we all known, environment is important to our world. However, most people think of an activist as a sign wielding fanatic that ends up on the evening news to the embarrassment of family and friends. It doesn’t always have to be that way though. You can make an impression in important ways if you like.

Let’s take the environmental and recycling causes for example. Of course, it seems like everyone is on this bandwagon these days, but that is a good thing. The best approach to take in the beginning is a simple one.



Plastic bottle recycling is a good way to get started and there are so many ways that you can make a difference with this approach. To get you going, here are a few ways you can get others interested and involved with plastic bottle recycling.

The one place you can start plastic bottle recycling without fear of rejection is at home. You know how it goes, your place your rules. Depending on your preferences and where you live, you can choose to have your plastic recyclables collected by a recycling company or drop your items off to the recycling plant yourself. It might take some time to get in the habit of saving your plastic bottles, but before you know it, you’ll be on your way to the center with tons of plastic that will live to see another day as a new plastic product.

Once you have the plastic bottle recycling under control at home, your next battleground can be found at work. Of course, you could be one of those lucky people who already work for a company that puts recycling of all kinds high on its list of priorities.

If not, it’s time to do some research and approach whoever makes that kind of decision with all of your facts straight. Be sure to include information about the price of and where to get the proper recycling receptacles as well as how collection will work. It will be helpful if you or another employee is willing to head up the project. The less work for the boss, the more likely you are to get the green light.

When you break it down to just recycling plastic bottles, it might not seem like you can really make that much difference. Think about the number of plastic bottles you see in garbage cans and on the ground. Those bottles will never biodegrade. By getting even a few to the recycling center, you are making a huge difference in your local environment and on the global front. And all it takes is a little time.

Plastic Cups

In our daily lives, we use different kinds of cups. A plastic cup is a disposable cup made out of plastic. It is most commonly used as a container to hold beverages. Plastic cups come in a variety of colours, textures and sizes.


Most plastic cups contain a resin identification code which can be seen by inverting the cup and reading the numerical value printed on the bottom. Plastic cups are often used for gatherings where it would be inconvenient to wash dishes afterward, due to factors such as location or number of guests. Plastic cups can be used for storing most liquids, but hot liquids may melt the material. you see them in all different shapes as well. Most plastic cups are designed for a single use and then disposal or recycling. A life cycle inventory of a comparison of paper and plastic shows environmental effects of both with no clear winner.

Do You Have Plastic Business Cards Now?

When you do business, your business card is very often the first impression a potential client has . Not only will it provide the client with your contact information, your card will also create an image about the value of your products or services. So, your business card should both portray professionalism and high quality.

Nowadays you can change your business card to a Plastic Card . It is something different, something unique and something that stands out from the rest! It will create a high perceived value ensuring that your plastic business cards do not get thrown away. Plastic business cards will leave a lasting impression on your potential customers.
Here are some different types of cards you can choose:

Standard Plastic Business Cards
(Translucent Base – Frosted)


These cards have a beautiful frosted finish, and with the right images and colours, will give a beautiful representation and image for you and the receiver of the cards to adore. With their stained glass style image, they will transfix the receiver, and certainly create an impression, which you are looking for. The Polypropylene Plastic cards are offset printed (CMYK) on backside of the material & this creates a fantastic visual effect when viewed.

Premium PVC Cards Translucent (Frosted Finish)


These cards have a beautiful frosted finish and these cards are more durable and have more options than the Stardard cards above.The Frosted PVC card is multipart PVC material bonded together by layering under special press for 3 days. This protects the design in the middle of the PVC to make the card more durable.These cards may be offset printed (CMYK) or screen printed and for a special effect add silver or gold Foil Stamping to create a fantastic visual effect.

Premium PVC Cards Translucent
(Frosted Finish with silver or gold foiling)


Foil stamping is a process where by your logo or type is stamped under great pressure which leaves a fine silver metallic foil within the specified area.

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