Plastic

Main

P&C Ivory Contest

1835 - 1836

Parkensine

1862 - 1863

Alexander Parkes publicly introduces his material called Parkensine.

Celluloid

1869 - 1870

John Wesley Hyatt invents Celluloid, and enters it in a contest.

Bakelite

1907 - 1908

Leo Bakeland invents Bakelite, the first plastic material since Hyatt.

PVC

1920 - 1921

PVC is invented to replace expensive natural rubber.

Polyethylene

1933 - 1934

Polyethylene was invented and is now the most widely used plastic material today.

Nylon

1939 - 1940

Nylon is invented to replace silk and other materials.

Lexan

1953 - 1954

Lexan was invented and was used for windows in buses and cars, Neil Armstrong's helmet was made of Lexan

Kevlar

1965 - 1966

Kevlar was invented and was used for army helmets, as it is five times as strong as steel.

Nano-Technology

2009 - 2010

We started to develop new materials using nanotechnology.