What are Plastics?

Bois Durci, A Plastics Antique


In the middle of the 19th century Britons witnessed an explosion of ideas inspired by the new sciences, technologies and materials that were being developed throughout the world. The highlights of these were seen at [...]

Bois Durci, A Plastics Antique2012-07-31T17:26:20+00:00

Thetford Pulpware – Forerunner of today’s plasticware


David Bowsher has made a special study of pulp ware - not a true 'plastic' but an early cellulose moulding material, heat cured with natural and, later, synthetic resin. The site of Thetford Moulded Products [...]

Thetford Pulpware – Forerunner of today’s plasticware2016-12-06T05:35:33+00:00

Parmali: Progress Towards Permanence


In 1937 The New Insulation Company was established in a former Gloucester City Tramways depot. The product was a composite material of wood and phenolic resin primarily intended for the heavy electrical industry. In its [...]

Parmali: Progress Towards Permanence2016-12-06T05:35:33+00:00

Gutta Percha, The Plastic Of Its Time


Leslie Edwards, formerly Telcon Plastics Ltd. describes a world where gutta percha was the modern plastic Gutta percha, a natural thermoplastic with a softening point of around 80 degrees C was first introduced into this [...]

Gutta Percha, The Plastic Of Its Time2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00