People & Polymers

Working for Xylonite in Brantham

2016-12-06T05:35:45+00:00

Working for Xylonite in Brantham Carolyn Clark and Dawn Purves continue their fascinating oral history of the Xylonite Brantham site in Suffolk. Figure 1. The Brantham Site in 1950 Introduction In the previous issue of [...]

Working for Xylonite in Brantham 2016-12-06T05:35:45+00:00

Some Viscose Personalities Part Two

2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

This concludes the largely sociological description of the operations that led to the establishment of large-scale viscose rayon manufacture (Part 1 appeared in plastiquarlan no. 17). The main commercial story was well covered in the [...]

Some Viscose Personalities Part Two 2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

Hilary Page & Kiddicraft

2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

During the 1930s Hilary Page experimented with moulding plastic toys mainly out of urea-formaldehyde. The result was a range of iconic children’s toys.Hilary Fisher Page was born in 1904 at Sanderstead, Surrey. He was the [...]

Hilary Page & Kiddicraft 2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar

2016-12-06T05:35:45+00:00

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar® Dr Susan Mossman of the Science Museum pays tribute to the inventor of Kevlar. When Stephanie Kwolek was born on 31 July 1923, the synthetic plastics industry was still [...]

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar 2016-12-06T05:35:45+00:00