Issue Date: August 24, 2009
Standing The Heat
For nearly half a century, beginning around the 1930s, the plastics industry enjoyed one success after another in finding markets for new polymers. Polyethylene, polycarbonate, and other resins made short work of replacing traditional materials such as metal, paper, glass, and wood.
In the 1980s, though, the industry’s luck ran dry, and since then companies have failed time and again to launch new-to-the-world polymers. New polymers now have to compete against already-established plastics. Even if . . .
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