MANUFACTURING: Plastic Prospects

One of the by-products of the Wartime boom in the chemical industry was the development of non-inflammable plastics. Until then the plastic business's chief claim to fame was the familiar, fire-hazardous celluloid collar. Since then the world has become accustomed to plastic toothbrushes and fountain pens, automobile steering wheels and gearshift knobs, radio cabinets and poker chips.

Major manufacturers of plastic materials —phenol-formaldehyde, Durez, Plaskon, many another—are Bakelite, General Plastics, American Cyanamid Co., Plaskon Co., Celluloid Corp., Du Pont, Eastman Kodak, Monsanto Chemical and Union Carbide and Carbon.* These manufacturers do...

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