CHEMICALS: The Little Giant

Many people believe that the chemical industry is dominated by a few giant companies whose research laboratories have a virtual monopoly on new chemical wonders. The man who has disproved this is Henry Reichhold, the world's biggest maker of paint & protective-coating resins. Last week Reichhold Chemicals uncorked one of the biggest chemical advances that the paint industry has seen in years.

Ever since Du Font's quick-drying lacquer (Duco) revolutionized automobile painting in the 1920s, chemists have tried to find a similar paintmaking resin which could be dissolved in water, instead of...

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