Synthetic Resins and Plastics

  • Jerome K. Knapczyk
  • Robert H. M. Simon

Abstract

The emergence of the synthetic resins and plastics industry from primitive beginnings a century ago to an international multibillion dollar per year industry today has profoundly changed the way people live. Plastics can perform in ways that are not possible with traditional materials and therefore have become an essential component in our technologically based society. For many applications, such as videotape and heart valves, plastics are the only feasible material. In the United States alone, 61.5 billion lb of resins were sold in 1990.1 The upward trend in U.S. production of resins is illustrated in Fig. 19.1.2 The expectation of continued consumer demand, as well as industry profits, supports a large research and development effort that promises even better materials for the future.

Keywords

Injection Molding Vinyl Chloride Maleic Anhydride Industrial Chemistry Vinyl Acetate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome K. Knapczyk
    • 1
  • Robert H. M. Simon
    • 2
  1. 1.Monsanto Chemical CompanySpringfieldUSA
  2. 2.Monsanto Chemical CompanyUSA

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