National Inventors Month: The inventors of nylon plastic

Nylatech - mayTo celebrate National Inventors Month, we thought we’d take a look at the inventors who shaped the future with Nylon plastics.

Wallace Carothers worked at DuPont, a company who was known for producing gunpowder, cellulose-based paints, and synthetic ammonia and other chemicals. His teams’ experiments with cellulose-based fibres led to them producing fiber rayon, an important first step to producing Nylon. The process took another eleven years, but in the Spring of 1930 Carothers and his team created neoprene and a while elastic paste that would soon become nylon.

The specific Nylon 6 polymer (polycaprolactam) was developed by Paul Schlack at IG Farben. It was meant to recreate the properties of Nylon 6,6 without violating any production patents. Then, inventor Kohei Hoshino synthesized it.

Many people throughout history have been involved in creating nylon and its variants and polymers. At Nylatech we have specialized knowledge in Cast Nylon 6 and 6/12. Thanks to inventors like Carothers, Schlack, Hoshino, and many others, it has become one of the most versatile engineering thermoplastics in the world.

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Please be assured that our inventories and supply chain are plentiful and stable however if anything changes, we will keep you informed.

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