Polymers/Rubber articles and products
What we know as polyethylene pipe, poly pipe or pe pipe, would not be what it is today were it not for our obsession with the hula hoop in the 1950s. When Paul Hogan and Robert Banks discovered crystalline polypropylene, and that a similar plastic could be produced using ethylene, a new world of plastic appeared on the horizon. Using the new resin to create products such as polyethylene pipe, however, proved to be much harder than anyone imagined. The production process was unrefined and even after investing millions in the production process, the Phillips Petroleum Company still couldn't convince manufacturers to buy the resin.