How does polyethylene come into being?
Today, polyethylene is one of the most widely used and popular plastics, but its invention was pure chance. it was in fact invented more than 100 years ago, in 1898 to be precise, by a German researcher, Hans von Pechmann, who accidentally obtained a low molecular weight polymer with a structure equivalent to polyethylene. In 1933, the first synthesis for large-scale production procedure was refined two years later by another chemist, Michel Perrin, who understood how to reproduce it at will, so as to mould the material.
This enabled Imperial Chemical Industries to design the first pilot plant for large-scale production and in 1939, commercial production of the raw material began in Northwich, which completely revolutionised the market within a few years. From then on, polyethylene began to sperad and to be increasingly used for packaging and most consumer products: from household items to bags, from bottles to food films, to pipes and car parts.