18 Facts About Bakelite


Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, better known as Bakelite, is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde.

FactSnippet No. 642,088

The commercial success of Bakelite inspired the industry to pour money into developing other synthetic plastics.

FactSnippet No. 642,089

The subsidiary formed at that time, Bakelite AG, was the first to produce Bakelite at an industrial scale.

FactSnippet No. 642,090

Bakelite formed the General Bakelite Company of Perth Amboy, NJ, as a U S company to manufacture and market his new industrial material.

FactSnippet No. 642,091

Bakelite made overseas connections to produce materials in other countries.

FactSnippet No. 642,092

Related searches

Perth Amboy

Bakelite Company produced "transparent" cast resin for a small market during the 1910s and 1920s.

FactSnippet No. 642,093

Once Baekeland's heat and pressure patents expired in 1927, Bakelite Corporation faced serious competition from other companies.

FactSnippet No. 642,094

Thermosetting resins such as Bakelite required heat and pressure during the molding cycle, but could be removed from the molding process without being cooled, again making the molding process faster.

FactSnippet No. 642,095

Characteristics of Bakelite made it particularly suitable as a molding compound, an adhesive or binding agent, a varnish, and a protective coating.

FactSnippet No. 642,096

Bakelite was particularly suitable for the emerging electrical and automobile industries because of its extraordinarily high resistance to electricity, heat, and chemical action.

FactSnippet No. 642,097

Bakelite was used for non-conducting parts of telephones, radios and other electrical devices, including bases and sockets for light bulbs and electron tubes, supports for any type of electrical components, automobile distributor caps and other insulators.

FactSnippet No. 642,098

Bakelite was very commonly used in making molded grip panels on handguns, submachine guns and machineguns, as well as numerous knife handles and "scales" through the first half of the 20th century.

FactSnippet No. 642,099

Bakelite was used to make presentation boxes for Breitling watches.

FactSnippet No. 642,100

Kitchenware made with Bakelite, including canisters and tableware, was promoted for its resistance to heat and to chipping.

FactSnippet No. 642,101

Bakelite was sometimes used in the pistol grip, hand guard, and butt stock of firearms.

FactSnippet No. 642,102

Bakelite continues to be used for wire insulation, brake pads and related automotive components, and industrial electrical-related applications.

FactSnippet No. 642,103

Bakelite stock is still manufactured and produced in sheet, rod and tube form for industrial applications in the electronics, power generation and aerospace industries, and under a variety of commercial brand names.

FactSnippet No. 642,104

Bakelite is used in the mounting of metal samples in metallography.

FactSnippet No. 642,105