Plastics manufacturing is a relatively modern process and has been making our daily lives better for just over a century. Because of the scarcity of more traditional product materials during World War II, the demand for plastics products rose quickly. The consumer boon of the 1950’s and 1960’s made sure that plastic goods and products were here to stay.
Plastics are materials that can be moulded into shapes by applying heat and /or pressure. Plastics manufacturing is the process of moulding these materials into something that we can use in our daily lives.
The materials (or chemicals) used to create plastics often come from natural substances like oil, sand, sugar cane, cotton, coal, and corn amongst others.
In plastics manufacturing, these natural substances have been already formed into materials so that they can be more easily used in the process. Often they can be found in the form of granules, tablets, powders, syrups or pastes.