In the sixties, economic output in Europe, the US, and Japan boosted paper consumption with advertising, newspaper printing, packaging and labeling all contributing to growth. Consumption of paper grew quickly at a time when oil prices were very low. An opportunity was identified to move from natural pulp paper to a plastic-based paper.
Plastic packaging companies worked on exploiting this opportunity. Firstly in Japan, because of the low levels of forestry: but also in the US, through companies such as Union Carbide.
BXL review cover printed on what would become Polyart, 1967
BXL had a large research center in the UK at Lawford Place, where 1,000 scientists and engineers developed all types of plastic products including packaging films, foams, Bakelite products, and plastic containers. One project, led by Dr Watson, was developing a stretched surface, treated plastic paper made from HDPE, It was called Polyart.
Brochure of the BXL Synthetic paper group featuring the newcomer Polyart
Robert Horne 1968 price list printed on Polyart
The first Polyart brochure, and already “millions of applications”
A Polyart ad in 1969
The oil crisis in 1974 damaged the synthetic paper business. Only a few resisted, one of which was Polyart. The Polyart business changed strategy in various ways:
1974, a Polyart record. Lever brothers pressed 10 million copies
1977, first brochure of low-density Polyart
Polyart Printout presented Polyart uses
Through the 70s
There were various evolutions to improve printability of Polyart.
1978 Bundesliga timetable on Polyart, Michaelis Germany
Polyart “Printout” becomes Polyart news in the 80s
Polyart International Sales contest in 1989
1992, Arjobex comes to America
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