Books about Asbestos Reinforced Plastics

Asbestos was used as a filler in some plastics to increase heat resistance, strength, and other properties. Asbestos was used in laminates, polyester resins, phenolics, melamine, nylon, polypropylene, and other types of plastics. Asbestos filled plastics, or laminates with an asbestos cloth or asbestos paper base, were used for high temperature applications like missile and jet parts. They were also used by the electrical industry and the U.S. military. There were numerous other uses as well. For example, plastic was mixed with asbestos to form tile flooring.

Starting as early as 1931, asbestos was used by Bakelite Corporation in their plastic. Many more companies manufactured and sold asbestos filled plastics in the 1950s-1960s and this product continued to be available into at least the early 1970s.

On this page, you will find catalogs from plastic corporations and books that detail the use of asbestos-reinforced plastics.

Asbestos with Plastics and Rubber

Asbestos with Plastics and Rubber (1966)
Laminated Material from Asbestos-Reinforced Plastics, Asbestos Laminates, Special Applications including Aircraft & Boats, Molded Asbestos Products

Laminated Plastics

Laminated Plastics (1966)
NEMA standards for asbestos use. Safety precaution about a good exhaust system. Asbestos fillers in plastics.

Plant Engineer's Manual and Guide

Plant Engineer's Manual and Guide (1976)
Givaudan Corporation. Asbestos products mentioned: Haveg 41, Haveg 61, Chemtite PB, Furane resins impregnated with asbestos, White & Blue asbestos, Transite, and shingles.

Cyanamid Plastics Catalog

Cyanamid Plastics Catalog (1954)
American Cyanamid Company. Melmac 405 Laminating Resin description mentions asbestos.

Plastic Laminate Materials: Their Properties and Usage

Plastic Laminate Materials: Their Properties and Usage (1967)
Asbestos use in plastics for aerospace and in epoxy, silicone, phenolic, and melamine plastics.

Polyester Resins

Polyester Resins (1964)
Author from The Glidden Company. Asbestos reinforced plastics. Raybestos-Manhattan trade name Novabestos electrical insulation.

Asbestos Corporation Advertisement for A-Plex

Asbestos Corporation Advertisement for A-Plex
Ad for A-Plex, an asbestos product for reinforcing plastics.

The J. H. Day Company Advertisement

The J. H. Day Company Advertisement
Kneading and Mixing Machine for asbestos plastics.

2 Advertisements: General Plastics and General Electric Company

2 Advertisements: General Plastics and General Electric Company
Durez molding compound used asbestos filler. General Electric Deltabeston Wires.

Monsanto Plastics Fact File

Monsanto Plastics Fact File
Two Industrial Resins, Resinox Phenolic and Resimene Melamine, both could be used with asbestos fibers.

Fiberfil Advertisement -

Fiberfil Advertisement - "Fiberfil Forum"
Plaslode thermoplastics reinforced with asbestos.

Fiberite Corporation Advertisement for Molding Materials

Fiberite Corporation Advertisement for Molding Materials (1970)
Reinforced thermoset molding compounds and prepregs. Asbestos use in aerospace. Asbestos filled melamine.

Fiberite Advertisement (1/2 page)

Fiberite Advertisement (1/2 page) (1956)
Asbestos reinforced phenolic.

Formica Advertisement

Formica Advertisement
Circa 1954. An asbestos grade of Formica for high temperatures is mentioned.

Continental-Diamond Fibre Advertisement

Continental-Diamond Fibre Advertisement
Circa 1954. Asbestos base was used for Dilecto Laminated Plastic.

Catalin Corporation of America Advertisement

Catalin Corporation of America Advertisement
Circa 1954. In the section on "Urea, Melamine & Phenolic Laminating Resins" asbestos is mentioned as a base material.

Document about Asbestos/Phenolic Compound by Rogers Corp

Document about Asbestos/Phenolic Compound by Rogers Corp (1970)
Asbestos/phenolic compound for commutators, switchgear, and other electrical components.

Filon Translucent Fiberglass and Nylon Reinforced Panels Catalog

Filon Translucent Fiberglass and Nylon Reinforced Panels Catalog (1960)
Assembly diagram shows the use of asbestos corner roll.

McKesson Chemical Advertisement

McKesson Chemical Advertisement (1970)
Asbestos fiber used as a filler in plastics.

Durez Advertisement

Durez Advertisement
Hooker Chemical Corp, Subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Asbestos is mentioned in the description of "Hetron Fire-Retardant Polyester Resins"

Bakelite Corporation Documentation

Bakelite Corporation Documentation
Circa 1931. Bakelite resinoid contained asbestos. Asbestos filler molded products.

Monsanto Plastics Fact File

Monsanto Plastics Fact File
Monsanto Chemical Company

Powminco Asbestos Fibers Ad

Powminco Asbestos Fibers Ad
Powhatan Mining Company. Circa 1961. Powminco Asbestos used as a filler in phenolic and polyester resins.

Mesa Plastics Company Advertisement

Mesa Plastics Company Advertisement
Asbestos filler. Military approval.

Vulcanized Fibre by National Vulcanized Fibre (NVF) Advertisement

Vulcanized Fibre by National Vulcanized Fibre (NVF) Advertisement
Phenolite Laminated Plastic contained asbestos. Also, Palmetto asbestos packing and Johns-Manville products.

Carey-Canadian Asbestos Advertisement

Carey-Canadian Asbestos Advertisement
Ad for asbestos fibre for use in plastics.

Fiberite Corporation Advertisement

Fiberite Corporation Advertisement
Asbestos filled melamine and asbestos ablative prepreg for aerospace application.

Fiberfil Division, Rexall Chemical Co Advertisement

Fiberfil Division, Rexall Chemical Co Advertisement
Asbestos reinforced nylon and polypropylene.

U.S. Polymeric Advertisement

U.S. Polymeric Advertisement (1970)
Asbestos filled melamine.

Lewcott Chemicals & Plastics Corp Advertisement

Lewcott Chemicals & Plastics Corp Advertisement (1969)
Lewcott Prepregs - Asbestos reinforcements.

Palmetto Packings Brochure

Palmetto Packings Brochure
Greene, Tweed, & Co. 1960s. Teflon-Asbestos Packing for valves. Both blue and white asbestos packing and more.

Panelyte Plastic Advertisement

Panelyte Plastic Advertisement
St. Regis Paper Company. Circa 1954. Plastic containing asbestos, meeting government and industry specifications.

National Vulcanized Fibre Co Catalog

National Vulcanized Fibre Co Catalog
Circa 1954. Phenolite Laminated Plastic with asbestos base.

Raybestos-Manhattan Inc. Advertisement

Raybestos-Manhattan Inc. Advertisement
Interesting advertisement, but no asbestos mention.

Fabricon Products Advertisement

Fabricon Products Advertisement
Division of The Eagle-Picher Company. Guide to Prepregs.

Lake Asbestos Advertisement

Lake Asbestos Advertisement
American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO). Surface area of asbestos advertised. Asbestos used in plastics.

Powminco Asbestos Advertisement

Powminco Asbestos Advertisement
Powminco Asbestos was used in the rocket and missiles industry.

Introduction to Rubber Technology

Introduction to Rubber Technology (1963)
Asbestos filler and Asbestine info.

Plastics in Building

Plastics in Building (1966)
Asbestos filler used in Thermosetting Plastics and Phenolics or Phenol-formaldehyde resins. Vinyl Asbestos Tile and more uses.

Engineering Materials

Engineering Materials (1954)
United States Naval Academy. Asbestos is described as an insulating material along with pictures of Silica-Asbestos-Magnesia and Asbestos Paper. Asbestos filler for plastics.

Inorganic Fibres

Inorganic Fibres (1958)
Asbestos Textiles, Asbestos in the Plastics Industry, Asbestos in the Electrical Industry and much more.

High-Temperature Plastics

High-Temperature Plastics (1962)
Raybestos-Manhattan asbestos reinforced molding compounds: Phenolic, Silicone, Epoxy. Du Ponts Teflon. Continental Diamond Fibre Corps asbestos laminate.

More Books Related to Plastics

For your convenience, here are links to books on Amazon that might provide the information you are looking for.

Additives for Plastics. State of the Art. Vol. 1 (1978)
This book has information on asbestiform fillers, asbestos paper laminates, asbestos in heat resistant phenolic molding compounds, and asbestos reinforced plastic.

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