|Acrylic - It's Old, It's New, It's Everywhere!|
|Acrylic - It's Old, It's New, It's Everywhere!
Author: by Micah Holland
History of Acrylic Acrylic was developed by DuPont in 1944 and was first commercially produced in 1950. Acrylonitrile, the substance from which acrylic fibers are produced, was first made in 1893 in Germany and was used as another chemical in research for the DuPont Company. First used for outdoor purposes, technology has allowed acrylic to come a long way, and it is now most commonly used in apparel and carpets. DuPont ceased production of acrylic in 1991, and only a handful of companies produce acrylic today. Definition of Acrylic Acrylic is defined as a manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of acrylonitrile.