The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and The Plastics Academy will induct six new members into the Plastics Hall of Fame on Sunday April 27 during the Antec 2014 technical conference in Las Vegas.
The new posthumous members are:
Dr. Robert L. Banks and Dr. John P. Hogan. Hogan and Banks’ discovery of crystalline polypropylene in 1951 led to the development of a new catalytic process for making a high density polyethylene and launched a new family of polyolefin plastics that included both the polypropylenes and polyethylenes.
Dr. Earnest C. Bernhardt. A plastics engineer, Bernhardt devoted his life’s work to the development of process applications for the injection molding and extrusion of engineering materials. Bernhardt contributed to a number of globally known companies including BASF and DuPont, and also wrote and contributed to a number of publications on the advancement of the plastics industry.
Frederick N. Biesecker. A pioneer in the plastic bottle industry and an entrepreneur who, along with his wife, enabled the growth of Drug Plastics and Glass Company into a world-recognized healthcare company.
Willi Müller. Müller worked in the plastics industry for more than 60 years, beginning as a tool and die maker. He started W. Müller KG where he developed extrusion heads that revolutionized the blow molding industry.
Hans Reifenhäuser. Reifenhäuser helped refine and develop the modern-day extruder for use in a multitude of processes, bringing his company, Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. Maschinenfabrik, into the forefront of extrusion machinery manufacturers.
"The Plastics Hall of Fame inductees recognizes individuals who have a strong record of consistent dedication and extraordinary accomplishments, and who contributed to the stature and growth of the plastics industry," said Jay Gardiner, president of The Plastics Academy, in a statement. "It is truly the highest honor to be bestowed on anyone who has served in the plastics industry. These individuals were true innovators who dedicated their lifelong careers to advancing plastics innovation."