Production of these phenolic plastics goes back to 1911, the year Leo Baekeland offered a production license to his friend and colleague chemist Jokichi Takamine. Sankyo Company started its first phenolic resin plant in Shinagawa. Finally the origin of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd is based on these historic precedents.
To commemorate the 100 years of Japanese plastics production the exhibition The Past, Present, and Future of Plastics was organized at the Science Museum in Tokyo. The exhibition was designed by architect Hiroshi Ota in collaboration with curators Yukiko Shikata and Miki Fukuda.
Amsterdam Bakelite Collection was invited to cooperate and to expose its historic phenolic plastic artifacts. We are proud on the success of this highly educational exhibition: More than 2500 visitors in three days!