...helping make parts for your car,
your television set, and even your tableware
THESE TWO LIQUIDS flow as freely as water. Yet when poured together they quickly turn into a solid - without the use of heat or pressure. Harder than many metals, the resulting plastic is called epoxy.
Delicate parts for television, radio, and other electronic equipment are embedded in epoxies to protect them from moisture and vibration. And, in durable tableware, epoxy adhesives seal knife blades in their handles with a strong, permanent bond.
Epoxies are so hard that they are used to make the huge dies that stamp out automobile trunk lids and hoods, airplane wing sections and other varied shapes. These dies are molded in about half the time it takes to shape all-metal dies . . . and, at substantial savings.
Many industries are now looking to epoxies to make better things for you. Developing and producing epoxies - as well as such plastics as vinyl and polyethylene - is only one of the many important jobs of the people of Union Carbide.
Without air, life stops
. . . for you and for industry
SEEING A CLOUD is probably the nearest we come to 'seeing' air, because air is a mixture of invisible gases.
Life-giving oxygen comprises about 21 per cent of the air. We all know how it helps sick people get well, but few of us realize that steel and other major industries could not operate without the same oxygen in tremendous quantities. About 78 percent of the air is nitrogen. Food processors use it as an atmosphere to protect freshness and flavor of food.
The remaining one per cent of the air is composed of the little-known yet vital "rare" gases - argon, helium, krypton, neon, and xenon. These gases are essential in making incandescent light bulbs, in electric welding processes, and in refining new metals such as titanium.
For fifty years, the people of Union Carbide have been separating the gases of the air and finding new ways in which they can help make a better life for all of us.
New weapons . . . against weeds
Friendly to crops . . . deadly to weeds - amazing new chemicals
are good news to our farmers and home gardeners
Weeds cost America's home gardeners countless back-aches - and they cost America's farmers billions of dollars a year in crop losses.
SCIENCE TO THE RESCUE - Now scientists have developed chemicals that are death to weeds but harmless to crops. One of these, a chemical weed killer, has already proved effective in protecting more than 50 kinds of plants, shrubs, and food crops.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The secret of this remarkable herbicide is that, when sprayed on the soil, it attacks weeds right at the surface. That's where most weed seeds sprout. The deeper-rooted crops are left unharmed.
OTHER WEAPONS, TOO - Weed killers are but one of the chemical tools the people of Union Carbide produce for our farmers and gardeners. Their insecticides, fumigants, and fungicides protect growing and stored crops from insects and fungi. These give the grower added freedom from backaches and the nightmares of crop failure.
More jobs - through science
From the earth, air, and water come new things for all of us - and new jobs
THE ELEMENTS OF NATURE are a limitless frontier, a continuing challenge to science. Out of them, scientists are developing new materials that benefit us all in many ways.
A CHEMICAL A MONTH - The scientists of Union Carbide, for example, have introduced an average of one new chemical a month for over twenty-five years.
Some of these have led to the growth of important industries, such as plastics and man-made textiles. This, in turn, has meant more opportunities - in construction, manufacturing, engineering and sales, as well as in research.
IN OTHER FIELDS, TOO, the people of Union Carbide have helped open new areas of benefit and possibility. Their alloy metals make possible stainless and other fine steels; the oxygen they produce helps the sick and is essential to the metalworker; their carbon products serve the steelmakers and power your flashlight.
PROGRESS THROUGH RESEARCH - Union Carbide has 23 research and development laboratories constantly working in major fields of science to continue this record of product development - and more jobs through science.