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1950s – New technologies, new materials

After 1945, Plymouth’s rubber industrial base expanded and created an extensive range of products.Taking the leap from rubber to plastic was a natural choice, as both materials, one natural, the other synthetic, require the same industrial formulation and processing know-how.

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foundation – from the USA to the Lyon region

Plymouth Française SA was the result of a novel idea and the meeting of 2 continents, Europe and North America.Five firms in the textile industry – weavers and ribbon weavers from the Lyon region, heavy users of elastic yarn – turned to America; they decided to join forces with a rubber processing specialist:Plymouth Rubber Company (Massachusetts) to set up a facility at Feyzin, to the south of Lyon and serve the elastic yarn markets throughout Europe.

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