Since their discovery in the 1930s with the invention of PCTFE (polychlorotrifluoroethylene), Fluoropolymers have played an essential role in many industrial applications.
Today, Fluoropolymers are renowned for their superior non-stick properties associated with their use as a coating on cookware and as a soil and stain repellent for fabrics and textile products.They also contribute to significant advancement in areas such as aerospace, , electronics, automotive, industrial processes (chemical and power sectors, including renewable energy), architecture, food and pharma and medical applications.
The most well-known member of Fluoropolymers is PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) discovered in 1938.
PTFE is inert to virtually all chemicals and is considered to be the most slippery material in existence. These properties have made it one of the most valuable and versatile plastics, After the discovery of PTFE, fluoropolymers family expanded with for example ePTFE discovered in 1968.
The family further expanded with the introduction of the combination of fluorinated or non-fluorinated monomers which allowed the industry to design a large number of different fluoropolymers with a wide range of processing and use temperatures.