The Cycolac Years
In 1961 Anchor formed a Joint Venture with Marbon Chemical of the USA to establish a plant at Grangemouth to make thermoplastics – Marbon Cycolac ABS.
ABS was one of the earliest engineering plastics available and started being used in a huge number of applications such as telephones and business machines. Between 1961 and 1967, global sales for Cycolac jumped 350%, cornering half the market in ABS resins.
Hardies were closely involved with the sale of Cycolac to Hoover for their vacuum cleaners which were manufactured in Cambuslang near Glasgow and also to NCR in Dundee for their early cash register machines. Another major customer at that time was the Singer Sewing Machine company in Clydebank.
The company was also responsible for the sales of Cycolac to the Irish market with Krups (food blenders) being their largest customer.
Cycolac was then acquired by Borg Warner Chemicals, and then sold on again to General Electric (GE) Plastics in 1988. Hardies continued as the Sales Agent for both companies until 1999. (In 2007 GE Plastics was acquired by SABIC from Saudi.)
Hardies continue to offer Cycolac ABS to our customers to this day, along with a vast range of other engineering polymers.