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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
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Chapter 9

I Introduction

II The Australian Chemical Industry

III Pharmaceuticals

IV Chemists In Other Industries

V The Dawn Of Modern Chemical Industry - High Pressure Synthesis

VI The Growth Of Synthetic Chemicals - Concentration, Rationalisation And International Links

VII Australian Industrial Chemical Research Laboratories

VIII The Plastics Industry

IX The Paint Industry
i The pioneers
ii The early years - home- and trade-made paints
iii Industrial manufacture
iv Some important developments in the 1920s and 30s
v Rapid growth in the 1950s and 60s
vi Some Australian inventions
vii Recent trends
viii Pigments manufacture
ix Trends in the chemical industry in the 1980s

X Acknowledgements



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Trends in the chemical industry in the 1980s (continued)

These are promising silver linings on the fringe of current technology; the targets of these projects are no longer Australian targets, they are also the targets of the world's most competitive companies. We are not only facing tougher competition overseas, but each new venture company is also facing the problem of maintaining a succession of successes. In total they will remain but a fragment of the economy. The second -perhaps the prime task -will be to maintain viability of the core industries, particularly the technology based industries in which Australia is already well equipped. In these the challenge will remain what it has been in the past, to be integrated with international technology and to build our own advances from this basis. The ultimate technological and economic success will come from a balance between these two streams, new, original Australian ventures and integration of our improvements with international technology.

It is the historian's -even the non-professional historian's -privilege to merely look back and try to learn from the past; it is the next generation's task to reinterpret the lessons and, with a sharpened eye, to shape the future.

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