1930s

DuPont chemists’ early 1921 discovery leads to the development of Lucite acrylic in 1936. Lucite® is registered as a trademark in 1937. It replaces glass in Spitfire Fighter Plane canopies for WWII.
 

1940s

Lucite® (Perspex® in the UK) used for key military applications such as airplane windshields, canopies, bomber noses, submarine periscopes and gunner turrets.
 

1950s

Lucite® handbags rise in popularity among celebrities to become a must-have accessory. Nifty Fifties see Lucite® acrylic used to create TV-set lenses lowering their price while increasing their size.
 

1960s

Lucite® acrylic is used in “mass-produced” furniture by people like Charles Hollis Jones, US artist and furniture designer recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for his work using the brand.
 

1970s

First modern continuous cast acrylic sheet line is installed in Memphis, TN. Furniture designers push the limits of Lucite®. Bathtubs made from acrylic start appearing in homes throughout the country.
 

1980s

Fashion catwalks to car tail light covers, spas to signage, Lucite® is used in everyday products. Development of laser etching and other fabrications techniques opens new possibilities for Lucite® acrylic.
 

1990s

Big brands maximize the creative features of Lucite® using it for corporate identity, signage and more. Super-size signs, illuminated billboards are possible due to its large-scale manufacturing capabilities.
 

2016+

Lucite® marks 80 years of continuous growth and is established as the world’s original, premier, most-loved acrylic brand. Its potential to add value to an ever-expanding range of applications has just begun.
 

2000s

The retail and hospitality sectors increase their use of Lucite® for POS, interior schemes, advertising and directional signage. Bespoke illuminated signage, and high-specification design applications boom.
 

2010-2015

LuciteLux® brand name launched to distinguish products engineered for design, architecture, lighting. Suitable for use with LEDs and all light sources, LuciteLux® is material of choice for illuminations.