Here we present some of the most important innovations in Rohm and Haas's history and explain how those innovations came about through experimentation, determination, and collaboration. Some, like Plexiglas, became household words, while others have been much more behind the scenes. Together, these innovations have had a significant, sometimes profound, impact on the world.
A little over 100 years ago, a young German scientist decided he could make a product that would improve the way leather was made. This product, Oropon, ultimately improved the quality of leather goods and the daily lives of those working in the tanneries. The foundations of Rohm and Haas were built on that one innovation. For the next 100 years, the company grew from a small partnership to a global Fortune 500 corporation by dedicating itself to science-based innovation, whether that meant a new way to paint a house, a better method for purifying water, or a revolutionary process for polishing computer chips.