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Plastic on steel = PLATAL

Hoesch AG diversifies in the 1960s: House ‘L 141’


Ferrum 89/2017

Starting in the 1950s, Hoesch, the German steel company, invested in the development of anti-corrosive plastic coatings to steel surfaces. The product is known as PLATAL and was used for consumer goods (e. g. powder compacts or cigarette cases), for hoppers or bins in the chemical industry or for outdoor and indoor cladding on buildings. These plastic-coated steel sheets opened the way for developments such as TEKTAL, a roofing system made of PLATAL, and wall elements with double-sided PLATAL insulation. As this diversification raised acceptance of prefabricated components and housing, the steel company was able to participate in the building boom of the late 1950s/early 1960s in the Federal Republic of Germany, a government-sponsored phase of materials experimentation that was driven by construction and manufacturing considerations.


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