The modern chemical industry dates back to the mid-19th century when scientists in Western Europe began synthesizing chemicals that could be substituted for natural products. The World War I era stimulated the development of the petrochemical industry, with the British extracting benzene and toluene from petroleum.
Products Made from Petrochemicals include plastics, soaps, detergents, solvents (such as paint thinner), paints, drugs, fertilizer, pesticides, explosives, synthetic fibers and rubbers, and flooring and insulating materials. Petrochemicals are found in such common products as aspirin, cars, clothing, compact discs, video tapes, electronic equipment, furniture, and much more.
Chart of Products Made from Petrochemicals
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