The "Big Bang" of PEX goes back to 1933 after a potentially fatal explosion at the Imperial Chemical Industries laboratory in England.
January 25, 2008
According to Professor Thomas Engel, after the high-pressure experiment with ethylene gas went awry, little else was left behind except a white, wax-like precipitate in the remains of an autoclave. "It was the heat, pressure and the oxygen acting as a catalyst on the gas that left behind a material, which had properties that would soon change the world of plastics."
Excerpted from "The History and Influence of PEX Pipe on Indoor Environmental Quality" by Robert Bean ©2007