THE PLASTICS MUSEUM |
AT PONT CANAVESE
The museum of Pont Canavese is the first Italian museum of plastics and one of the first of its kind in the world. It is housed in the Palazzina di Rappresentanza of the Sandretto factory and it one of the largest and most varied collections of old plastic artifacts in the world, including ebonite, celluloid, casein, Bakelite and the plastics of our times.
The collection was started in 1985 and gradually became larger in the years that followed until it had more than 2,500 pieces catalogued. At that point Sandretto thought it was the duty of a company among the world leaders of the plastics industry to enhance these articles and make them available for the public and scholars to view in an appropriate setting.
The choice of Pont Canavese was made based on its symbolic meaning because it represents an acknowledgment of the technological roots of the company and the reinforcement of its ties with a tradition that goes back to the eighteenth century.
Sandretto settled in Pont in 1971, thereby renewing a long history of industrial initiatives that the inexorable laws of economics had interrupted at the end of the 1960s. In the Canavese town Sandretto has been operating for over twenty years manufacturing molding machines for plastics. Its connection to the community of Pont has become so solid that it did not hesitate in choosing the town as the home of its museum dedicated to the thousands of researchers, technicians and workers who, over the past 130 years, have contributed to the creation and development of the plastics era in which we are still living today.
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AND ITS HISTORY