Founded in 1945, Industrial Laminates/Norplex, Inc. developed its offerings from basic plastic items to a line of advanced industrial laminated plastics. Over the decades, Norplex cultivated its plastic laminate technology to service the construction, transportation, and aerospace industries while expanding its presence in North America, Western Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Meanwhile, Micarta began its legacy forty years earlier in 1905 when George Westinghouse trademarked several mica patents under the Micarta name. Over the next century, Micarta pioneered decorative laminate applications for uses as
diverse as household furniture to space shuttle components.
In 2003, the merger of IL/Norplex, Inc. and Micarta Insulation Materials Division brought together two giants of the laminate industry, each with a legacy of innovation. Norplex-Micarta's vast product line of sheet, rod, tube, and molded parts services the oil & gas, power generation, military/aerospace, construction, heavy industry, electronics, electrical devices, medical devices, and transportation markets throughout the world.
In 2013, Norplex-Micarta opened a new factory in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China. Changzhou Micarta Composite Material Company, Ltd. will continue the Norplex-Micarta tradition of high quality, innovative new products, and excellent service for customers in China and beyond.