While the materials wood, stone, bronze and iron dominated past epochs, today many new materials shape technical development. Above all, plastics are the basis of our industrial society.
Objects excavated by archaeologists show that almost the same materials were used from the Iron Age until the 20th century. It was only with the invention of new types of plastics that traditional materials were replaced. The new materials are superior to the old ones in terms of their properties, and they are further improved through research to meet the ever-increasing demands.
The form and function of many objects remain almost identical despite new types of materials. Even if we now live in a plastic age - the shape of a spoon has remained unchanged over thousands of years, regardless of whether it is made of clay, wood, or plastic.