Pratley Putty was developed in the early 1960’s by George Montague “Monty” Pratley, the founder and owner of the Pratley Manufacturing and Engineering Company and provided an alternative way to join items over more common methods like nut and bolt sets.
It quickly outgrew its initial purpose as an insulator and adhesive for repairing terminals inside cable junction boxes to become a popular repair medium on a variety of different materials.
Some of the more famous and unusual uses to which Pratley Putty has been put are:
- The putty was included in the 1969 Apollo XI moon mission, earning it the reputation of being the only South African product ever to go into space. During the mission the putty was used to repair part of the Eagle’s landing gear.
- Pratley Putty was used to stop the cracking in one of the main supports of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge
- Two sunken ships off South Africa’s coastline had holes in their hulls repaired with Pratley Putty and were subsequently re-floated
The success of Pratley proves yet again that South African inventors and manufacturers are world class and capable of impacting the world with unique products.
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