DARMSTADT/WEITERSTADT, Germany -- Evonik has approved construction on a new production plant for high-quality flat films made from multi-layer polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). To finance the project, the company plans to invest a sum in the double-digit millions in its Weiterstadt site. The plant is scheduled to supply the initial commercial film batches by the end of 2018. A number of new jobs will be created.
Evolution in Acrylics
Martin Krämer, head of the Acrylic Products Business Line, said:
“With the investment we have now approved, we are strengthening our role as innovation leader for acrylic-based technologies and products. The new plant will enable production of extremely wide films with a previously unachieved number of layers. This is an example of how we are putting our vision 'Evolution in acrylics is our passion' into daily business.”
New Applications for Multi-layer PMMA Films
Multi-layered PMMA films are used in medical technology, window and façade construction, and in the graphics industry. As recently as mid-January, Evonik presented façade elements made from fiberglass plates equipped with a top layer made of PLEXIGLAS® film at the BAU 2017 tradeshow. The thermoset resin and glass fibers are protected in such a way that the plates also have an aesthetically pleasing and brilliant appearance.
Michael Enders, head of film activities at Acrylic Products, said:
“With the new multi-layer films, we can ensure the longevity of such exterior components for façades. The demand for extremely long-lasting and sustainable products has become increasingly important, particularly in the construction and architecture segment.”
“The new plant will also allow completely new film compositions. We're expanding our offerings of custom-designed specialty films that offer not only our customers but also the consumer’s genuine added value. Wider multi-layer PMMA films allow particularly long-lasting and sustainable products and offer our customers new design and processing possibilities."
Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals, operating in the Nutrition & Care, Resource Efficiency and Performance Materials segments. The company benefits from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. In 2015 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around €13.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.47 billion.
About Performance Materials
The Performance Materials Segment is managed by Evonik Performance Materials GmbH. The segment focuses its global activities on developing and manufacturing polymer materials and intermediates, especially for use in agriculture and in the rubber and plastics industry. In 2015, the segment’s roughly 4,400 employees generated sales about €3.4 billion.
About Acrylic Products
The Acrylic Products Business Line of Evonik’s Performance Materials Segment manufactures the inspiring brand plastic PLEXIGLAS® and offers a wide range of specialty semi-finished products for a variety of future-oriented applications.
Major markets for PLEXIGLAS® are the aviation industries, architecture and the construction industry, lighting and design applications, electronics and communication, furniture and exhibition booth construction as well as store fixtures.