Evonik expands capacities for extruded PLEXIGLAS® sheets with an abrasion-resistant coating in Weiterstadt
New extrusion line with annual capacity of 10,000 tons
Simultaneous startup of a abrasion-resistant coating line
The Evonik Acrylic Polymers Business Line is about to expand capacity for extruded PLEXIGLAS® sheets at its Weiterstadt site through investments totaling some EUR 8 million. The new extrusion line has an annual capacity of 10,000 tons. At the same time, a new line for abrasion-resistant coating is being installed. Both modules are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011.
This combination of extrusion and coating lines and a specially developed coating enables production of abrasion-resistant coated sheets with thicknesses between 1.5 to 16 millimeters. The special PLEXIGLAS® grades are used in all applications with stringent demands for robust, abrasion-resistant surfaces. These include furniture making and interior design, store fixtures, safety glazing for machines and equipment, and display technology. Initial sample sheets from trial production runs met with lively interest in the market.
“With these investments to produce high-quality PLEXIGLAS® sheets with an abrasion-resistant coating, we are once again focusing on specialty products, which helps us tap into additional markets and gain new customers,” says Michael Träxler, Senior Vice President of the Acrylic Polymers Business Line.
The Performance Polymers Business Unit of Evonik Industries is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the PLEXIGLAS® trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents and under the trademark ACRYLITE® in the Americas.
Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany. In our core business of specialty chemicals, we are a global leader. In addition, Evonik is an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our company’s performance is shaped by creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability.
Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2009 about 39,000 employees generated sales of about €13.1 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of about €2.0 billion.
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