MOSCOW (MRC) -- Åvonik has approved
construction on a new production plant for high-quality flat films made from
multi-layer polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), said the producer on its
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.
"With the investment we have now approved, we are
strengthening our role as innovation leader for acrylic-based technologies and
products," said Martin Kramer, head of the Acrylic Products Business Line. 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," says Kramer.
Multi-layered PMMA films are used in medical technology, window and
facade construction, and in the graphics industry. As recently as mid-January,
Evonik presented facade 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. "With the new multi-layer
films, we can ensure the longevity of such exterior components for facades,"
says Michael Enders, head of film activities at Acrylic Products. 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 consumers genuine added value,” says Enders. “Wider
multi-layer PMMA films allow particularly long-lasting and sustainable products
and offer our customers new design and processing possibilities."
earlier, High Perfomance Polymers Business Line within the Resource
Efficiency Segment of Evonik Industries, Essen (Germany), is increasing the
prices of its polyamide 12-based products by around 6%, to the extent
permissable under existing agreements.
Evonik, the creative industrial
group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Its
activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency
and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and
integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around