Evonik has commenced operation of an additional line for compounding its ACRYLITE polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) at its site in Osceola, Ark. The addition of the new line doubles the compounding capacity of the specialty molding compounds at this site. Evonik has fully integrated MMA/PMMA production networks with downstream compounding in the Americas, Europe, and Asia to offer locally produced specialty molding compound products in each region.
Siamak Djafarian, head of Molding Compounds Product Line within Evonik’s Performance Materials Segment, said, “The start-up of this new compounding line demonstrates the commitment of the Molding Compounds business to supporting the increasing demand in the Americas region for specialty acrylic-based compounds such as impact modified, piano black or diffusion grades. This new line will support the global approach of Molding Compounds with a regional reach which is essential in key industries such as Automotive and Lighting.”
Jack Chenault, head of the Americas region for the Performance Materials Segment, commented, “Demand for ACRYLITE molding compounds continues to grow in the U.S., Mexico, and South America. We want to be able to deliver our high-quality products and services to our customers in the most competitive and reliable way and help them meet their growing needs. With this additional compounding line, we are investing in a market that continues to show positive development and promises strong growth potential.”
ACRYLITE molding compounds have satisfactory performance in all applications with unparalleled characteristics such as weather resistance, colorfastness, high brilliance and transparency as well as hardness and abrasion resistance.
Evonik, a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products, sell PMMA products in the European, Asian, African and Australian continents under the PLEXIGLAS and PLEXIMID trademarks and under the ACRYLITE and ACRYMID trademarks in the Americas.