Evonik started production of the world’s largest format aviation materials made of PLEXIGLAS from its most advanced stretching and polishing plant located at Weiterstadt, 20 kilometers South of Frankfurt. The production of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheets 5.4 meters long and 3.7 meters wide – the largest format available worldwide, conforming to Mil P-25690 for the North American market and EN 4366 for the European market, started at the end of 2017. The construction of the new plant has been done with an investment of two-digit million euros. With the new plant, Evonik’s Performance Materials Segment is now positioned as a full-service supplier of cast and stretched PMMA sheets for the aviation industry.
Martin Krämer, head of the Acrylic Products Business Line, said, “With this format, we are making it possible for our partners in the aviation industry to develop entirely new aircraft designs. As the innovation leader in acrylic products, we can guarantee the highest quality standards and absolute reliability with our PLEXIGLAS brand.”
Dr. Michael Pack, a member of the Board of Management of Evonik Performance Materials GmbH, added, “This consistent forward integration is an important element in the intelligent shaping of our ChemicalBusiness.”
Stretched PMMA sheets offer improved impact resistance and higher chemical resistance in comparison to cast PMMA materials and is especially suited to meet the extremely high requirements of the aviation industry.
“Our new plant supplies the largest sheets available anywhere in the world with the lowest possible thickness tolerances. This is real proof of our passion to continue to develop our PLEXIGLAS brand acrylic glass – as our vision says, ‘Evolution in acrylics is our passion’,” says Martin Krämer.
The Performance Materials Segment is managed by Evonik Performance Materials GmbH.