In early 2018, Evonik plans to start construction of an additional line for expanding the production of its ACRYLITE trademarked PMMA at its site in Osceola, Arkansas (USA). The new compounding line, scheduled for the first quarter of 2019, will nearly double the production capacity of the Methacrylates Business Line for the specialty molding compounds produced there.
Siamak Djafarian, Head of the Molding Compounds Product Line within Evonik’s Performance Materials Segment, said, “Expanding the compounding capacity in Osceola is the next logical step in our efforts to implement our global strategy for specialty molding compounds. We are the only PMMA manufacturer in the world that has fully integrated MMA/PMMA production networks with downstream compounding in the Americas, Europe, and Asia”.
Jack Chenault, the head of the Americas region for the Performance Materials Segment, added, “The expansion is a response to increasing demand for ACRYLITE. Demand is on the rise in the US and in the growing Mexican and South American markets, especially for construction, lighting, and automotive applications that require a sophisticated level of quality.”
ACRYLITE molding compounds have wide applications for weather resistance, colorfastness, high brilliance and transparency as well as hardness and abrasion resistance. In cooperation with specialists from the plastics industry and their suppliers, Product Line Molding Compounds develops new ACRYLITE products for innovative applications.
Evonik, a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA, sells in the European, Asian, African and Australian continents with its ACRYLITE and ACRYMID trademarks. The company focuses on customer-orientated innovative prowess and a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture.