February 14, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft
Evonik Industries says it has approved plans to construct a production plant for flat films made from multi-layer polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) at the company’s Weiterstadt, Germany, site. Evonik says it plans to invest a sum in the double-digit millions for the project. The start of production is planned for the end of 2018, the company says.
“We are strengthening our role as innovation leader for acrylic-based technologies and products," says Martin Krämer, head of acrylic products at Evonik. “The new plant will enable production of extremely wide films with a previously unachieved number of layers."
Multi-layered PMMA films are used in medical technology, window and façade construction, and in the graphics industry. Evonik recently presented at a tradeshow building façade elements made from fiberglass plates equipped with a top layer made of PMMA film. The thermoset resin and glass fibers are protected so that the plates also have an aesthetically pleasing appearance, the company says. “With the new multi-layer films, we can ensure the longevity of such exterior components for façades,” says Michael Enders, head of film activities/acrylic products at Evonik. The demand for extremely long-lasting and sustainable products has become increasingly important, particularly in the construction and architecture segment, according to Enders.
The new plant will also allow production of completely new film compositions, Evonik says.