Expansion of US compounding capacity for PMMA / Strengthening of integrated production network
With the planned start-up of a new compounding line at Osceola, Arkansas / USA in the first quarter of 2019, German speciality chemicals and plastics producer Evonik (Essen; www.evonik.com) said it will nearly double its capacity for the speciality moulding compounds produced at the site. Capacity figures were not disclosed. Construction is due to begin shortly on the new line that the company said will strengthen its fully integrated MMA/PMMA network. Siamak Djafarian, head of Molding Compounds, said Evonik is the only PMMA manufacturer worldwide that has fully integrated MMA/PMMA production networks with downstream compounding in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Jack Chenault, head of the Americas region for the Performance Materials segment, said the capacity addition is in response to increasing demand for the company’s “Acrylite” brand PMMA, which is said to be characterised by good weather resistance, colourfastness, high brilliance and transparency, as well as hardness and abrasion resistance. Chenault said demand is growing in the US as well as in Mexico and South American markets, in particular for construction, lighting and automotive applications that require a “sophisticated level of quality.”
12.01.2018 Plasteurope.com [238756-0]
Published on 12.01.2018
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