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Evonik doubles capacity for PMMA in the US; caters to auto market

TPEs: Cutting back on emissions in vehicle

Germany’s Evonik has commenced operation of an additional line for compounding its Acrylite polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) at its site in Osceola, Ark, US. The expansion nearly doubles the compounding capacity of the specialty moulding compounds produced at this site. The business Line is said to be the only PMMA manufacturer in the world that has fully integrated MMA/PMMA production networks with downstream compounding in the Americas, Europe, and Asia and intends to build on that strength by offering locally produced specialty molding compound products in each region.

The new line is supporting the increasing demand in the Americas region for specialty acrylic-based compounds such as impact modified, piano black or diffusion grades, said Siamak Djafarian, head of Molding Compounds Product Line within Evonik’s Performance Materials Segment. "This new line will support the global approach of moulding compounds with a regional reach which is essential in key industries such as automotive and lighting."

TPEs: Cutting back on emissions in vehicle

"Demand continues to grow in the US, Mexico, and South America," adds Jack Chenault, head of the Americas region for the Performance Materials Segment.

Evonik announced in January 2018 its plans to add the additional compounding line. "

Acrylite is used in all applications especially for properties of weather resistance, colourfastness, high brilliance and transparency as well as hardness and abrasion resistance.

(IMA)


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