PLEXIGLAS® is one of the world’s most famous brands of plastic
PLEXIGLAS® is one of the world‘s most precious and versatile plastics. You meet PLEXIGLAS® every day, all your life. From aircraft construction and aircraft cabin windows to monitors and displays, as structural glazing, in noise barriers or in advertising, PLEXIGLAS® offers the tailormade, durably brilliant solution you are looking for.
It provides a clear view, lends shape and brilliance to a variety of objects, protects against rain, hail and stormy weather, withstands extreme pressure and heat, is break-resistant and faithfully reflects the world in all its color.
PLEXIGLAS® has made a name for itself in items that make life easier and safer, more varied and exciting, and that need to meet very stringent requirements.
The PLEXIGLAS® history
1933. A laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany. Dr. Otto Röhm has spent many years researching into special polymers with the aim of creating a kind of transparent rubber. Like so many times before, he pours an experimental compound between two sheets of glass and puts this compound on the windowsill before closing shop f r the day. Next morning, imagine his amazement: the new polymer on the windowsill is hard, crystal-clear and can be easily detached from the sheets of glass.
Otto Röhm is perplexed. So it wasn’t hard for him to choose a name: PLEXIGLAS® dates back to this moment, both as a product and a trademark. Röhm was a visionary, a man who was ahead of his time. He realized early on that a good material needed a good name, and applied for trademark protec - tion. After all, he said to himself, users would rather call a product PLEXIGLAS® than X1O4b. How right he was.
More than 80 years later: PLEXIGLAS® is one of the world’s most famous brands of plastic. It has become the embodiment of acrylic (chemical designation: polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA for short).
Development engineers are still working on new visionary ideas for using this material today. They keep trying out new products, rejecting some and improving others. They look outside the box for inspiration and innovative ways to realize projects that would not be possible without PLEXIGLAS®. That is what continues to drive them. In their heads, they create whole new worlds.
We produce material for inspired minds that shape the future. We set ourselves no limits, and we hope our customers don’t either. We look to the future without forgetting our origins. That is what makes us unique. Our actions are based on reliability and quality. Otto Röhm would certainly have agreed with that ‒ and maybe he’d be perplexed all over again.
PLEXIGLAS® is an extremely well-known brand – especially in Europe B2B customers are familiar with the brand. PLEXIGLAS® is also well known in China, by almost two thirds of the people.
Two brands, one product: Evonik markets PMMA molding compounds and sheet materials in the Americas under the ACRYLITE® trademark. Everywhere else in the world, the trademark is PLEXIGLAS®. This is because of the separation of the German and American branches of the business after World War II.
The PLEXIGLAS® family
PLEXIGLAS® is not just another plastic. It combines a plethora of properties and offers a unique range of solutions for highly specific applications. From impact resistant and heat-reflecting to special surface textures, wooden look-and-feel to solar applications: over the years, the PLEXIGLAS® family has produced specialties for the most diverse requirements.
These have now been grouped together under names that reveal the material’s key property at first glance. They apply equally to molding compounds and sheet material and to our two trademarks: PLEXIGLAS® throughout the world except in the Americas, where we market our products under the ACRYLITE® trademark.
This makes it easier for customers to find the product they seek, as they can see right away what the name stands for. PLEXIGLAS® Satinice, for instance, denotes light-diffusing materials with a matte satin surface; PLEXIGLAS® Textures refers to the surface structure.
The PLEXIGLAS® family contains 14 brands. Their names are self-explanatory and refer to the key property of the relevant material. Many products of the brands can be bought in this shop.