material will be produced per year for the African market. The products, which are manufactured in accordance with international quality standards, include standard formats as well as special sizes.
"Over the past years we have continuously expanded the visibility of the Plexiglas brand in Southern Africa with the aim of becoming the market leader in this region," explains Holger Morhart, Business Director of Evonik Acrylics Africa. In May 2012, to this end, Evonik entered into a joint venture with the South African plastics processor Ampaglas Plastics Group, one of the largest manufacturers of extruded plastics in Southern Africa. Since then, the partners have further expanded the distribution network under the name Evonik Acrylics Africa. Production will begin now in August at the plant in Elandsfontein. "Producing locally means we are more flexible and can respond more quickly to customer requests and offer them more competitive products and better service," says Morhart. "In doing so, we hope to further strengthen our good market position in this attractive growth region."
As a key sales market in Southern Africa, the major market segments are construction and architecture, signage, lighting technologies, and furniture, shopfitting, and exhibition stand construction. Due to its material properties, Plexiglas is particularly well suited to the intense solar radiation in the region:
UV radiation causes plastic to become yellow and brittle - thanks to its special chemical composition, Plexiglas is protected from this and at the same time enables a high degree of light transmission.
Evonik guarantees that semi-finished colorless Plexiglas will remain free from yellowing for up to 30 years; for colored products, color fastness will remain for up to ten years. The material can be processed in all conventional thermoplastic
processes and is 100 percent recyclable.
Evonik Industries is a worldwide manufacturer of PMMA products sold under the
Plexiglas trademark on the European, Asian, African and Australian continents
and under the Acrylite trademark in the Americas.