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Improved visibility and safety aboard aircraft?

In the aircraft industry weight reduction is a key factor to reduce fuel consumption. Aircraft manufacturers are always looking for materials that are lighter in weight but with at least the same quality level as their heavier counterparts. That’s where Evonik comes in with PLEXIGLAS® PMMA, one of the world’s most precious and versatile plastics. Because of its ultra-high transparency and impact strength and properties like thermal insulation, UV protection and ample possibilities of molding, PLEXIGLAS® is being used as glazing for aircraft and helicopters.

PMMA was first developed by Dr. Otto Röhm, who registered it in 1933 under the trademark PLEXIGLAS®. Evonik 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. PMMA has many applications, in the market sectors, for example, architecture/design, industry construction, visual communication/lighting, medical applications and automotive, aircraft. After more than 80 years, PMMA is still under active development and the product range still growing. As a researcher or innovation manager you could be part of the team that develops the next generation PLEXIGLAS®. 

But innovation not always comes from scientists and engineers. Product managers, marketers and communication experts are also looking for new markets and new applications of the current product line. Then there is of course production, quality control and customer experience, all being parts of the two business lines producing PMMA semi-products and PMMA molding compounds. Worldwide they are working as a team to make the products even more successful and attending to the ever-growing demand of this premium plastics. One of the latest developments is the increasing use of non-transparent, colored PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds in the automotive industry for lower body parts of the car. This application is possible thanks to increased impact strength, scratch resistance and weather resistance.

The possibilities are endless, contributing to more sustainability, more comfort and more safety through its excellent characteristics. Look for our opportunities to make it contribute to your career too. 

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PMMA®

PLEXIGLAS®

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FULL CHEMICAL NAME

Polymethyl methacrylate

INVENTION DATE OF PLEXIGLAS

1933

DID YOU KNOW…

PLEXIGLAS® is twice as light as traditional mineral glass and much easier to shape.

APPLICATIONS

Furniture front and wall cladding, roof and facade, domestic and commercial greenhouse, signage and lighting applications, automotive lighting applications and body parts, aircraft passage cabin windows and cockpit glazing, noise and wind barriers, traffic control materials, aquariums and swimming pool windows, electronic devices, medical devices and diagnostics

PRODUCTION SITES

The entire production takes place in Worms, Weiterstadt, Bad König, Wörth, Podolsk in Europa; Osceola, Sanford in Americas; Taichung, Shanghai in Asia; Elandsfontein in Africa

DID YOU KNOW…

PMMA can illuminate different fields of view on the road with LED light, depending on the vehicle speed

DID YOU KNOW…

The glazing of the Eurocopter EC135 is made from PLEXIGLAS® to guarantee clear visibility and maximum safety

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