Press release

Evonik Acrylics Africa expands with a new location in Cape Town

March 5, 2018

Cape Town, Eastern Cape South Africa, February 18, 2018 – Evonik Acrylics Africa (EAA), a specialty plastics manufacturing company within Evonik Industries, announced the opening of its Cape Town offices and technical training facility.

EAA is committed to extending the distribution and accessibility of its world-leading acrylic brand, PLEXIGLAS®, to African consumers. The investment in additional infrastructure and staff in the Eastern Cape supports this growth and provides a much-needed technical training center. At an intimate opening function at the new premises, customers had the opportunity to network with EAA staff and investigate the exciting array of tools and equipment that forms part of the training facility. The offices feature elements such as custom manufactured lighting, planters, furniture, and décor, all produced from PLEXIGLAS®.

“We take pride in our ability to advise customers on acrylic product selection, applications and working guidelines. With the increased brand presence for PLEXIGLAS® in recent years also came the realization that there is a huge demand for focused technical training. We have the technical competence to improve the skill levels of our customers, help them grow their businesses, and service the market better,” said Holger Morhart, General Manager of Evonik Acrylics Africa.

Evonik’s Technical Training Manager Mr. David van Eyk, will be responsible for a series of ongoing training workshops at the new Cape Town premises and at different locations across Southern Africa, whilst newly appointed Technical Services Representative Christallo Immelman takes on the role of sales and product support. “Skills development within the industries we serve is a key focus area for business development and we are proud of the technical competence of our staff,” concluded Holger Morhart. “We look forward to an exciting year working with our distribution partners and clients.”

About Evonik Acrylics Africa
Acrylics Africa's (EAA's) South African manufacturing facility in Elandsfontein produces PLEXIGLAS® sheets to the highest international standards and benefits the African market with increased flexibility, shorter response times, and direct access to materials. The plant has the capacity to produce special length sheets to order, thus servicing unique applications in challenging industries.

PLEXIGLAS® stands out from other thermoplastics due to its extremely long service life and high resistance to UV and weathering. It is also the only acrylic sheet available on the market with a warranty of 30 years on clear grades and 10 years on colored grades.

This is especially beneficial for Africa's high levels of UV radiation. PLEXIGLAS® offers high light transmission and unlimited coloring options and can be fabricated with all thermoforming methods, which offers huge creative scope.

About Evonik
Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The focus on more specialty businesses, customer-orientated innovative prowess and a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. They are the lever for profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company. Evonik benefits specifically from its customer proximity and leading market positions. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world with more than 36,000 employees. In fiscal 2016, the enterprise generated sales of around €12.7 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.165 billion.

About Performance Materials
The Performance Materials Segment is managed by Evonik Performance Materials GmbH. The segment focuses its global activities on developing and manufacturing polymer materials and intermediates, especially for use in agriculture and in the rubber and plastics industry. In 2016, the segment’s roughly 4,400 employees generated sales about €3.2 billion.

In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.

PLEXIGLAS® is a registered trademark of Evonik Röhm GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany.

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.