Press release
March 1, 2011

Durable, ecological and recyclable

EuroShop 2011, Hall 10, Booth D 54

• PLEXIGLAS® is durable and can be completely recycled
• Eco-balance to DIN ISO 14040 ff for PLEXIGLAS®
• PLEXIGLAS® burns without smoke and without releasing acutely toxic gases

Many plastics show visible yellowing in the course of time. That is why a 10-year guarantee of transparency is the norm in the world of plastics. PLEXIGLAS® is different: Evonik guarantees that clear-transparent sheets will remain free from yellowing for 30 years. Where other transparent plastic sheets have to be exchanged twice after their original installation, PLEXIGLAS® remains almost unchanged and therefore makes a major contribution to conserving resources. This was also one of the outstanding points in its favor in the recently performed eco-balance examinations.

The environmental impact of PLEXIGLAS® from production to recycling was examined and rated positively in this eco-balance in accordance with DIN ISO 14040ff.

Apart from its durability, PLEXIGLAS® is also convincing in terms of recycling. It can be broken down into its original chemical constituents or directly and completely recycled.

Nowadays, corporate decisions focus on the interests of present and future generations, and on economic, ecological and social concerns. It is with this responsibility in mind that we produce PLEXIGLAS® by means of environmentally sound processes. We ensure that our products are environmentally compatible and contain no harmful substances.

Thus, for example, PLEXIGLAS® is free from hormone-related substances and heavy metals. It contains neither asbestos nor formaldehyde, CFCs, PCB, PCT or plasticizers. In addition, PLEXIGLAS® complies with the relevant directives for use in toys and packaging.

PLEXIGLAS® also offers effective protection against UV radiation, which is known to cause skin damage. A transparent roof made of PLEXIGLAS® has a UV protection factor of UPF 50+.

PLEXIGLAS® is distinguished by its lack of toxicity in the event of a fire. It does not produce any acutely toxic smoke gases or dense smoke, which means that escape and rescue routes remain visible.

The Performance Polymers Business Unit of 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 trademark ACRYLITE® in the Americas.

About Evonik

Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany. In our core business of specialty chemicals, we are a global leader. In addition, Evonik is an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our company’s performance is shaped by creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2009 about 39,000 employees generated sales of about €13.1 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of about €2.0 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.