Press release
October 28, 2010

K 2010. PLEXIGLAS® for super-flat televisions with a sharp picture

K 2010, hall 6, booth B28

  • Flatter TVs through LED edge lighting with PLEXIGLAS® light guides
  • No diffusion or absorption losses
  • 30 percent lower electricity consumption per television due to energy-efficient backlighting


Televisions are becoming ever flatter and more energy-saving. PLEXIGLAS® POQ66 was specially developed for these applications.

Energy efficiency with a flat design
The specialty product from Evonik shows particularly high light transmission combined with a low refractive index, making it the ideal material for manufacturing light guides. This makes it especially suitable for LCD televisions that have an edge-lit backlight unit. With this, LEDs feed light into a light guide plate via the edges. This provides uniform backlighting of the display. The plate is the central element of the backlight unit, and means that televisions can be made flatter and more attractive. At the same time, they save electricity because they use LEDs instead of cold-cathode tubes, and require fewer light sources than for direct backlighting. What’s more, with light guide plates made of PLEXIGLAS® POQ66, no light is lost by absorption or diffusion.

“Light guide plates for this application can only be made from PMMA, because of the required material properties,” says Dr. Alexander Laschitsch, Manager of the Optically Functional Materials Segment, Business Development at Acrylic Polymers. “Only this highly transparent material enables the manufacture of edge-lit LED backlight units, which are much more energyefficient than the previous technology.” This is mainly due to the material’s high transmission.
Its optimal light refraction also provides high light transmission. “PLEXIGLAS® has the lowest refractive index (1.49) of all commercially available transparent plastics. The Fresnel reflection upon entry into the light guide plate is only 3.8 percent,” says Laschitsch.

The material also has to remain transparent in the long term so as not to distort color rendition. Some plastics turn yellow over the years and the picture suffers in consequence. As a neutralcolored material, PMMA has no negative influence on colors, and therefore provides durably natural rendition.

Evonik is also testing future demands to be met by light guide plates made from PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds. “We are currently testing new structures that are to improve light output,” Laschitsch explains. “More light is required from the backlight unit especially for the new 3D televisions, which are also to save even more energy, if possible.”

Exceptional solutions in plastics are no exception for us

 Working together with its customers and partners, Evonik develops products and system solutions for and with plastics. We thus have a range of services that satisfies market and application requirements.

Evonik is present in all major growth markets around the globe. Its customized products and solutions include raw materials, sophisticated additives and paints, engineering plastics, high-performance polymers, and semi-finished products. They are virtually exactly what is needed for tomorrow’s efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly ideas.


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

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.


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