Press release
October 17, 2013

Surfaces that meet high requirements: PLEXIGLAS® Optical HC is scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant

  • Coated PLEXIGLAS® Optical for hard-wearing surfaces
  • High resistance to scratching and chemicals

The surfaces of furniture and showcases have to meet stringent requirements, especially at exhibitions, in museums and other public spaces. Visitors brush up against the glazing, zips scratch over the surface, and fingers leave a myriad of prints. The showcases therefore have to be frequently cleaned yet still offer a clear view of exhibits for years to come. The new coated PLEXIGLAS® Optical HC was specifically developed for applications like these.

The material is resistant to scratching and chemicals and is suitable for picture glazing, furniture, exhibition booths and shop fitting as well as museum constructions. Here, it is used in furniture panels where the transparent sheet can be backprinted as required, and provides a high-gloss surface. The coating on one side ensures that the surface quality remains intact even when exposed to heavy wear.

The hard coated PLEXIGLAS® Optical can be produced in thicknesses of 2 to 12 mm. The sheet is also UV-blocking and therefore protects pictures and exhibits against yellowing.

As a rule, both transparent and colored sheets can be provided with this coating. Textured surfaces, such as matte or anti-glare materials, can also be manufactured. At this point of time, the new PLEXIGLAS® grade is available in clear high-gloss.

A mirror-coated material was recently added to the transparent product grades. This is used particularly for making furniture, and offers obvious advantages as compared with glass mirrors: lighter weight and higher impact strength, among others.

PLEXIGLAS® Optical HC is produced under clean-room conditions on a new combined production line, with a specially developed coating. This provides sheets with an extremely scratch-resistant and chemical-resistant surface.

About Evonik

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders
in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik's corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2012 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €13.4 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.4 billion (excluding Real Estate in both cases).


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