Evonik Acrylics Africa begins production at extrusion plant in Johannesburg
Mary Page Bailey
Evonik Industries AG’s (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) joint venture with Ampaglas Plastics Group, Evonik Acrylics Africa (EAA), has begun production at a new extrusion plant in South Africa. Located in Johannesburg, the plant will produce extruded Plexiglas sheets. With an initial number of 20 employees and a new extrusion facility, some several thousand metric tons of semi-finished material will be produced per year for the African market. The products, which are manufactured in accordance with international quality standards, include standard formats as well as special sizes. The material can be processed in all conventional thermoplastic processes and is 100% recyclable.
In May 2012, Evonik Industries AG established the EAA joint venture together with the South African plastics processor, Ampaglas Plastics Group. The joint venture is based in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Evonik holds a 51% stake. The aim of the joint venture is to produce Plexiglas sheets and market them in particular in the growing markets of the African continent. The focus here lies on the construction and architecture market segments and the design-oriented segments of lighting technologies as well as furniture, shopfitting, and exhibition stand construction.