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DOING IT RIGHT SINCE 1950

The Plaskolite success story spans six decades. See how it all began.

1951

Plastic drinking straws gave us our first taste of success.

1952

Plaskolite introduces the "lifetime fly swatter," the must-have accessory for every front porch.

1954

As fluorescent lighting fixtures become popular, Plaskolite begins extruding prismatic patterned lenses.

1960

Remember the hula hoop craze? Plaskolite manufactured hula hoops in the early sixties.

1970

Plaskolite begins producing smooth acrylic sheets for storm doors and windows; it's much safer than plate glass.

1974

Plaskolite builds its first polymer plant, enabling us to produce our own pellets for sheet production.

1994

With the purchase of MIR-ACRYL, Plaskolite begins producing mirrored acrylic sheet; security mirrors; and hard-coated acrylic sheet products.

1996

Plaskolite acquires Continental Acrylics, a specialty polymers business.

1997

The acquisition of RAM PRODUCTS' flat sheet business enables Plaskolite to begin production of 19 acrylic mirror colors.

2000

In August, Plaskolite completes construction on a state-of-the-art 245,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Zanesville, Ohio.

2006

Plaskolite acquired Bunker Plastics, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate mirror; formed security and transportation mirror; and performance enhancement plastic coatings.

2007

Plaskolite acquires the continuously processed acrylic sheet division of Lucite International, including manufacturing plants in Olive Branch, Miss., and Monterrey, Mexico.

2012

Plaskolite acquires the North American VIVAK® line of PETG sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

2014

Plaskolite acquires the mirror sheet product line
from SPECCHIDEA s.r.l. of Torino, Italy.

What it is

Uniting incredible strength with aesthetic beauty

Acrylic is a plastic manufactured using one or more derivatives of acrylic acid. Polymethyl Methacrylate acrylic, or PMMA, is one of the more widely used forms of acrylic due to its exceptional weatherability, strength, clarity and versatility. There are a variety of acrylic polymer grades available for extrusion and injection molding manufacturing processes. Transparent, translucent opaque and colored polymers are available with varying levels of heat resistance, light transmissions, impact strength, flow rates and release capabilities. PMMA acrylic sheet exhibits glass-like qualities – clarity, brilliance, transparency, translucence – at half the weight with up to 10 times the impact resistance. It can be tinted or colored, mirrored or made opaque. A number of coatings can be applied to a sheet or finished part for performance enhancing characteristics such as scratch resistance, anti-fogging, glare reduction and solar reflectivity.

Because it's thermoplastic and softens under extremely high temperatures, acrylic can be formed to virtually any shape. Incredibly durable, acrylic is a suitable solution for over a broad temperature range, and has superior weathering properties compared to other plastics.

Physical Benefits of Acrylic

Formable With a little heat, it's easy to shape and mold.
Durable Impact resistance that stands the test of time.
Weatherable Stands up to the elements longer than other plastics.
Non-Yellowing A 10-year, limited warranty that guarantees no yellowing.

Today Plaskolite acrylic products are specified for use in thousands of products due to their high quality, exceptional clarity, ease in processing and design flexibility. From point-of-purchase displays to signage, medical devices, lighting, electronics and dozens of other applications, Plaskolite has an acrylic solution to meet the most demanding specifications.

Road Tested

Many motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile manufacturers choose acrylic sheet for side windows or rear windows, thanks to its ability to withstand whatever the road can throw at it, from dirt and grime to pebbles and rocks.

 

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More Durable, Greater Strength

Find out why acrylic is chosen over glass, polycarbonate and other materials.

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Perfect Your Design

Whatever color, pattern or texture you need, find it with one of Plaskolite’s many finishes.

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Cut, Machine, Bend, Finish

Plaskolite acrylic sheets can be easily formed and finished using tools you have in your shop.

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