English
SHOW HISTORY

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.

Duraplex Properties

 

PhysicalTest methodUnitsDURAPLEX 30%DURAPLEX OPTIX SG05 (50%)DURAPLEX 70%DURAPLEX OPTIX SG10 (100%)
Specific Gravity/Relative DensityASTM D-792ISO 11831.181.181.171.171.161.161.151.15
Light Transmission -TotalASTM D-1003ISO 13468-1%%9292929290909090
Light Transmission - HazeASTM D-1003ISO 14782%%2222>3>3>3>3
Water AbsorptionASTM D-570ISO 62% By wt%0.30.30.30.30.30.30.30.3
Mold ShrinkageASTM D-955mils/in%3-60.3-0.63-60.3-0.63-60.3-0.63-60.3-0.6
MechanicalTest methodUnitsDURAPLEX 30%DURAPLEX OPTIX SG05 (50%)DURAPLEX 70%DURAPLEX OPTIX SG10 (100%)
Tensile StrengthASTM D-638ISO 527psiMPa9,000628,000557,100495,60039
Tensile Modulus of ElasticityASTM D-638ISO 527psiMPa376,0002,592340,0002,344304,0002,096250,0001,724
Flexural StrengthASTM D-790ISO 178psiMPa13,6909412,0008310,610738,30057
Izod Impact Strength – Molded NotchASTM D-256ISO 180ft-lb/in NotchkJ/m0.6320.7370.9481.159
Ball Drop ImpactDIN 52306PassPassPassPassPassPassPassPass
Rockwell HardnessASTM D-785ISO 2039-2M-78M-78M-68M-68M-59M-59M-46M-46
ThermalTest methodUnitsDURAPLEX 30%DURAPLEX OPTIX SG05 (50%)DURAPLEX 70%DURAPLEX OPTIX SG10 (100%)
Deflection Temperature 264 psi (1.8 MPa)ASTM D-648ISO 75-2/A°F°C19892194901908818585
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion - 30 to 30°CASTM D-696ISO 11359in/(in-°F ) x 10-51/°C3.56.3 x 10-547.2 x 10-54.58.1 x 10-559.0 x 10-5
Flammability (Burning Rate)ASTM D-635In/minutecm/min0.852.161.253.181.533.891.975.00
FlammabilityDIN 4102B2B2B2B2B2B2B2B2
Smoke Density RatingASTM D-2843%%5.25.28.58.511.511.516.516.5
Self-Ignition TemperatureASTM D-1929°F°C>850>454>850>454>850>454>850>454

Request Quote

Request sample

Strength and Clarity

Up to 30 times stronger than double-strength glass, DURAPLEX offers ultimate strength.

Learn More

Tough and Durable

Plaskolite acrylic features superior impact resistance that outperforms other materials.

Learn More

Your Message, Bold and Bright

Our acrylic and copolyester signage solutions attract attention without fading or yellowing.

Learn More