Plaskolite Introduces OPTIX EL for Edge Lit Sign and Graphic Installations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 2, 2019) – Plaskolite LLC, North America’s largest manufacturer of thermoplastic sheet products, today announced the launch of OPTIX EL an edge-lit continuous cast acrylic sheet for the sign and graphics industry. When lit from the side with LED lights, embedded light diffusing particles cause the light to diffuse forward for bright, uniform illumination. There is no need for surface etching, engraving or printing to achieve a bright, evenly lit surface.

Stemming from the 2018 acquisition of the Lucite International continuous cast acrylic sheet business, Plaskolite continues to expand its portfolio and leadership position in the sign and graphics industry with a new in-house innovation ideally suited for applications incorporating LED edge lighting.

“Our strategy for the sign and graphics industry has been clear,” said Jim Richards, vice president of Plaskolite’s Industrial Division. “We continue to develop new products from our acquisitions that complement our existing portfolio. This is a perfect example. OPTIX EL cast acrylic sheet ensures designers have easy access to an innovative substrate created with today’ LED sign solutions in mind.”

OPTIX EL is a double-sided gloss acrylic sheet available in a range of thicknesses delivering outstanding color rendition with superior long path light transmission. It is designed to produce an even illumination across the entire surface of a panel, making it the ideal choice for LED sign solutions. The sheet is infused with diffusion particles that will not heat or form out. 

The Lucite acquisition was one of several Plaskolite acquisitions in 2018. The company also acquired the Covestro polycarbonate sheet business, Rotuba’s extruded lighting sheet and profile lighting businesses, and the lighting sheet and profile business of ALP Lighting Components.