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Röhm Expands PMMA Capacity in Shanghai

Image: Röhm Röhm's Shanghai facility
The multi-million euro investment follows a recent expansion in Germany responding to demand from the automotive, construction, and lighting sectors.

Röhm is expanding its activities in China. The company has made a double-digit-million euro investment in the expansion of a production plant for Plexiglas (branded in the Americas as Acrylite) molding compounds in Shanghai. In November 2021, Röhm also announced the expansion of a production plant for Plexiglas molding compounds in Worms, Germany. “This significant global capacity expansion will enable us to further increase delivery reliability and flexibility for the benefit of our customers worldwide,” said COO Hans-Peter Hauck.

Röhm’s branded polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is an in-demand raw material in several growing sectors, such as the automotive, construction, and lighting industries, as well as for domestic appliances. Plexiglas is especially suited for applications where durability, resistance to weather and UV rays, color fastness, luminosity, and transparency as well as hardness and scratch-resistance are key.

Röhm has been successful in China for many years with its Plexiglas molding compounds. The dynamic economic development of the automotive and lighting industries in Asia is driving capacity expansion in Shanghai. The expanded molding compounds plant will go into operation in the second quarter of 2023. “In this way, we not only support the growth of our customers, but at the same time seize new market opportunities,” said Benjamin Ling, Asia President.

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