Otto Röhm writes his thesis "On the Polymerization Products of Acrylic Acid." Otto Röhm's research establishes a new, innovative set of polymers that would later become Plexiglas® acrylic.
Röhm, together with his colleague Otto Haas, forms a business partnership. Research and development starts in Darmstadt, Germany, but later moves outside of Philadelphia, to Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Early forms of acrylic, Luglas™ safety glass, are introduced to the German auto industry.
Plexigum™ poly acrylate is introduced in 1931 as a more developed form of PMMA. More refined samples of acrylic cast sheet from Röhm begin to surface in the market.
The first PMMA cast sheet is produced.
Rohm and Haas Company produces a stable, hard transparent, shatter-proof polymer.
Rohm and Haas Company registers the Plexiglas® trademark.
Cast sheet enters commercial production.
Rohm and Haas Company wins the gold medal at the World's Fair in Paris for their transparent violin made of Plexiglas® acrylic.
Rohm and Haas Company launches molding powder (resin) Crystalite. This is the first commercial process of granulated cast sheet.
A division of Rohm and Haas Company begins manufacturing Plexiglas® acrylic resins in Bristol, PA.
The first wide scale commercial use of Plexiglas® acrylic sheet in military applications is seen during World War II. Rohm and Haas Company partners with the United States government to provide a wartime supply of Plexiglas® acrylic sheet for aircraft cockpits and other applications in the developing aerospace market.
With much of America’s metal requisitioned for the war effort, lamp manufacturers looked to Plexiglas® acrylic to fill the role, with novel designs featuring revolving Plexiglas® acrylic platforms and posts.
The first Plexiglas® acrylic auto tail lights are manufactured and introduced to the market.
Rohm and Haas Company expands into a variety of new markets, including signage, lighting fixtures, skylights, hair dryers, shavers, glasses and automotive emblems.
Rohm and Haas Company serves 100% of the customer base for many markets.
From its initial use in automotive insignias and tail lamps, Plexiglas® acrylic quickly becomes an integral element of the modern automobile. From headlight and tail lamp lenses, to interior and exterior trim components and sun roofs, Plexiglas® continues to be used in a variety of new automotive applications.
Rohm and Haas Company begins manufacturing Plexiglas® acrylic resin in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Plexiglas® acrylic "instead of glass" campaign makes its debut. Plexiglas® acrylic finds use in construction of club dance floors, outdoor patio furniture and more sophisticated signage, with new, brighter colors and more complex shapes.
Rohm and Haas Company begins manufacturing Plexiglas® acrylic sheet in Kensington, Connecticut.
A division of Rohm and Haas Company begins manufacturing Plexiglas® acrylic sheet in Matamoros, Mexico.
Plants and research centers are operating throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific.
Rohm and Haas Company continues to develop military and aerospace applications with Plexiglas® acrylic sheet due to its exceptional strength, durability and clarity, as well as acrylic windows for trains, trolleys, buses and subway cars.
As movies move from VHS to DVD, audio and visual quality improve, thanks to Plexiglas® VOD®-100 acrylic resin.
Rohm and Haas Company and Elf Atochem S.A. become partners in the AtoHaas Americas Inc. joint venture for the manufacture of Plexiglas® acrylics.
For the building and construction industry, a new type of acrylic capstock is introduced - Solarkote® acrylic capstock, which addresses UV degradation of color substrate.
Solarkote® A acrylic is introduced for co-extrusion for the ABS market.
The AtoHaas Americas Inc. joint venture ends when Elf Atochem S.A. and certain affiliates purchase the Rohm and Haas Company interests in the joint venture.
In 1999, AtoHaas Americas Inc. merged with Elf Atochem North America, Inc., becoming a business group called Atoglas.
Elf Atochem becomes the sole owner of the AtoHaas business and changes the division name to Atoglas.
The Plexiglas® Frosted acrylic sheet family is introduced for the point of purchase display industry.
Solarkote® H acrylic sheet is developed for co-extrusion for HIPS. Solarkote® PB is introduced for blending with PVC for alloyed capstock.
Plexiglas® Clear-Edge Frosted acrylic sheet is introduced.
Plexiglas® EdgeFX™ acrylic sheet takes color technology to the next level.
Solarkote® P acrylic sheet is developed for co-extrusion with PVC for the building and construction markets.
Solarkote® A201 acrylic sheet is introduced, offering a new, high gloss, after-thermoforming capstock.
Plexiglas® Perfexion® acrylic sheet for framing is introduced to the market.
The Atoglas division is renamed Altuglas International, but remains a business unit of Arkema Inc. (formerly known as Elf Atochem North America, Inc.). In North America and Latin America, the acrylic products are trademarked under Plexiglas® acrylic resin and sheet. In the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the acrylic products are trademarked as Oroglas® sheet and Altuglas® resin and sheet.
Non-glare "Plus" is developed for thicker gauges in the framing industry and Plexiglas® LD acrylic sheet is introduced for hiding light sources behind colors.
Plexiglas® Vision acrylic sheet provides an inventive new surface that allows rear- or overhead-projected images.
With perfect sightlines approaching 180 degrees, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Plexiglas® Hi-Def™ acrylic brings exceptional resolution and brightness to rear projection screens, providing the widest possible views and exceptional contrast.
Altuglas International introduces Altuglas® Luctor™ resin for transparent disposable medical devices.
Altuglas International introduces Plexiglas® Diffuse resin and Plexiglas® MC Diffusion acrylic sheet, a new family of extruded acrylic designed for optimum diffusion of LED light source.
Solarkote® T acrylic is introduced as a new capping system for TPO.
Our transformation accelerated in 2021 when the company was acquired by Trinseo to drive strategic growth in its Engineered Materials business. The acquisition lays the foundation for an even brighter future, with harmonized processes across regions and business units that provide better solutions to customers in fast-growing markets.