Transparency and translucency

The most important properties of our tubes

A glass-like appearance is achieved by using the engineering plastics polycarbonate (including Makrolon® and Lexan®) and polymethyl methacrylate (including PLEXIGLAS® and Altuglas®).

This guarantees consistently high quality for our products and delivers outstanding properties:

Polycarbonate (PC)

  • colourless transparent, opal, diffuse/satin, special LED light diffusing properties (dispersive) and
    individually matched colours
  • high impact strength (almost unbreakable)
  • extremely weatherproof 1)
  • high heat resistance (up to approx. 130°C)
  • good resistance to embrittlement (up to approx. -35°C)
  • flame retardant categories UL94 “HB” to “V0”
    (depending on material type)

1)ATHEX always works with UV-stabilised PC

Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)

  • colourless transparent, opal, diffuse/satin, special LED light diffusing properties (dispersive) and
    individually matched colours
  • unrivalled resistance to weathering and ageing
    (no yellowing under UV)
  • adequate impact resistance2)
  • resistant to heat deformation from 85°C to 100°C
    (depending on material type)
  • flame protection category UL94 “HB”
    (burns with extremely little smoke and pollution)

2)By using special material types, the impact strength can be increased for specific requirements (e.g. vandalism)

PLEXIGLAS® = reg. brand of Röhm GmbH, Darmstadt

Full overview

Excellent quality and impressive properties - an overview of the advantages of the materials used by ATHEX