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Polycarbonate plastics


Polycarbonate (PC) is an amorphous thermoplastic transparent polymer. It has outstanding physical properties and is used extensively for engineering and optical applications.


LEXAN™ polycarbonate plastics

LEXAN™ is often used in the market as a synonym for polycarbonate and guarantees the best quality. LEXAN™ is one of the world’s most valued and widely-used glass substitutes. Polycarbonate (PC) is a crystal clear, virtually unbreakable material. LEXAN™ polycarbonate plastics distinguish themselves from other plastics by their optical purity and high impact resistance. LEXAN™ sheets are 250 times stronger than any glass of the same thickness. LEXAN™ can also, unlike most plastics, withstand high temperatures. It’s a unique material that is very lightweight, making it easy to work with. Our LEXAN™ portfolio is backed by advanced technical support and application development services worldwide to meet our customers' needs.

LEXAN™ polycarbonate serves as an essential material for creating countless modern products. SABIC offers versatile polycarbonate plastics under the LEXAN™ portfolio for a wide variety of industries:

Polycarbonate aviation plastics

SABIC offers polycarbonate materials for the transport industry, such as polycarbonate aviation materials. SABIC has been an essential part of the aviation interior polycarbonate plastics industry since our company's founding, providing advanced aviation plastics and processing capabilities that:

  • Enable greater design freedom and weight reduction;
  • Higher resistance to impact and chemicals;
  • Improved heat performance, more stringent flame retardancy;
  • Enhanced smoke and toxicity properties;
  • Lower cabin noise and overall performance.

Thermoplastic LEXAN™ polycarbonate portfolio for aviation interior plastics provides lightweight and exceptional FST (fire, smoke and toxicity) performance. Polycarbonate plastics for aviation can help aerospace customers meet the critical challenges of weight-out, regulatory compliance, sustainability and improved flying experience. These innovative polycarbonate plastics, together with the company’s advanced material technologies, can help global aircraft OEMs (original equipment manufacturers):

  • Reduce weight significantly, which may conserve fuel and lower emissions;
  • Meet tough FST regulations;
  • Reduce overall system costs;
  • Enhance the safety and comfort of the cabin environment.

You can find more information about polycarbonate for aviation under the industry brochures:

Polycarbonate plastics for automotive exterior

As the automotive industry improves vehicle performance, style and safety, OEMs and suppliers want high-performance materials. SABIC’s thermoformable polycarbonate sheet portfolio offers superior optical quality for automotive and transportation applications, including laminated and formed glazing for aircraft canopies, motorcycles, windscreens, and vehicle windows.

This high-performance polycarbonate for automotive provides crystal clear transparency with value-added performance features, including lightweight and minimisation of ripple, distortion, and optical defects.

Polycarbonate plastics for automotive interior 

Textured and coated LEXAN™ polycarbonate plastic films can be used for the following polycarbonate for automotive interior: automotive dials, audio or video remote control fascia, control panels, wet-out window automotive display, and backlit applications. LEXAN™ polycarbonate films offer broad design flexibility and aesthetic appeal. Either one-side or two-side textured products can be used to design 2D and 3D applications with nearly square corners, straight sides, narrow-width lines, and flat plateaus. Key features of the films include outstanding dimensional stability and flexibility. Customers can also benefit from SABIC’s hands-on engineering support with most aspects of application development, from design reviews, prototyping and testing to thermoforming, injection moulding, and insert mould decoration.

LEXAN™ polycarbonate sheets and films

LEXAN™ polycarbonate plastic film

LEXAN™ polycarbonate plastic films are high-quality thermoplastic films with applications across many industries. Our highly functional LEXAN™ film products are used for automotive, lighting applications, anti-fog lens products, LED/LCDs, battery packs, ID cards, etc. Our unique high-performance LEXAN™ polycarbonate film portfolio helps meet our customers’ ever-changing specification needs. It also helps OEMs reduce system costs, create innovative designs with better functionality and develop environmentally responsible materials. All our film products are RoHS, REACH, and UL certified.

LEXAN™ polycarbonate solid sheet 

Virtually unbreakable, high optical quality LEXAN™ solid polycarbonate sheets combine crystal clear transparency with value-added performance. The LEXAN™ solid polycarbonate sheets feature outstanding low ripple and distortion and have a low number of visual defects. In transparent or opal white colour, solid polycarbonate sheets come with UV protection and provide remarkable clarity, even after many years of exposure to intense sunlight and weather. 

LEXAN™ polycarbonate corrugated sheet 

LEXAN™ corrugated polycarbonate sheets deliver excellent light transmission, high impact resistance and weather ability. This makes it an outstanding choice for greenhouses, carport roofing, patios and pool coverings, or anywhere where a lightweight solution with an excellent light transmission is required. LEXAN™ corrugated polycarbonate sheets offer the optical characteristics of glass in a much lighter and more durable product. Corrugated storm panels protect glass windows and doors during severe weather conditions. Transportation, handling, and installing corrugated polycarbonate sheets are simple due to their durability and lightweight. This will result in reduced labour costs. 

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ multiwall polycarbonate sheet

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ multiwall polycarbonate sheets offer a variety of structures and finishes. These products provide an outstanding balance of lightweight, high stiffness, ease of installation, excellent thermal insulation, UV-, flame resistance and long-term light transmission. LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ multiwall sheets are available in a broad range of transparent, opal white, solar control green and bronze colours. LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ multiwall sheet also offers a variety of speciality coatings, such as Dripgard, which features a hydrophilic coating on the inner surface to prevent condensation build-up. Polycarbonate plastic sheet systems can be customised for structuring, layer, colour and finish. Polycarbonate sheets are easily cut and cold-formed on-site to serve as primary glazing for new construction projects or can be used in retrofit projects as overglazing. Polycarbonate sheets are virtually unbreakable, low-maintenance and economical and offer an attractive solution for industrial, commercial and residential glazing applications.

LEXAN™ polycarbonate building systems

LEXAN™ polycarbonate building systems provide creative glazing solutions for commercial and residential roofing and facades. They are characterised by lightweight and high impact UV and weather resistance. Along with excellent thermal insulation properties, each product is designed to provide easy and fast on-site installation and maintenance. Because of its heavyweight and brittle nature, glass has limited design versatility. In contrast, polycarbonate sheets and films help increase design freedom. LEXAN™ building systems for roofs and façades are available in various colours, textures and special effects to meet your aesthetic requirements. These products enhance building aesthetics while offering energy savings through high insulative performance and excellent natural light diffusion. This makes them a perfect choice for attractive and highly functional buildings. From commercial greenhouses to industrial buildings, sports stadiums, private homes and office buildings, LEXAN™ building systems offer innovative glazing solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications.