Altuglas® ShieldUp gets on board
Those technologies include the high-performance, lightweight Altuglas® ShieldUp polymer. It was used for the cockpit’s windows and the two wheelhouses’ protective bubbles. More transparent than glass, Altuglas® ShieldUp is the only material capable of withstanding the deforming and distorting effects of the boat’s movements, while resisting the violent impact of waves and bad weather. It comes with a 10-year warranty against yellowing caused by UV rays. The performance and speed of Arkema’s trimaran were improved, thanks to the weight gains provided by the PMMA sheets of Altuglas® ShieldUp: a window thickness of just 6 to 8 mm is enough with this polymer, while polycarbonate requires 12-mm thick windows.
This whole combination of extraordinary properties in an acrylic glass is also available to other industries:
- Lighter vehicle weights result in reduced energy consumption, a crucial factor in the automotive sector;
- The optical quality of Altuglas® ShieldUp, in combination with enhanced shock resistance, offers a clear advantage in the world of motorcycle windshields and bubble screens.
Additionally, its chemical resistance opens up new applications for Altuglas International, such as medical equipment, and also provides a new solution for manufacturers of perfume and cosmetics displays.