Evonik Industries, one of the leading suppliers of methacrylate chemistry, is increasing the production capabilities of its methyl methacrylate plants throughout the world, to meet the rising demand. Evonik will increase its production capabilities of methyl methacrylate through debottlenecking and plant expansion projects in their existing plants in Europe (Worms and Wesseling, Germany), Asia (Shanghai, China), and the United States (Fortier, Louisiana) in 2011 and 2012. Upon completion of the projects Evonik industries will be able to produce approximately 50,000 additional metric tons of methyl methacrylate. Methyl methacrylate is primarily used for polymethylmethacrylate resins and surface coatings. Evonik Industries produces and markets methyl methacrylate, methacrylic acid, n- and i-butyl methacrylate, hydroxy methacrylates, and special methacrylic monomers under the trademark VISIOMER.