Our mission was to eliminate bottlenecks in the global acrylic block supply chain, so that our clients could take back control over the timing of their aquarium construction and refurbishment projects.
AAT Acrylics manufactures PLEXIGLAS® cast acrylic under licence from Röhm GmbH, a world-leading specialist in methyl methacrylate products.
Used in cars, airplane windows, screens, as building glazing,noise protection, deep-sea submersibles and for many other applications, PLEXIGLAS® is the world’s most popular brand of acrylic glass.
Invented in 1933 by chemist Dr. Otto Röhm and his team in Darmstadt, PLEXIGLAS® delivers vastly superior performance and reliability than glass for use in aquariums. For example:
17 times stronger
Capable of withstanding the enormous pressure involved in holding back millions of litres of water.
Weight matters a lot when you’re installing world record-setting panels that weights tens or even hundreds of tonnes.
Distinctive viewing experiences
AAT is highly skilled in the art of bonding, thermoforming and annealing acrylic to create domes, tunnels, cylinders and enormous viewing windows.
Better insulationPLEXIGLAS® provides 20% more insulation than glass.
The winner is clear
With no green tints, PLEXIGLAS® is optically superior to glass, so visitors get the clearest possible view of animal exhibits and colourful corals.
Greater impact resistence
This comes in handy on both sides of the windows.
In addition to manufacturing and installing acrylic viewing windows in a variety formats (flat or curved panels, domes, tunnels and cylinders), Advanced Aquarium Technologies and our sister-company AAT Acrylics provide a wide range of service and ordering options:
It’s one thing to make an acrylic sheet. It’s another to know how to work with it and realise its true potential as an innovative architectural material.
At AAT, we add value to acrylic production processes using a variety of techniques to create the wide range of design used in modern aquariums, buildings and swimming pools.View Virtiual Tour
Thermoforming – for tunnels, curved panels and innovative shapes.
We heat and form acrylic sheets in huge, shaped moulds.
Bonding – to create enormous flat viewing panels.
We extend the length and size of acrylic panels by bonding two or more together using a chemical process that alters and resets the molecular structure of the acrylic, resulting in a bond of outstanding strength and clarity.
Annealing – for exceptional strength and quality
Slowly heating and cooling acrylic panels helps consume any rest monomer, relieve any internal stress and cross-link the internal chemical structure, providing high quality product.
Panels. Cylinders. Domes. Tunnels.
Acrylic panel specialists.
Even before opening our manufacturing facility, we were installing world-record breaking acrylic panels. Now, we can also make our own.PLEXIGLAS® acrylic sheets are available from 30 mm to 225 mm thick, providing a versatile solution for:
- Aquarium windows
- Animal exhibits in zoos and theme parks
- Swimming pool walls, windows, wet edges
- Architectural applications
- Skylight and lighting panels
- Screens and partitions
- Sound barriers
- Boat windows and hatches
Acrylic viewing domes.
Domes have a rich history in many cultures and branches of architecture. In an aquarium, acrylic domes create wondrous small and large-scale viewing experiences.
Did you know that domes make very efficient use of acrylic?
The manufacturing process involves relatively little material wastage. Plus, correctly-made domes are inherently strong (hence their popularity for large roof structures such as in cathedrals).
So, domes not only create great viewing experiences, they deliver good value for money too.
and acrylic cylinders.
Create impressive feature exhibits using curved acrylic panels or towering cylindrical attractions.
Large cylindrical aquariums make impressive features in all kinds of venues, such as shopping malls, entertainment centres, hospitals and universities.