Polycarbonate of bisphenol A or Polycarbonate (PC) was independently synthesized by polymer chemists Dr. H. Schnell of Bayer AG, Germany and Dr. Daniel W. Fox of General Electric Company, USA in 1953.

Transparent to translucent virtually unbreakable plastic, clear polycarbonate panels are fashioned into eyewear lenses and protective gear including bullet-resistant glass, used in numerous medical devices, as a building material in greenhouses and other glazing applications, digital media such as CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, as well as outdoor lighting fixtures.

Polycarbonate sheeting is cold curvable, meaning it can typically be formed at room temperature into sharp angles or deep curves without cracking or breaking.

The primary methods of production for commercial use are:

  • Extrusion into tubes, rods, or multiwall
  • Extrusion into sheets and film for use as is, or further machined into other shapes
  • Injection molding into items ready for use.