What is Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate (PC) is a strong amorphous thermoplastic. Polycarbonate’s uniqueness derives from its high light transmittance, clarity, and strength. 


Polycarbonate holds many versatile characteristics, making it a popular extrusion choice. Polycarbonate is a great choice for applications that demand high reliability and performance due to its high impact strength and resistance to fracture. If light transmittance is required, Polycarbonate is clear and transmits over 90% of light, making it a great alternative to glass.  You’ll commonly see this plastic in applications like eyeglasses and face shields given PC’s optical transparency and UV resistance. Polycarbonate can also be designed to block ultraviolet radiation. 


Polycarbonate is used in a wide range of applications across many industries like automotive, construction, food, and medical. Due to its clarity and light transmittance, Polycarbonate is great for replacing traditional glass. The medical industry also uses polycarbonate due to its ability to be steam-sterilized repeatedly. Below are some examples of items using polycarbonate:

  • Lighting
  • Lenses
  • Greenhouse panels
  • Surgical instruments
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Hemodialysis membranes
  • Blood reservoirs
  • Blood filters

Reschcor’s Capabilities

Reschcor is the industry’s leading supplier for quality, custom-engineered plastic extrusion manufacturing. We pride ourselves on our ability to create a custom solution for even the most challenging of problems. Reschcor’s capabilities utilize 23 production lines covering a wide output range operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have extensive experience processing both pellet and powder formulations. Our state-of-the-art downstream equipment and advanced air, water and vacuum systems allow us to succeed with profiles of any shape or size. Contact Reschcor today so we can learn more about your company and understand how we can help your business succeed.