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Ascend announced its growth plans at a pre-K 2019 press conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
Ascend announced its growth plans at a pre-K 2019 press conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Ascend Performance Materials announced its growth plans at a pre-K 2019 press conference in Antwerp, Belgium. The plans include new specialty polymers initiatives, capacity expansions and global developments.

As explained by Scott Rook, Senior Vice President of Ascend’s commercial divisions, the company is diversifying its portfolio with more specialty products because the market has been demanding more functional materials.

Among the new products are high-heat and long-chain polyamides, an inherently antimicrobial polymer for fiber production, expanded recycled-content offerings and additional flame-retardant grades of its Vydyne PA66.

Scott Rook also discussed expansion plans. Ascend recently announced progress on a 90kt ADN expansion plan at its facility in Decatur, Alabama.

“We have always been focused on meeting our customers’ needs. Our adiponitrile expansions will keep pace with increasing demand for PA66 and support our growing specialty polymers and chemicals businesses,” he said.

The company continues to expand globally, adding technical capabilities in Europe and Asia to develop solutions with customers in the regions. It began operating its first production facility outside the US after purchasing a compounder in Tilburg, Netherlands, last year.

Ascend is also intent on reducing its environmental footprint. The company’s 2018 sustainability report highlighted energy and emissions reductions, and Rook reiterated the company’s commitment to sustainability.

We are in advanced discussions to implement co-generation units at our Decatur plant, and we’ve expanded our recycled-content product portfolio,” remarked Scott Rook.

Ascend will debut its new specialty polymers and detail its expansion plans at K 2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany, from October 16-23.

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