Ascend Adds Capacity

Houston-based nylon 6,6 resin producer Ascend Performance Materials plans to increase production of its intermediate chemicals and polymers products — adiponitrile, hexamethylene diamine, adipic acid and polymers — by 10 to 15 percent through 2018. Ascend did not disclose the capital investment cost for the capacity increases.

“The global demand for nylon 6,6 and our intermediate chemicals continues to grow at 3 to 4 percent per year in a range of diverse applications,” said Phil McDivitt, president and CEO, Ascend. “We have consistently added capacity through our entire nylon 6,6 value chain since 2015, increasing our production by 10 to 30 percent depending on the product with no impact on our customers.”

November/December 2017