Canadian Plastics

Ascend Performance Materials makes its first acquisition in China

The polyamide 66 resin producer is purchasing the assets of NCM (Changshu) Co. Ltd. and Tehe Engineering Plastic (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. to establish a hub to better reach rapidly emerging markets in Asia.

June 11, 2020   Canadian Plastics

Photo Credit: Ascend Performance Materials

In its first acquisition in China, polyamide 66 producer Ascend Performance Materials has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of NCM (Changshu) Co. Ltd., and Tehe Engineering Plastic (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., located in Changshu Yushan High-tech Industrial Park, one of the major advanced manufacturing parks in the eastern coastal area of China, 100 kilometers outside of Shanghai.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

In a June 11 statement, Houston-based Ascend said the deal give the company “a flexible footprint for growth in the region.”

The company’s master plan includes the expansion of compounding assets at the site along with a global research and development centre with a focus on existing applications in the automotive, electrical and electronics, and consumer and industrial areas, as well as new ones in areas such as 3D printing and high-performance films.

“Ascend’s long-range plan includes providing world-class service to customers around the globe,” Phil McDivitt, Ascend’s president and CEO, said. “The Park, with its proximity to both China’s major automotive industry clusters and to Shanghai, made it an ideal choice for a hub to help us better reach the rapidly emerging markets in Asia.”

Kevin Wu, senior vice president and managing director for Ascend’s Asia-Pacific operations, said the new facility will help support speed-to-market efforts and localized customer support. “This is an exciting chapter for Ascend in Asia as it provides regional manufacturing and innovation capability to efficiently respond to customer needs and to customize formula solutions for Asian markets,” he said. “We are pleased that we have secured such a good location and we are grateful for the strong support given by local officials.”

The company plans to take final ownership in August.


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