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DSM and Ascend partner to supply polyamide 66


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May 19, 2015 by Canadian Plastics

Netherlands-based material supplier Royal DSM is partnering with U.S. chemical maker Ascend Performance Materials Inc. to supply compounds based on polyamide 66 (PA66).

Under the agreement, Houston, Tex.-based Ascend becomes the strategic supplier to DSM for PA66 base-polymer used as raw material for Akulon PA66 compounds for engineering plastics applications. In addition, DSM will distribute Ascend’s portfolio of PA66 compounds sold under the brand name Vydyne.

In a statement, Ascend is described as one of the largest producers of PA66 resin in the world. The company makes PA66 resin at its facilities in Pensacola, Fla. – said to be the largest integrated PA66 site in the world – and in Greenwood, S.C.

“This new alliance with DSM… enormously expands our reach into applications that until now have been under-served, and it gives us better access to global customers,” said Phil McDivitt, president of Ascend’s nylon business.