Ascend Performance Materials Inc., is announcing the start of a new compounding line in Pensacola, Florida. Ascend produces PA66 resin in Pensacola and in Greenwood, SC. Since 2005, the company has more than doubled its resin capacity, primarily in Pensacola, making it one of the largest PA66 resin producers in the world. In recent years, Ascend has also invested capital and resources to expand production of Vydyne® compounds.
In 2013, Ascend added a compounding line (30kmt/yr) in Pensacola. The new line adds state-of-the-art capabilities for producing unique, high-performance compounds. Ascend believes that the new asset in Pensacola is a key step in implementing its global compounding strategy. The new Pensacola line is producing material with significantly improved consistency in viscosity and mechanical properties. In addition, parts molded from these compounds are yielding 50-75 percent less mold-deposits (also called as ‘plate-out’), offering significant process and design benefits in high-volume applications with intricate part geometries.