Ascend is a global leader in proprietary technologies central to the production of chemicals and PA66 plastics and fibers.
Chemical intermediates begin with “raw” or “ingredient” chemicals, which are transformed through a series of steps in the manufacturing process. The substances produced during each step are called chemical intermediates. Ascend is a global producer of chemical intermediates, primarily for PA66/nylon applications.
The markets we serve include, Fuels, Water treatment, Agrochemicals, Animal Nutrition, Oil and Gas, Solvents & Cleaning, Coatings and Road construction. Read more...
- Acrylonitrile (AN)
Ascend operates the largest acrylonitrile production plant in the world at our Chocolate Bayou facility near Alvin, Texas. In addition to worldwide delivery capabilities via barge, ship and ISO container, Ascend added new capability in 2015 for loading and delivery of acrylonitrile by railcar, tanker truck and ISO container throughout North America.
Typical uses for acrylonitrile include the production of nylon 66; acrylic fiber for clothing, blankets and textiles; acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastics for automotive components, electronics, appliances and toys; and nitrile rubber. Acrylonitrile also is used in the manufacture of carbon fibers for lightweight, high-strength applications in the aeronautics, automotive, sporting equipment and clean-power industries.
- Adipic Acid (AA)
Ascend Performance Materials has been one of the world’s leading producers of adipic acid (AA) for decades.
Ascend's adipic acid facility, located in Pensacola, Florida, is the largest in the world. Ascend ships adipic acid in a variety of package sizes, including rail cars, tank trucks, super sacks and 50-pound bags, via our established, efficient global distribution network. Ascend provides high-purity adipic acid in several grades, including food grade. Ascend is the only large-scale producer of food-grade adipic acid in the world.
Typical uses for adipic acid include the production of nylon 66, specialty nylons, polyester polyols for polyurethanes, wet-strength resins for paper products, plasticizers for PVC, unsaturated polyester resins, glass interleaving powders and other specialty chemicals. It also is a common ingredient in foods and medications.
- Adiponitrile (ADN)
Adiponitrile is an organic compound with the formula (CH₂)₄(CN)₂. This substance is an important precursor for the synthesis of HMD, a primary component the polymer PA66.
- Hexamethylene Diamine (HMD)
Ascend Performance Materials LLC has been one of the world’s leading producers of hexamethylene diamine (HMD) for decades.
Ascend produces HMD in two world-scale facilities in Pensacola, Florida, and Decatur, Alabama. Ascend ships HMD in a variety of package sizes, including rail cars, tank trucks, ISO containers, bulk ships and 55-gallon drums, via our established, efficient global distribution network. We offer grades that vary in water content, from anhydrous to 70% HMD.
Typical uses for HMD include the production of nylon 66, specialty nylons, isocyanates for polyurethanes, specialty adhesives and other specialty chemicals.
- Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)
Hydrogen cyanide is an inorganic compound with chemical formula HCN.