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.
- 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 and ship, Ascend added new capability in 2015 for loading and delivery of acrylonitrile by railcar, tanker truck and ISO container throughout North America.
- Adipic Acid (AA)
Ascend provides high purity Adipic Acid (AA) in a variety of package sizes.
- 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.
- AGS Mixture
AGS mixture (50%), also known as dibasic acid (DBA), is a blend of adipic, glutaric and succinic acids produced at our Pensacola, Florida plant.
It is commonly used in FGD units to help reduce the amount of SO2 emissions in coal-fired power plants.
- Amine Heads (DCH, HMD, Amine Mixture)
Amine Heads (DCH, HMD, Amine Mixture)
- Dimethyl Esters (DME)
Dimethyl esters (DMEs) are clear, colorless liquids employed in a wide variety of applications such as solvents, formulating agents and chemical intermediates with a unique combination of high solvency power, low volatility and high flash point.
- Hexamethylene Diamine (HMDA)
Ascend Performance Materials LLC is one of the world’s leading producers of Hexamethylene Diamine (HMDA).
- Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)
Hydrogen cyanide is an inorganic compound with chemical formula HCN.
- Propionitrile (PN)
Ascend is a leading producer of propionitrile (PN). Propionitrile can be used as an intermediate for the manufacture of amines, acids, amides and ketones and as a reaction or crystallization solvent. Ascend is uniquely positioned as a large-scale producer and global distributor of PN.
- Triaminononane (TAN)
Triaminononane (TAN) is a low molecular weight specialty performance material with three amine groups of equivalent activity.
(4–aminomethyl – 1,8 – octanediamine) Trifunctional amine with low molecular weight.
- Trisodium Nitrilotriacetate (NTA)
NTA is a trisodium salt of nitrilotriacetic acid and has been used as a chelating (binding) agent for more than 50 years.