Ascend to highlight its latest Vydyne® innovations for automotive lightweighting and E&E at PIAE 2019

HOUSTON – March 21, 2019 – Ascend Performance Materials, the world’s largest fully integrated producer of polyamide 6,6 resin (PA66), will showcase its solutions for automotive lightweighting and electrification at PIAE 2019.

Among the solutions to be shown are two new grades for automotive structural inserts in downgauged metal, Vydyne® R433H and R435H. Used in the body-in-white, Vydyne R433H and R435H help reduce weight without sacrificing safety or comfort. Both grades exhibit superior energy absorption over traditional glass-filled PA66 and are ideally suited for reinforcement sections in downgauged steel and aluminum structures.

“The body-in-white and closures account for nearly half the weight of a given vehicle,” explains John Saunders, Ascend’s European leader. “Any gains made in weight reduction in the BIW will help increase efficiency in internal combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles.”

Also to be featured at the PIAE Congress, Ascend’s Vydyne J series of copper-free and non-halogenated electrically neutral PA66 grades have shown a perfect fit in low contact corrosion E&E applications for hybrid and electric vehicles.

“In addition, we will also highlight our strong commitment to European customers with our new compounding facility at Tilburg, The Netherlands,” adds Saunders. “The plant plays a major role in expanding our global capacity and ensuring the security of supply of our PA66 products.”

Ascend representatives will be on hand to discuss the various innovative automotive components using new Vydyne R433H and R435H as well as the company’s Vydyne J series of high-performance PA66 compounds at stand 90 during the PIAE Conference in Mannheim, Germany, from April 3 - 4.

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About Ascend Performance Materials

Ascend Performance Materials is a global premium provider of high-quality plastics, fibers and chemicals and is the world’s largest integrated producer of PA66 resin. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Ascend has nine global locations, including five fully-integrated manufacturing facilities located in the southeastern United States and an engineering plastics compounding facility in Europe, all dedicated to the innovation and safe production of nylon 6,6. With three of the world’s largest chemical processing facilities, Ascend’s materials form the building blocks for products used in everyday applications from apparel to airbags, cable ties to circuit boards and carpets to car parts. Ascend’s 2,500-person global workforce is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve and leading the development of nylon 6,6 solutions that inspire everyone, everywhere, every day.

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