Ascend agrees to acquire Formulated Polymers Ltd.

Ascend Performance Materials has reached an agreement to acquire the compounding division of Formulated Polymers Limited, a leading engineered materials manufacturer in Chennai, India. This acquisition will establish Ascend’s first manufacturing base in the subcontinent and strengthen Ascend’s global reach in the electrical and e-mobility application space.

Ascend, Samsung SDI reach settlement on Trinohex® Ultra patent invalidation proceedings

Ascend Performance Materials and Samsung SDI have reached an agreement to end their ongoing global patent invalidation proceedings and enter into a patent license agreement regarding the sale and use of lithium-ion battery additives. Such additives include 1,3,6-hexanetricarbonitrile (HTCN), which is manufactured and sold by Ascend as Trinohex® Ultra.

Ascend to forego attending Plastimagen 2022, citing coronavirus concerns

Ascend Performance Materials will not be exhibiting at Plastimagen 2022, citing updated guidance and a travel advisory from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ascend to build HMD plant in China’s Jiangsu province

Ascend HMD plant signing ceremony.
On the left: Dr. Kevin Wu, Ascend’s managing director and SVP for Asia.
On the right is Mr. Zhao Houfeng, director of Xuwei New Area Management Committee.
(Photo: Ascend Performance Materials, APMPR067)Ascend Performance Materials announced today it signed an investment agreement to construct a new hexamethylene diamine and specialty chemicals plant in Lianyungang, China in the Xuwei New Area Park. The new plant will be Ascend’s first chemical production facility and the largest investment the company has made outside of the United States.

Ascend to expand compound production to Latin America

Ascend Performance Materials has announced plans to purchase a compounding facility in San Jose Iturbide, Mexico, growing its global footprint and expanding production capacity for high-performance engineered materials.

Koketa begins sampling garments made with Acteev® antimicrobial technology

Koketa begins sampling garments made with Acteev® antimicrobial technology.
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Koketa, a brand of premium womenswear based in Peru, has begun sampling leggings, undergarments and workout wear featuring Acteev® Protect fabric. Produced by U.S. manufacturer Ascend Performance Materials, Acteev incorporates the odor-fighting and mildew-destroying antimicrobial benefits of zinc ions embedded into the matrix of superior nylon yarns and fabrics.

SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A inactivated by zinc-embedded nylon fabric

SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A inactivated by zinc-embedded nylon fabric.
(Photo: Ascend Performance Materials, APMPR063)An international team of scientists and engineers from the University of Cambridge, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, ResInnova Labs and Ascend Performance Materials has found that a nylon fabric embedded with zinc ions successfully inactivated 99% of the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the common flu.

Ascend wins lithium-ion battery additive patent case against Samsung SDI

Ascend wins lithium-ion battery additive patent case against Samsung SDI.
(Photo: Ascend Performance Materials, APMPR061)Ascend Performance Materials has successfully challenged a lithium-ion battery technology patent held by Samsung SDI. In a final written decision, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board held that all of the challenged claims were invalid for multiple reasons.

Ascend expands HiDura LCPA production capacity

Ascend expands HiDura™ LCPA production capacity.
(Photo: Ascend Performance Materials, APMPR059)Ascend Performance Materials has expanded production capacity for HiDura long-chain polyamides in its Greenwood, S.C., plant. The multi-million dollar expansion will help the company meet growing demand for its new product line.

Bunzl Distribution brings American antiviral technology to Mexico retailers

Bunzl Distribution, a leading supplier of packaging, disposable supplies, and cleaning and safety products, has signed on as the distributor in Mexico for Acteev Protect masks, made in the United States by polyamide manufacturer Ascend Performance Materials. A global distributor, Bunzl provides supplies to supermarkets, food processing plants, retailers and convenience stores in Mexico.

Israeli leading distributor Sorpol Ltd. brings American antiviral technology to Israel

Israeli leading distributor Sorpol Ltd. brings American antiviral technology to Israel.
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Sorpol Ltd., a leading importer and distributor of industrial raw materials in Israel, has launched a website to sell Acteev Protect masks, made in the USA by polyamide manufacturer Ascend Performance Materials. The two companies also plan to partner in the distribution of Acteev surgical masks, N95 respirators, nonwoven media and textile fabrics as they become available.

Ascend purchases Eurostar Engineering Plastics

Ascend purchases Eurostar Engineering Plastics. 
(Photo: Ascend Performance Materials, APMPR050)Ascend Performance Materials has purchased Eurostar Engineering Plastics, a France-based compounder with a broad portfolio of flame-retardant engineered plastics and expertise in halogen-free formulations.