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Ascend to Expand Adiponitrile Capacity at Alabama Facility

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Ascend's Decatur, Alabama facility has seen 90 kt expansion in its ADN capacity over the past 18 months and will see an additional 180 kt by 2022.
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Ascend's Decatur, Alabama facility has seen 90 kt expansion in its ADN capacity over the past 18 months and will see an additional 180 kt by 2022. (Source: Business Wire)

Ascend Performance Materials has plans to increase its adiponitrile capacity by 90 kilo tonnes at its Decatur, Alabama facility. The expansion project is a part of the first phase of the planned 180 kilo tonne ADN capacity at the plant.

Texas/USA – Ascend Performance Materials, the world’s largest fully-integrated producer of polyamide 6,6 resin (PA66), recently announced that it has submitted a permit application to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for an additional 90 kilo tonnes (kt) of adiponitrile (ADN) capacity at its Decatur, Alabama facility. Ascend expects to receive permit approval by the end of the third quarter.

Over the past 18 months, Ascend has expanded ADN capacity by 90 kt using its scalable, low-cost technology. The new expansion project is the first half of the 180 kt of ADN the company announced in May 2018.

Ascend will initiate the procurement of key pieces of expansion equipment by the end of the second quarter. The company is also in advanced discussions to implement a cogeneration unit in Decatur to support the expansion.

“Ascend is committed to supporting the global growth of our customers through the utilisation of our scalable technology which allows us to expand our capacity in a timely fashion,” said Ascend President and CEO Phil Mc Divitt. “These additional investments will enhance the reliability of our supply and meet the increased demand we see for HMD and PA66 in a wide variety of applications on a global basis.”

The company will complete a portion of the 90 kt capacity expansion within the next 12 months and the balance in 2021.

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