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Ascend Performance Materials Brings New Low-VOC Products to Market

June 20, 2016
By Business Wire News


Ascend Performance Materials’ Specialty Chemicals Division announced today that it will bring to market two new low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products, FlexaTrac-DME-200 and FlexaTrac-DMA-600, in response to increased customer demand for lower-VOC products and to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

FlexaTrac-DME-200 is a unique dimethyl ester product formulated to provide high performance and address low-VOC requirements. FlexaTrac-DMA-600 is high purity dimethyl adipate and is engineered to meet low-VOC requirements.

These products have been designed to meet the LVP-VOC (Low Vapor Pressure – Volatile Organic Compound) criteria established by the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s VOC requirements for consumer and institutional products.

The two products are offered as part of the company’s solvents and coatings product lines. The product launches are part of Ascend’s longer-term strategy to introduce and offer a portfolio of low-VOC, zero-VOC and biodegradable products.

“Bringing new environmentally friendly products to the marketplace is an important priority for us,” said Jeff Petersen, Ascend’s specialty chemicals business manager. “We are continuously innovating sustainable products to serve our growing customer base around the world.”

Ascend Performance Materials produces acids, amines, esters and intermediates used in a variety of end applications. Ascend’s integrated manufacturing processes allows the company to produce a wide range of specialty chemicals, which are used in hundreds of brand-name adhesives, coatings, cleansers and detergents.

NOTE TO EDITORS: ASCEND PERFORMANCE MATERIALS is a trademark of Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC. This trademark has been registered in jurisdictions throughout the world, including the United States of America.

About Ascend Performance Materials

Ascend Performance Materials is a global premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. Ascend is one of the world’s largest integrated PA66 producers, with its own in-house manufacturing facilities, ensuring total security of supply. Ascend’s product range has earned it an unequalled reputation for quality, innovative techniques and an enlightened approach to business that expands the horizons of possibility. With eight global locations and more than 3,200 people working at our sites around the world, Ascend has the inspiration, the expertise, the people and the attitude toward innovation to consistently deliver the right solution for customers.

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