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Ascend Showcases EV Innovations at Fakuma

Sustainability is also high on the agenda, with ReDefyne certified circular polyamide compounds featured at the booth.

Posted by Staff

October 17, 2023

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Ascend Performance Materials is showcasing how it is advancing in concert with its customers through new products for e-mobility and sustainable materials at Fakuma this week. The international trade show for plastics professionals kicked off today, Oct. 17, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and will run through Oct. 21.

Ascend Performance Materials, which is the largest fully integrated producer of polyamide (PA) 66, will exhibit its engineered materials portfolio at booth 5217 in hall B5. Featured products include:

  • New grades of Vydyne AVS, which provide tunable frequency damping for automakers looking to reduce vehicle noise and vibration and harshness (NVH) at the source.

  • Further advances in Starflam X-Protect, a family of PA 66 compounds capable of withstanding direct flame exposure up to 1,100°C for 15 minutes, mitigating the risk of thermal runaway. Starflam X-Protect recently passed UL 2596, a safety test for EV battery enclosure materials; it is suited for use in busbar insulation, connectors, and flame barriers.

  • A growing portfolio of ReDefyne certified circular polyamide compounds with up to 100% pre- and post-consumer recycled feedstock. The compounds are specially formulated to help customers reduce the carbon footprint of their products without compromising performance. The ReDefyne portfolio can help meet the circularity objectives laid down in the European Commission’s proposed end-of-life vehicle regulation.

“Our goal is always to help our customers solve critical challenges,” said John Saunders, vice president of Europe for Ascend. “Our product portfolio, global footprint, and technical support are all geared toward helping our customers navigate the transition to a cleaner future quickly and reliably.”

Since the previous Fakuma, Ascend has grown its manufacturing footprint with acquisitions in Mexico and India, as well as the purchase of Circular Polymers, a recycler of post-consumer carpet. The company has also increased its Scope 1 greenhouse-gas reduction target from 80% to 90% by 2030, with current reduction at 64%.

“We remain committed to helping our customers realize their growth roadmap and achieving their sustainability goals, even in this challenging market,” said Isaac Khalil, chief commercial officer for Ascend. “Our focus on sustainable polyamide innovation, even at the molecular level of the polymer, makes us the ideal partner for anyone trying to cement their position in a competitive market, whether it is e-mobility, consumer goods, or electrification.”

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