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Ascend extends nylon 66 force majeure on supply interruptions

HOUSTON, March 1, 2019 (PCW) – Chemical giant Ascend Performance Materials has extended force majeure on its nylon 66/PA66 products due to “supply interruptions of raw materials,” a company spokeswoman told PCW on Friday.

The “critical” feedstock not being delivered to Ascend US plants is acrylonitrile--used in the production of hexamethylene diamine (HMD), a primary component of nylon 66.

The interruptions are the result of weather conditions in the Tennessee Valley region, she said.

The FM was set to be lifted at the end of 1Q 2019. An estimate for when the FM might be lifted was unavailable. – Xavier A. Cronin

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