Ascend Performance Materials Continues to Innovate with Dyeable Anti-Static Fiber

Company’s No-Shock® fiber offers permanent anti-static
functionality at low cost

PROVIDENCE, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ascend Performance Materials, one of the world’s largest
fully-integrated producers of nylon 6,6 resin, showcased on Thursday its
groundbreaking product No-Shock®, an anti-static fiber that
is both dyeable and chemical free, and enables manufacturers – from yarn
producers to apparel makers – to better meet the demands of consumers
who want garments that are static-free, dust-repellent and more
comfortable.

Ascend global business manager Harrie Schoots presented No-Shock at the
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ New England
region meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. The bi-component, conductive
filament and staple platform is an exciting alternative for
manufacturers who want to produce consumer goods with permanent
anti-static functionality at low cost, Schoots said.

Anti-static fibers are traditionally used in carpets, military and
industrial apparel. They also can be used in consumer apparel, but so
far, their use has been limited because most of the fibers are black and
do not integrate themselves well with fashion-colored fabrics. Ascend
offers off-white anti-static fibers that are easily dyeable to match a
variety of fabric colors. This versatility means the product can be used
in variety of garments, including performance wear, children’s wear, and
sueded and brushed materials such as fleece and athleisure wear.

“Ascend has finally provided apparel designers the customized
anti-static fiber they have needed,” Schoots said. “This new product
opens doors to many consumer apparel segment markets.

No-Shock is also environmentally friendly and safe. Many anti-static
chemical finishes used to prevent static are finding themselves on
restricted chemical lists. With No-Shock, there is no finish, no curing
and no effluent. It is added to fabric before wet processing and remains
in the fabric for its lifetime. In addition, No-Shock is REACH and
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Classification 1 compliant, a requirement for
fibers used in children’s wear.

“No-Shock offers customers a reliable, cost-effective way to lower
manufacturing costs and ensure a reliable static-free application
because only small amounts are required. This makes it an ideal material
for hair- and dust-repellent and free-flowing apparel applications,”
Schoots noted.

For more information on Ascend’s No-Shock, please visit our Web
page
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NOTE TO EDITORS: ASCEND PERFORMANCE MATERIALS is a trademark of
Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC. This trademark has been
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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.

Together, we’re making a difference.

Together, we’re inspiring everyday.

More information about Ascend can be found at www.ascendmaterials.com

About SK Capital

SK Capital is a private investment firm with a disciplined focus on the
specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors. The firm’s
purpose is to build strong and growing businesses that create
substantial long-term economic value. SK utilizes its industry,
operating and investment experience to identify opportunities to
transform businesses into higher performing organizations with improved
strategic positioning, growth and profitability as well as lower
operating risk. SK Capital’s portfolio companies generate revenues of
approximately $8 billion annually and employ approximately 9,000 people.
The firm currently manages more than $1.5 billion of committed capital.
For more information, please visit www.skcapitalpartners.com

Contacts

Ascend Performance Materials
Alison Jahn, 713.315.5739