30 August 1999 00:00 [Source: ICB Americas]
Solutia Inc. has launched a new extrusion-based nylon 6/6 product line, Ascend, designed for food packaging, specialty film, textile and monofilament markets. The company has also signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the new resins with Prime Alliance.
"The launch of Ascend is a natural extension to the Solutia line," says Gene DeJackome, Solutia's director of nylon extrusion and fiber polymers. He says that in addition to experience in the extrusion process and a history of supporting emerging applications, Solutia understands "nylon 6/6 technology better than almost anyone in the market today."
Prime Alliance will exclusively distribute Ascend nylon 6/6 into plastics extrusion markets. "Prime Alliance is a good fit for us," says Mr. DeJackome. "The combinations of its strengths in sales and technical support should help expand the extrusion applications of our Ascend product line."
The company says three key markets for the new resins will be nylon thin films, textiles and monofilaments. Solutia says that because of its high temperature resistance, tear strength shine and clarity, nylon 6/6 has advantages over other films in segments such as microwave meals, juices, fluids and meat packaging.
Noting that nylon 6/6 has already been successful in hosiery, sports and other apparels, Solutia says it will also pursue markets for non-woven fabrics, disposable filters and diaphragm systems.
In monofilaments, Solutia says that end-uses such as fishing lines and nets, Velcro fasteners, sports-field surfaces and cord for industrial rubber goods provide opportunities for Ascend. In addition, Mr. DeJackome says emerging technologies will allow combinations of nylon 6/6 and other materials. "These technologies open up a whole range of potential applications, based on hybrid products that have been engineered to deliver extremely high levels of performance," he adds.
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