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Ascend completes investment in NTA chelate production

By Scott Jenkins |

Ascend Performance Materials (Houston, Tex.; www.ascendmaterials.com), a global provider of premium chemicals, fibers and plastics, announced the completion of a multimillion-dollar reliability and capacity investment in nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) production at its Chocolate Bayou facility in Alvin, Texas. The investment increased production of the company’s biodegradable chelate, FlexaTrac-NTA by over 10 percent.

“Demand for our FlexaTrac-NTA has increased by nearly 30 percent over the past two years,” said Jonathan Craig, vice president of specialty chemicals at Ascend. “Our continued investment in capacity and production is about providing our customers with a biodegradable, cost-effective solution that meets their needs.”

FlexaTrac-NTA is a highly effective chelating agent used primarily in industrial cleaning and oil and gas applications to bind to and isolate heavy metal ions. NTA has a higher binding capacity than other widely used chelates currently available in the market.

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