Profile: Ashland Inc (ASH.N)

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Ashland Inc. (Ashland), incorporated on March 15, 2004, is a global specialty chemical company that provides products, services and solutions throughout a variety of industries. The Company operates in four reportable segments Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Ashland Consumer Markets. Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product-performance challenges in key markets including personal and home care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, coatings, construction, energy and other industries. Ashland Water Technologies is a supplier of specialty chemicals and services to the pulp, paper, mining, food and beverage, power generation, refining, chemical processing, general manufacturing and municipal markets. Ashland Performance Materials helping customers create stronger, lighter, more resistant substitutes for traditional materials through higher performing, cost-efficient resin and adhesive technologies that improve the manufacturing, fabrication and design process. Ashland Consumer Markets delivers premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, automotive chemicals and car-care products.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients

Ashland Specialty Ingredients (Specialty Ingredients) offers industry-leading products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product-performance challenges. Using natural, synthetic and semisynthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers and vinyl pyrrolidones, Specialty Ingredients areas of expertise include: Organic and Synthetic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Surface and Colloid Science, Rheology, Structural Analysis and Microbiology. Specialty Ingredients is comprised of the following lines of businesses: Care Specialties, Pharmaceutical & Nutrition Specialties, Coatings & Construction Specialties, Energy Specialties and Performance Specialties.

Care Specialties

Oral Care Specialty Ingredients’ portfolio of oral care products delivers active ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwashes; provides bioadhesive functionality for dentures; delivers flavor, texture and other functional properties; and provides product binding to ensure form and function throughout product lifecycle. Hair Care Specialty Ingredients’ portfolio of hair care products includes advanced styling polymers, fixatives, conditioning polymers, emulsifiers, preservatives and rheology modifiers. Skin Care Specialty Ingredients’ portfolio of skin care products helps to firm, nourish, revitalize and smooth skin. Home Care Specialty Ingredients’ portfolio of products and technologies is used in many types of cleaning applications, including fabric care, home care and dishwashing.

Pharmaceutical & Nutrition Specialties

The Pharmaceutical & Nutrition Specialties business includes the Pharmaceutical and Food and Beverage product lines. Pharmaceutical Specialty Ingredients is a leading supplier of excipients and tablet coating systems to the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. Food and Beverage Specialty Ingredients’ portfolio provides functional benefits in areas such as thickening, texture control, thermal gelation, structure enhancement, water binding, clarification and stabilization. Its core products include leading positions in cellulose gums and vinyl pyrrolidone polymers which are used in a wide range of offerings for bakery, beverage, dairy, desserts, meat products, pet food, prepared foods, sauces and savory products.

Coatings & Construction Specialties

The Coatings Specialties business is a recognized leader in rheology solutions for waterborne architectural paint and coatings. Products include hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC), which provides thickening, and application properties for interior and exterior paints, and nonionic synthetic associative thickeners (NSATs), which are APEO-free liquid synthetics for high-performance paint and industrial coatings. The Coatings Specialties business complements its rheology offering with a broad portfolio of performance foam-control agents, surfactants and wetting agents, dispersants and pH neutralizers.

Energy Specialties

The Energy Specialties business is a leading global manufacturer of guar-, synthetic- and cellulosic-based products for drilling fluids, oil-well cement slurries, completion and work over fluids, fracturing fluids and production.

Performance Specialties

It offers a broad spectrum of organo and water-soluble polymers that are derived from both natural and synthetic resources. Its product lines include derivatized cellulose polymers, synthetics, guar and guar derivatives that impart effective functionalities to serve a variety of industrial markets and specialized applications. Performance Specialties also offers a comprehensive portfolio of 1, 4 butanediol (BDO) and its derivatives including tetrahydrofuran (THF), N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and gamma-Butyrolactone (BLO or GBL).

Ashland Water Technologies

Ashland Water Technologies (Water Technologies) is a supplier of specialty chemicals and services to the pulp, paper, mining, food and beverage, power generation, refining, chemical processing, general manufacturing and municipal markets. Water Technologies’ products include biocides, cleaners, coagulants and flocculants, converting additives, corrosion inhibitors, defoamers, deposit control agents, food and beverage processing aids, internal and surface size agents, membrane treatments, mining and mineral processing aids, monitoring and control systems, odor inhibitors and neutralizers, oxygen scavengers, pulp mill additives, retention, drainage and clarification aids, scale inhibitors, sludge dewatering polymers, surface treatments, tissue-making additives, wet- and dry-strength additives and wood adhesives. Its business lines are Pulp and Paper The Pulp and Paper business manufactures and sells a broad array of process chemistries for the pulp and paper industry including deposit and scale control agents, defoamers, biocides, retention aids and crepe and release additives. Industrial Water The Industrial Water business offers specialized chemicals for the utility water treatment market including influent water, boiler water, cooling water and effluent water treatments. Products include scale and corrosion inhibitors, coagulants and flocculants, biocides, defoamers, membrane treatments and sludge dewatering.

Ashland Performance Materials

Ashland Performance Materials (Performance Materials) is helping customers create stronger, lighter, more resistant substitutes for traditional materials through higher performing, cost-efficient resin and adhesive technologies that improve the manufacturing, fabrication and design process. Performance Materials is comprised of the following lines of businesses: Composites and Adhesives The Composites and Adhesives business manufactures and sells a broad range of general-purpose and high-performance grades of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, gelcoats and low-profile additives for the reinforced plastics industry. Its products are unsaturated polyester resins, copolymers, lubricating oil additives, alkenyl succinic anhydrides, malic acid, fumaric acid and numerous derivative chemicals. Its Elastomers provides raw materials used in the manufacture of tires, flooring, shoe soles, adhesives and sealants, automotive parts and industrial rubber goods.

Ashland Consumer Markets

Ashland Consumer Markets (Consumer Markets) delivers premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, automotive chemicals and car-care products. It operates and franchises approximately 900 Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers in the United States. It markets Valvoline lubricants and automotive chemicals; MaxLife lubricants for cars with higher mileage engines; NextGen motor oil, created with 50-percent recycled oil; SynPower synthetic motor oil; Eagle One and Car Brite automotive appearance products, and Zerex antifreeze. Its business lines are Do It Yourself (DIY) The DIY business sells Valvoline and other branded and private label products to consumers who perform their own auto maintenance. These products are sold through retail auto parts stores such as AutoZone, O’Reilly, Advance Auto Parts, mass merchandisers such as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and warehouse distributors and their affiliated jobber stores such as NAPA and CARQUEST. Installer Channels/Commercial & Industrial (C&I) The Installer Channels business sells branded products and services to installers (such as car dealers, general repair shops and quick lubes) and to auto auctions through a network of independent distributors and company-owned and operated direct market operations. Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) The Valvoline Instant Oil Change chain is the second largest competitor in the U.S. fast oil change service business, providing Consumer Markets with a significant presence in the installer channels segment of the passenger car and light truck motor oil market.

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Ashland Inc

50 E Rivercenter Blvd Fl 16
COVINGTON   KY   41011-1683
P: +1859.8153483

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