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50 East RiverCenter Boulevard

PO Box 391

Covington, KY 41012

United States

Phone: 859-815-3333


Ashland Inc. operates as a specialty chemical company worldwide. The company provides products, services, and solutions that meet customers’ needs throughout various industries in approximately 100 countries. Segments The company’s segments include Ashland Specialty Ingredients (Specialty Ingredients); Ashland Performance Materials (Performance Materials); and Valvoline. Specialty Ingredients This segment offers products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product-performance challenges. Specialty Ingredients uses natural, synthetic and semisynthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers, vinyl pyrrolidones, and acrylic polymers, as well as polyester and polyurethane-based adhesives. Specialty Ingredients includes two divisions - Consumer Specialties and Industrial Specialties - that offer solutions for consumer and industrial applications. Key customers include pharmaceutical companies; makers of personal care products, food and beverages; manufacturers of paint, coatings and construction materials; packaging and converting; and oilfield service companies. During 2015, Ashland sold the industrial biocides assets within Specialty Ingredients. Specialty Ingredients’ areas of expertise include organic and synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, surface and colloid science, rheology, structural analysis, and microbiology. Specialty Ingredients’ solutions provide a range of properties, including: thickening and rheology control, water retention, adhesive strength, binding power, film formation, conditioning and deposition, colloid stabilization and suspension. The Consumer Specialties division includes the Oral Care, Hair Care, Skin Care, Home Care and Pharmaceutical & Nutrition portfolios. 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. The Skin Care line also provides sun care products, including UV filters, water-resistant agents and thickeners. Emulsifiers, emollients, preservatives, and rheology modifiers the Skin Care product line. Home Care – Specialty Ingredients’ portfolio of products and technologies is used in various types of cleaning applications, including fabric care, home care and dishwashing. Specialty Ingredients’ products are used in various applications for viscosity enhancement, particle suspension, rheology modification and stabilization. Pharmaceutical – Specialty Ingredients is a supplier of excipients and tablet coating systems to the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. The excipients division offers a range of polymers for use as tablet binders, superdisintegrants, sustained-release agents and drug solubilizers, as well as a portfolio of fully formulated, one-step tablet coating systems for immediate-, sustained- and delayed-release applications. Nutrition – Specialty Ingredients’ nutrition portfolio provides functional benefits in areas, such as thickening, texture control, thermal gelation, structure enhancement, water binding, clarification and stabilization. Its core products include cellulose gums and vinyl pyrrolidone polymers, which are used in a range of offerings for bakery, beverage, dairy, desserts, meat products, pet food, prepared foods, sauces and savory products. The Industrial Specialties division includes coatings, construction, energy, adhesives and performance specialties. Coatings: Products include hydroxyethylcellulose, which provides thickening and application properties for interior and exterior paints, and nonionic synthetic associative thickeners, which are APEO-free liquid synthetics for paint and industrial c


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