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Ashland Inc. operates as a specialty chemicals company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials, and Ashland Consumer Markets. The Ashland Specialty Ingredients segment provides products, technologies, and resources for solving formulation and product-performance challenges in personal and home care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, coatings, construction, energy, and other industries. It offers solutions using natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers, and vinyl pyrrolidones for consumer and industrial applications. The Ashland Water Technologies segment supplies specialty chemicals to the pulp, paper, mining, food and beverage, power generation, refining, chemical processing, general manufacturing, and municipal markets. The Ashland Performance Materials offers composite resins, water-based and energy-curable coatings, pressure-sensitive adhesives, and elastomers that are used in the construction, transportation, infrastructure, boatbuilding, and packaging and converting markets. This segment also provides metal casting consumables and design services for foundry management; and styrene butadiene rubber primarily to the tire market. The Ashland Consumer Markets segment delivers automotive, commercial, and industrial lubricants; automotive chemicals; and car-care products. This segment markets Valvoline lubricants; MaxLife lubricants for cars; NextGen motor oil; SynPower synthetic motor oil; Eagle One and Car Brite automotive appearance products; and Zerex antifreeze. It operates and franchises approximately 900 Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers in the United States. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Covington, Kentucky.

15,000 Employees
Last Reported Date: 01/30/14
Founded in 1924

ashland inc (ASH) Top Compensated Officers

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Office...
Total Annual Compensation: $1.2M
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice Presi...
Total Annual Compensation: $307.5K
Senior Vice President and President of Ashlan...
Total Annual Compensation: $516.5K
Senior Vice President and President of Perfor...
Total Annual Compensation: $425.8K
Senior Vice President and President of Consum...
Total Annual Compensation: $388.5K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

ashland inc (ASH) Key Developments

Ashland Specialty Ingredients Completes Expansion of its Macon, Ga., Facility

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. announced that it has completed a 13,000 square foot expansion of its Macon, Ga., facility and moved its Nuosept biocides production line to the new space. By moving Nuosept biocide production from Leaside, Ontario, to Macon, the company has increased production flexibility and efficiency. The production lines are now fully operational. The plant also has a pilot-sized, mini-mill to produce experimental batches. The mini-mill helps the company innovate and develop new biocides that can then be scaled up to production volumes. The mini-mill also enables technicians to look at variations in the manufacturing process and troubleshoot customers' production problems. The Macon location is suited for Nuosept biocides production, said Jerusik. The technicians were experienced in producing biocides, and the plant was already a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered site. It offers a logistical advantage as well.

Rhone Capital Reportedly In Talks To Acquire ASK Chemicals

Rhone Capital, L.L.C. is in advanced talks to acquire ASK Chemicals GmbH from Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH) and Clariant AG (SWX:CLN) valued at about €250 million ($344 million), reported Bloomberg citing people with knowledge of the situation. Rhone is the frontrunner in a sale process for ASK Chemicals that began in 2013, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details of the auction are private. The people added that other suitors have expressed an interest in the asset, which makes foundry chemicals, and a decision is expected within days. According to two of the people, Rhone has lined up loans to back the purchase from a group of lenders. The people said that the facility will comprise two term loans, a capital expenditure portion and a credit line. Spokespeople for Rhone, Clariant and Ashland declined to comment on the deal to Bloomberg. ASK didn’t immediately respond to telephone and email requests seeking comment on the purchase by Bloomberg.

Ashland Announces the Introduction of N-DurHance™ A-1000 conditioning polymer

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. announced the launch of N-DurHance™ A-1000 conditioning polymer, a new conditioning technology demonstrated to restore and improve the look of healthy hair over the course of several wash cycles. Based on a homopolymer of acrylamido-N-propyltrimethylammonium chloride, N-DurHance A-1000 lends hydrophobic properties to hair in a way that affords an enduring conditioning effect. For the first time, consumers may perceive the benefits of softer, smoother, shinier and more manageable hair over the course of successive shampoo applications. In developing the N-DurHance A-1000 conditioning polymer, Ashland found a symbiotic relationship between conditioner formulations containing the technology and anionic surfactants typically found in shampoo formulations. With very high cationic charge density, N-DurHance polymer fully binds to the negative charges on hair when delivered from conditioner formulations. A number of cationic polymer charge sites remain, however, to flocculate in situ during next-day cleansing with anionic shampoo components. A significant improvement in sensory properties is realized when N-DurHance A-1000 conditioning polymer is included at 0.5% in commercial conditioner formulations. In tests on bleached Asian hair, after five washes, instrumentally measured values show an improvement in 'slippery feel' compared to a benchmark conditioning formula without N-DurHance A-1000 conditioning polymer. All of these benefits come without build-up on hair. In tests on dark brown European hair, as measured in liquid flow rate, no build-up of N-DurHance A-1000 conditioning polymer was measured following several treatment and wash cycles. Daily use conditioners, intensive conditioning hair masks, conditioning sprays and comb-through conditioning creams all serve as viable applications for the N-DurHance A-1000 conditioning polymer. A series of prototype formulations available to formulators have passed three-month stability and preservative efficacy testing.


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