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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 operates through four segments: Ashland Specialty Ingredients; Ashland Water Technologies; Ashland Performance Materials; and Ashland Consumer Markets. ASHLAND SPECIALTY INGREDIENTS This segment offers products, technologies, and resources for solving formulation and product-performance requirements in primary markets, including personal and home care, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, coatings, construction, energy, and other industries. Using natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers, and vinyl pyrrolidones, this segment offers solutions for consumer and industrial applications. Major customers include pharmaceutical companies; makers of personal and home care products, and food and beverages; manufacturers of paint, coatings, and construction materials; and oilfield service companies. This segment’s areas of expertise include organic and synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, surface and colloid science, rheology, structural analysis, and microbiology. This segment’s 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. This segment includes the following lines of businesses: Care Specialties The Care Specialties business includes the oral care, hair care, skin care, and home care product lines. Oral Care: This segment’s 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: This segment’s portfolio of hair care products includes advanced styling polymers, fixatives, conditioning polymers, emulsifiers, preservatives, and rheology modifiers. Skin Care: This segment’s 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 complete the skin care product line. Home Care: This segment’s portfolio of products and technologies is used in various types of cleaning applications, including fabric care, home care, and dishwashing. This segment’s products are used in various applications for viscosity enhancement, particle suspension, rheology modification, and stabilization. Pharmaceutical and Nutrition Specialties The Pharmaceutical and Nutrition Specialties business includes the pharmaceutical, and food and beverage product lines. Pharmaceutical: This segment supplies excipients and tablet coating systems to the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. The excipients business offers a range of polymers for use as tablet binders, superdisintegrants, sustained-release agents, and drug solubilizers, as well as a portfolio of formulated, one-step tablet coating systems for immediate-, sustained-, and delayed-release applications. Food and Beverage: This segment’s portfolio provides functional benefits in areas, such as thickening, texture control, thermal gelation, structure enhancement, water binding, clarification, and stabilization. Its primary products include primary positions in 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. Coatings and Construction Specialties The Coatings Specialties business offers rheology solutions for waterborne architectural paint and coatings. Products include hydroxyethylcellulose, which provides thickening and application properties for interior and exterior paints; and nonionic synthetic associative thickene


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