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Ashland 

“Market Cap $7.81 B As of May 2014

At a Glance
  • Industry: Specialized Chemicals
  • Founded: 1936
  • Country: United States
  • CEO: James O’Brien
  • Website: www.ashland.com
  • Employees: 15,000
  • Sales: $7.81 B
  • Headquarters: Covington, Kentucky
Forbes Lists

#1049 Global 2000

  • #1187 in Sales
  • #881 in Profit
  • #1565 in Assets
  • #1345 in Market value
Profile

Ashland, Inc. provides the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Its chemistry is used in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. The company operates its business through the following segments: Specialty Ingredients, Water Technologies, Performance Materials and Consumer Markets. The Specialty Ingredients segment offers industry-leading products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product-performance challenges. The Water Technologies segment supplies process, utility and functional chemistries globally. This segment offers products and equipment technologies designed to help customers improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. The Performance Materials segment provides unsaturated polyester resins and epoxy vinyl ester resins, gelcoats, pressure-sensitive and structural adhesives, specialty coatings and elastomers. This segment also provides metal casting consumables and design services for effective foundry management. The Consumer Markets segment produces and distributes premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants and car-care products. This segment markets Valvoline lubricants and automotive chemicals; MaxLife lubricants for cars with higher mileage engines; NextGen motor oil, created with 50-percent recycled, re-refined oil; SynPower synthetic motor oil; Eagle One and Car Brite automotive appearance products; and Zerex antifreeze. Ashland was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Covington, KY.

“We’ve changed a lot, but have remained true to our heritage

What we do today bears little resemblance to the reason our company was founded in 1924. However, in one very important way, we have remained true to our heritage over the intervening decades. While we have grown and changed from a small refinery in eastern Kentucky to a leading global specialty chemical company with customers in more than 100 countries, we have been – and always will be – as much about the relationships between people as we are about the relationships between chemicals.

With fiscal 2013 sales of $7.8 billion, Ashland is a member of the Fortune 500* and S&P Midcap 400*. We provide specialty chemicals, technologies and insights through four commercial units: Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Ashland.com

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