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22 September 2017

Great partnership create strong solutions. Ashland showcases multiple innovations at China Composites Expo 2017.

September 6, 2017 – Chemical processing and water treatment, building and construction, wind energy, transportation, and more. These are among the many industries that have an ever-increasing need to balance materials’ structural integrity, usability, and long-term durability against overall performance, weight and cost.

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21 September 2017

Ashland to increase prices for composite products in EMEAe

September 4, 2017 – Ashland today announced it will increase the price of its complete portfolio of composite products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 100 Euros per metric ton. This price increase will take effect September 15, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter as contracts allow.

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24 August 2017

New Stoner Hydro Speed Video and Website

They say time is money but for FRP molders using paste wax, it has been challenging to save time applying and removing paste wax. Not much has changed for over 50 years! That was until revolutionary new Stoner Hydro Speed!

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08 August 2017

The Corrosion Chronicle – Spring 2017

Derakane™ 470HT resin pushes the envelope for high temperature, corrosion-resistant laminates. Derakane epoxy vinyl ester resins long ago established themselves as the “go to” technology when outstanding corrosion resistance in harsh chemical environments was required.

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07 August 2017

Ashland announces price increase on all gelcoats in North America effective August 15, 2017

Ashland announced today that effective August 15, 2017, or as contracts allow, it will increase the price of its complete portfolio of gelcoats in North America by $0.05/lb on white colours and $0.04/lb on all other colors.

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26 May 2017

Composites acquisition strengthens Ashland’s position in the SMC/BMC market in Europe

The recent addition of a composites manufacturing facility in France, combined with an investment in the new lab facilities and equipment in Finland, has strengthened Ashland’s position in the European Sheet and Bulk Moulding Compounds (SMC/BMC) market.

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19 May 2017

Baakens Valley Innovation Corridor, Port Elizabeth

Baakens Valley is an area in Port Elizabeth currently being used as a pilot project to showcase how composites can be used in a variety of ways to replace other materials used in manufacturing products such as furniture, manhole covers and railings to name but a few.

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10 May 2017

Call for Papers – Conference FRP Unlimited 2018, February 6-7 2018, Munich (Germany)

For more than 20 years the Conference FRP Unlimited has become an international platform for professionals who deal with FRP. In 2018 plant designers, engineers, end-users and plant operators can inform themselves on approved applications enabled by FRP materials.

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14 February 2017

2017 Kicks off with a flurry

2017 has started off with a flurry of activity and hopefully it carries on like this and the SA economy performs better this year.

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13 February 2017

The Future of Composites in Construction

The conference program is tailored to professionals willing to increase their knowledge and their business in the potential of using composite materials in the building and construction fields.

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22 January 2017

Register now and benefit from a discount : JEC International Composites Event : 14-16 March 2017, Paris

From raw materials to finished products, join all key market players of the entire composites value chain in Paris from 14-16 March 2017.

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21 January 2017

Registration : Chicago : The future of Composites in Construction

JEC Group is now focusing on end-users and is launching the Future of Composites in Construction, an event dedicated to one of the most promising composites market segments.

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13 December 2016

Ashland Composites Price Increase – December 2016.

Ashland announced it will increase the prices of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resin and epoxy vinyl ester resins in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 100 Euros per ton for gelcoats. This increase will take effect December 7, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter as contracts allow.

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24 October 2016

International Conference on Bicycle Technology : December 6-7, 2016

The 2016 edition of Cyclitech, co-organized by JEC Group and SPE, will take place in Newport Beach, California. The full program of the Cyclitech 2016 has been unveiled! Thanks to presentations from industrials and experts sharing their knowledge, these two full days of conferences will allow participants to find out all the latest developments from the use of composites in the cycling industry.

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21 October 2016

Discover JEC Composites new publications and shop with special offer

Save 20% and discover our new publications e-shop. JEC Composites proposes a wide range of publications that will allow you to learn about all the trends and forecasts of the composites industry, and about key players from the sector.

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17 October 2016

30-Days left before the opening of JEC Asia 2016

The five conference sessions will cover the following:

  • Carbon Fibre in Mass Production Vehicles.
  • Easy Design Tools for Composites Structures.
  • Testing and Life Cycle.
  • Advances and Challenges in the Aeronautics Industry.
  • Market Drivers In Off-shore Activities : Energy, Oil & Gas.
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14 October 2016

New Derakane™ NSF approved Resin Brings Efficacy to the Potable Water Market

After 50 years, Ashland is still solving for industry and customer challenges. D411-350WSR resins are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), one of the world's leading authorities on drinking water safety. They deliver the proven performance of Derakane 411 technology, along with Ashland's unmatched application knowledge and case history portfolio to the potable water space with certification.

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13 October 2016

New Ashland brand signals acceleration of corporate mission, organizational transformation and separation from Valvoline

COVINGTON, KY, October 3, 2016 - Ashland today took another important step in its plan for the future, furthering its competitive strategy following its eventual separation from Valvoline, revealing its new "Always Solving(TM)" corporate identity and unveiling the organizational culture that will continue to differentiate the company as it continues its mission to become the premier specialty chemical company in the world.

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12 October 2016

International Conference on Automotive Technology : Knoxville, Tennessee, USA : 13-14 October 2016

Hosted in Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee and one of IACMI’s lead institutions, the event will bring new development in automotive manufacturing materials. Follow #JECForums2016.

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11 October 2016

The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster (MBCC)

add resins, as one of the founding members, commits to helping raise awareness of the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster (MBCC). The dti recently took the decision to fund the MBCC within their recently established Cluster Development Programme. The MBCC is a Non-Profit Company (NPC) with companies as its members.

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06 October 2016

Fundamentals of Process Safety Management (SAIChE accredited)
Johannesburg, South Africa : 7-11 November

IChemE’s flagship process safety course has been revised and updated for 2016. It features new case studies, latest information and current best practice. This intensive course covers the fundamentals of process safety and will provide you with an understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management. Delegates who successfully complete the end of course assessment will receive an IChemE pass certificate in the Fundamentals of Process Safety Management.

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21 September 2016

McGregor races to 6th World K1 Title in Derakane™ kayak, Brandenburg, Germany

Hank Mc Gregor raced to his 6th World Marathon K1 title in the new Velox Spectra kayak manufactured by Kayak Centre using Derakane™ 411-200 resin supplied by add resins, supplier of Derakane™ resins in Southern African.

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15 September 2016

Construction - Composite Applications and Market Growth Perspectives : 21-23 September 2016

3 Days dedicated to composites decision-makers with a special focus for construction and infrastructure market dedicated to "Introduction to carbon fibre application in civil engineering".

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01 September 2016

2nd International Composites Congress (ICC): 28-29 November 2016: CCD Congress Centre, Dusseldorf, Germany “Composites – On a path to becoming a key industry?

Don't miss this! THE meeting place for the international composites community! With more than 350 participants the first ICC was a full success! Composites Germany, the biggest European trade association in composites, will be giving its annual meeting in Düsseldorf again. The 2nd International Composites Congress (ICC), this year with the partner country Japan, presents the current trends and developments of the Composites industry. The congress is again the opening event at the COMPOSITES EUROPE (29.11.-1.12.2016). Current trends, new applications and technologies and a comprehensive overview about market developments in Europe and Worldwide are a main focus of this congress. Partner country this year is Japan which will be represented with exclusive speakers. A special highlight is also the awarding of the AVK innovation award.

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01 September 2016

Owens Corning to invest $110 Million in India composites operations

The investment will support the growing India glass fiber market through the installation of a state-of-the-art 80,000-ton glass melter at the Company’s existing facility in Taloja, India. The new melter is expected to begin start-up operations in early 2018.

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12 august 2016

Composites and Advanced Materials (CAMX) Expo 2016

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), the two leading composites and advanced materials industry organizations for nearly 60 years, are once again hosting CAMX, an event that connects and advances all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities.

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28 july 2016

Chemicals Imbizo 2016, Durban

The Chemicals Imbizo 2016 is due to take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on Thursday 28 July 2016.

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20 July 2016

Ashland Exhibits At The International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference 2016

Visit Ashland at Booth 940 at The International Boatbuilders Exhbition and Conference, Tampa, Florida, USA from 04-06 October 2016.

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16 july 2016

JEEP WARRIOR RACE, SOUTH AFRICA’S LARGEST OBSTACLE COURSE RACE

You will get wet and dirty, you will be laughing and crying, but all in all, you will have a blast. This is the motto of the Jeep Warrior Race, that witnessed the add resins KwaZulu-Natal husband/wife team, Scott and Sue Maynard partake in this past weekend. Also participating in this gruelling event were the ladies and mens Fibrewound Warrior Teams – congratulations! Tough participants associated with a strong brand - Derakane™

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16 july 2016

HANK McGREGOR : KING OF THE 2016 BERG RIVER CANOE MARATHON

To say Hank McGregor has dominated the Berg River Canoe Marathon is the understatement of the decade – he has owned it.

On Saturday, as he has done so often, he crossed the finishing line in Veldriff in first place to register back-to-back victories and his 11th overall from 13 starts.

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17 may 2016

Ashland sponsoring inaugural Composites In Architecture Design Challenge enabling next generation of architects and engineers

DUBLIN, Ohio - Ashland Performance Materials, a business unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), in cooperation with the Architectural Division of the American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA), is sponsoring the inaugural Composites In Architecture Design Challenge. The competition is aimed at generating greater awareness of the uses and benefits of composites among the next generation of architects and engineers. The leading entrants of the Composites Design Challenge will exhibit their designs at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia in May 2016.

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17 may 2016

Integra Adhesives joins Scigrip following acquisition by IPS

IPS Corporation, a global manufacturer of specialty adhesives based in Compton, CA, announced that it has acquired Integra Adhesives, one of the leaders in engineered-stone adhesives.

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07 april 2016

Derakane - The Corrosion Chronicle April 2016 Edition

Derakane™ Resins : The Gold Standard in Fighting Corrosion for More Than 50 Years and Counting.

Fifty years ago, the world was a different place. The invasion of America by long-haired entertainers from Britain was just starting to pick up steam. The green movement was in its infancy, fuelled by Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring. Countries such as the United States, Great Britain and Germany were investing 10 to 15 per cent of their GDP in infrastructure. Relations between the United States and China were non-existent. And the computer age was only a figment of one's imagination.

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04 april 2016

New Process Safety Training : Early Bird Registration : 09-13 May 2016, Boksburg

IChemE's flagship process safety course has been revised and updated. The content includes new case studies, latest information and current best practice. This intensive course covers the fundamentals and aims to provide an understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management.

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01 march 2016

JOTUN SPONSORS - ZAK 'WORLD OF FACADES MIDDLE EAST' EVENT

Jotun Powder Coatings UAE LLC will be sponsoring ZAK World of Facades Middle East event taking place on 14th March 2016 at The Oberoi, Dubai.

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22 february 2016

NEWS RELEASE : Ashland launches marine gelcoat with mirror-like deep black finish

DUBLIN, Ohio - Ashland Performance Materials, a business unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), introduces Maxguard™ MRR Ultra Jet Black gelcoat which allows boat manufacturers to produce vessels with the deep black colour and crisp, mirror-like finish that today's boat buyer wants.

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12 february 2016

Powering Architectural Imagination By Applying Innovation At The Louvre Abu Dhabi

Being part of something extraordinary is a matter of pride. As the Louvre Abu Dhabi is nearing completion, we take the opportunity to salute all our employees and partners through this exclusive edition of Kaleidoscope.

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28 january 2016

DuPont and Dow Chemical agreed to merge in an all-stock deal valued at $130 billion

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announce that their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The combined company will be named DowDuPont.

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28 january 2016

Valvoline™ - First Trademarked Lubricant Brand in the United States - to Mark 150 Years of Business as New Year Begins

Barendrecht, the Netherlands - Valvoline™ - the first trademarked lubricant brand in the U.S. - is turning 150 years old in 2016 and will celebrate this milestone with a series of global initiatives. Founded in 1866 and expanded to Europe in the early '50s, Valvoline and its lubricants, chemicals and car products are now available in more than 160 countries and territories worldwide.

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10 december 2015

JEC World Composites Show and Conferences

Registration opens for JEC World Composites Show and Conferences, Paris : 08-10 March 2016

JEC World 2016 conference registration is open and prospective delegates are urged to take advantage of the "early bird" discounts - www.jeccomposites.com

A programme and list of confirmed speakers to-date is attached.

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01 december 2015

Success for South African participation at CAMX, Dallas, USA

The South African flag flew high during October at this year's Composites Advanced Materials Exhibition (CAMX) which took place in Dallas, United States of America!

With funding and organisation coming from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the South African industry was able to stamp their mark at the exhibition when 7 local composite companies exhibited and demonstrated their products and capabilities. This exhibition attracts people from all parts of the world and great interest was shown as South Africa, with a large untapped composite market, had not been considered as a trade partner before by many of the delegates. Awareness of our export markets have been limited which has resulted in local companies losing out on trade opportunities. With the vast experience of local composite companies and the current exchange rates, South Africa should be in a position to land export deals without any problems.

Appreciation is extended to the Department of Trade and Industry for making this pavilion possible.

01 december 2015

DTI Trade Mission to JEC World, Paris : March 2016

The Trade Mission will be organising participation to the 2016 JEC Composites tradeshow in Paris which takes place from 08-10 March 2016 - www.jeccomposites.com. The DTI will be calling on all local composite companies for participation. The registration forms are attached.

22 october 2015

add resins October 2015 media release

October 2015 saw add resins and their principal, Ashland Inc. host 3 functions around South Africa.

ADD Resins and Chemicals (Pty) Ltd, trading as add resins, is a private South African company with branches in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The company markets and distributes a range of quality branded products at competitive prices and prides itself in excellent service levels, combined with local technical support provided by experienced personnel (over 175 years combined!). Strong ties with leading international players, gives add resins access to the latest global technology and developments. A manufacturing and blending facility is situated in Johannesburg and add resins has bulk solvent tanks in Johannesburg and Durban. add resins supplies product throughout South Africa, to many African countries and the Indian Ocean Islands.

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06 october 2015

Ashland Inc. announces plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies

COVINGTON, Ky. - Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) today announced that its board of directors has approved proceeding with a plan to separate Ashland into two independent, publicly traded companies. Today's announcement follows a comprehensive strategic planning review by the company's global leadership team to better understand Ashland's markets, customers and the opportunities for each business to create the most value for shareholders, customers and employees. It also represents the final step in Ashland's more than decade-long transformation from an oil refiner and marketer to a specialty chemicals company, during which the company completed dozens of acquisitions and divestitures.

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06 october 2015

Ashland showcases innovation made from higher-performing, more cost-efficient resins

Company celebrates Derakane™ brand's 50th anniversary

Shanghai, China - For years, Ashland Performance Materials (APM), a business unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has created durable, corrosion-resistant resins used as a substitute for traditional materials such as metal and wood. Higher-performing, more cost-efficient Derakane™ resins improve manufacturing productivity and product shelf life, and also have unparalleled durability performance. Market applications include construction and building, transportation, marine, wind power and flue gas desulfurization (FGD). Examples of innovative substitutions will be on display at the China Composites Expo to be held September 2-4, 2015, in Shanghai.

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10 august 2015

ACMA introduces CompositesLab

American Composites Manufacturers Association launches website to help people learn about the benefits of composites.

The website features content to help visitors learn about composites and the many ways in which they are used.

CompositesLab features a wealth of original content, including:

  • Explanation of the science behind composites, the history of composites, and an industry overview.
  • Information about the benefits of composites, such as strength, light weight, corrosion resistance, design flexibility and durability.
  • Comparisons of composites with steel, aluminum, wood and granite.
  • Case studies detailing the use of composites in several industries, including automotive, architecture, and infrastructure.
  • Detailed explanations of the many different materials and processes used to make composites.

More information: www.compositeslab.com

22 july 2015

McGregor wins 10th Berg River title

Velddrift - Saturday's fourth and final stage of the taxing 2015 Berg River Canoe Marathon was a historic day for South African paddling icon Hank McGregor who became the first person in history to win the 240km clash from Paarl to Velddrif for a 10th time while Western Cape local Bianca Beavitt notched up her first women's crown.

So dominant was McGregor throughout the race's four days as well as the pre-race time trial, that the only prizes available to the Jeep team/Kayak Centre star to have evaded him were the third and fourth stage bridge prizes.

"To win one is something special, to win ten is something everyone only ever dreams of doing and I'm sure it will only really sink in in a couple of weeks' time," said an elated McGregor."

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15 june 2015

Ashland Introduces Low Styrene Resins While Maintaining Performance and Manufacturing Needs

Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), works with the best boat builders in the world providing them with new technologies for decades that deliver unmatched quality and performance. Ashland's newest product captures the latest trends and needs for high-performance boats.

Aropol L 67314 resins deliver a noticeable reduction in the styrene odor and improved cosmetics over standard general purpose marine resins.

"Ashland's technical service team has an industry-leading reputation for solving problems. We work closely with our customers to understand specific application challenges so we can recommend the best product to meet their business objectives," said Charlie Fisher, Recreational Markets Product Manager for Ashland. "Our latest Aropol product delivers against an unmet need of the market. The resin achieves the desired appearance and process times while meeting current and future regulatory standards."

Standard lab styrene tests show that Aropol L 67314 resins helped reduce emissions by 30 percent. Due to lower styrene content of the resin, much reduced styrene emissions are expected

Emission prevention and reduction in the workplace, health concerns about styrene, and air quality standards are fundamental drivers for governmental regulatory agencies to demand lower styrene in composites manufacturing. Ashland has created a low styrene resin that can minimize exposure to styrene vapors thus creating a more pleasant, safer workplace.

To learn more about Aropol L 67314 resin or Ashland's wide range of products for the marine industry, visit ashland.com/marine.

About Ashland Performance Materials
Ashland Performance Materials is the global leader in unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins. In addition, it offers leading chemical technologies in gelcoats, coatings, and intermediates and solvents. Key customers include: manufacturers of residential and commercial building products; infrastructure engineers; wind blade and pipe manufacturers; auto, truck, and boat builders. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

About Ashland
In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day 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. Visit ashland.com to see the innovations we offer through our three commercial units - Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, and Valvoline.

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01 june 2015

Composites: ICCBN Call of Abstracts

Second International Conference on Composites, Biocomposites and Nanocomposites

The Composite Research Group (CRG) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa is hosting their Second International Conference on Composites, Biocomposites and Nanocomposites (ICCBN). The conference covers a variety of themes that include Materials and Applications, Processing and Characterisation, Analysis and Optimisation, Social and Ethics, and, Legal and Environmental. Further information on the themes and their sub-topics may be found on the Themes and Topics webpage.

We take pleasure in inviting you to submit an abstract between 250 and 300 words for oral or poster presentations. Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to submit full papers for peer review. The templates for your submission may be found on the Submission webpage. The deadline is 15 June 2015.

Please consult the ICCBN webpage for more information regarding venue, recommended accommodation, transport arrangements, plenary speakers, and contact details.

Only with your invaluable support can we hope to make this conference a success. Please feel free to forward this to any interested individuals / parties.

25 may 2015

Update on Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) of mixtures and Ashland Performance Materials implementation

The European Parliament on 16 December 2008, published a new regulation on Classification, Labeling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP). This new regulation is adapting the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals.

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05 may 2015

Derakane Corrosion Chronicle May 2015 Edition

Design Engineers Depend on FRP for Corrosion Challenges in Chemical Processing

Much progress has been made in combating corrosion over the past 60 years. However, corrosion continues to be an expensive problem across many industry segments.

Derakane™ epoxy vinyl ester resin-based composites have proven highly successful in minimizing the effects of corrosion on industrial equipment. FRP vessels, piping and ducts perform very well in applications requiring corrosion resistance to halogens, acids, oxidizing agents, aqueous salts, corrosive liquids/gases and more.

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24 march 2015

"Derakane Guru" heads up SA technical support team

Ashland's Michael Jaeger leads the fight against corrosion's damaging impact

Michael's expertise is at ADD Resins finger-tips here in South Africa. His knowledge of more than 20 years in corrosion resins is an added benefit to all of ADD's customers.

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16 march 2015

Ashland celebrates 50 years of Derakane success

For 50 years, Ashland's Derakane resins have defined the standard of excellence in corrosion-resistant fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) applications for chemical processing, water treatment and air pollution control, mineral processing and more.

Invented in 1965 for use in extremely corrosive, hot, wet chlorine environments, Derakane was originally targeted toward the pulp bleaching and waste water markets. Today, through continued technology development, Derakane is used in hundreds of critical applications, where exceptional mechanical properties and corrosion resistance at high temperatures are required. Because of the high resistance to aggressive solvents and chemicals, Derakane can also maintain good retention of strength and toughness even at elevated temperatures, and the resins have excellent resistance to acidic oxidizing environments.

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15 january 2015

Ashland Inc. board of directors elects William A. Wulfsohn as chairman and chief executive officer

President and CEO of Carpenter Technology to succeed retiring Jim O'Brien effective January 1, 2015; Wulfsohn brings nearly 30 years of global chemicals and industrial experience

Covington, Ky., Nov. 14, 2014 - Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) today announced its board of directors has moved forward with its ongoing integrated succession and strategic plan by electing William A. Wulfsohn as the company's new chairman and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2015. He succeeds James J. O'Brien, who earlier this year announced plans to retire at the end of December after serving 12 successful years as chairman and CEO.

Wulfsohn, 52, brings nearly 30 years of world-class chemicals and industrial manufacturing experience to his new role with Ashland. Since 2010, he has served as president and CEO of Carpenter Technology Corp. (NYSE: CRS), a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of cast/wrought and powder metal stainless steels and specialty alloys used in aerospace, energy, medical, transportation, consumer and industrial products. He also has served on Carpenter's board since 2009. Wulfsohn has led Carpenter's senior management team through a major transformation, revitalizing the company's capabilities and delivering outstanding results. Under his leadership, the company: constructed a highly advanced super alloy facility; expanded its scope of geographic operations; introduced new differential technology; and successfully integrated multiple accretive acquisitions. From fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2014, Carpenter Technology's annual sales grew 93 percent, operating margin improved from 5 percent to 13 percent, and fully diluted earnings per share increased from $0.04 to $2.47. In addition, adjusted EBITDA nearly tripled, from $132 million in 2010 to $382 million in 2014. The Ashland board was attracted by Wulfsohn's ability to deliver strong financial results through his focus on customer satisfaction, innovation and operational excellence.

Wulfsohn has enjoyed a long, proven career. After working for McKinsey & Co., he focused his career on specialty materials with leading companies such as Honeywell International, PPG Industries and Carpenter Technology. During his three years at Honeywell, he helped lead the nylon business through a strategic redesign. In 2003, he joined PPG and a year later was named managing director of PPG Europe, based in Paris. In 2006, Wulfsohn was promoted to senior vice president, industrial coatings, leading a $4 billion business segment and reporting to PPG's chairman and CEO. He has recently served on the board of directors of PolyOne (NYSE: POL), a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions.

"Bill met or exceeded nearly every criteria we outlined for Ashland's new CEO," said Barry Perry, Ashland's lead director and chair of the board's Special Committee on CEO Succession. "Given Ashland's successful transformation, we strongly believe he is the right leader to build on the company's solid foundation and maximize the tremendous growth opportunities that lay ahead. Ashland has been fortunate to have had a high-performing CEO and a talented senior management team, which included several potential successors. Ultimately the board was attracted to Bill's impressive track record and a shared objective of creating even greater value for Ashland's shareholders."

Wulfsohn will be based at Ashland's corporate headquarters in Covington. An on-boarding process is under development to allow time for Wulfsohn and O'Brien to work together alongside other members of Ashland's senior management team and the board. In addition, Perry, a member of Ashland's board of directors since 2007, will work closely with Wulfsohn on his transition plan to ensure continued momentum and continuity of Ashland's ongoing transformational and strategic framework.

"It has been a privilege to lead Carpenter Technology through a period of dramatic growth and strategic repositioning," Wulfsohn said. "At the same time, Ashland's incredible transformation over the past decade has been exciting to watch. Although I was not actively seeking a new CEO role, I was attracted by the opportunity to lead a larger, well-run company with a reputation for delivering superior product innovation, unmatched technical expertise and market-beating shareholder value. The Ashland board also convinced me that they were interested in pursuing additional strategic growth opportunities in the global marketplace. I look forward to engaging quickly and directly with Ashland's employees, customers and investors. My objective is to sustain the core strengths that have driven the company's existing growth and work alongside the team and board to enhance the Company's operating and financial performance in the years ahead."

"Bill is inheriting a very different Ashland than when I assumed the role in 2002," said O'Brien. "His global experience within the specialty chemicals industry, combined with the insights and knowledge he has gained as CEO of a public company, will serve him well at Ashland. I look forward to working with Bill in the weeks ahead to ensure a smooth transition."

Wulfsohn earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Michigan and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three daughters.

About Ashland

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. Through our three commercial units - Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline - we use good chemistry to make great things happen for customers in more than 100 countries. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

04 november 2014

Integra Adhesives

Purging new & previously used cartridges.

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08 october 2014

Ashland's Maxguard™ GNJ wins Ringier 2014 Composites Technology Innovation Award

Shanghai, China - Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), recently received a Ringier 2014 Composites Technology Innovation Award for its non-sanding Maxguard GNJ sanitary gelcoat, which offers improved appearance and durability to manufacturers of sanitary products such as bathtubs and water closets.

The award recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of China's composites industry through technical innovation, improved productivity, economic efficiency and market opportunity creation. Ringier awards are considered to be among the most prestigious in China's composites industry.

Chinese sanitary manufacturers now have more choices than ever when producing sanitary wares ranging from bathtubs to water closets. Maxguard GNJ gelcoat is specifically designed to deliver prime performance including excellent water resistance, high gloss retention, surface hardness and shortened manufacturing process time.

"We are honored to win this award," said Winter Lai, UPR/Gelcoat product manager, Ashland Performance Materials Asia Pacific. "We are committed to delivering innovative products and unmatched technical expertise to help our composites customers grow and succeed in the marketplace."

Added Gary Landsettle, vice president, Ashland Performance Materials Asia Pacific: We see a number of exciting growth opportunities in China's composites market and we look forward to providing our customers with leading-edge technology and service in the years ahead."

Ashland Performance Materials will present its latest innovations and products at the China Composites Expo in Shanghai, September 3-5, 2014. For more information about Maxguard GNJ, please visit Ashland at booth #A710 or see our website at ashland.com.

About Ashland Performance Materials

Ashland Performance Materials is the global leader in unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins. In addition, it offers leading chemical technologies in gelcoats, coatings, intermediates and solvents, and elastomers. Key customers include: manufacturers of residential and commercial building products; infrastructure engineers; wind blade and pipe manufacturers; auto, truck and tire makers; and boatbuilders. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

About Ashland

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. Through our three commercial units - Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline - we use good chemistry to make great things happen for customers in more than 100 countries. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

08 october 2014

Ashland introduces two products for premium boatbuilders to enhance hull appearance through depth of color and functionality

New resins and gelcoats provide superior properties and value to manufacturers and boat owners

DUBLIN, Ohio - In the United States alone, manufacturers of recreational boats comprise a $6 billion industry. While the demand for new boats depends on growing consumer income, the profitability of individual companies is linked to manufacturing efficiencies and quality. Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), is known for developing gelcoats that deliver ease-of-use and balanced properties. Ashland's commitment to technical service and problem-solving has resulted in the development of Aropol™ NLN 71800 INF infusion resins and Maxguard™ NCP Jet Black gelcoat. Both products are in response to helping the premium boat-building industry meet the high-quality boat owners' expect.

The extensive line of Aropol marine resins ensure Ashland can offer the ideal formulation to optimize boat-building operations. The newest Aropol product - Aropol NLN 71800 series resins are designed specifically for boatbuilders with fast cycle times that desire a Class A automotive, "glass like" surface profile in a close molding application. It leverages Ashland's state-of-the-art Neulon™ low profile technology which allows manufacturers to create surfaces once only possible with high temperatures, automotive type processes. The Aropol NLN 71800 series provides boatbuilders room temperature processing, good mechanical properties, and superior storage stability when compared to traditional low profile resins.

Continuously working to understand the needs and trends of the marine industry, Ashland is aware of how important color is to the consumer and boatbuilder alike. The latest color in the award-winning, premium-grade Maxguard gelcoat line is the Maxguard NCP Jet Black gelcoat. It provides an even deeper, richer black with superior depth of color while retaining the best all-around performance in this high-weathering marine gelcoat. Ashland's gelcoats have an outstanding reputation for exceptional repair properties and sprayability which can be found with the new deeper, rich black color.

"Ashland continues to innovate in the Marine market with the launch of these new products, and significant capital investments in its manufacturing facilities," said Charles Fisher, Product Manager for Ashland Performance Materials. "Our focus on continuous improvement keeps us well positioned as the market leader in marine gelcoats, barrier coats, and resins."

To learn more about Ashland's newest products and other marine solutions, visit Ashland at the upcoming International Boatbuilders Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in booth #1149 or go to Ashland.com/marine.

IBEX will be held September 30 through October 2, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa. The show features more than 500 marine-industry suppliers displaying the latest in boat building products and technology. IBEX also presents more than 55 educational seminars, plus exhibitor workshops and demonstrations.

About Ashland Performance Materials

Ashland Performance Materials is the global leader in unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins. In addition, it offers leading chemical technologies in gelcoats, coatings, intermediates and solvents, and elastomers. Key customers include: manufacturers of residential and commercial building products; infrastructure engineers; wind blade and pipe manufacturers; auto, truck and tire makers; and boatbuilders. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

About Ashland

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. Through our three commercial units - Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline - we use good chemistry to make great things happen for customers in more than 100 countries. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

07 october 2014

COMPOSITES OPPORTUNITY : GLASS FIBRE LAMP POSTS

The dti has initiated a designation project dealing with glass fibre reinforced lamp posts and is looking for companies around the country that have a capability of manufacturing these lamp posts.

If you are a company that is playing in this space or is planning to play in this space and have the in-house capability of developing and manufacturing composite lamp posts, then I kindly ask you to contact Portia Muhanganei dti Industrial Development Division (also if you require additional information):

Portia Muhanganei
Trade and Industry Advisor
Advanced Materials Unit
Industrial Development Division
Department of Trade and Industry
Tel: 012 394 1448
Fax: 012 394 2448
MMuhanganei@thedti.gov.za

07 october 2014

Reichhold, Inc. Files for Voluntary Protection Under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

Durham, North Carolina, September 30, 2014 - Reichhold, Inc. announced today that it has filed for voluntary protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware. This action was taken to facilitate a restructuring of the debts of Reichhold, Inc. which represents only the U.S. portion of the global Reichhold organization.

The Company announced that it has arranged $130 million USD in financing from its bondholders to fund continuing operations, of which $100 million (subject to court approval) will be available to Reichhold, Inc. in the form of debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. The financing will also be used in part to repay the Company's and its affiliates' existing secured financing in North America and Europe. The bondholders will also serve as the stalking horse bidder for the U.S. business in a 363 sale process to be conducted over the next few months.

Reichhold affiliates located outside the U.S. are not included in the filings. These entities will continue to function outside of the Chapter 11 process and they have the necessary liquidity to continue their operations in the ordinary course of business.

Reichhold has filed a number of customary motions seeking court authorization to continue to support its business operations during the bankruptcy process, including the payment of employee salaries and health benefits without interruption. The goal is to continue its relationships with customers and suppliers in the ordinary course of business.

"For over 85 years, Reichhold has provided value to our global customers. All of Reichhold's operations are open and serving customers as usual. We have the full support of our bondholders and will emerge from this process even more capable of developing and delivering the innovative products and services that our customers value, said John S. Gaither, Chairman, President and CEO of Reichhold Industries, Inc.

Additional information is available on Reichhold's website at www.Reichhold.com or by calling Reichhold's Restructuring Hotline, toll-free in the U.S. at (844) 246-9934. For calls originating outside the U.S., please call +1 (919) 558-2300.

Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. (legal advisor) and CDG Group LLC (financial advisor) are representing Reichhold, Inc. Latham & Watkins LLP (legal advisor) and Moelis & Company (investment banker) are serving Reichhold Industries, Inc.

About Reichhold

Founded in 1927, Reichhold, with its world headquarters and technology center in Durham, North Carolina, USA, is one of the world's largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins and a leading supplier of coating resins for the industrial, transportation, building and construction, marine, consumer and graphic arts markets. Reichhold has manufacturing operations throughout North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 221E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors, including, among other things, the ability of Reichhold to develop, prosecute, confirm and consummate one or more Chapter 11 plans of reorganization, and the potential adverse impact of the Chapter 11 filing on operations, and on relations with customers, suppliers and others. All forward- looking statements reflect Reichhold's expectations only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as reflecting Reichhold's views, expectations, or beliefs at any date subsequent to the date of this release.

08 september 2014

Ashland launches Arotran™ 770 TLM Series resins enabling production of lower-density Class A SMC parts

Rolling out as the right partner for the automotive industry, Ashland is addressing CAFE regulations with higher strengths and greater toughness

DUBLIN, Ohio - A recent U.S. Energy Information Administration report confirms what most Americans may already believe ? our dependence on gasoline will likely continue to decrease for several reasons. While the recession may have begun the current trend, consumers are also increasing their demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles. And, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recently augmented Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard requirements have already spawned significant innovation in response. Composites research chemists at Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), are among those leading the way with the newest, most differentiated technologies.

"One approach automotive producers are taking to meet CAFE standards is to design and produce lighter vehicles," explains Laura Gigas, product manager, Unsaturated Polyester Resins, Ashland Performance Materials. "In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office, a 10 percent reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6 percent to 8 percent fuel-economy improvement. To this point, Mike Sumner, our group leader for SMC, Gelcoat, and Marine Resin and I will be making a presentation on September 1 at the SPE ACCE entitled 'Customer Driven Development of Low Density Class A SMC with Improved Mechanical Properties'."

"Lower-density sheet molding compounds (SMC) introduced in the recent past did not provide sufficient strength and toughness while still maintaining Class A finish required for use in exterior body panels," Sumner added. "Ashland has developed a 1.2 density Class A SMC material with higher physical properties including up to a 40 percent increase in flex and tensile strength and a 20 percent increase in modulus and elongation as compared to existing technology. The material also demonstrates increased substrate adhesion and impact resistance. Arotran™ 770 Tough Low-mass (TLM) Series resins will help engineers working for original equipment manufacturers meet both the regulatory and design parameters."

"The resins technologies we are providing to the automotive industry present a multitude of advantages versus both previous and alternative materials," explained Andy Beer, leader, Composites, North America, Ashland Performance Materials. "Ashland very much wants to partner with OEMs to deliver solutions for new applications that will assist them in fulfilling their needs as driven by the CAFE standards."

To learn more, visit Ashland at the upcoming Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) Automotive and Composites Divisions' 2014 Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition (ACCE), booth #103-105 and follow us on Twitter. Ashland's presentation is on Wednesday September 10, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Granite/Gold/Copper Room of the Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI.

The conference, which is the world's leading automotive composites forum, runs September 9-11, 2014. It is designed to educate and update automotive design and production engineers, sales personnel, and management from transportation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier suppliers about the benefits and expanding importance of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in passenger vehicles, light trucks and other ground transportation applications.

About Ashland Performance Materials

Ashland Performance Materials is the global leader in unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins. In addition, it offers leading chemical technologies in gelcoats, coatings, intermediates and solvents, and elastomers. Key customers include: manufacturers of residential and commercial building products; infrastructure engineers; wind blade and pipe manufacturers; auto, truck and tire makers; and boatbuilders. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

About Ashland

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. Through our three commercial units - Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline - we use good chemistry to make great things happen for customers in more than 100 countries. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

01 february 2014

Energy Sector Composites Market Forecast 2014 - 2024: Future Company Prospects in Wind Power, Oil & Gas, Fuel Cells & High Pressure Vessels

Composites used in the energy sector - discover trends and segments with the highest revenue potential

What does the future hold for composite usage in the energy sector? Visiongain's brand new report shows you potential revenues to 2024, assessing data, trends, opportunities and prospects there.

Our 162 page report provides 145 tables, charts, and graphs covering 27 distinct submarkets. Discover the most lucrative areas in the industry and the future market prospects. You will see financial results, interviews, trends, opportunities, and revenue predictions.

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06 january 2014

Soyad™ adhesives

Soyad adhesives are the system of choice for industry-leading manufacturers who want to stay ahead of formaldehyde regulations and help improve indoor air quality.

Interior wood products such as hardwood plywood, particleboard, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and engineered wood flooring are manufactured with various types of adhesives, the most common of which is made from urea-formaldehyde (UF). Over time, UF releases free formaldehyde into the air, going from its solid form in the adhesive to a gaseous form that can be inhaled. Formaldehyde has been designated as a known carcinogen by a number of government and regulatory agencies around the world, and regulations have been enacted globally to reduce formaldehyde emissions from interior wood products.

The patented, water-based Soyad adhesive products are formulated with soy flour and a proprietary cross-linking resin. When blended together, the resin reacts with the protein in the soy flour to form a durable and water-resistant thermoset adhesive.

Ashland's formaldehyde-free Soyad adhesives are a cost-competitive alternative to other substitutes for UF-based adhesives.

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