Ashland Inc was organized in 2004. It is a specialty chemical company that provides products, services and solutions that meet customers' needs throughout a variety of industries in more than 100 countries. The Company's chemistry is used in a variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, adhesives, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, and pharmaceutical. Its customers include pharmaceutical companies; makers of personal and home care products, food and beverages; manufacturers of paint, coatings and construction materials; packaging and converting markets; and oilfield service companies. The Company's business segments are Specialty Ingredients, Performance Materials and Valvoline. The Specialty Ingredients segment offers industry- 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 and vinyl pyrrolidones, as well as acrylic and polyurethane-based adhesives. Specialty Ingredients includes two divisions; Consumer Specialties and Industrial Specialties that offer comprehensive and solutions for today's demanding consumer and industrial applications. Performance Materials comprises three divisions; Composites, Intermediates/Solvents, and Elastomers. Performance Materials is a leader in each of the markets it serves. The Valvoline is a producer and distributor of premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, automotive chemicals and car-care products. Its competitors include Castrol, Mobil and Pennzoil. The Company is subject to extensive federal, state, local and foreign laws, regulations, rules and ordinances relating to pollution, protection of the environment and human health and safety, and the generation, storage, handling, treatment, disposal and remediation of hazardous substances and waste materials.
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