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Ashland to buy adhesive assets from Air Products

July 23, 2008

Ashland to buy adhesive assets from Air Products
Ashland Inc., Covington, KY, USA, has signed an agreement with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. for an asset purchase of its pressure sensitive adhesive business and its atmospheric emulsions business. The $92 million transaction includes manufacturing facilities in Elkton, MD, USA, and Piedmont, SC, USA. The purchased operations, which will merge into Ashland’s Specialty Polymers Adhesives (SP) business group, had sales of $126 million in 2007, principally in North America.
“This is a highly desirable strategic fit with our resins growth platform and our present business in the adhesives and coatings market space,” says James J. O’Brien, Ashland’s chairman and chief executive officer. “It meets our objectives for adding scale in a targeted segment that has expectations for above-average growth and attractive margins.”
“This transaction positions Ashland as a top tier pressure sensitive adhesives manufacturer,” says Marcello Boldrini, vice president, Ashland Performance Materials, and general manager, SP. “The water based emulsion technology from Air Products nicely complements our established solutions technologies and our more recent UV/EB technologies that came to us through the Northwest Coatings acquisition about a year ago.” Boldrini said the acquired operations include both acrylic and polyvinyl acetate technologies supporting Ashland’s sales into paper and film labels, adhesives and sealants, pulp and paper, coatings and woodworking industries.