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Ashland Inc. honored for innovation in coatings and food and beverage technologies

June 24, 2011 -

SHANGHAI - Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), received Ringier Technology Innovation Awards for achievements in coatings additives and food and beverage technologies during recently held ceremonies in Shanghai. The awards recognize companies that have made significant contributions to technological advancement in the Asia-Pacific region.
            Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients was honored for bringing both Natrosol(TM) HE3KB modified hydroxyethylcellulose to the coatings industry and Benecel(TM) methylcellulose and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose to the regional food and beverage industry.
            ""We are honored to have been selected to receive this recognition from Ringier Trade Media Ltd.,"" said Nandkumar Dhekne, vice president, Asia Pacific, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients. ""These awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions of talented people who bring scientific innovations to market within Ashland and our Functional Ingredients commercial unit.""
Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients is the global leader in the production of products that manage the physical properties of water-based systems. Its products perform in a variety of applications, including thickening and rheology control; water retention; adhesive strength; binding power; film formation; conditioning and deposition; colloid stabilization; suspending; and emulsifying action.
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, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. Visit  to see the innovations we offer through our four commercial units - Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, Ashland Hercules Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Ashland Consumer Markets (Valvoline).
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Photo caption: Yang Xianghong, professor and purchasing director, AP, AkzoNobel Solvent Asia presents the Ringier Award for coatings additives to Nandkumar Dhekne, vice president, AP, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients and Elsa Wu, marketing manager, China, Functional Ingredients.

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