Ashland to buy adhesive and polymer assets from Air Products


Ashland Inc. announced that it signed a definitive 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., and Piedmont, S.C. The purchased operations, which will merge into Ashland's Specialty polymers & adhesives (SP&A) business group, had sales of $126 million in 2007, principally in North America.

Approximately 80 employees will transfer to Ashland upon closing of the acquisition, expected by June 30, dependent upon a number of standard closing conditions including regulatory review.

"This is a highly desirable strategic fit with our resins growth platform and our present business in the adhesives and coatings market space," said 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."

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