Coatings Specialties is one of the core businesses within Ashland Specialty Ingredients (ASI). ASI Coatings Specialties is a world leader in thickening technology, offering Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) thickeners and Aquaflow™nonionic synthetic associative thickeners (NSAT). Drewplus™ and Advantage™ foam control agents offer a complete line of proven foam control solutions for both decorative and industrial wood coating applications. This extensive product portfolio covers a wide range of unique chemistries and effectively controls foam both during production and application. Cost effective, multifunctional pH neutralizing agents pHLEX™ 100 and 110 neutralizing agents — low odor, functional drop-ins for your current neutralizer and pH stabilizing additive.

Using natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic polymers derived from plant and seed extract, cellulose ethers and vinyl pyrrolidones, Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers comprehensive and innovative solutions for today’s demanding Consumer and industrial applications.

Culminal™ and Combizell™ cellulose ethers helps dry mortars to be applied more easily and perform better. Both products provide water retention and cohesiveness to mixture. Key mortar benefits include;

  • Controlled thickening
  • Adjusted water demand and improved workability
  • Good open time and pot life
  • Reduced sag and increased strength
  • Compatibility with different electrolytes such as salts and alkali

Aquapas™ Redispersible powders, used along with the recommended cellulose ethers     from Ashland, provide a host of advantages to various mortar application area.

  • Excellent open time, workability, sag-resistance and tensile strength for Cementitious Tile Adhesives
  • Improved efficiency of EIFS mortar with longer embedding time, creamy workability, and low set retardation
  • Reduced bleeding, excellent tensile and compressive strength, and superior mortar stability of self-levelling compounds
  • Innovative Aquapas™ Redispersible powder products provide high EIFS strength with the styrene board. Enhanced bond strength provides formulators an opportunity to reduce cement content in their formulations without compromising bond strength, thereby potentially lowering formulation cost.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients offers industry-leading products, technologies and resources for solving formulation and product performance challenges in key markets including coatings and building & construction.