New MAXGUARD® Marble Clear Gelcoat Combines Clarity and Performance

DUBLIN, Ohio - Fabricators of cultured marble and onyx can now select from a new series of gelcoats with improved clarity and performance from Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH). MAXGUARD CG-CM-0006 and CG-CM-0008 marble clear gelcoats deliver excellent color clarity, a smooth, glass-like surface, and a tack-free cure.

The new MAXGUARD gelcoat formulations have passed all aspects of the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) 124.3 standard for cultured marble applications. The MAXGUARD CG-CM series also provides prolonged consistency of color for the finished part.

Existing gelcoats in the MAXGUARD premium gelcoat line include the MAXGUARD CG-44 marble clear gelcoat series for cultured marble and onyx and the MAXGUARD CG-SG-0010 spray granite gelcoat. The MAXGUARD CG-SG-0010 spray granite gelcoat can be used for both dry hopper and premix applications, which allows fabricators to use one gelcoat for both processes.

Ashland Composite Polymers also markets a full line of POLARIS® cast polymer resins to the marble, onyx and solid surface industries. The POLARIS resin line is designed to handle normal variations between manufacturers, such as batch or autocaster processing, various gel times and regional reactivity. "By supplying both resins and gelcoats, Ashland provides our marble and onyx customers with the convenience and cooperative problem-solving that comes with a single supplier," says Dianne Coon, industry manager for cast polymers, Composite Polymers. She adds, "Ashland can proactively work with manufacturers to optimize their entire fabrication process."

Ashland Composite Polymers is a leader in supplying products, processes and technologies to the global marketplace for composites and gelcoats.

Ashland Performance Materials is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals and customized services to the building and construction, packaging and converting, transportation, marine and metal casting industries. It is a technology leader in metal casting consumables and design services; unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins and gelcoats; and high-performance adhesives and specialty resins.

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a diversified, global chemical company, provides quality products, services and solutions to customers in more than 100 countries. A FORTUNE 500 company, it operates through four wholly owned divisions: Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Distribution, Valvoline and Ashland Water Technologies. To learn more about Ashland, visit

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