Ashland's SONOXIDE® Ultrasonic Water Treatment System Captures BCE Award

DUBLIN, Ohio - The SONOXIDE ultrasonic water treatment system available from Drew Industrial, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), has earned a Major Commendation Award from Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE), an independent environmental awards organization based in the United Kingdom.

The award was presented by Conservative Party Leader David Cameron at a ceremony in London recently. During the award presentation, Mr. Cameron said, "One of the most effective ways of making our society a better place is to improve the environment. Business is in a strong position to contribute to that change, and all the evidence is that more and more companies are accepting that challenge."

The BCE Awards were established in 1975 to recognize business activities that enhance or protect the environment. Ashland's SONOXIDE ultrasonic water treatment system uses a patented, non-chemical method to control microbial growth in water, preventing fouling and contamination.

"Being recognized with a BCE Award is truly an honor," said Len Gelosa, senior vice president, Ashland Water Technologies. "The BCE Awards are acknowledged as a hallmark of success by both business and government and we greatly appreciate this recognition."

Traditionally, microbial growth within water systems has been controlled by chemical treatment. The SONOXIDE system offers a new approach to microbiological control in recirculating cooling water systems. SONOXIDE water treatment system is a patented technology that uses low power, high frequency ultrasound to kill bacteria throughout industrial water systems. The system works by recirculating a portion of the water through the SONOXIDE unit. The water that is returned contains bacteria that have been damaged by the ultrasonic waves, and this triggers a complex chain of events that causes disruption of slime and biofilm growth in all parts of the system.

Drew Industrial, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, is a major supplier of specialty products and services for the paint and coatings, industrial water treatment, commercial and institutional water treatment, wastewater treatment, pulp and paper processing and mining markets.

Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading, worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals serving industries including adhesives, automotive, composites, metal casting, merchant marine, paint, paper, plastics, watercraft and water treatment. Visit to learn more about these operations.

Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH) is a FORTUNE 500 chemical and transportation construction company providing products, services and customer solutions throughout the world. To learn more about Ashland, visit

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