New Mixing Technology Offered by Ashland Eases Adhesive and Sealer Application


DUBLIN, Ohio - A new mixing technology for two-part adhesive and sealer applications is now part of the PLIOGRIP® by Valvoline body repair system from Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH). The 18-element SuperQuadro(TM) static mixer from Sulzer Quadro Systems will be introduced with the new larger format 400ml and 600ml PLIOGRIP by Valvoline products for the truck repair market. The new mixer will be introduced into the PLIOGRIP by Valvoline automotive repair line as inventory is replenished, and will start to appear this month.

Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland, is the first to introduce the SuperQuadro to the collision repair market. The 18-element Sulzer SuperQuadro mixer is shorter in length than the 24-element Quadro mixer currently used and creates less back-pressure in manual dispense applications. It also features a tapered tip that allows bead size control and its shorter design leaves less waste in the mixer at the end of the job.

The Sulzer Quadro mixing technology was the established industry standard for static mixing applications. The new SuperQuadro technology features a serpentine configuration that forces the two adhesive parts to twist as they pass through the mixer. Ashland conducted extensive side-by-side testing of the two Sulzer mixing technologies on both its polyurethane and epoxy products. The testing validated the SuperQuadro as having improved mixing coupled with the advantage of being shorter.

For more information visit www.pliogripbyvalvoline.com, call 1.800.PLIOGRIP, or contact a jobber near you. The new mixing technology will be featured at Ashland's booth no.E9101 at the NACE exposition Nov. 1-4.

Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives is a global leader in pressure sensitive and structural adhesives for packaging and converting, building and construction, and transportation.

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 www.ashland.com.

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