SONOXIDE ® Ultrasonic Water Treatment System Captures Innovation Award


12/6/2005

DUBLIN, Ohio (USA)- Using ultrasonic waves to control microbial levels in industrial water supplies earned Drew Industrial, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), the 2005 Vaaler Award presented by Chemical Processing magazine. Ashland's SONOXIDE ultrasonic water treatment system was judged a major contribution toward more effective and efficient plant operations in the chemical industry. Ballots were cast by members of Chemical Processing magazine's editorial board, comprised of technical professionals from a variety of scientific disciplines.

Ashland's SONOXIDE system uses a patented, non-chemical method to control microbial growth, preventing fouling and contamination. Water passes through the SONOXIDE system chamber, where bacterial cells are exposed to low-power, high-frequency ultrasonic energy. This energy causes a series of fatal alterations within cells, resulting in cell death. Ultrasonic energy (sound waves beyond the range of human hearing) is a safe, proven technology to control microbial growth and is used in the pharmaceutical and health care industries.

According to Len Gelosa, senior vice president, Ashland Specialty Chemical, Water Technologies, "Being one of only three companies to receive the prestigious Vaaler Award this year reflects the innovation behind this unique technology. Our investment in SONOXIDE water treatment technology demonstrates Ashland's overall strategy to continuously improve our products and services and to provide both high performance and environmentally responsible solutions for our customers."

For more information about SONOXIDE treatment systems, contact
Marketing Services, Ashland Specialty Chemical,
Drew Industrial,
One Drew Plaza, Boonton,
NJ, 07005
tel: 800-526-1015 or 973-263-7600
fax: 973-263-4483
drewindustrialmail@ashland.com.

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 www.ashspec.com 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 www.ashland.com.

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