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New Distribution Agreement for Ashland Composites and Structural Adhesives in France

22 November 2010

GRPMS will take over Ashlands distribution and agency accounts from Azelis France (Arnaud S.A.), and will distribute Ashlands full line of polyester, acrylic, phenolic and vinyl ester resins, including the Derakane resin brand.

Also included in the agreement for the French composites market are the Pliogrip branded structural adhesives, as well as premium gelcoats and low-profile additives.

GRPMS is currently the distributor for Ashlands complete portfolio of high-performance composites products to manufacturers in the UK, Scandinavia and Estonia. The two companies also entered into an agreement covering Finland that went into effect Oct. 1.

""For nearly 30 years, Ashland and GRPMS have been building a strong partnership focused on serving composites manufacturers in markets across Europe,"" said Stefan Osterwind, commercial director, Europe, Ashland Performance Materials. ""We look forward to leveraging GRPMS experience with Ashlands products and innovative composites applications. In addition, their extensive logistics network will help us continue to drive improvements in our supply and delivery capabilities for customers in France. Our immediate focus is on the transfer of technical knowledge and front-line resources to GRPMS to support the current and future needs of our customers in this key market.""

""We are excited for this opportunity to expand on our long-term relationship with Ashland,"" said Anthony Bibby, managing director, ""GRPMS Ltd. Ashlands portfolio of technologies is recognized in the industry for their performance and versatility in a variety of applications, and we are committed to delivering improved logistics and technical service capabilities to composites customers in France.""

Ashland will be working jointly with Azelis to transition composites customers in France to GRPMS by Dec. 1.