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Ashland is to transfer the European production of its Modar modified acrylic resins into its wholly-owned manufacturing facility in Sauveterre, France.
The decision comes after a recent announcement by Ashland’s joint venture with Süd-Chemie (Ashland-Avèbéne) to close a facility where Modar resins were being manufactured for the European market. Additional Modar resin inventories are being manufactured and will be available to adequately supply customer demand during the transition period. The closure, which takes effect at the end of July, represented an opportunity for Ashland to bring Modar resin production to its company-owned facilities.
“This decision strengthens our ability to supply Modar resin products to the EMEA markets,” said Stefan Osterwind, commercial director, Europe, Ashland Performance Materials. “With the transition of production in-house, we will now have even greater oversight of quality control processes and service levels provided to our customers. As a global leader, we are constantly looking at the future needs of the composites industry, and our goal is to efficiently deliver the best quality product to our customers in this region and around the world.””
Ashland expects the transfer of production in-house to be completed by this autumn. Modar resins, which are used primarily for the mass transit and rail industries, provide engineers and building architects with the ability to meet strict low-flame, low-smoke/toxicity construction requirements. Modar resins are available in a variety of formulations for optimum performance in numerous processes, including contact molding, filament winding, and pultrusion and infusion applications.
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