Ashland’s Strong Position in the SMC/BMC Market in Europe

June 19 2017

The recent addition of a composites manufacturing facility in France, combined with an investment in new lab facilities and equipment in Finland, has strengthened Ashland’s position in the European sheet and bulk molding compounds (SMC/BMC) market.

Ashland completed the acquisition of a 50-person manufacturing facility in Etain, France, from Reichhold. The facility makes unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) used in a variety of end markets, including transportation, electrical and construction.

This acquisition, coupled with recently opened lab facilities dedicated to SMC/BMC at Ashland’s European Research and Development center in Porvoo, Finland, will allow the company’s Composites business to test all analytical parameters of the resin and compound to better serve its Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) based sheet and bulk molding compounds (SMC/BMC) customers.

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