Ashland Specialty Chemical Begins Electronic Chemicals Stripper Production in Europe

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ashland Inc.

    DUBLIN, Ohio, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electronic Chemicals Division
 of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a wholly owned division of Ashland Inc.
 (NYSE:   ASH), has begun production of ACT(R) photoresist stripper and etch
 residue remover products at its Ashland Italia Ltd. facility in Milan, Italy.
 Several products, including ACT(R) CMI and ACT(R) 970 strippers, will be
 available to European customers later this year.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001108/CHW003LOGO )
     "This is the next logical step in the globalization of the ACT(R) product
 line from its beginnings in the United States," said Bob Rohlfing, Ashland-ACT
 business unit director.  "To support the global nature of the semiconductor
 industry, we intend to be the leading supplier of photoresist strippers and
 etch residue removers in every region of the world."
     Although wet-process chemicals are already produced at the Milan facility,
 this marks the first time the ACT(R) stripper line has been manufactured
 locally in Europe.  Previously, ACT(R) stripper products were supplied to this
 market from the United States.  Ashland also has a wholly owned facility in
 Korea (Ashland-ACT Korea Ltd.) that manufactures ACT(R) products, as well as
 partnerships with two electronic materials suppliers in Japan, Nippon Zeon and
 Nagase, for supplying the Asian and Japanese semiconductor markets.  Ashland
 plans to expand manufacture of the ACT(R) product line in Europe during the
 next year and more to continue meeting the growing needs of European
 customers.
     "We have built new installations in our Milan facility, supported by new
 analytical capabilities, in order to provide a level of service requested by
 our customers," said Geoffrey Hitchmough, Electronic Chemicals Division
 business director for Europe.  "In addition, Ashland has taken additional
 steps to provide enhanced technical support to European customers of ACT(R)
 products by relocating one of it senior applications engineering experts from
 the United States to Europe."
     Ashland-ACT is a business unit of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company's
 Electronic Chemicals Division, a leading global supplier of ultrapure
 chemicals, photoresist strippers and on-site chemical management and parts
 cleaning services to the worldwide microelectronics industry.
     The division operates an ISO 9001-certified production facility at Easton,
 Pa.; and ISO 9002-certified production facilities in Pueblo, Co.; Dallas;
 Milan, Italy; and Pyongtaek City, Korea.  It also participates in a joint
 venture, Ashland Union Electronic Chemical Corp. (AUECC), serving Taiwan and
 the region.  For further information on Ashland-ACT products, visit the web
 site at www.ashland-act.com.
     Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a division of Ashland Inc., is a
 leading, worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals serving industries
 including adhesives, automotive, composites, foundry, merchant marine, paint,
 paper, plastics, and semiconductor.  Visit the Internet web site at
 www.ashspec.com to learn more about these operations.
     Ashland Inc. (NYSE:   ASH) is a Fortune 250 company providing products,
 services, and customer solutions throughout the world.  Our businesses include
 road construction, specialty chemicals, lubricants, car-care products,
 chemical and plastics distribution and transportation fuels.  Through the
 dedication of our employees, we are "The Who In How Things Work(TM)."  Find us
 at www.ashland.com.
 
 

SOURCE Ashland Inc.
    DUBLIN, Ohio, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electronic Chemicals Division
 of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a wholly owned division of Ashland Inc.
 (NYSE:   ASH), has begun production of ACT(R) photoresist stripper and etch
 residue remover products at its Ashland Italia Ltd. facility in Milan, Italy.
 Several products, including ACT(R) CMI and ACT(R) 970 strippers, will be
 available to European customers later this year.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001108/CHW003LOGO )
     "This is the next logical step in the globalization of the ACT(R) product
 line from its beginnings in the United States," said Bob Rohlfing, Ashland-ACT
 business unit director.  "To support the global nature of the semiconductor
 industry, we intend to be the leading supplier of photoresist strippers and
 etch residue removers in every region of the world."
     Although wet-process chemicals are already produced at the Milan facility,
 this marks the first time the ACT(R) stripper line has been manufactured
 locally in Europe.  Previously, ACT(R) stripper products were supplied to this
 market from the United States.  Ashland also has a wholly owned facility in
 Korea (Ashland-ACT Korea Ltd.) that manufactures ACT(R) products, as well as
 partnerships with two electronic materials suppliers in Japan, Nippon Zeon and
 Nagase, for supplying the Asian and Japanese semiconductor markets.  Ashland
 plans to expand manufacture of the ACT(R) product line in Europe during the
 next year and more to continue meeting the growing needs of European
 customers.
     "We have built new installations in our Milan facility, supported by new
 analytical capabilities, in order to provide a level of service requested by
 our customers," said Geoffrey Hitchmough, Electronic Chemicals Division
 business director for Europe.  "In addition, Ashland has taken additional
 steps to provide enhanced technical support to European customers of ACT(R)
 products by relocating one of it senior applications engineering experts from
 the United States to Europe."
     Ashland-ACT is a business unit of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company's
 Electronic Chemicals Division, a leading global supplier of ultrapure
 chemicals, photoresist strippers and on-site chemical management and parts
 cleaning services to the worldwide microelectronics industry.
     The division operates an ISO 9001-certified production facility at Easton,
 Pa.; and ISO 9002-certified production facilities in Pueblo, Co.; Dallas;
 Milan, Italy; and Pyongtaek City, Korea.  It also participates in a joint
 venture, Ashland Union Electronic Chemical Corp. (AUECC), serving Taiwan and
 the region.  For further information on Ashland-ACT products, visit the web
 site at www.ashland-act.com.
     Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a division of Ashland Inc., is a
 leading, worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals serving industries
 including adhesives, automotive, composites, foundry, merchant marine, paint,
 paper, plastics, and semiconductor.  Visit the Internet web site at
 www.ashspec.com to learn more about these operations.
     Ashland Inc. (NYSE:   ASH) is a Fortune 250 company providing products,
 services, and customer solutions throughout the world.  Our businesses include
 road construction, specialty chemicals, lubricants, car-care products,
 chemical and plastics distribution and transportation fuels.  Through the
 dedication of our employees, we are "The Who In How Things Work(TM)."  Find us
 at www.ashland.com.
 
 SOURCE  Ashland Inc.

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