A natural leader in cellulose ethers


Ashland is the No. 1 global producer of cellulose ethers. These water-soluble polymers are made from cellulose, the primary cell wall of green plants and the most abundant naturally occurring polymer on Earth. Ninety percent of cotton and 50 percent of wood is cellulose.

Our Aqualon™ ethylcellulose is used in products as diverse as pharmaceuticals and printing ink.

In pharmaceuticals, it can be used in controlled-release film coatings, to keep active ingredients from reacting with other materials or with one another, or as a binder to hold the ingredients of a tablet together.


In ink, Aqualon ethylcellulose acts as a thickener and binder, providing scuff resistance, adhesion and outstanding rheology control.

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