Cement, Gypsum, Mortars and Compounds

Spreading usability

From concrete and gypsum to joint compounds, mortars and tile cements, Ashland spreads the wealth of its knowledge and sophisticated chemistry across applications for use in both commercial and residential buildings.  We continue to push the limits to find just the right balance between usability and workability with strength and integrity to save you both time and energy, which, when saved, has a positive impact on your bottom line. The combination of Ashland products, technology and solutions creates a useable and functional palette of options to easily spread success and cement your future success.

Although there are many different formulations for creating gypsum, cement, mortars and other similar products, a common set of desired properties, including water retention, adhesion and workability, exists for all products.  The ongoing challenge is to balance the need for spreadability and workability, that enhance the usability and application properties, with minimal sag resistance to keep the product where it's needed at a consistent level.  So whether your challenge deals with joint compounds, masonry, mortar, gypsum or concrete, Ashland combines products that manage the physical properties of aqueous systems with technology and testing to provide solutions for a wide array of applications.  Ashland products can help achieve desired functional outcomes through rheology control, water retention, adhesive strength, binding power, film formation, deposition and suspension and emulsification action to maximize the benefits while minimizing the challenges. The solvers at Ashland can help you select the best products and optimize your formulations to maximize the usability and integrity of your products to provide the best overall outcome. With a global network of sales as well as R&D facilities, Ashland provides solutions in usability building and construction solutions around the world.

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Advantage™ defoamers are highly efficient, hydrocarbon oil-based antifoaming agents designed for use in construction and building products as a foam control agent. Advantage defoamers are designed to be emulsifiable with persistency so they can be used over a broad number of applications. Advantage defoamers are especially effective for use in building applications such as cement, fillers, gypsum, leveling compounds and mortars. Advantage d...

Advantage™ defoamers

Amylotex* and Aqualon™ starch ethers enhance workability and improve the application properties of building products. They are recommended to fine-tune the antisagging properties of dry mortars such as tile cements, plasters and renders and to increase the yield and water demand of these systems. * Registered trademark owned by Henkel KGaA. Ashland Inc. acts as Henkel's exclusive worldwide distributor.

Amylotex™ and Aqualon™ starch ethers

Culminal™ and Combizell™ methylcellulose (MC) derivatives help building materials apply more easily and perform better. Both products provide water retention and cohesiveness to mixtures. They are also used to control thickening, water demand, workability, sag resistance, strength and other important properties of the final product. Culminal and Combizell methylcellulose derivatives include MC and HPMC chemistries and are used to cont...

Culminal™ and Combizell™ methylcellulose derivatives

Culminal™ methylcellulose derivatives are nonionic cellulose ethers used in a variety of industrial applications as adhesives, binders, extrusion aids, plasticizers, protective colloids, rheology modifiers, stabilization agents, thickeners and water-retention agents. Culminal methylcellulose derivatives have applications in the advanced traditional ceramics, ceramics, pottery and porcelain, commercial and institutional, general manufacturin...

Culminal™ methylcellulose derivatives

Drew™ powder defoamers are polyols and fatty acid ester foam control agents for use in dry blend formulations which are dispersed in water before application. Drew powder defoamers are especially effective for use in building applications such as cement, fillers, gypsum, leveling compounds and mortars and can also be applied in powder paints or adhesives. Drew powder defoamers are typically effective at dosage levels between 0.1-1.0 percent...

Drew™ powder defoamers

Nexton specialty water-soluble polymers are a family of nonionic additives. Their unique chemistries provide distinctive textures in cement, gypsum- and latex-based products improving workability, cohesiveness and appearance of building material. Nexton products have been developed specifically for masonry systems, tape joint compounds, gypsum plasters and renders.

Nexton™ water-soluble polymers

Silipur™ defoamer is effective in removing entrapped air in building products when the air content must be minimized. This is especially important for cement or anhydrite gypsum-based self-leveling compounds, which require a smooth surface appearance.

Silipur™ defoamer

Silipon™ air-entraining agents comprise a family of products of different chemistries. These products produce a defined amount of homogeneously distributed microscopic air bubbles in building mortars. This reduces the density of the wet mortars and improves workability. In addition, the small air void system can improve freeze-thaw durability while minimally influencing the compressive strength.

Silipon™ air-entraining agent

Tetrahydrofuran (THF) solvent is an inert, versatile solvent offering high solvency power for numerous organic substances. It is used as a starting reagent in many syntheses. THF (stabilized with 200-300 ppm BHT) is an excellent polymer solvent, combining rapid dissolution and evaporation with significant solubilizing capacity for many high molecular weight polymers at moderate viscosity. It has unique characteristics in Grignard and other organo...

THF - Tetrahydrofuran

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