Packaging Printing and Graphics
Who tears into a problem to find the 'write' solution? We do.
From papyrus and quills to fountain, ball-point and gel pens, people, regardless of their language, rely on the written word to communicate with others. The people of Ashland continue to find new solutions, and adapt current methods to keep pace with the packaging, printing and paper markets. We're not afraid to ask the difficult questions and more importantly, put pen to paper to find solutions - solutions that work for you and your customers. We want to work with you so you can communicate news about your products and your business up and down your value chain.
Ashland provides innovative technology solutions for a broad range of narrow-, mid- and wide-web applications. Our laminating adhesives open new possibilities for using flexible packaging in place of traditional packaging. Faster curing adhesives improve converters' productivity. And coatings and primers enhance the allure of products on the shelf. Ashland’s extensive product line of pressure sensitive adhesives, functional coatings and primers are expertly formulated to meet customers' most stringent requirements in areas such as food and beverage, shipping, transportation, health and beauty, industrial, postage and security printing.
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Inks and Printing
Hot off the presses
Not since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press has anyone worked harder to provide solutions to make better inks and printing options. The people of Ashland study situations, ask questions and apply science-based solutions to the world of inks and printing so you'll never have to stop your presses again.
As a specialty chemical ingredient company, Ashland touches many different industries and markets including printing and inks. During printing, it's important that inks adhere to a variety of paper and products. Even pigment dispersion ensures that the color is consistent throughout. This dispersion needs to be balanced with maintaining the right consistency to prevent the ink bleeding. Ashland ingredients such as Aqualon ethylcellulose is a key ingredient in gravure printing inks. This multifunctional product is also used as a thickening binder in flexographic and screen printing inks. Printing problem? Ashland can help solve it.
Like many other companies, Ashland strives to solve problems with the best possible solution for you, your industry and the environment. Ongoing environmental concerns surrounding the volatility of alcohols in fountain solutions has led to an increased need for cleaner substitutes. Ashland Ambergum™ water-soluble polymer is derived from a reliable, stable raw material source to provide clean viscosity control and unique rheology in gumming and fountain solutions. These excellent wetting-agents help prevent bleeding of the ink yielding a higher print quality with rich, solid color.
In the world of textiles, prints need to be clear, clean and sharp regardless of the type of fabric. Ashland Blanose™ carboxymethylcellulose and Galactasol™ guar are two products commonly used for thickening and rheology control for textile printing. With excellent washout and minimal dusting, these polymers ensure adhesion of the dye to the fibers for outstanding print quality.
Paper and Coatings
Turning the page for progress
Even with the growth of digital communications, the demand for paper and paper products remains strong and Ashland continues to explore new and better ways to make it. We continue to refine the paper making process to increase both the wet and dry strength so there's less waste during production and it lasts longer. In addition to working on the product, we also apply problem solving to create a cleaner process. Write a new chapter on success with Ashland.
Ashland specialty chemical include several products that are used in the many different areas of paper and coated paper production. Some Ashland products such as Aqualon™ carboxymethylcellulose can help increase both the wet and dry strength of the paper product. Its flexibility allows it to be added at the pulper or in the stock. Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose joins Aqualon to control curl in specialty papers. The ability of these and other Ashland products offer better retention and improved drainage to yield better web formation. And since the fibers are held in the paper, the water system stays cleaner and biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids are lower.
Ashland also provides solutions to the coated paper industry including products for bleached board, ink jet and transparencies. Other Ashland products offer unique coating properties such as improved smoothness, brightness, opacity and gloss. Contact Ashland to see how we can help you turn the page on your paper problems.