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Ashland to acquire composites manufacturing facility in France from Reichhold
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Copyright (C) 2017 GLOBE NEWSWIRE. All rights reserved.

COVINGTON, KY, April 6, 2017 - Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) today announced that it has made a binding offer to acquire a composites resin manufacturing facility in Etain, France, from Reichhold Holdings International B.V. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

The Etain facility, which employs approximately 50 people, manufactures unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) used in a variety of end markets, including transportation and construction. Reichhold said the proposed transaction is an integral part of the program to achieve closing of its previously announced combination with Polynt.

"This transaction is a unique opportunity to strengthen Ashland's position in the European composites market at a highly attractive price, and with very compelling terms and conditions," said Andy Johnston, group vice president, Composites. "The Etain facility is centrally located and, together with Ashland's existing UPR facilities in Spain and Finland, we will be well positioned to deliver enhanced service to our customers and support future growth opportunities across Europe."

About Ashland

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are 6,000 passionate, tenacious solvers - from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators - who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Ashland also maintains a controlling interest in Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a premium consumer-branded lubricant supplier. Visit ashland.com to learn more.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Investor Relations:

Seth A. Mrozek

+1 (859) 815-3527

samrozek@ashland.com

Media Relations:

Gary Rhodes

+1 (859) 815-3047

glrhodes@ashland.com

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Source: Ashland Inc. via Globenewswire


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