Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., recently announced that its Strodex™ FT428 surfactant for waterborne architectural coatings and emulsion polymerization has received the Ringier Technology Innovation Award for coatings. This is the second consecutive year that Ashland has received this award, which recognizes those companies that have made significant contributions to advancing China’s coatings industry through technical innovation, increased productivity, economic efficiency and market development.

Strodex FT428 surfactant, developed this year, aims to improve freeze-thaw stability of paints. This product does not include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO) and can significantly eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

“We are very proud to be recognized two years in a row,” said Nandu Dhekne, vice president, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Asia Pacific. “Once again, it demonstrates Ashland’s position as one of the specialty ingredients manufacturers proactively researching new and innovative product solutions. We will continue to launch new products and solutions in this very competitive marketplace.”

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