DUBLIN, Ohio – “Best new product of the year” is a title PLIOGRIP by Valvoline Finishing Cream skim coat can now add to its label. Participants at the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) voted to give PLIOGRIP by Valvoline Finishing Cream top honors among 33 new product entries.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected to receive this award,” said Rick Lupisella, marketing manager, Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives. “We feel we have a great product in our Finishing Cream and this recognition reinforces that belief.”

PLIOGRIP by Valvoline Finishing Cream is a two-part epoxy skim coat for repair of minor scratches or gouges in various plastic substrates including thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) bumper covers and plastic and composite body panels. Demonstrations were conducted at the NACE conference and participants could see and work with the compound to gain a better understanding of the product. For more information visit www.pliogripbyvalvoline.com, or call 1-800-PLIOGRIP.

Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, is a global leader in pressure sensitive and structural adhesives for packaging and converting, building and construction, and transportation.

Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc., is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals and customized services to the building and construction, packaging and converting, transportation, marine and metal casting industries. It is a technology leader in metal casting consumables and design services; unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins and gelcoats; and high-performance adhesives and specialty resins.

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a diversified, global chemical company, provides quality products, services and solutions to customers in more than 100 countries. A FORTUNE 500 company, it operates through four wholly owned divisions: Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Distribution, Valvoline and Ashland Water Technologies. To learn more about Ashland, visit www.ashland.com.

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