DUBLIN, Ohio – PLIOGRIP by Valvoline line of adhesive products is expanding its line of adhesive products to meet the demand for sheet molding compound (SMC) repair solutions in the heavy truck market. Earlier this year, Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), launched PLIOGRIP by Valvoline body repair system to the automotive collision repair market.

“This expansion is a natural fit for the PLIOGRIP by Valvoline product line and supports our activity in the heavy truck market as a manufacturer of resins and adhesives to Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs,” said Rick Lupisella, marketing manager, Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives.

An early PLIOGRIP adhesive was used on the first-ever fiberglass truck hood produced by International Harvester in 1968. The new products for the body repair market capitalize on Ashland’s 35-plus years of experience in creating and bonding SMC parts at the OEM level. About 90 percent of the Class 6-8 heavy truck hoods on the road are made using SMC compounds.

PLIOGRIP 7700 polyurethane adhesive technology, which forms the core of the truck repair product group, is approved by leading truck OEMs for bonding and repair of SMC hoods. In addition, the new truck products feature Ashland’s SMC repair epoxy adhesive as a dual-purpose SMC panel bonding and repair product. The new adhesiveswill be packaged in larger 400ml and 600ml cartridges to serve the Class 6-8 heavy truck repair industry.

PLIOGRIP by Valvoline SMC repair in the 400ml format is easy to dispense while providing better workability and sandability. PLIOGRIP by Valvoline finishing cream completes the system by offering a superior solution for filling one-sided imperfections on SMC or skim-coating more substantial two-sided repairs.

The PLIOGRIP by Valvoline truck repair product group will be available from select heavy duty jobbers and from paint, body & equipment (PBE) jobbers currently distributing the automotive repair line. The truck repair products will utilize the same static mixer as the automotive line to maximize stocking efficiencies for repair shop owners.

For more information visit www.pliogripbyvalvoline.com, call 1-800-PLIOGRIP, or contact a jobber near you. Please visit the PLIOGRIP by Valvoline booth #E9101 at the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE), Nov. 1–4, in Las Vegas, Nev.

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

Ashland Performance Materials 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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