WILMINGTON, Del. (Aug. 1, 2014) – Ashland Water Technologies has a new name: Solenis. Rooted in “solutions” and “genesis,” the name underscores the company’s mission to be at the source (the genesis) of solutions for its customers. The name change coincides with the acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies by a fund managed by private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Prior to the acquisition, Ashland Water Technologies was a commercial business unit of Ashland Inc. The sale closed July 31, 2014 and included the industrial water and the pulp and paper business units.
“We offer a unique blend of the right people, bringing the right experience, offering the right technology for every water and process challenge so we can best meet our customers’ needs and provide optimal solutions,” explained John Panichella, president and chief executive officer of Solenis. “As a stand-alone company, Solenis is better positioned to pursue new opportunities and develop new products that will deliver better value to our customers and result in steady growth and improved margins.”
According to Panichella, the company does not anticipate any changes to products, quality or services as a result of the transaction. “In fact,” he emphasized, “although the company is adopting a new name as part of this process, we will continue to rely on our proven leadership, industry expertise and market-focused research and development to lead the industry in analyzing and solving water and process challenges and support our customers with innovative products and services, just as we have in the past.”
In addition to Panichella, the Solenis leadership team includes: Jeff Fulgham, senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Charles Robinson, senior vice president, Hercules Pulp & Paper Division; John Schumann, senior vice president, Industrial Water Division; and Dr. Timothy Wood, senior vice president and chief technology officer. All five executives come from Ashland Water Technologies and bring industry expertise and specialty chemical experience to their new roles.
Solenis manufactures specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power, and municipal markets.