Ashland, Inc. is a global specialty chemicals company. The company engages in the manufacture and distribution of adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, and pharmaceutical. It operates through the following segments: Life Sciences, Personal Care & Household, Specialty Additives, and Intermediates and Solvents. The Life Sciences segment consists of pharmaceuticals, nutrition, nutraceuticals, agricultural chemicals, advanced materials, and fine chemicals. The Personal Care & Household segment includes biofunctionals, preservatives, skin care, sun care, oral care, hair care and household. The Specialty Additives segment consists of rheology- and performance-enhancing additives serving the coatings, construction, energy, automotive and various industrial markets. The Intermediates and Solvents segment includes the production of 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and related derivatives, including n-methylpyrrolidone. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Wilmington, DE.