ASK Chemicals reaches 50 year milestone

The roots of the present ASK Chemicals GmbH in Hilden, the headquarters of the ASK Chemicals Group, go back to the founding of ADM Giesserei Chemikalien GmbH with participation in Kernfest KG in 1966.

Only four years later, the company changed its name to Ashland-Süd-Chemie-Gießerei-Chemikalien GmbH & Co. KG. The two chemical concerns involved, Ashland and Süd-Chemie, agreed on wanting to supply the global foundry industry a joint and comprehensive range of products that complemented each other, servicing the market with products for core making and mould sand binders.


The company changed its name again in 1975 to Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH and then made its goal to develop and produce innovative and efficient binding agents and refractory coatings.

Solutions for sustainable success
Today, 50 years after the emergence of the company and against a background of changing and growing requirements on foundries and suppliers, ASK Chemicals provides a variety of innovative and technologically sophisticated solutions that bring its customers sustainable success. Solutions that contribute to process safety, casting quality or increased efficiency in production and, most importantly, solutions that are invariably developed in close collaboration with the customer.

Consequently, the company has succeeded in recent years in introducing major innovations in the areas of organic and inorganic high-performance binder systems, refractory coatings, and mini-risers and filter systems. With its broad range of foundry consumables, it is making a key contribution to ensuring that the foundry industry can satisfy future ecological and economic demands.


A strong partner in future
In 2014 ASK Chemicals was acquired by Rhône Capital – “a positive step for the future development of the company,” to quote ASK Chemicals CEO Frank Coenen.

“Our owners are providing ASK Chemicals with valuable resources to make our company more successful long-term. To that end, we are deliberately investing in our presence in key markets, in R&D, and in our manufacturing capacities. For only in this way will we be able to offer our customers solutions and services in the future that bring lasting success.”

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