ASK Chemicals Marks 50th Anniversary


The roots of the present ASK Chemicals GmbH in Hilden, Germany, the headquarters of the ASK Chemicals Group, go back to the founding of ADM Giesserei Chemikalien GmbH with participation in Kernfest KG in 1966. 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, wanted to offer the global foundry industry a joint and comprehensive range of products that usefully complemented each other and shone a light on new and innovative solutions for foundries throughout the world. Hence, Ashland-Süd-Chemie-Gießerei-Chemikalien GmbH & Co. KG serviced the market from then on with products for core making and mold sand binders. The company which changed its name again in 1975 to Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH, had by then made it its goal to develop and produce innovative and efficient binding agents and refractory coatings.

Today, ASK Chemicals provides a variety of 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.

In 2014 ASK Chemicals was acquired by Rhône Capital.

“Our owners are providing ASK Chemicals with valuable resources to make our company more successful long-term, said ASK Chemicals CEO Frank Coenen.