August 21, 2012

Ashland Inc. to host analyst day December 4 in New York City with focus on Ashland Specialty Ingredients

August 21, 2012

COVINGTON, Ky. - Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a global leader in specialty chemical solutions for consumer and industrial markets, today announced it will hold an analyst day on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in New York City. James J. O'Brien, chairman and chief executive officer, along with other members of the company's management team, will present an update on key business strategies and growth initiatives, with a focus on the Ashland Specialty Ingredients commercial unit.  Topics will include long-term growth drivers, market trends, technical differentiation, and new product innovation.

Further event details will be posted on Ashland's investor website at http://investor.ashland.com closer to the date.

An audio webcast of the conference will be available live and can be accessed, along with supporting materials, through the Ashland website. A replay will be available within 24 hours of the live event and will be archived, along with supporting materials, on Ashland's website for 90 days. Supporting materials will be available for 12 months.

In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. Visit ashland.com to see the innovations we offer through our four commercial units - Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Ashland Consumer Markets.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Media Relations:

Gary Rhodes

+1 (859) 815-3047

glrhodes@ashland.com

Investor Relations:

David Neuberger

+1 (859) 815-4454

daneuberger@ashland.com





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