The alliance, named Ashland Rus, brings together Ashland’s resin technology with Composite Trade’s network and local market knowledge and will enable both companies to better serve customers in the growing Russian composites market.

With Ashland Rus, Ashland says it is creating a local platform to make its technology more easily accessible to direct and larger accounts. This is in addition to the current distribution model for Composite Trade and its customers, which will remain unchanged.

Ashland says the intent is to create local resin and gel-coat manufacturing capability to further customise products for local markets.