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We are Ingevity.

Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us.

A talented, trusted and tenacious team, we push the bounds of what’s possible for our customers, day in and day out. We are creative and resourceful, constantly exploring fresh ways of bringing our people, products and processes together to solve problems, big and small. And we are determined to set and exceed standards, developing and delivering high-performance solutions that make a real difference in the real world. Among other benefits, our innovations enable oil to flow better. They help crops grow fuller. They make roads last longer. And they ensure that the air we all breathe is cleaner.

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Our History

We forged our entrepreneurial spirit more than a century ago – refusing to accept the status quo. Rather than seeing the by-products created in our paper-making process as waste, we saw them as opportunities. Over time, we transformed by-products into special chemical solutions that help purify, protect and enhance our world.

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1846

Ellis, Chaflin & Co. is founded. Later becomes Mead Paper Company.

1888

Piedmont Pulp & Paper Co. founded. Later becomes Westvaco.

1900s

Carbon production begins in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

1934

Tall oil distillation begins in Covington, Virginia.

1954

Pine chemicals production moves to Charleston, South Carolina.

1964

Formal incorporation of SCD businesses.

1977

The DeRidder, Louisiana plant opens.

1984

St. Johns Chemical is added to the operations base.

1995

Commercial Applications Center opens in Shanghai, China.

1997

The Wickliffe, Kentucky carbon plant is added to the operations base.

2002

Mead & Westvaco merge to form MeadWestvaco. Purification Cellutions (Waynesboro, GA carbon honeycomb plant).

2008

Rebranded as MWV in 2008.

2011

Purification Materials Wujiang, (PMW) China carbon plant is added to the operations base.

2012

MWV Brazil added to the operations base. DRT Alliance formed.

2015

MWV Merges with RockTenn becoming WestRock; MWV Specialty Chemicals becomes Ingevity

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