NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., July 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ingevity will be the new name of MWV Specialty Chemicals division of WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK). It will begin transacting business as Ingevity on September 1. As previously announced, the business is slated to be spun off as an independent, publicly-traded company around the end of the year.

"Ingevity is a unique expression of our purpose – to turn our customers' complex challenges into powerful possibilities," said Ed Rose, president, MWV Specialty Chemicals. "The name speaks to our longstanding record of success and commitment to serving our customers through innovative products, processes and services. Our announcement is the first step in a comprehensive plan to launch our brand, and define our future as a separate and independent company that will be better positioned to profitably grow in our targeted markets."

The Specialty Chemicals division develops and delivers high performance chemicals and materials that make a real difference in the real world – enabling oil to flow better, colors to shine brighter, roads to last longer and air to breathe cleaner. With a history of innovation spanning over 100 years, the division generates industry leading returns by exceeding the performance expectations of its customers across the mega-trend aligned markets of energy, infrastructure and transportation.

The separation is expected to be executed by means of a tax-free spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business to shareholders of WestRock Company, resulting in two independent, publicly traded companies.The spinoff is expected to be completed around the end of the calendar year, subject to customary conditions. There can be no assurance regarding the ultimate timing of the spinoff or that it will be completed. 

About WestRock

WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock's 42,000 team members support customers around the world from approximately 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at westrock.com.

WestRock Contacts:

Media Contact:
Stephanie Mangini
Director, Specialty Chemicals Division Communications
Tel: 843-740-2166
stephanie.mangini@mwv.com

Investors:

John Stakel
Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Tel: 678-291-7901
john.stakel@westrock.com

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
Tel: 804-444-2556
jason.thompson@westrock.com

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