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Adhesives Research Announces Restructuring to Meet Demands of Rapid Growth

Published on 2005-10-10. Author : SpecialChem

GLEN ROCK, Pa. -- Kären M. Olson, president and CEO of Adhesives Research, Inc., a leading global developer and manufacturer of custom design solutions with $140 million in global sales, announced the company's reorganization into four fully integrated operating divisions with a new corporate leadership structure. The organization's fast growth drove this change to allow the company to maximize resources and to better serve its customers.

Each of the new operating divisions - ARcare®, ARclad®, ARx™, and ARmark™ Authentication Technologies - will have dedicated quality, sales, manufacturing, and technical resources, complemented by business processes designed specifically for its customers and markets. All four newly named general managers will report directly to Olson.

The ARcare® division, led by vice president and general manager Geoff Bennett, will focus on the timely development and manufacture of highly customized, often one-of-a-kind, tapes, adhesive coated products, films, and laminates for customers in the pharmaceutical, medical, electronics, and specialty industrial markets. ARclad® will build upon proven product lines of high-performance, specialty pressure-sensitive tapes used by industrial customers in the construction, pulp and paper, and transportation markets. William M. Stratton, III has been chosen to lead this new division as vice president and general manager. The ARx™ division, led by vice president and general manager, Beth Vondrak, will expand Adhesives Research's role as a leading component supplier/partner to the pharmaceutical industry and bring enhanced focus and regulatory control to the design, scale-up, and manufacture of "active" adhesive laminates and dissolvable films for the fast-growing drug delivery sector. ARmark™ Authentication Technologies, a new venture, will provide unique technical solutions and customized products for markets experiencing challenges with product surety, authentication, and security. Jeff Robertson has been named director and general manager of this new division.

"Over the last ten years, we have tripled our revenue and expanded our operations globally. Our international revenues have grown to over 40 percent of our current $140 million in global sales. We are extremely proud of our success and look forward to a dynamic future," said Olson. "With our growth and success, we will continue to meet the needs of our customers and their changing industries. Our new structure enables our teams to be more responsive in developing and delivering products and solutions today, while anticipating and preparing for the future."

With more than 500 employees worldwide, Adhesives Research offers problem-solving capabilities and custom solutions in adhesive polymerization, mixing, adhesive coating, and release liner design. Adhesive Research's products are used around the world in medical diagnostics and devices, wound care, pharmaceuticals/transdermals, and consumer products, as well as in the electronics, automotive, display, window fabrication, and pulp and paper industries.

Based in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, Adhesives Research also operates manufacturing facilities in Ireland, Australia, and Colombia, has sales and marketing offices in Great Britain, Germany, and Singapore, and sales representation in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. The Company's North American and Limerick, Ireland, facilities are certified to the updated ISO 9001:2000 standard.

Source: Adhesives Research Inc.

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