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20th May 2019, Wigan

Bitrez expands presence in USA

Bitrez’s Managing Director, Paul Jones (left) and Dr Shahid Qureshi, Technical Specialist for North America (right). © BitrezBitrez, Europe’s leading manufacturer of specialist polymers and chemicals, has expanded its presence in the USA with the appointment of Dr Shahid Qureshi as Technical Specialist for North America.

Dr Qureshi has more than 35 years’ experience of working within high performance composites, including 27 years as a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Pacific Chemicals.

With a career that’s taken him around the globe, Dr Qureshi has a degree in organic chemistry from Government College University Pakistan, a Post Grad diploma in Polymer Chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan and a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania USA. To add to these accolades, he has over 15 patents and 10 publications to his name.

Dr Qureshi appointment comes hot on the heels of the announcement last week that Bitrez has appointed Georgia-Pacific Chemicals as exclusive distributor for its Curaphen speciality phenolics across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“We’re very pleased to have Dr Qureshi on board. Over his distinguished career, he has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in thermoset resin formulation and applications for advanced composites, across a plethora of industries, including aerospace,” said Paul Jones, Managing Director of Bitrez. “Couple this with his licensing and marketing experience in countries such as China, Korea and India – and it’s clear to see how Dr Qureshi’s unique skill set will play a key role in helping us to expand our presence in the coatings and composite markets in North America.”

Dr Qureshi will be attending SAMPE in May in North Carolina and CAMX 2019 in California in September. “After 35 years at the top of my game, the thought of approaching retirement didn’t exactly fill me with me with glee as I’m not one to stay at home and watch TV all day,” he said. “When the opportunity arose to champion Bitrez in the USA, I couldn’t’ say no. I’d heard of them during my days at Georgia Pacific, so I knew the calibre of their chemistry. I’m delighted to have joined Bitrez and am very excited about what the future holds.”

Bitrez is Europe’s leading manufacturer of specialist polymers and chemicals. Established in 1980 and based in Standish, Wigan, Bitrez manufactures synthetic resin, catalysts and curing agents using innovative materials for a variety of industries including aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, packaging and more.

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