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Sartomer President Announces Retirement: Nicholas Trainer Steps Aside After 37 years

Published on 2006-11-21. Author : SpecialChem

EXTON, Pa. -- Nicholas Trainer, president of specialty chemicals manufacturer Sartomer Company, a division of TOTAL's Chemicals branch, announced he will retire from the company. Dr. Luigi Colantuoni, vice president of TOTAL's Atotech Far East, was named Trainer's successor and will take over general management responsibility on January 1, 2007.

Trainer joined the company in 1969 as a technical sales representative. He was named general manager in 1975 and promoted to president the following year. "I sincerely want to underline and thank Nick for his exceptional achievements during his 30 years at the head of Sartomer and to pay homage to his outstanding leadership," said Hugues Woestelandt, the CEO for the Specialty Chemicals division of TOTAL, S.A. Trainer steered the company through numerous acquisitions, sales, and restructurings during the 1980s, driving an extensive growth phase with a series of product line and company acquisitions, new product development, and aggressive market expansion. Under his leadership, Sartomer's annual sales revenue grew from approximately $2 million in the late 1960s to more than $420 million in 2005.

Sartomer made significant contributions to the specialty chemical industry during Trainer's tenure, including contributing to the development of radiation curable technology. Sartomer's photocure products, which are now used in printing inks, electronics, fiber optics, and coatings, played a major part in the growth of this technology. During his nearly four decades of service, Trainer also oversaw the company's expansion into Europe and the Far East. He served on the board of the Japanese joint venture, Sartomer Idemitsu Corporation.

Trainer is a member of the board of directors of Sartomer Company, Inc.; Total Holdings USA, Inc.; Cook Composites & Polymers Co.; and, Bostik, Inc. He is a former member of the board of directors for the American Chemical Council and the CIIT Centers for Health Research (Research Triangle Park, NC). Currently, Trainer is a member the Chemical Club of Philadelphia, a member of the board of trustees of Widener University, a director of The Chester County Hospital Foundation (West Chester, PA), and Chairman of the Board of Professional Providers, Inc. (West Chester, PA). Trainer was the recipient of the 2005 Commercial Development and Marketing Association's Lee W. Rivers Innovation Award for his contributions to the growth of Sartomer.

Sartomer Company, part of TOTAL's Chemicals branch, is a U.S.-based manufacturer of specialty chemicals. Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Sartomer provides a variety of specialty chemicals designed to enhance processing and performance characteristics in coatings, inks, elastomers, adhesives, sealants, composites, and other demanding applications. The company's product offering includes more than 620 monomers and oligomers, photoinitiators, polybutadiene resins, styrene maleic anhydride resins, hydrocarbon resins, and other specialty chemicals.

Source: Sartomer Company

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