Exton, Pennsylvania-At US speciality chemicals manufacturer Sartomer Co., Dr Luigi Colantuoni (pictured) has taken over as president. He replaces Nicholas Trainer, who has retired after 37 years with the company.
Colantuoni will report to Hugues Woestelandt, chief executive officer of Sartomer's parent group, Total Specialty Chemicals Branch.
As president, he will be responsible for general management of Sartomer, which has $470 million in annual sales, 12 manufacturing sites, and more than 600 employees. Colantuoni will also be responsible for growing Sartomer's hydrocarbon resins business in North and South America, with sales of $130 million in 2006. Sartomer said the new head will focus on the company's continued global expansion, particularly new projects in the Far East, the Americas, and Europe.
From 2000 to 2006, Colantuoni was president of Total's speciality chemical unit Atotech Japan and vice president of Atotech Far East.
Exton-headquartered Sartomer offers a variety of speciality chemicals for enhancing processing and performance characteristics in coatings, inks, elastomers, adhesives, sealants, composites, and other demanding applications.
The company's product range includes more than 620 monomers and oligomers, photoinitiators, polybutadiene resins, styrene maleic anhydride resins, hydrocarbon resins, and covers hydroxy-terminated polybutadiene materials used in making polyurethane elastomers."