WESTLAKE, Ohio – March 31, 2008 – Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) today announced the appointment of Steven Kew as Chief Executive of its subsidiary Dage Holdings, effective April 1. Kew replaces retiring Dage Chief Executive Geraint Rees.
Prior to joining Nordson, Kew was Managing Director of the laser division of GSI Group Inc. (NASDAQ: GSIG). He holds a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Applied Physics from Lanchester University.
“We are very pleased to have someone of Steven’s capability joining our team. His industry knowledge and leadership should help propel Dage to the next level of growth,” said Andy Dunn, Senior Vice President of Nordson’s Advanced Technology Systems segment. “We also want to thank Geraint Rees for his tremendous contribution to the success of Dage over the last ten years. With the strong team he has developed, Geraint has left us well positioned for a smooth transition. We wish him and his family well in his retirement.”
Dage is a leading manufacturer of testing and inspection equipment used to analyze the integrity of electronic connections in semiconductor packages and printed circuit board assemblies. Dage equipment helps ensure the quality of components used in consumer electronic products, such as cellular phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs and game consoles. Dage is headquartered in Aylesbury, England, and has facilities in China, Japan, Singapore, Germany and the United States.
Nordson Corporation is one of the world’s leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants and coatings to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures equipment used in the testing and inspection of electronic components as well as technology-based systems used for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson has more than 4,100 employees worldwide, and direct operations and sales support offices in 30 countries.
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James R. Jaye, Director, Corporate Communications