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Nordson Corporation Purchases Extrusion Die Assets of Kodama Chemical Industry, Long-time Distributor for Recently Acquired EDI Business

12 Nov 2012

  • Purchase establishes new Nordson EDI Japan division to provide direct extrusion die sales and manufacturing in Japan and Taiwan and remanufacturing throughout Asia-Pacific region

Westlake, OHIO, USA, November 12, 2012 -- Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) today announced that it has purchased certain assets of Kodama Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., a licensed distributor for Nordson’s EDI business in Japan for 20 years, and will draw on the organization’s extensive technical and manufacturing capabilities to establish a new division to supply and support its extrusion die customers in Japan and Taiwan and provide remanufacturing services there and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.   Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  Nordson Corporation acquired EDI in June of this year.

The new division, Nordson EDI Japan, will provide new-die sales to extrusion processors, web converters, and OEMs in Japan and Taiwan and carry out final manufacturing steps on new equipment to enhance die performance and accommodate local requirements. Included will be the full range of Nordson EDI flat dies, feedblocks, and related equipment for film, sheet, extrusion coating, and fluid coating.  Die remanufacturing will be available to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region from a fully-equipped facility in Saitama, Japan.

Nordson has appointed Hidemaro Takehara, until now head of Kodama’s sales team, to be the general manager of Nordson EDI Japan.  Mr. Takehara will lead an experienced group of selected Kodama employees, long familiar to customers in the region,  that are expected to join Nordson EDI Japan to continue operations of the new organization. Sales and customer support staff have relocated to a new office in Tokyo.

“Nordson EDI recognizes that, for extrusion processors and web converters, every day of lost production time means a substantial reduction in the output of saleable goods,” said Godfrey M. Sandham, vice president and general manager of Nordson EDI.  “By establishing a new division in Japan, we will help customers in the Asia-Pacific to maximize productivity and reduce downtime by having regional access to support and remanufacturing services.” 

Nordson EDI Japan will work with its network of agents in the Asia-Pacific region. Customers in China will continue to obtain sales and remanufacturing services from Nordson EDI Precision Dies (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., which recently moved to a new, larger facility.

From the Saitama facility, Nordson EDI will be able to meet all of its customers’ remanufacturing needs, from flow surface repairs and refinishing to incorporation of whole new subsystems such as automatic gauge profiling. Remanufacturing plays a critical role in the working life of a flat die, enabling the extrusion processor or converter to maintain high levels of productivity, minimize downtime for maintenance, and prevent product defects.

The new sales office of Nordson EDI Japan is located at Shinjuku Center Building 38F, 1-25-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0638. Tel: +81-3-5321-6350. Fax: 81-3-5321-6365.

Nordson EDI is a leading international supplier of die systems for extrusion and fluid coating and a division of  Nordson Corporation, which also includes Nordson EDI-Verbruggen, and Nordson XALOY. Subsidiaries of Nordson EDI are based in Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany, Shanghai, and Tokyo. In the U.S.A., Germany, China, and Japan, Nordson EDI operates facilities dedicated to reworking its own dies and those built by other suppliers.  Headquartered in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.A., Nordson EDI is focused on supplying the global market. Visit www.extrusiondies.com  and www.reworkdies.com.  E-mail: sales@extrusiondies.com .

Nordson Corporation delivers precision technology solutions that help customers increase speed, productivity and up-time, enable new products and features, and decrease material usage. The company engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing and processing adhesives, plastics, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials, fluid management, testing and inspection, and UV curing and surface plasma treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service.  Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, building and construction, and general product assembly and finishing.  Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries.  Visit Nordson on the web at www.nordson.com, www.twitter.com/Nordson_Corp or www.facebook.com/nordson 

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