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Verbruggen and EDI formally come together as Nordson EDI Europe

The former Verbruggen plant at Temse, Belgium is now the home of Nordson EDI Europe, joining the flat die businesses acquired by Nordson over the prior two years under one European roof, offering European customers locally made dies with Verbruggen and EDI technologies.

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Verbruggen and EDI formally come together as Nordson EDI Europe

In June, the former Constructiewerkhuizen G. Verbruggen, NV was formally changed to Nordson EDI Europe NV. Parent company Nordson acquired Verbruggen in 2011 and one year later purchased fellow flat die manufacturer Extrusion Dies Industries LLC (EDI), which it subsequently renamed Nordson EDI. The new operation makes its global debut this October in Düsseldorf at the K (Oct. 16-23; Hall 02, Stand G06)

Andrei Stapinoiu, managing director of Nordson EDI Europe NV, said in a release that the move means Europe will "enjoy the economic and logistical benefits of having local access to a broader range of products and increased capabilities for technical support and remanufacturing service."

In addition to building new dies at the Temse facility, the company now commissions all European remanufacturing projects there. The combined Nordson EDI now operates plants in the U.S., Belgium, China, and Japan, with remanufacturing capabilities for its own dies and those built by other suppliers, at all four.

Stapinoiu said the Temse operation enables Nordson EDI Europe to build a full range of dies for the European market, including product series originally developed by Verbruggen in Europe and by Nordson EDI in the U.S. "For customers that order die systems based on U.S. designs," Stapinoiu said, "local manufacture enables them to avoid the shipping costs, duties, and lead times associated with sourcing dies from the U.S.A."

The former Verbruggen offers dies with widths from 100 mm for laboratory work to more than 8000 mm for geomembrane applications, with thickness ranges from a few microns for film to more than 50 mm for thick sheet. The company supplies single-manifold dies, with a coextrusion adapter for multi-layer applications, ranging up to nine layers.

On May 23, Nordson reported sales of $382 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013, marking a 21% increase over the prior year's second quarter. Acquisitions, including EDI, played a large role in that sales growth, with a 16% increase related to the first year effect of acquisitions. Otherwise, there was a 7% increase in organic volume, and a 2% contraction related to unfavorable effects of currency translation.

The investment community is paying attention to the company's growth. On July 2, Nordson President and CEO Michael F. Hilton was given the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 award for the Northeast Ohio Region in the public company category. Hilton is now in the running for the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award, which will be announced in November.

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