Bitrez expands presence in USA with appointment of Dr Shahid Qureshi as Technical Specialist for North America

Bitrez Ltd, Europe’s leading manufacturer of specialist polymers and chemicals, has expanded its presence in the USA with the appointment of Dr Shahid Quershi as Technical Specialist for North America.

Dr Quershi has more than 35 years’ experience of working within high performance composites, including 27 years as a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Pacific Chemicals.

With a career that’s taken him around the globe, Dr Quershi has a degree in organic chemistry from Government College University Pakistan, a Post Grad diploma in Polymer Chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan and a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania USA. To add to these accolades, he has over 15 patents and 10 publications to his name.

Dr Quershi appointment comes hot on the heels of the announcement last week that Bitrez has appointed Georgia-Pacific Chemicals as exclusive distributor for its Curaphen speciality phenolics across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Paul Jones, Managing Director of Bitrez, said: “We’re very pleased to have Dr Quershi on board.  Over his distinguished career, he has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in thermoset resin formulation and applications for advanced composites, across a plethora of industries, including aerospace.  Couple this with his licensing and marketing experience in countries such as China, Korea and India – and it’s clear to see how Dr Quershi’s unique skill set will play a key role in helping us to expand our presence in the coatings and composite markets in North America.”

Dr Qureshi said: “After 35 years at the top of my game, the thought of approaching retirement didn’t exactly fill me with me with glee as I’m not one to stay at home and watch TV all day!  When the opportunity arose to champion Bitrez in the USA, I couldn’t’ say no. I’d heard of them during my days at Georgia Pacific, so I knew the calibre of their chemistry. I’m delighted to have joined Bitrez and am very excited about what the future holds!”

Dr Qureshi will be attending SAMPE in May in North Carolina and CAMX 2019 in California in September.

Bitrez is Europe’s leading manufacturer of specialist polymers and chemicals used by world class companies across the globe. Established in 1980 and based in Standish, Wigan, Bitrez manufactures synthetic resin, catalysts and curing agents using innovative materials for a variety of industries including aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, packaging and more.