The ChemQuest Group has appointed Edwin Hortelano as its new director. Over the course of his career, Hortelano led teams on three continents in the development of materials and solutions for coatings, adhesives, release liners, holographic data storage, and additive manufacturing. This expertise will support ChemQuest’s Technology Development pillar.

Hortelano worked for Covestro for over 20 years in various roles of increasing responsibility before joining Bostik, where he led a global team focused on technical development and R&D activities for nonwovens and hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesives. After working as Global Vice President, R&D, for Loparex LLC, he most recently served as Senior Vice President, materials engineering and operations, with 3D Systems.

“In each step of his career, Ed has focused on helping companies accelerate the development of innovative new products and bringing them successfully to market. His expertise ranges from product development and sales to commercialization and production, all of which will prove invaluable to our clients who are looking to explore growth through R&D opportunities,” said Daniel Murad, CEO, ChemQuest.

Hortelano earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Kalamazoo College. In addition, he holds a doctorate in physical organic chemistry from Wayne State University.

“As I worked with Dan Murad and ChemQuest over the years through the Adhesive and Sealant Council, I appreciated their market knowledge and understanding of the industry’s remarkable growth opportunities. I’m excited to join ChemQuest to apply my experience in materials development for a variety of applications, including coatings, adhesives, release liners, and 3D printing. With the foundation of a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and decades working with polyurethanes, I understand the relationship between chemical structures and bulk physical properties. I look forward to working with clients to help them develop products that solve problems and create value,” said Hortelano.

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