Edward Petrie & David Nick
Edward Petrie has been active in the adhesives industry for over 35 years – both in the formulation side and the end-use sides of the industry. He has a BS (Chemical Engineering) and MS (Polymer Science) degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Duquesne University.
Throughout his industrial career, Mr. Petrie has been employed by two major global corporations ABB and Westinghouse as an internal consultant in adhesives and polymeric materials. In both corporations he was part of the Central Research Laboratories and assisted all of the divisions within the organization.
His expertise includes material and process selection, testing, formulating, substrate preparation, and quality control with emphasis on the end-user application and performance requirements. Applications include structural as well as non-structural joining of all materials. Mr. Petrie is also an expert in joining polymeric materials by all methods including mechanical fastening, self-fastening, and heat and solvent welding.
Mr. Petrie has authored over 100 papers on adhesives as well as the popular Handbook of Adhesives and Sealants (McGraw-Hill, October 2000) and Plastic Materials and Processes – A Concise Encyclopedia (John Wiley & Sons, August 2003). He has also given seminars and adhesives and adhesion to corporations, universities, and government organizations.
Currently, Mr. Petrie is an independent consultant and sole proprietor of EMP Solutions. He is also Technical Advisor and Consultant to Specialchem4adhesive.com, an online service platform dedicated entirely to adhesives and sealants.
Mr. Nick is a graduate of Allegheny College where he received a BSci degree in Chemistry. He has also taken advanced courses in polymer chemistry, international business and management. Mr. Nick founded DPNA International, Inc., a global specialty consultancy, in 1991. Since then his company has performed consulting assignments in more than 35 countries. The company focuses on the adhesive, sealant, coatings, printing ink and related specialty chemical industries.
Other activities include the publication of multi client market analysis reports and he is a frequent speaker at conferences in Europe, USA, Asia and South America. Topics include technical, marketing, strategic planning and economic trends affecting the global specialty chemical industry.
He is a frequent contributor of articles and interviews for trade journals including Chemical Week, ISIS Chemical Business (formerly Chemical Marketing Reporter), Rubber and Plastics News and the Adhesives and Sealants Industry (ASI), Standard and Poors, and Consumer Reports.
Association memberships include American Chemical Society, Rubber Division of the ACS, Society for Protective Coatings, American Coatings Association, Thermoset Resin Formulators Association, and the Adhesive and Sealant Council where he is Chairman of the International Committee. Mr. Nick is a member of the advisory board of ASI magazine, a member of The Board of Advisors for the Eastern Michigan University International Business School, and a member of the FEICA 2012 World Adhesive Conference Planning Committee.