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Godfrey M. Sandham

Mr. Sandham Will Oversee the Integration of EDI into Its New Parent Company and the Coordination of EDI and Verbruggen, Also Recently Acquired by Nordson

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI, U.S.A., September 17, 2012: Godfrey M. Sandham, an experienced chief executive with a broad international background, has become vice president and general manager of EDI, it was announced by Nordson Corp. Gary Edwards, former CEO of EDI, will work with Mr. Sandham to effect a smooth transition before leaving EDI in December to pursue other opportunities.

Wisconsin-based EDI is a leading manufacturer of flat extrusion and fluid coating dies that Nordson acquired in May of this year. Eight months earlier, Nordson had acquired Constructiewerkhuizen G. Verbruggen NV, a builder of flat extrusion dies headquartered in Temse, Belgium. Mr. Sandham will oversee the integration of EDI into Nordson and the leveraging of the combined capabilities of EDI and Verbruggen to generate new growth opportunities.

“Godfrey brings extensive multinational experience in developing, merging, and integrating businesses and has a strong record of revenue and profit growth,” said Peter G. Lambert, Nordson’s senior vice president for adhesive dispensing systems. “EDI already enjoys a well-established worldwide reputation for precision engineering, quality, and customer service, and under Godfrey’s leadership it promises to enter an exciting new era of even greater growth and innovation.”

In 1998, Godfrey Sandham joined Nordson EFD, a manufacturer of precision fluid dispensing equipment for a wide range of industries. Prior to coming to EDI, he served as president of EFD International Inc.; managing director of EFD operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; director of Nordson Germany; and a member of Nordson EFD LLC’s executive staff. He is credited with building a pan-European business for Nordson EFD through acquisitions, mergers, geographic expansion, and new business development.

Before joining Nordson, Mr. Sandham spent 20 years in the petrochemical industry working with lubricants, hot melts, coatings, solvents, chemicals, and oilfield products.

Godfrey Sandham will relocate from his native England to EDI’s world headquarters in Wisconsin.


EDI is a leading international supplier of flat dies for sheet, film, extrusion coating, fluid coating, and pelletizing. The company designs and manufactures dies, feedblocks, deckling systems, vacuum boxes, and related equipment. EDI is part of the Nordson group of companies, which also includes Verbruggen, and Xaloy. Subsidiaries of EDI include EDI GmbH in Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany, and EDI China in Shanghai. In the U.S.A., Germany, and China, EDI operates facilities dedicated to reworking its own dies and those built by other suppliers, and it has licensed a fourth rework facility in Japan. Headquartered in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.A., EDI is focused on supplying the global market. Visit and E-mail:

Nordson Corporation delivers precision technology solutions that help customers increase throughput, 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, coatings, plastics, sealants, biomaterials and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface 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, 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, or