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Crypton announces new executive leadership changes
06
Feb '16
Hardy Sullivan
Hardy Sullivan
The Crypton Companies and Nanotex, leading providers of performance fabrics in contract, home furnishing, and apparel, has announced the appointment and promotion of two seasoned executives to help continue its commitment to research and growth.

Michael Grigat has been hired as the new vice president of research and development and Hardy Sullivan has been promoted to vice president of market development. Both work in the company's Kings Mountain, NC research, and manufacturing facility.

Grigat joins Crypton from Rudolf-Venture Chemical, Inc., where he was the technical director responsible for market expansion of the company's chemical product range in the US, upgrading environmental and product safety procedures and the planning and coordination of a new plant site, according to a press release.

Grigat's responsibilities at Crypton and Nanotex include overseeing all aspects of chemistry development. He will work closely with suppliers to develop “best in class” performance, utilise his extensive industry knowledge to create new, cutting edge formulations that will provide the framework for both Crypton and Nanotex to bring leading performance properties to the industry.

Prior to Rudolf, Grigat held senior positions at several major chemical companies including Clariant and Hoechst-Celanese, where he led the research and product development of new fluorine-based protective agents, specialty polymers and textile specialty chemicals. Grigat holds several patents for treating textiles, carpets and floor coverings. He is an active member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists (AATCC).

In his new role, Sullivan will be responsible for identifying and developing new markets and applications for all Crypton Technologies. In addition to his focus on market development, he will maintain responsibility for advancing Crypton's sustainability efforts.

Craig Rubin, chairman of Crypton said, “Michael has extensive knowledge of surface protective polymers and we look forward to leveraging his know how to constantly improve upon our existing technology as well as create new performance platforms to offer our customers the most advanced products in the world. Hardy's new role is vital to Crypton and Nanotex as we expand globally. Having led the introductions of Wick+Block to the NFL and the award-winning Crypton Revl vinyl, he has a proven track record for expanding Crypton's offerings.” (GK)

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