Nycote Laboratories Corp. has appointed aerospace, defense, and high-tech industry executive Jim Rowbotham as vice president, EMEA Region. The appointment comes in conjunction with increased exports to the EMEA region as demand increases for the company’s light, thin coatings with extreme durability and protection for mission-critical and mass transport systems. Rowbotham will remain on board at Addev Materials Aerospace managing several key commercial activities in its business.

“We are very pleased to have Jim at the helm of Nycote’s expansion in EMEA,” said Marcie W. Simpson, COO, Nycote Laboratories. “He is very well connected in key markets, and has a breadth of experience and know-how to accelerate our growth as a specialist supplier to major specifiers. Jim has unwavering standards which have earned him the trust of his colleagues, customers, suppliers, and major manufacturers.”

In 2002, Rowbotham founded Pexa, a distributor of aerospace coatings that was acquired in 2019 by Addev Materials. When acquired, Pexa had over 1,000 customers in 40 countries and supplied products to Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer. In 2019, Pexa achieved 70% growth in under 3 years, for which the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Before launching Pexa, Rowbotham had a track record as AkzoNobel’s aerospace business leader for the major EU markets. 

“After 40 years in the coatings industry, I look forward to helping Nycote to the next level, and increase the company’s profile and expansion in Europe, my home market,” said Rowbotham. “I have been working with Nycote as their distributor for many yearsl and understand their applications and specifications. With thin, lightweight films, as well as proven long-term durability and compatibility with aerospace equipment, I have no doubt Nycote’s exceptional products will be well received.”

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