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Expert in Magnetics and Rare Earth Magnet Supply Chain and Applications

Expert ID: 736536 Tennessee, USA

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Expert is Principal and founder of an LLC. He provides a unique combination of business and technical expertise to the Global Magnetics and Metals Industries. Expert graduated from the University of Manchester, UK with a BSc, MSc, and PhD in metallurgy in 1975, 1976 and 1978 respectively. He has over 40 years of research, product development, and manufacturing experience in the area of metals, permanent magnets and magnetic materials.

He has spent time in Europe working for Philips and in the USA working for SPS Technologies (Arnold Engineering) in their magnetic materials businesses. In 2002, Expert was named President of Res Manufacturing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Res is a manufacturer of stamped metal components, assemblies and value added services to diversified industries. They are a major supplier of components and assemblies to Tesla Motors for their Model S and Model X electric vehicle platforms. He provided expert testimony on issues of invalidity during the recent rare earth magnet ITC investigation and is currently a technical expert evaluating prior art for the Rare Earth Magnet Industry Alliance. He has also provided expert testimony at several USPTO patent trial proceedings related to various magnetic technologies.

Clients include the following: IP law firms, major magnet manufacturers, magnetic equipment manufacturers, medical device R and D companies, motor manufacturers, tier 1 automotive suppliers and new magnetic material R and D businesses.

He serves on the Advisory Board of Bunting Magnetics Company, PK Tool and Manufacturing and is Senior Technology Advisor to Magnet Applications Inc. and Technology Advisor to Niron Magnetics and MP Materials.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Knoxville, TN - Maryville, TN - Clinton, TN - Morristown, TN

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: PhD Subject: Metallurgy Institution: University of Manchester
Year: 1976 Degree: MSc Subject: Metallurgy Institution: University of Manchester
Year: 1975 Degree: BSc Subject: Metallurgy Institution: University of Manchester

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Provides consultation services to the magnetics and metal-related industries. Areas of expertise include technology assessment, IP analysis and patent review, industry analysis, operations management, strategic planning, budgeting, new product planning, acquisition due diligence, and sales and marketing consultation.

Clients include the following; major magnet manufacturers, medical device R and D companies, motor manufacturers, tier 1 automotive suppliers, mining and new magnetic material R and D businesses.
Years: 2002 to 2014 Employer: Res Manufacturing Co Title: President Department: Responsibilities: An innovative, privately held, ISO/TS 16949 certified manufacturer of stamped metal components, assemblies and value added services. The company was founded in 1907 and has a solid reputation in the markets it serves (automotive, clean-technology industries, agriculture, turf-care, commercial lighting, and commercial cookware).

Was the recipient of a Tesla Motors supplier award for total quality and time to market as well as a supplier of the year award from a tier one Honda supplier. Key core competencies include: innovative equipment, tool and process design; medium to high volume progressive die stamping supported by welding, next level assembly, and a wide range of outside services.

• Grew revenue three fold over 10 years with improved margin and cash flow performance.
• Major supplier to Toyota, Honda and GM Tier 1’s.
• Implemented market and diversification strategy.
• Increased value added content of products and services.
• Began company-wide implementation of Toyota Production System.
Years: 1990 to 2002 Employer: Arnold Magnetic Technologies (Formerly The Arnold Engineering Company) Title: VP/GM Department: Responsibilities: The largest U.S. manufacturer of magnetic materials and components with revenues approximating $150 million. Headquartered in Marengo, IL., with plants located throughout the U.S., U.K. and China, it serves a wide customer base covering international markets for automotive, industrial, consumer, office automation, medical and appliances.
Vice President/General Manager, Technology and Bonded Magnets

• P&L responsibility for multi-plant business unit (ISO/QS9000 facilities) with 2001 revenues exceeding $50 millions, operating in both engineered and commodity markets.
• Direct short and long range planning and development initiatives; identify strategic opportunities for expanding into new markets and development of new products.
• Key account management in automotive, industrial and consumer markets, both domestic and international.
• Implemented two major plant expansions with capital expenditures of $8 million during 1997.
• Responsible for corporate new product development, advanced magnetic materials commercialization and the Magnetics Technology Center. New products represented approximately 15% of total revenues in 2001.
• Member of team that established JV in PRC for sourcing, assembly and manufacturing.
• Member of several acquisition teams; relocated and consolidated $10 million acquisition (RJF) in 1997.

Vice President/General Manager, Technology and Permanent Magnets 12/93 to 3/97
• P&L responsibility for multi-plant operations with revenues of $36 million in 1996.
• Achieved 45% sales and 429% profitability growth through new product introduction, improved customer service and manufacturing cost reduction.
• Member of Flexmag Industries due diligence team. Achieved first year (1996) financial objectives (profitability and R.O.E.C.) committed to the SPS Board of Directors.
• Member of RJF due diligence team (acquired March 1997).
• Member of Swift Levick (UK) due diligence team (acquired July 1996).

Vice President, Technology and Quality Assurance 12/90 to 12/93
• Rebuilt Arnold Engineering’s technical competence and product and process development activities.
• Increased quality awareness of organization and developed and implemented a Quality Index aimed at measuring continuous improvement.
• Achieved significant improvements in scrap, customer returns and process capabilities through education and utilization of statistical techniques.
• Implemented Quality systems based on ISO 9000 standard.
• Member of 3M bonded magnet due diligence team. Responsible for the integration of the business into Arnold.
• Key contributor to several acquisition/joint venture evaluations.
Years: 1979 to 1990 Employer: Philips Electronics Title: GM Department: Responsibilities: General Manager, Rare Earth Magnets 1/89 to 12/90
• Directed business planning, manufacturing, marketing and development of rare earth magnets globally.
• Achieved 40% sales growth through application and market development.
• Led ISO 9001 implementation team and achieved third party certification in 1989.
• Established World Class manufacturing facility.

Development Manager 1/85 to 1/89
• Established NdFeB manufacturing operation with capital budget of $8 million.
• Responsible for all permanent magnet development.
• Member of Plant Management team

Program Manager 1/83 to 1/85
• Developed process technology for production of 2:17 SmCo and NdFeB high-energy magnets.
• Responsible for technology transfer and commercialization.

Development Engineer 10/79 to 1/83
• Established manufacturing operations for first generation of SmCo high-energy magnets.

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