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Expert in Nonwovens, Airlaid Nonwovens and Markets

Expert ID: 730926 South Carolina, USA

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Expert has over 35 years of experience in the nonwovens area, from technical to business. With a degree in engineering, he has been Director of Technology for major nonwovens producers; from a business standpoint, he successfully developed a business plan, attracted significant investment capital, designed and built a state of the art airlaid nonwovens line and business, and ran that business as VP of Operations until its sale to a larger nonwovens company. He developed unique technology and products for the nonwoven wipes market, feminine hygiene market, food pad market, as well as many other absorbent products. His total understanding and command of the airlaid nonwovens technology, markets, and business is without parallel globally. As a consultant, Expert has conducted projects for the largest companies in the nonwovens bsuiness area, including consumer products companies, nonwovens producers, and raw material suppliers. He frequently reports on many nonwoven topics, and is expert on the development and use of many sustainable technologies in nonwovens, including a long involvement with flushable wipes. His reputation has lead to his participation as an expert witness in large nonwovens related litigation, with hundreds of millions of dollars in potential awards/damages. He has conducted programs from fiber design and production through finished product production. He has and continues to author comprehensive reports on many relevant nonwovens subjects, as well as contributing as speaker or author for trade journal articles and shows. In summary, Expert combines world class expertise in both the technology and markets for most disposable or absorbent nonwovens.

Developed a novel new nonwoven wipe, including designing the product structure, identifying and qualifying potential nonwoven suppliers, designing trials and assisting in trials, developing tst methods, and providing pertinent market data.Optimized performance on an aquisition/distribution layer for a feminine hygiene pad, including product design (density, composition, basis weight) and process optimization (line speed, calendar temperature and pressure, dryer settings, etc.).Developed first low dust themal bonded airlaid product for wet wipes, supervised (hands on) trials, produced trial quantities, took material to wipes converter, ran trials there, and demonstrated low/no dust (in 2005). Assisted multibillion dollar company in assessment of large acqusition (ultimately successfully concluded). Provided all market data for the nonwovens piece of the target company.Consulted on the commercialization of several new fibers for use in nonwovens, including identifying the key target markets, the product specifications, and potential customers. Contacted and set up meetings with key global customers, provided pricing data during negotiations and assited fiber producers in negotiating supply agreements.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Savannah, Georgia - Columbia, South Carolina - Charleston, South Carolina - North Charleston, South Carolina

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: BS Ch.E Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He founded this consulting business in 2002 and since has consulted with many Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups, with projects from pure market studies, competitive intelligence studies, product and market development, as well as technical projects.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Employer: Concert ACI Title: Director of Technology Department: Responsibilities: Concert Industries acquired Expert's airlaid company less than one year after start-up at a significant premium, contingent on joining Concert for no less than 2 years. He became Director of Technology for both his old line as well as Concert's new lines in Canada. He led key product development programs for Concert's largest customers as well process development programs for Concert's new Canadian lines.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: Airformed Composites, Inc. Title: VP of Operations/principal Department: Responsibilities: Developed and authored a business plan for a new specialty airlaid nonwovens line and business. A large venture capital company provided approximately $10 million USD, and designed and built the line and production plant, handled research and product development, safety, quality control, customer support and engineering, hired and trained the operating crews, and managed the operating budget.
Years: 1991 to 1997 Employer: Walkisoft USA Title: Director of Technology Department: Responsibilities: Handled all product development, R&D and quality control for this US subsidiary of Finnish owned Walkisoft, the airlaid nonwovens business of United Paper Mills. He was the only US member of the management team when he left.
Years: 1979 to 1991 Employer: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Title: Manager of Nonwovens ATS Department: Responsibilities: Was one of the largest suppliers of latex binders to the nonwovens industry; was the leader of the technical support group for this business. He was responsible for developing products and markets, as well as visiting and supporting customers. He managed a group of senior scientists and technicians, and managed laboratory facilities at multiple locations.
Years: 1975 to 1979 Employer: Tenneco Chemicals, Inc. Title: Pilot Plant Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Ran trials and scale-up projects at a dedicated pilot plant facility for tenneco Chemicals, then the second largest polyvinyl chloride producer in the world. He developed several novel products. He also developed unique statistical techniques and mathematical modeling for use in both process control and product development.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to 2002 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Was responsible for the airlaid plant in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. This included R&D, technical service, process improvement, and product development.
Years: 1991 to 1997 Country / Region: Europe Summary: Represented the US and provided support to colleagues in Finalnd, Denamrk and Germany, at least once quarterly and often more frequently.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been involved in two expert witness projects. The first involved two multi-billion dollar companies, and was scheduled for arbitration (American Arbitrstion Association). Expert assisted in providing technical and business advice to develop strategy, as well as being deposed several times in preparation for the hearing; Expert's side built such a strong case, it was settled one week prior to the hearing (in favor of client).
Training / Seminars
Expert has developed a seminar on the airlaid nonwovens business, including technology, producers, products, and markets. He has presented this to multiple clients.
Vendor Selection
Expert often sources raw materials or nonwovens for clients; identifying appropriate airlaid and spunlace nonwoven producers globally based on capabilities is one common project.
Marketing Experience
Expert has worked directly with and has established an extensive network of key industry personnel in the nonwovens business, especially airlaid and spunalce nonwovens, fiber and pulp production and markets, key nonwovens markets such as wipes, hygiene products, and packaging products. Expert contributes to key trade journals and is a frequent presenter at pertinent events.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is a skilled presenter and speaker. He is well versed and pioneered the use of statistical techniques in design of experiments and mathematical modeling. He is experienced in assessing and developing intellectual property.

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