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Paper Mill Operation and Management, Pulping of Non-Wood Resources, Specialty and Fine Papers.

ID: 722022 United Kingdom

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Expert started his career training with Wiggins Teape in the making of banks and bonds, greaseproof and glassine papers. He then moved to Clyde Paper Company as a production assistant making on- and off-machine wood-free coated grades. For 12 years he was employed in various management roles in the manufacture and development of security papers and banknote with Portals. During his time with Portals, he commissioned and managed, over a period of two years, a paper mill in Pakistan making currency paper.

As pulp mill manager with the Dexter Corporation in the UK, Expert managed a specialty pulp mill for 10 years, manufacturing a range of pulp grades which included abaca, kenaf, sisal and flax. During his time here, new products were introduced and the turnover was increased tenfold. Prior to this, Expert was employed as production manager at Portals making security papers from cotton, linen and ramie. Whilst with Portals, he managed a security paper mill in Pakistan using cotton, sunn hemp and jute waste as raw materials.

During his long career, Expert has always been involved in the manufacture of specialty papers. This has included greaseproof, glassine, vegetable parchment, NCR paper (Wiggins Teape); cast coated paper, milk carton, label paper, on- and off-machine coated papers for printing (Clyde Paper Company); banknote, security, bible paper (Portals); tea bag paper (Dexter); water-marked papers, and bible paper (Kadoma Fine Papers, Zimbabwe).

In 1994, Expert was resident consultant advising a state-of-the-art fine paper mill in Zimbabwe in the manufacture of watermarked papers from cotton linters as the prime raw material. These were delivered to the mill in the raw state and processed into bleached pulp.

Acting as interim general manager, Expert recruited and trained managers and supervisors of a state-of-the-art paper mill in Zimbabwe in the theory and practice of fine paper making and in the basic concepts of quality management. He introduced management systems and improved product quality to obtain continuous production within two months, following a history of intermittent production and unacceptable quality standards. He advised management on the introduction of the international quality standard ISO 9000 and assisted with its implementation. He advised and helped to implement statistical quality control and trained all appropriate employees in the concept. He trained key supervisors in the acquisition of leadership skills. He helped to prepare and introduce written standard operating procedures for the entire process. He recommended a management structure and assisted in the recruitment of senior staff. And he provided advice on export sales and marketing strategy.

He managed the dismantling, packing and shipping of a second-hand papermachines in the UK for re-installation in India.

He successfully conducted raw material supply chain assessments for the World Bank Group in Bosnia and Albania.

He conducted a detailed technical and financial review of all supporting documentation for a new tissue mill in Abu Dhabi.

Expert assisted pulp and paper companies in the Philippines in the sourcing of suitable processing machinery for abaca and grasses.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1961 Degree: Final Certificate Subject: Paper Technology Institution: City & Guilds of London Institute

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant Department:
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1988 to 1991 Employer: SCA Title: Divisional General Manager Department: SCA Recycling Ltd.
Expert had full profit responsibility for a paper processing division of the company supplying customers in the UK and Europe.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1978 to 1988 Employer: Dexter Corporation Title: General Manager Department: Europe
At Dexter, Expert had full profit and loss responsibility for a business converting raw fibres into speciality pulps for the paper industry. As a member of the Quality Council of senior managers in Dexter Europe, he played a major role in the introduction of Total Quality Management, prior to applying for ISO 9000 accreditation.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1966 to 1978 Employer: Portals Limited Title: General Manager/Production Manager Department: Development/Production
While with the world’s largest banknote and security paper manufacturer, Expert commissioned and managed a new paper mill in Pakistan, built to produce banknote paper, employing 200 staff. He managed the production department, employing 230 staff on a four-shift system, manufacturing security paper primarily used in the printing of bank notes. He implemented the staged introduction of new technology and equipment into the production process over a four-year period and ensured full acceptance of the new concepts by the workforce. He played a key role as a member of the team which planned and developed a multi-million capital investment programme incorporating state-of-the-art technology and assisted in the preparation of feasibility reports for banknote paper manufacturing facilities in Finland, Poland and Brazil. Additionally, Expert project managed the rebuilding and commissioning of a banknote paper machine in Finland and the conversion of a paper machine from bible paper to security paper at a company mill in Bath.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1965 to 1966 Employer: Clyde Paper Company Ltd. Title: Production Assistant Department: Production
He line-managed papermaking, finishing and converting processes in a large, diverse mill producing roll, airknife, brush and cast coated paper and board.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1962 to 1965 Employer: Wiggins Teape & Co. Ltd. (now part of Arjo Wiggins) Title: Shift Manager Department: Production
Expert supervised the operation of paper machines making coloured glassine and vegetable parchment and assisted in commissioning a new coating machine for NCR paper.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1959 to 1962 Employer: Wiggins Teape & Co. Ltd. Title: Group Management Trainee Department: Group
He received comprehensive, practical and theoretical training in the operation of fine paper machines and theoretical training in all aspects of paper technology. He received training in leadership skills culminating in on-the-job experience as a trainee machine foreman.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1992 to 1993 Agency: UK Ministry of Agriculture Role: Consultant Description: Expert advised the Silsoe Research Institute (funded by the UK Ministry of Agriculture) on the commercial exploitation of their patented processes for the dry extraction of plant fibres for papermaking and on the suitability of linseed flax as a paper raw material.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1968 to 1970 Country / Region: Pakistan Summary: Expert commissioned and managed a new pulp and paper mill for the production of banknote paper.
Years: 1972 to 1973 Country / Region: Finland Summary: He project managed, commissioned and provided technical know-how for a paper machine rebuild at Tervakoski Paper Mill.
Years: 1973 to 1973 Country / Region: Poland, East Germany Summary: He prepared feasibility reports for technical know-how improvements and visited clients to discuss same.
Years: 1991 to 1991 Country / Region: Philippines Summary: He advised pulp and paper mills on process improvements.
Years: 1993 to 1994 Country / Region: Zimbabwe Summary: Expert provided comprehensive consultancy services to a pulp and paper mill making specialty papers from cotton linter.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert has delivered training courses in leadership skills, papermaking techniques and statistical quality control.
Vendor Selection
He has recently managed the dismantling and removal of a complete paper machine in the U.K. for shipment to a client in India.
Marketing Experience
Expert introduced new pulp products from non-wood fibres not traditionally used for papermaking.
Other Relevant Experience
He was appointed exclusive selling agent in the United Kingdom and Ireland for an Italian paper machinery manufacturer, supplying complete tissue, paper and board machines, stock preparation equipment and machine rebuilds.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert can speak French.

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