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Expert in Printing, Printing Inks, Printing for Packaging, Publication, Commercial and Digital Printing

Expert ID: 726020 Michigan, USA

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Black ink is one of the largest types of ink used within the printing industry. Consequently expert has worked on many projects dealing with black inks and examples include improved manufacturing processes, improved printing properties (usually related to rheology) improved color properties (mainly jetness) and many projects aimed at reducing costs.

He worked for a company that produced crude phthalocyanine and processed crude phthalocyanince into pigment. He ran a R&D team looking to improve the coloristics of these pigments, improve its ease of dispersion, improve its rheological properties once dispersed and his team also looked at ways of lowering manufacturing costs. Expert also looked at new phthalocyanince pigments as dispersing aids and as aids to modifying crystal growth. Digital printing refers to inkjet and electrophotographic toner. Expert has developed inkjet inks for DOD and CIJ. He understands the critial importance of finding the correct balance in material properties and how they can influence ink stability, jetting, nozzle outs and finished print properties. He has also looked at electrophotographic toner and understands (to a less extent than inkjet) the role of materials and their influence on toner properties.

He has worked since 1986 on flexographic inks. He and his team developed many new types of inks that are used within the industry today - NC/polymade process colors, PVB inks, high strength waterbased inks, new lamination inks and new methods of manufacturing pigment dispersions for flexographic inks. Expert has also worked on conductive inks for printed electronics that can be prinetd flexo.

Expert has worked in Graphic Arts since 1983. He is familiar with all aspects of the supply chain but with an emphasis on printing and printing inks. He has advised many companies on the challenges and opportunities facing this industry and continues to work with the North American Priting Ink Association and the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts. He has a unique combination of skills being well grounded technical and commercially. Publication gravure and packaging gravure are one of the key printing processes used in Graphic Arts. The process is under threat from offset and flexo and he has talked extensively about how gravure can compete more effectively. He has given training courses on behalf of the Gravure Association of America on gravure printing inks. He has developed conductive inks that can be printed gravure for use in printed electronic applications.

Expert has managed teams developing many different types of organic pigments - for example arylides, di-arylides, azo, lake pigments and phthalocyanine pigments. His teams specialized in new types of surface tretaments to improve coloristic properties, improve dispersibility and reduce costs. He also worked exetensively at new methods of manufacturing pigments and pigment dispersions as well as ways of linking pigment synthesis with pigment dispersing processes.

Printing ink is a $13 billion industry, but is certainly having a very disruptive time from alternative media, such as the internet, and from alternative forms of printing such as digital printing. Expert has worked with all types of inks and ink raw materials. He has managed long term R&D groups as well as technical service groups. He has a good understanding of the challenges facing the industry and where there are still opportunities to make good business investments.

Radiation Curing is one of the fastest growing areas within the printing ink industry. The advantages of no VOC combined with instant cure make this technology very attractive. Expert has developed UV and EB cured inks for offset, flexo, screen and digital printing. He has strong relationships with all of the major suppliers to the industry for both raw materials and curing equipment. Offset printing is the most popular of all of the printing processes. Expert has developed inks for heatset. coldset and sheet fed offset printing. He has also worked with anciallry suppliers to this industry including manufacturers of litho plates, blankets, rollers, founts and printing proesses. TAs well as the more common oil based offset inks he has also developed UV and EB cured offset inks, UV news inks, UV hybrid inks, conductive inks, vegetable oil based inks, expaned color gamut inks, low VOC heatset inks, security inks and offset inks with good adhesion to impervious substrates.

Packaging is one of the areas of growth within a depressed Graphic Arts market. There are many significant changes within packaging that he continues to work on and these include sustainability, novel visual effects, brand protection, concerns over migratable and extractable materials, improved barrier properties and ways of reducing cost. Expert has consulted many times on these subjects and he is regarded as one of the industries experts in this area.

He has consulted with a major chemical company who was looking to enter the Graphic Arts market. He helped them develop their initial justification and then worked with them in preparing a presentation for their executive committee. He has worked with a supplier to the Graphic Arts market in developing improved technical and market literature to improve their efforts in developing sales into the Graphic Arts market. He also ran in-house training programs for this company to improve their awreness of the Graphic ArtsHe was worked with an electronics manufacturing company in developing and introducing printing processes within their manufacturing operation that increases efficiency and reduces cost.He helped a major supplier to the Graphic Arts market look at alternative markets for their products, and helped them in understanding where they have opportunities to use their skills and capabilities to develop new products.He has worked with one of the major companies in the Graphic Arts Industry in looking at new business development options. These options included digital printing, flat panel displays, printed electronics as well as looking at adjacent areas, within their supply chain, that may help them expand their product portfolio or reduce costs.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1983 Degree: PhD Subject: Polymer Chemistry Institution: Liverpool University
Year: 1980 Degree: GRSC Subject: Chemistry Institution: Royal Society of Chemistry
Year: 1991 Degree: FRSC Subject: Chemistry Institution: Royal Society of Chemistry

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1999 to 2006 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: VP and CTO, President Of Precisia Department: Corporate Management
He was responsible for ensuring the company had cost effective products to meet the needs of its global businesses. The company had over 2,000 technical staff, sales of over $3.4 billion and operated globally.
Expert was also President of Precisia, a Flint Group start up company specializing in printed electronics.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1996 to 1999 Employer: Valspar Title: Undisclosed Department: Packaging
He directed the team responsible for developing new coatings and inks for metal packaging.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1986 to 1996 Employer: Coates Bros Title: Chief Technology Manager Department: R&D
He was responsible for the development of new printing inks and coatings
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1983 to 1986 Employer: Courtaulds Title: Senior Chemist Department: Polymer Research Unit
He worked in the long term polymer resarch unit with responsibilities for developing new resins systems suitable for use in coil coatings, marine anti-fouling paints and general industrial paints.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1983 to 1996 Country / Region: Europe Summary: He travelled exentisvely in Europe and managed groups in UK, France, Italy, Norway and Germany
Years: 1986 to 1987 Country / Region: Australasia Summary: He was technical manager for Coates Australia (part of the Coates fast track traing program).

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Royal Society of Chemistry
Technical Association of the Graphic Arts
National Printing Ink Research Institute
Printing Industries of America
Licenses / Certifications
Chartered Chemist
Professional Appointments
Past Tresurer of TAGA
Board member of the Heritage Trust Investment Committee
Publications and Patents Summary
His groups have issued over 122 patents and written over 600 internal technical papers

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Provided expert witness testimony on a wide variety of cases such as the authenticity of inkjet inks, packaging odor complaints, security inks, raw material intellectual property as well as cases involving the failure of an ink to print correctly.
Training / Seminars
He has delivered printing ink training courses, both introductory and taylored to meet specific customer requirements e.g. pigments and pigment dispersion, packing inks and coatings, printed electronics.
Vendor Selection
He has spent a significant part of his career working with vendors in developing new products, getting their existing products qualified, and helping new vendors enter the Graphic Arts supply chain.
Marketing Experience
He frequently consults and asked to give key note speaches to industry groups on trends and unmet needs within the Graphic Arts industry. He has also worked extensivley in the printed electronics area where he assists companies in working out how to make money from this emerging market.
Other Relevant Experience
He helps companies with their R&D and product development plans to make sure they are fully utilizing their skills and resources as well as helping them find attractive new areas of busines for their products.

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