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Expert in Textile Fibers

Expert ID: 108055 North Carolina, USA

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Expert has worked more than 33 years in the textile industry, with 27 years experience in nonwovens. His assignments have included research and development, technical service, new market development, and strategic business planning. Additionally, he effectively coordinated manufacturing, marketing, and technical activities. He has a strong understanding of the relationship and definition of web formations and is adept in sheet properties and end-use performance. Expert is also knowledgeable of the effect of denier per filament and fiber cross sections on structure functionality. To ensure maximum customer benefit, he has performed extensive studies on value-added processing of nonwoven webs.

Expert has worked with spunlace and spunbond polyester, polypropylene, and polyolefin. He has been involved in basic process and product developments of spunlace. In modernizing a product line and commercializing new business developments for spunbond polyester, he acquired a strong knowledge of the fabric.

Expert's experience in spunbonding is extensive; he has worked with spunbond polyester, polymer and binder fiber, coloration and additives, process elements, and quality management systems. He has studied property/performance relationships and has conducted sheet structure tests. Taking into consideration customer needs and requirements, he developed product specifications and value-added processing such as coating and laminating.

A number of effective fiber-based products have been developed and enhanced as a result of Expert's expertise. His knowledge of the effect of fiber cross section on coatings led to the commercialization of a new product and $12 MM new annual revenues. In leading the restructuring of a polyester product line, he helped create a $3 MM product revenue enhancement. The use of strong problem-solving skills, both at the internal process and final customer level, demonstrate his ability to function successfully in a team-based environment.

Expert guided the successful implementation of a new quality management system that resulted in a $5 MM reduced cost of quality.

He has worked with synthetic fibers such as spandex, polyester, and acrylic through manufacturing, converting, yarn spinning, weaving and knitting, fabric finishing, garment manufacture, and end-use testing. He is experienced in color, thermal, and oxidative stabilization of polymers. He helped develop bicomponent acrylic fibers. Laboratory tensile testing and stress-strain curves (tenacity, modulus) are also his areas of expertise.

Expert has post-treated nonwoven textiles to form coated or laminated products. He developed wet processing conditions for the acrylic finishing of spunlace polyester for surface stability and wash cycle durability. A development team headed by Expert commercialized a durable polypropylene extrusion-coated spunbond as an interleaving sheet in the manufacture of metal beverage containers. Annual new revenues of $8 MM resulted. He has studied the surface character of spunbond polyester sheets in combination of porosity and barrier properties. Additional developments with extrusion coating technology resulted in fiber-reinforced paper laminates with barrier properties for the industrial packaging market.

Expert has developed nonwoven composite structures, including spunbond polyester/spunbond polyester, spunbond/thermalbond, and spunbond/meltblown. He has identified the improved uniformity and functionality from multiple layers of lightweight materials, as compared to a single layer of a heavier weight sheet. His work also includes the development and basic studies of needlepunch composites containing super absorbents.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Raleigh, North Carolina - Greensboro, North Carolina - Durham, North Carolina - Winston Salem, North Carolina - Fayetteville, North Carolina - Cary, North Carolina - High Point, North Carolina - Greenville, North Carolina - Concord, North Carolina - Lynchburg, Virginia

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1964 Degree: PhD Subject: Organic Chemistry Institution: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Year: 1955 Degree: BA Subject: Chemistry Institution: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1995 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1991 to 1995 Employer: Freudenberg Spunweb Company, Durham, North Carolina Title: Senior Market Development Specialist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1986 to 1991 Employer: Reemay, Inc., Old Hickory, Tennessee Title: Market Development Account Executive Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1955 to 1986 Employer: E. I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., Inc. Title: Department: Textile Fibers Department Responsibilities:
Years: 1974 to 1986 Employer: E. I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., Inc. Title: Senior Technical Marketing Specialist, Project Quality Group Leader Department: Engineered Nonwoven Structures Responsibilities:
Years: 1969 to 1974 Employer: E. I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., Inc. Title: Senior Research Chemist Department: Pioneering Research, Wilmington, DE Responsibilities:
Years: 1966 to 1969 Employer: E. I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., Inc. Title: Research Chemist Department: Orlon/Lycra End Use Research, Wilmington, DE Responsibilities:
Years: 1964 to 1969 Employer: E. I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., Inc. Title: Research Chemist Department: Lycra Plant Technical, Waynesboro, VA Responsibilities:

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of textile converting (laminating, coating, wet processing), spunbonded nonwoven suppliers, and thermal bond suppliers.
Marketing Experience
Expert has 10 years of experience in new market development, new business, and market analysis. He is knowledgeable of distribution versus direct sales schemes and sales strategies. He has a unique background of high technical skills plus market place interface, development, market targets, and pricing strategies.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Expert is familiar with, but not fluent, in German.
French Expert is familiar with the French language. However, he is not fluent.

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