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 Expert  107694

Expert in Hardmetals, Cemented Carbides, and other Wear-Resistant Materials

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has more than 45 years of experience manufacturing and working with hardmetals (sintered carbides) and is an acknowledged world authority. He is advanced personal knowledge of hardmetal manufacture - combining a hard refractory compound (tungsten carbide, titanium boride, etc.) with a binder metal (generally cobalt, nickel or iron) to make cutting tools or abrasion-resistant products. He is the author, compiler and publisher of "World Directory and Handbook of Hardmetals and Hard Materials" (standard reference for the industry, now in 6th edition) consultant editor of "Metal Powder Report," and former news editor of "International Journal of Refractory Metals & Hard Materials." He chairs the British Standards Institute committee MTE/18 working on cutting tools and cutting-tool materials, represents the United Kingdom on the corresponding International Standards Organisation committee TC29 and also chairs one of the TC29 key working groups. He consults with companies, government organisations and NGOs in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere, covering manufacture of and design for hardmetals and the wider areas of high grade ceramics and superhard materials.

Expert has expertise and over 45 years of experience related to the production and processing of metal and ceramic powders (especially hardmetals, on which he is an acknowledged international authority).

Expert has applied his knowledge of hardmetals, cemented carbides, ceramics, diamonds, and superhard materials when qualities of wear- or abrasive-resistance are required in materials or coatings.

Expert has extensive experience working with cutting tool materials that combine resistance to heat, abrasion, shock, and chemical breakdown, especially, but not always, for cutting steel or cast iron.


hard material




cemented carbide


superhard material


superhard coating material


powder metallurgy


powder metallurgy process


cutting tool


cutting tool material


wear-resistant coating material


carbide wear-resistant coating material

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1951   BSc(Eng)Met   Engineering (Metallurgy)   London University   FIMMM (Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; European Engineer (Eur.Ing,); Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1976 to




Proprietor (Technical/Marketing Consultant, Author, Journalist and Publisher}


1961 to 1976


Inco Europe (now part of Vale Inco)


Licensing Manager


Expert held various technical and managerial positions within Inco Europe including Licensing Manager. Also advised the Inco rsearch department on hardmetal topics.

1951 to 1961


Tungsten Electric Co./ RG McLeod Tools Ltd


Production, Research and Technical Manager


Responsible for all metallurgical research and technical development, including pioneering work on grain-growth-inhibited cemented carbides and advanced heat-resistant highly alloyed hardmetals for high-speed machining of difficult alloys.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a European Engineer (Eur Ing), Chartered Engineer (CEng), and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) (formerly Institute of Metals).

Professional Appointments

He is a Past President and Life Fellow (FCIJ) of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and a member of the American Powder Metallurgy Institute. Also Chairman of British Standards committee MTE/18, UK representative on International Standards committee TC29 and Chairman of TC29 Working Group TC29/SC9/WG16 (revising ISO standard 513).

Publications and Patents Summary

Standard reference books on hardmetals and hard materials, one patent and large number of technical papers, reviews, magazine features and other publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - International Carbide Data  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Investigation of possible company purchases and advice to major Japanese company setting up production facilities in Europe
  • Improvements to manufacturing methods for carbide-tipped circular saws.
  • Improved compositions with substantially lower cost for carbide extrusions.
  • Week-long training seminar (singlehanded) on cemented carbide manufacture for entire technical staff of major US company.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Independent Metallurgist and expert in "wear resistance" for consulting on Wear resistance/material selection for soil cutting blade.
  • Carbide expert for consulting on tungsten carbide failure.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Europe and Asia   In the course of researching his own publications and many hundreds of technical contributions to magazines and journals, Expert has visited the majority of important hardmetal producers around the world. He has undertaken consultancy in most of the major countries of Europe and Asia.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Expert is familiar with the French language. He is not fluent in this language.
German   Expert is familiar with the German language. He is not fluent in this language but for some years was English-language editor of Metal Times, a German/English technical prestige magazine published in Frankfurt.

Market Research:
Regular contributions to Metal Powder Report (as Consultant Editor), the world's major trade and technical magazine for the powder metallurgy industry on all facets of the industry.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Private training courses for mainly US companies on all aspects of hardmetal production, specification and use.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of hardmetals and hard materials (cemented carbides, etc.), cutting tools, and raw materials for cutting tools and hard materials.

Other Skills and Services

Experience in patent licensing. 35 years' membership of the British Copyright Council, reprsenting the Chartered Institute of Journalists, of which he is a Fellow (FCIoJ) and Past-President.


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