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Expert in Polymer Additives: Fiber-Reinforced Plastic, Material Degradation, Testing, Elastomers, etc.

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Since 2000 work under his own company AXIS Polymer Services Inc has focused heavily on providing consulting and technical support services relating to plastics, wood fibre reinforced thermoplastics and glass fibre reinforced thermosets. The primary application areas have been building materials and flooring. The services which he has provided included: formulation support to achieve strength and durability, compositional analysis, testing and building code compliance.

Regarding glass fibre reinforced plastics he has conducted product development in Canada and manufacturing in China to produce a high performance pultruded flooring panel for industrial applications. He has travelled within China conducting product trials, testing and third party product certification.

In the area of plastics and wood-fibre reinforced thermoplastics he has worked with leading Canadian and USA based manufacturers to help them expand their participation in the rapidly growing alternative decking market. The assistance he has provided has included: consultation and coordination relating to ICC and CCMC building code evaluation requirements, consultation regarding long term weathering and durability requirements and preliminary assessments to determine building code compliance. He has served as the Technical Chair for the Canadian Natural Composites Council since 2005.

Extensive exposure to material degradation resulted from a 19 year career with Ciba Specialty Chemicals in their world leading Polymer Additives business unit. He held positions as: Technical Sales Representative, Industry Specialist, Industry Manager, Industry Manager + Customer Support Manager, Industry Manager + Global Market Representative, Industry Manager + Global Market Representative + Account Manager USA.

The additive types where he developed expertise included: antioxidants for processing, compounding and long term thermal stability and light stabilizers for long term weathering stability. He worked extensively with resin producers, compounders, processors and end users to understand their stability needs and to introduce additive technologies which brought technical and cost performance advantages. His work included coordination of technical services to demonstrate product performance and to solve stability problems. The industry groups which he focused on included: commodity thermoplastics, engineering thermoplastics, thermoset plastics, adhesives and elastomers.

Responsibility as Global Market Representative for Business Segment - Elastomers, Adhesives and Polyurethanes was to represent the needs of customers in all aspects of business planning, growth strategies and sales implementation.

Responsibility as Account Manager USA included NAFTA coordination of all sales and technical service activities for a group of multinational accounts based in mid-west USA.

His accomplishments included: proven ability to build and maintain long term working relationships with a wide range of customer contacts including purchasing, scientific, engineering and marketing, excellent relationships with reporters, peers and management throughout working experience, effective communication, team participation and team leadership. He achieved high level of sales success mainly through dramatic market share gains. He prevented penetration of markets by competitors in spite of the expiration of key patents and proliferation of look-a-like products. He also provided international leadership in the introduction of new products.


fiber-reinforced plastic


material degradation


oxidative degradation


ultraviolet stability testing


oxidative stability


plastic stability


plastic weathering


plastics durability


polymer aging


polymer degradation


polymer stabilization


polymer stabilizer




thermal degradation


thermal stability


ultraviolet absorber


ultraviolet absorption


ultraviolet degradation


ultraviolet plastic degradation

He has acquired in-depth knowledge regarding testing methods and interpretation of testing results throughout all of his work including direct employment by two testing organizations. Through his direct experience with testing methods and principles he has acquired extensive knowledge regarding materials, their performance capabilities, their performance limits and modifications that expand their applications.

plastic material test procedure

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PVC Formulating, Compounding, Extrusion, Testing, Product...
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Plastic Packaging Technology, Molding, Creating New...
Plastics Selection, Design, Compound, Processing, Testing,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1978   BaSC   Chemical Engineering   University of Toronto  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to







He is responsible for providing consultation, project management, testing and problem solving services for plastics and composites used in building and transportation applications. He is also responsible for providing technical leadership relative to building code evaluations.

1982 to 2000


Ciba Specialty Chemicals


Polymer Additives


Industry Manager


He is responsible for all activities relating to sales and technical services for polymer additives within a North American industry group covering elastomers, adhesives and plastics. He is also responsible for participation in global teams developing new products for the industry group above.

1979 to 1981


Ontario Research Foundation (now Bodycote)



Research Scientist


He is responsible for prospecting, quoting, organizing, conducting and reporting relating to contract research, development or testing projects in the fields of adhesives, coating, sealants, elastomers and plastics.

Career Accomplishments:

Society of Plastics Engineers, Canadian Natural Composites Council, Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Professional Appointments

Technical Chair - Canadian Natural Composites Council; Board of Directors- Society of Plastics Engineers (Ontario Section)

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2001 to   Canadian Construction Materials Centre - NRC   Building Material Evaluation Consultant   He is responsible for representing the needs of manufacturers as required to have their building products evaluated and approved for building code applications.
2001 to   International Code Council   Building Product Evaluation Consultant   He is responsible for representing the needs of manufacturers as required to have their building products evaluated and approved for building code applications.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has provided a variety of on-site consultant support services including product development, testing, material analysis and problem solving related to plastics and composites.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on testing of our plastic folding pallet boxes to gain FM approval.
  • Ciba and antioxidant expert needed for consulting on lactone based carbon centered radical scavengers.
  • Expert for consulting on Plastics and Wood Polymer Composites in Building Products
  • Expert for consulting on plastic packaging.
  • Expert in nanocomposites based on high density polyethyleneas the matrix.
  • Marketing expert for roofing for consulting on synthetic roofing underlayment.
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Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Moderate capability
Italian   High proficiency

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Extensive experience with regard to the selection and supervision of testing laboratories capable of conducting testing, analysis and building code assessments.

Other Skills and Services

Extensive experience in dealing with building material evaluation services such as ICC (US) and CCMC (Canada).


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