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 Expert  726020

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

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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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.


black ink


copper phthalocyanine


digital printing


ink-jet printing ink


flexographic ink


flexographic printing


graphic arts




printing ink


printing ink raw material


gravure ink

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.


organic pigment




pigment dispersing


pigment technology




radiation-cured printing ink


ink curing


ink drying


offset printing


oil-based ink


paperboard offset printing


packaging printing


paperboard flexographic printing

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan;  Grand Rapids, Michigan;  Warren, Michigan;  Flint, Michigan;  Sterling Heights, Michigan;  Lansing, Michigan;  Ann Arbor, Michigan;  Livonia, Michigan;  Dearborn, Michigan;  and Toledo, Ohio.

Often requested
with this expert:

Digital Printing, Ink/ Substrate Interaction, Color Theory...
Paper Coating Rheology, Coating Processes, and Coater...
Electromechanical Devices, printer cartridges, bill...
Inkjet Printing Technology, Markets and Applications,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1983   PhD   Polymer Chemistry   Liverpool University  
1980   FRSC   Chemistry   Royal Society of Chemistry   First Class Hons

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to 2006


Flint Group




VP and CTO, President Of Precisia


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.

1996 to 1999






Director of Product Development


He directed the team responsible for developing new coatings and inks for metal packaging.

1986 to 1996


Coates Lorrileux (now Sun Chemcial)




Chief Technology Manager


He was responsible for the development of new printing inks and coatings

1983 to 1986


International Paint


Long term polymer research


Senior Chemist


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.

Career Accomplishments:

Royal Society of Chemistry Technical Association of the Graphic Arts National Printing Ink Research Institute RadTech Printing Industries of America SGIA


Chartered Chemist

Professional Appointments

VP of NPIRI 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

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • 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 Arts
  • He 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.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Effects of speed of erasure of Markings from non-porous surfaces to assist with optimizing performance.
  • Segment ink expert for consulting on application and utilization.
  • Expert in special gravure ink formulation for consulting on developing optimum material supply chain for tamper evident self-adhesive tape production.
  • Expert in UV offset ink needed for consulting on UV offset ink chemistry.
  • Expert in ink formulation needed for consulting regarding Formulation assistance with conductive inks.
  • Consulting on Flexo Inks.
  • Ink expert for consulting on white ink on black styrene.
  • Expert in flexo and gravure lamination for consulting on developing new ink technology.
  • Ink manufacturing expert for consulting on ink industry and market.
  • Chemistry expert for consulting on development of digital ink market.
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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Water-based inks for use in printing tea tabs.
  • Expert for consulting on the history newspaper printing process.
  • Expert in expert witness in a patent litigation involving toner cartridges.
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:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1983 to 1996   Europe   He travelled exentisvely in Europe and managed groups in UK, France, Italy, Norway and Germany
1986 to 1987   Australasia   He was technical manager for Coates Australia (part of the Coates fast track traing program).

Market Research:
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.

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:

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.

Supplier and Vendor Location and 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.

Other Skills and Services

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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