Graham Armstrong

Chairman - OCCA

Presentation Title: “The Oil & Colour Chemists Association: it’s contribution to Surface Engineering and the World around Us!”

Abstract: The talk will cover the benefits of membership to all within the world-wide coatings supply, manufacturing and user industries, and the positive effects on society in general of the coatings manufactured by the companies our members work for”

Bio: Graham Armstrong is currently working as the sales and technology mentor to the directors and sales management team of Indestructible Paint Ltd, having been the Technical Sales Manager for 14 years. A major part of the role is supporting the direct contact with engineers and chemists of the aerospace primes and tier 1 suppliers to promote the high-performance products of the company and secure approvals for Indestructible products against key specifications. In addition, full technical and application support is provided to customers throughout the world. He manages the training offer to clients, to include both theoretical and practical events worldwide. He has been closely involved with the company response to the REACH regulations, and provides dissemination of information on work being conducted to confirm authorisation of annex XIV listed chemicals and the research into alternatives.

Graham currently holds managerial positions within major Institutes and Associations linked to surface engineering and materials finishing. He is the current Secretary General, Immediate Past President and a fellow of the Institute of Materials Finishing. Additionally, he is the current President of the Oil & Colour Chemists Association (OCCA) and has accepted the role of vice-chairman of the recently formed Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF).

With 50 years’ experience within laboratory, technical service, marketing and sales functions within the industrial surface coatings industry, Graham is eminently qualified to discuss most aspects of high-performance surface finishing. During this working lifetime, he has championed the use of paints and surface coatings in several major market areas in addition to aerospace, including automotive, the furniture and joinery industries, white goods and coatings for plastics.

A brief career history
1968-1971 Q/C and Development Laboratory; Blundell-Permoglaze
1971-1979 Technical Service representative; Blundell Permoglaze
1979-1984 Technical Service Manager; Blundell-Permoglaze
1984-1987 Technical Service Manager; Postans
1987-1988 Product Manager, Paint; Postans Ltd
1988-1991 UK General Manager: Dexter Speciality Coatings (France)
1991-1993 Technical Sales Manager; Pearl Paints
1993-1995 Sales Director; Aquagraphics
1995-2000 Managing Partner; GAMA Sales, Marketing & Technology Services
2000-2014 Technical Sales Manager (Global); Indestructible Paints