Panel Q&A session on "Product realisation & commercialisation"


Graham ArmstrongPresident - OCCA

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.30 to 14.00, Stage 1

About this session:

Panel Q&A session on “Product realisation & commercialisation”

Scientists can take a pragmatic and methodical approach to development projects, and sometimes serendipity helps us, or we just find interesting new raw materials that can be used to create novel surface coatings. Most developments are customer/demand led, others are proactive/blue sky, or reactionary due to regulatory pressures, but how do we get our good ideas to market?

A panel of four people involved with various aspects of the coatings industry and directly involved with new product development will give a brief overview of their perspective on this wide ranging subject.

Graham Armstrong                           President, OCCA

Paul Sheppard                                    Laboratory Manager, HMG Paints

Neil Hollis                                            Regulatory Affairs, BASF

Dr Con Rob McElroy                          University of York

Panel Host Bio

Graham Armstrong is currently employed as the sales and technology mentor to the directors and sales management team of Indestructible Paint Ltd, having been the Global 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, a Past President and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Finishing (IMF).

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 plus 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.