Panel Q&A session on "Product realisation & commercialisation"
Paul SheppardLaboratory Manager - HMG Paints
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
Paul Sheppard is currently the Laboratory Manager for HMG Paints Limited, and part of the Senior Management board of the largest independent industrial paint manufacturer in the UK.
Paul gained a joint honours degree (Chemistry and Economics) and joined HMG through a Graduate Gateway programme organised by the University of Salford. In his 23 years at HMG Paul has experienced many facets of the business starting within the Colour Library, working with pigments and colourants, moving on to Quality Control and then Quality Assurance.
Paul gained most of his paint and regulatory knowledge during his formative years within Quality Assurance, from fixing paint problems to authoring quality manuals and co-ordinating REACH activities. Finally given his experience Paul settled into a research role and headed-up major development projects gaining the company’s largest customer, before finally managing the Laboratory.
Paul has always been an avid OCCA supporter and has worked at a local level as a Manchester Section Committee member, Secretary and Chairman, and more recently as Honorary Secretary and President Elect at Council level.