- team management- technical service- product R. & D.- achieving commercial outcomes - market strategy- positioning- promotional data- effective means of distribution- data analysis - effective representation- Closing sales- Smart budgeting - Effective distribution - costing- activity costing- cost centring- capital appropriations- effective reporting systems- business plans- Investor Presentations - very extensive experience - CAD & graphic design - 3D print- word processing, spreadsheets- video production- publishing / graphing- project / stats.- company reporting- computer process control- photo manipulation- web site design- new ways/greater efficiency- plant design & Appropriation - efficiency improvement- computerising processes- computer production reporting- efficiency improvement- materials handling- profit improvement programs- computer process control - establishing methods- writing specifications- isolating variables - ideas- models / prototypes- design - 2D - 3D -3D print- photography- packaging design- Large & small companies- Effective management reporting- The Outsourcing technique- Making the most of technology- assembling data bases of suppliers for all types of processes in Asia- plastics, metals, packaging, printing- freight, duties- supplier assessment- costing issues
● Abrasives● Adhesives● Air conditioning● Aluminium● Beverage● Boating● Brick● Building● Building products● Car putty● Ceiling tile● Ceramic● Chemicals● Clay pipe● Coatings● Computer● Composites● Construction● Electrical● Fasteners● Fencing● Fibreglass● Fillers● Fire protection● Flooring● Foams● Food● Furniture● Gardening Products● Insulation● Laminates● Marine Products● Marble (artificial)● Mastics● Medical products● Metal fabrication● Metal Pressing● Packaging● Paint● Particle board● Pest Products● Pet food● Precast concrete● Prefabricated Building● Pigment● Plaster● Plastics● Plywood● Resin (see below)● Roofing● Rubber● Sanitary Ware (see below)● Sealants● Sign● Skylight● Therapeutic Goods● Tube● Wire Products
Graham Porter is a consulting engineer managing G.R.P.Technology. They specialise in design anddevelopment of products,processes and CompanyDevelopment. He graduated from Universityof N.S.W, in Sydney Australia, as a chemical engineer andworked for a large organization who operated companies in thechemical, coatings, plasticsand engineering industriesand was linked to many largeorganizations around the world. Graham has very extensiveexperience in R. & D. / Marketing / Financial / Computing / ProcessPlant design / Production /Process management & Control / Quality Control / Automatedcontrol / Product Design /Plastics and Company management . He has a depth of experience in over 50 different industries,creating products that havefound their way around theworld, through connectionswith multi-national clients ordirect pitches for clients tocompanies in the USA and Europe.
Graham R. PorterB.Sc. Tech Chem. Eng. (NSW)
Detail of Synthetic Resin ExperienceCompany HistoryGraham Porter started work for A.C.Hatrick Chemicals, a $200 million turnover company that was a division of Australian Chemical Holdings. This company was the largest synthetic resin manufacturer in Australia. ACH was connected to several dozen world wide corporations prominent in the Plastics and Coating industry.Graham worked for this company for 20 years from 1960 to 1980 and later did consulting projects for ACH and FGI (Fibreglass International - owned by ACH) in the 90's. At the end of the 90's the companies were taken over by Nuplex Resins Aust. Pty Ltd.Graham studied for his degree in Chemical Engineering at NSW University part time. By the time he was finished his degree he was running his own technical department.Resin TypesFrom formulation -lab. -plant -customer.Starting with :Phenolic / UF / Melamine / Epoxy / PVA / Polyurethane rubber - coating - flexible & rigid foam - Plasticisers - Stabilisers - Thermoplastics - vinyl ester - and adhesives.Finishing with :Unsaturated Polyester & gel coatsPerformanceDuring his period as Technical Manager of the Plastics division of ACH (focused on the Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) industry) the % market share went from 6% to 60%.A large team was assembled and was equipped with all the end use application equipment.Technical Service & R. & D.Graham started as a lab. technician working on resin development and technical service. He worked on resins used by customers such as 3M, Norton, & industries such as plywood, laminates, particle board, plaster, coating, abrasives. He then went on to become technical section leader of the polyurethane lab. formulating products for rigid & flexible foam applications, sealants, rubbers, and seals for the ceramic pipe industry. During this period extensive time was spent on the formulation of fillers into plastics and rubbers.Following this he became Technical Manager of the Plastics division. This covered Polyester resins for boats, pools, chem. equip., auto. moulding, car patch compounds, furniture moulding, artificial marble, sanitary ware etc., Gel Coats, polyurethanes, PVC plasticisers & stabilisers, glass reinforcements & fillers for the FRP industry. During this period this division moved from being a minor player to market leader.Quality ControlIn the various positions that Graham held he had extensive input into establishing test methods, writing specifications and isolating variables to keep customers smiling.EngineeringAssistant Project Engineering Manager - work involved design, specification & appropriation of new plant and return on investment calculations. Improvement of existing plant productivity. Coordinating Sales, Technical, Production, Engineering and Quality control for effective outcomes.SalesWorking with customers in Australia and NZ.Learning to identify winning features and benefits to propagate sales. Extensive touring of USA and Canada. Sales training - effective representation and budgeting.MarketingEffective means of distribution.Analysis of product sales / competitive activity / market share & trends / analysis of seasonal sales variation & computer projection of sales figures for demand forecasting. Relationship of sales seasonal demand to production capabilities to make best use of assets.Process As Process Manager experience involvedDevelopment of new processes that lend themselves to automated computer process control. Process computer evaluation for specification. Plant capacity prediction, and relationship to available production time and labour. Relationship of plant output to stock control and raw material requirements, covering seasonal trends. Stock minimisation methods.FinancialInvestigation of all costs relating to manufacturing operations. Computer projection of costs and corrective action to negate undesirable trends using revised methods, equipment and labour.Profit centring of divisions - using Activity Based Costing. Investigation of company product costing methods and relevance to actual profitability.Investigation of company financial reporting, its usefulness and ways of presenting less information in a more meaningful way to aid aid better control and easier recognition of areas where profitability can be improved.As a consultant .......Graham returned to this group to look at the manufacturing operations in Qld., N.S.W., W.A..Plants involved were Gel Coat and resin batching/blending and resin manufacturing. Projects involved organising changes to achieve effective computer control, and efficient methods, processing, personnel and computer management reporting
Detail relevant to the Plastic Sanitary Ware IndustryCompany HistoryGraham Porter started work for A.C.Hatrick Chemicals, a $200 million turnover company that was a division of Australian Chemical Holdings. This company was the largest synthetic resin manufacturer in Australia. ACH was connected to several dozen world wide corporations prominent in the Plastics and Coating industry.Graham worked for this company for 20 years from 1960 to 1980 and later did consulting projects for ACH and FGI (Fibreglass International - owned by ACH) in the 90's. At the end of the 90's the companies were taken over by Nuplex Resins Aust. Pty Ltd.Graham studied for his degree in Chemical Engineering at NSW University part time. By the Time he was finished his degree he was running his own technical department.Experience here covered research & development, technical service, quality control, manufacture, process design and control, profit centering, sales and marketing.During his period as Technical Manager of the Plastics division of ACH (focused on the Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) industry) the % market share went from 6% to 60%.A large team was assembled and was equipped with all the end use application equipment including such items as chopper and gel coat guns. Sanitary ware thermal cycling rigs were developed here that formed the basis of the Australian Standard for sanitary ware products. In 1980 he went to Adelaide to run some companies, and in 1981 set up G.R.P.Technology - a consulting engineering practice. The first project was the design of the second largest plastic fibreglass roof sheeting line in the southern hemisphere (several million dollars)(Alsynite).Relevant Areas of Expertise - Plastic Sanitary ware industry e.g. Vanities - Baths - Spars - Shower bases - Bathrooms - Shower cubicles.
Adhesives - formulation of adhesives (ACH).Particle Board - (used as a stiffener for the back of flat surfaces in sanitary mouldings) - formulation, manufacture and testing of particle board - resins and additives. (ACH).Catalyst (peroxides) - (used to gel and cure polyester resins) - years of experience in the selection, type, cure characteristics, safety, metering of in sprayup equipment, packaging. Visited manufacturing plant for these Products in the USA. (ACH)Fillers - use as extenders for resins of all types - formulation using hundreds of different types of fillers to achieve cost cutting, optimum loading, best methods of dispersion, dispersion equipment design, procedures for addition, aeration issues, settling issues, effect of physical properties of the end product, viscosity behavior, optimum formulation. (ACH & G.R.P.Tech.)Thermoplastic - Vacuum FormingTechniques and processing problems associated with forming sheet (acrylic and others) - bonding to resin and testing for performance in a hot and cold water environment. (ACH & G.R.P.Tech.)Mould ManufactureMethods of mould manufacture, materials of construction and the physical properties for long mould life. (ACH & G.R.P.Tech.)ResinsAll aspects of the formulation and manufacture. Ran a team of up to a dozen chemists and engineers engaged in the generation of products for this industry and others. This involved formulation of gel coats, back up resins for use with vacuum formed acrylic, and cast artificial marble formulations. This is quite a complex business, as there are a lot of formulation variables. Graham was extremely successful at it. Several trips to the USA to visit end users (ACH, G.R.P.Tech.).FibreglassThe use of glass fibre as a reinforcement for synthetic resins, the optimum ratios, resin formulation for optimum glass wet out, methods of cutting, design of cutting heads, optimum glass spray patterns, metering chopper guns, techniques for optimum deposition and resin wet out, use of different glass sizing formulations. Use and composition of chopped strand mat. (ACH & G.R.P.Tech.)Polyurethane Foam(Used as a stiffener on the back of the laminate of baths and spas). Ran the polyurethane foam laboratories (ACH) formulating and testing all types of polyurethane foams, and designing equipment to use them.
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