Paul Ita runs Notch Consulting, a Massachusetts-based research company dedicated to the market research needs of the global specialty chemicals industry. Mr. Ita focuses on raw materials for the global tire and rubber industries, with a particular focus on carbon black, silica, and rubber chemicals. Through Notch, he publishes the Carbon Black World Data Book and the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter.
Tokai Carbon CB
Roshan Ali is a Chemical Engineer with over 27 years’ experience in the Carbon Black Industry. Started as a Process Engineer in 2003 at the Plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He left the Plant 10 years later, having moved up to the position of Production Manager. Roshan then moved to Sid Richardson Carbon Co. (now Tokai Carbon) in Fort Worth Texas. He progressively worked as a Corporate Process Engineer, Process Engineering Manager and now the Engineering Director where he is responsible for both Process and Project Engineering Activities within Tokai Carbon. In his spare time, Roshan is an avid Fly Fisherman.
President & Senior Consultantat
Chemical Engineer from Bordeaux France (ENSCPB*), Francois Terrade has acquired along 43 years a huge knowledge of the Carbon Black Manufacturing.
Working for Phillips Petroleum, Continental Carbon, Deutsch Degussa , Columbian Chemicals and Cabot Corporation, visiting 45+ facilities he has been exposed at one step or another to most of existing technologies. He also visited plants in Russia (Yaroslavl, Omsk or Niejenikamsk) and Ukraine (Kremenchug). As a Consultant he has been working with Sid Richardson for several years.
He has grounded in 1995-96 his own business of independent Consultancy: besides a core business in the Total Quality Management Field in Germany, PQM supported non licensed Carbon Black manufacturer and a tire recycling project.
Pro2ACT Management has implemented a lot of training modules (theoretical and practical) for two of the major Carbon Black suppliers as well as for key players in the Tire Pyrolysis Business.
After bringing to them the fundamental basics of Carbon Black production, he has been working on a successful lab scale Carbon black production out of paper industry by-products. This step has been the starting point of a great orientation of Francois work toward the GREENING of the Carbon Black Industry.
Dustin Jenkins, Ph.D
Supervisor, Materials Chemistryat
Dustin has over 10 years of experience in organic and inorganic chemistry in academia and research with technical expertise in GC-MS, FT-IR, polarimetry, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, and electrochemistry and NMR spectroscopy.
As Senior Analytical Chemist, Dustin’s key roles include expanding existing analytical instrument capabilities at Smithers' Akron laboratories and developing and validating new methodologies for an array of analytical instruments. His duties center on material benchmarking and characterization capabilities involving various chromatography and spectrometry techniques serving rubber and polymer product manufacturers.
Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with Mathematics from Western Kentucky University, as well as a Master of Arts and Doctorate in Chemistry from Princeton University.
Tony Wibbeler leads Bolder Industries with not only a great passion for protecting our environment but also the commitment of a successful entrepreneur who is equally dedicated to solving real-world challenges for positive-planet impact. Bolder Industries creates innovative products to bring sustainability to the rubber and plastics industry. As a certified B-Corp, Tony cultivates a company culture that enhances the lives of his employees, community, and the planet.
Leveraging his past experiences in the field of medical devices and the recycling industry, Mr. Wibbeler founded Bolder Industries in 2011 to develop innovative, closed-loop solutions to reduce and recycle various waste streams starting with waste tires. He has led Bolder Industries to numerous business and innovation awards, including Environmental Leader’s “Top Product of the Year,” “Breakout Company of the Year,” from the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, and “Energy Manufacturer of the Year” from the Colorado Manufacturing Awards.
Mr. Wibbeler graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Industrial Manufacturing Technology. He is on the Board of Colorado CleanTech Association, and BVSD’s charter school program. Outside the office, Tony loves to ski in the beautiful Colorado mountains, mountain bike, and cheer for the Denver Broncos with his wife and two sons.
Director of Rubber Carbon Black, Technical Service and Quality Assuranceat
Birla Carbon (Columbian Chemicals)
Ricky Magee is the Director of Rubber Carbon Black Technical Service and Quality Systems for rubber carbon black at Birla Carbon (Columbian Chemicals). In this role, he is responsible for interfacing with rubber carbon black customers to develop technical solutions to enhance product performance and to work with manufacturing sites to ensure world-class quality products.
Magee’s career has focused on the management of analytical and material science laboratories. After completed his M.S. in chemistry at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La., where he also earned a B.S. in chemistry, Magee became a chemist at Columbian Chemicals Co. in the firm’s research and development center where he continued to spend more than 25 years in the global technology laboratory.
Global Segment Manager for Tireat
Jeff Silveria is the Global Segment Manager for Tire at Cabot Corporation. In this role, his primary responsibility is translating the needs of customers and end users into an actionable product roadmap. He has 17 years of transportation and materials industry experience in a variety of engineering, management, and strategic marketing roles. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University.