Martin Forrest began his career in the rubber industry as a rubber technologist with James Walker & Co. Ltd in 1977 in Woking, UK. He stayed at Walkers, a manufacturer of packings, gaskets and seals, until 1983 when he left to pursue a full time MSc in Polymer Science and Chemical Technology at the London School of Polymer Technology (LSPT) and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry at Loughborough University.
He started work at Rapra Technology Ltd in 1988 as a Consultant and was the principal contact for many years for projects involving the analysis of rubber compounds and rubber based products. Such projects included failure diagnosis work, reverse engineering to facilitate R&D programmes, and studies to assist companies with regulatory submissions.
In addition to consultancy work, he has carried out senior technical roles in collaborative research projects. He was the technical leader for two UK government funded research projects (DevulCO2 and ReMould) concerned with the recycling and re-use of waste rubber and he was also involved in the EU funded project, Cryosinter, which investigated the possibility of using waste rubber crumb to manufacture new, added value products.
At present he is a Principal Consultant in the Consultancy Group at Smithers Rapra where he manages a wide range of projects, including those that focus on the recycling of rubbers and plastics.
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