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John Morris takes over as President of SDC
Aug '10
John Morris is the new president of the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC). He takes over from Dr Mike Bartle. John comes from a long career in industry and he brings a wealth of experience with him.

Comments John, 'I joined the industry in 1962 and the Society in 1968. This was a time of change across the world in the aspirations and opportunities for individuals and industrial research. During the intervening years new and established companies have come and gone and textile production has flowed across the world into Asia, leaving pockets of specialised production in Europe. Over the years, working in this rapidly changing and challenging environment I looked to the society for stability and it was through the regional meetings and lectures that I was able to keep abreast of the growing technology and retain a certain degree of sanity.

To survive and thrive as a vibrant leading global body the society has become more internationally focused. The society has supported and educated its members for over 150 years and is a respected point of knowledge for the coloration industry. This tradition continues now as strongly as ever. The strength of the society lies with its members.

The Society is more than the charity it became in 1962. It is a place real and virtual where the users of colour can meet, discuss, and move forward. The focus for our research and support must now be on minimising our impact on the environment, through energy, water, and effluent reduction and improved process efficiencies. The dyeing, printing, and finishing industries cannot do this alone and the society has a role to play in bringing together governments, the supply industry, exporters / importers, retailers and the final customer, to work together and find a realistic answer. I'm delighted to be involved at this exciting time'.

The new president will work closely with the SDC chief executive, Susie Hargreaves. Comments Susie, 'this is a time of continuing change and development for the Society. John is a well-known and respected figure in the coloration industry in the UK and overseas, and has seen the industry develop and change over the years. I am looking forward to working with him at such a vital time'.

John's career started in Courtaulds R&D team, before moving into a production environment, then testing, where he spent five years at DuPont. This was also the beginning of his involvement in standardisation and BSI. He spent five years as Laboratory Manager for the Storehouse group, and when the testing laboratory closed, he purchased it and formed Technicare, an independent testing laboratory. In 2006, John retired.

At a recent event at Nottingham Trent University, in the very place where he studied for his ASDC, John became the new president of SDC.

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