The Plastics Pioneers Association has named two new members: Robert Lammie, vice president of sales for North America and exports at compounder Ampacet Corp., and Richard Giddes, senior project engineer with medical products maker Becton Dickinson and Co.
PPA membership is limited to 250 active members who each must have at least 25 years of service to the plastics industry. New members must be sponsored by a current member of the PPA.
Before his current position, Lammie served for seven years in Europe as Ampacet's director of sales and marketing. Ampacet is based in Tarrytown, N.J.
PPA member John Kretzschmar described Lammie as a doer who is always ready to contribute where he is needed.
Robert's success as a resin salesman for the Chemplex Co. was one of the attributes that made him stand out when I first met him back in the early 1970s, Kretzschmar said.
Active in major plastics industry associations, Lammie has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1971. He also has worked with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Film and Bag Federation.
Giddes has made extensive technical contributions to the plastics industry. Before he joined the Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based Becton Dickinson in 1989, he was a mold designer with two companies.
In his current job, Giddes is responsible for worldwide molding operations of Becton Dickinson, including oversight of more than 1,000 injection presses.
Giddes' membership was supported by PPA member Werner Christinger, former executive vice president and manufacturing director at Becton Dickinson, and former president of injection press supplier Netstal Machinery Inc.
He said Giddes was instrumental in the development of new safety syringes and other products that are sold throughout the world. Giddes also developed advanced hot-runner systems for medical products, contributing to huge operational savings.