Terry Pearson FIMMM (Obit)

Fellows' Lounge
1 Oct 2009

Terry Pearson FIMMM died at the age of 77, bringing his near 50 years’ association with the polymer industry to a close. He was best known for his involvement with gas moulding technology. He battled with cancer for the last two years but continued to work and travel globally until the end.


Notable career history

A graduate of Engineering from Cambridge University, Terry was a quietly spoken man with huge determination. He began his career in plastics at Rolinx Ltd, Manchester, and rose to Production Director. It was here that I met him as a young technical service engineer and subsequently worked with him at WCB Plastics to evolve filled PP compounds, which he was developing.

Always interested in new technologies, he became involved with gas moulding systems when he joined Peerless Foam Moulding in Tamworth in the early 1980s. He gave his first lecture on the subject to the then Plastics Institute Group in Manchester in the late 1980s.

He will be remembered for the launch and development of what became known as the Cinpress Process. It made him a well respected member of industry, in the UK and across the world, especially in China.


Links with the Institute

His association with the Institute continued over many years with frequent attendance at Manchester Polymer Group (MPG) meetings. He was awarded Fellowship in 2004, and in 2006 (as Gas Injection Ltd) he joined the Institute’s Industrial Affiliate Scheme to further develop the external gas moulding process with support from the Manchester Metropolitan University Centre of Excellence in Polymer Processing.

His good humour and modesty will be greatly missed by many in the industry, especially his friends and colleagues in the MPG.