James ‘Jim’ Pugh, a 40-year veteran of the UK plastics industry, has died aged 96.
Following his involvement in WW2 as a submarine hunter, Pugh went on to have an extended career in the plastics industry.
He started his career by helping to develop polytetrafluoroethylene sheeting, which was used to produce such components as overhead power cables for high-speed rail lines.
Other achievements included developing a series of coatings for paper products while at Reed International, and new packaging designs and material formulations at Linpac.
He also helped set up a series of production plants, including facilities in France, Spain, Germany and the US.
Following his retirement from the business side of the plastics industry in 1990, Pugh went on to have an extended role with the PIFA.
While there, he was integral to development of the PACT campaign, one of the first programmes to collect and share information covering plastic usage.
He also became an advocate for the recovery, re-use and recycling of waste plastics, setting up the Farm Film Producers Group to support national collection of waste films used in agriculture.
He retired from the PIFA in 2005, after which he received an honorary lifetime president award.
Jim Pugh is survived by his wife, Pat, who he was married to for 72 years, their three sons and a daughter.