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New SDC President Takes the Reins

Professor Chris Carr has become the new president of The Society of Dyers and Colourists for 2023/24.

A former SDC trustee who was awarded the society’s Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to textile and colour education, Professor Carr takes over from Ullhas Nimkar, the chairman and managing director of Mumbai-based NimkarTek Technical Services.

Dr Susan Kay-Williams is the SDC’s president-elect and will serve as president in 2024/25.

Outgoing president Ullhas Nimkar focused his tenure on the global challenge of sustainability for the coloration industry, and Professor Carr intends to continue this focus.

‘I’m delighted to take on this role and aim to continue to progress the sustainability agenda that Ullhas did such a good job of moving forward,’ he said. ‘I also want to ensure that the Society is the “voice for the industry” as it evolves in the 21st century.’

Professor Carr, who is a Liveryman in the Dyers Company, has focused his research and academic interests on the modification of fibrous materials to improve performance and associated analysis of material, in particular its surface chemistry. He has collaborated with many international companies and European institutes on projects which have encompassed coloration, dry and wet processing of textiles, laundering, healthcare textiles/materials, fibre degradation and protective mechanisms.

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