Andrea Smith has worked at Avient for eight years and is now Global Product Manager for PET resin processing additives. She graduated at Teesside University with a BSC (hons) in Chemistry in 1999 and began her career with ICI as a Research Chemist within the Chemicals and Polymers division, working on product development, PET catalysis and manufacturing processes of PET. She continued in this role for 15 years as the business was acquired by DuPont and then INVISTA. She then worked as Market Development Manager for Dorf Ketal, working specifically on the implementation of antimony free catalysts in PET resins, resulting in more than 25 years experience within the PET industry.
As a Product Manager Andrea has led product development projects through to product launch for novel PET additives designed to enhance and improve the recyclability of PET, used in both beverage and food packaging applications. Within this role she and has frequently been involved in APR technical committee meetings and workshops.