Sam Sheppard Fidler Named Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Business Leader in Europe

Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira announced today the appointment of Sam Sheppard Fidler as Vice President, Europe.

In his new role, Sheppard Fidler will be responsible for leading all business operations for Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira in Europe. He is a 20-year member of the Smithers Pira team in the UK, previously leading the company’s European Distribution Testing and Product Testing operations. He will be based at the companies’ facility in Shawbury, Shropshire, UK.

“Sam’s leadership and passion for our businesses has been integral to our growth and success in Europe,” said Nat Leonard, President, Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira. “I look forward to seeing his characteristic hard work and deep knowledge of our clients’ industries guide our European operations for years to come.”

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Smithers Rapra is a global leader in rubber, plastics and polymer testing focused mainly on the tire, industrial, automotive, consumer and medical industries. The organisations provide world-leading expertise and market intelligence, and offer a range of testing services supported by comprehensive facilities in the UK and US.

A regular speaker and chair at packaging events in the UK, Europe and North America, Sheppard Fidler remains actively involved in the packaging industry. He is a member of the Packaging Society in the UK, and acting Chair of the ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) Global Board. Sheppard Fidler is also a Director of ISTA’s European Board

 “Smithers provides testing, consulting and information services to clients across a wide range of sectors”, explains Sheppard Fidler. “As I look across the business I find our teams, independent of the specific service, share a common mission. There is a drive to help our clients achieve their marketplace, product development and innovation goals. In working with our packaging industry clients for many years I had the opportunity to see how the knowledge-base of our people and decades of expertise uniquely positioned us to support their programs. I am eager in my new role to work with our clients across all the industries we serve.”  

Succeeding Sheppard Fidler in the role Operations Director for Packaging and Physical Testing at Smithers Pira is James Raw. Raw has been with the business for 20 years and is a key figure in leading the continuing growth and success of the Distribution Testing operation. Supporting Raw in the role of Business Manager, Distribution Testing is Justin Scott. Well known to clients and with over 11 years’ successful contribution to the business, Scott will take overall lead of the Distribution Testing operation.

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About The Smithers Group

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Viscient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions.