Robert Brookman, Industry Authority on Vinyl Compounding and a Vice President at Teknor Apex Company, Dies at 83


Dr. Robert S (Bob) Brookman, a leading figure in the vinyl compounding industry whose career spanned more than 50 years, died on November 19th at the age of 83. Most recently he was vice president of business development and a member of the senior management team at Teknor Apex Company.

Dr Robert S. Brookman

Dr. Brookman joined Teknor Apex in 1998 after holding executive positions with other compounding companies, chiefly focusing on vinyl technology. He had been in charge of the company’s vinyl and chemicals businesses before retiring in 2011. He continued to serve Teknor Apex as a consultant.

“Drawing on his enormous business and scientific expertise, Bob played a key role in the global expansion of Teknor Apex,” said Jonathan D. Fain, CEO of Teknor Apex, “and even after his retirement he was a coach and mentor to many of our employees. To all of us, he was a valued colleague and friend.”

In January of 2017, Robert Brookman was elected to the Plastics Pioneers Association. Over his career, he served on the industry’s major organizations, including the Plastics Industry Association, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Vinyl Institute, and the American Chemical Society. He was awarded several patents and was the author of many articles and technical presentations. He held a doctorate in polymer science from New York University.

About Teknor Apex. Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics.  Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen manufacturing facilities worldwide in the United States, Belgium, Germany, China, and Singapore.

To learn more visit: www.teknorapex.com.