40 years

Tom Thomson

Managing Director

Managing Director

Tom has worked in the manufacturing and plastics industry for nearly 40 years since leaving school at the age of 17 to join Dunlop (NZ) Ltd. He joined the fledgling business of EPL set up by Jerry O’Neill and Neil Ottmann in 1974 and bought into the business in 1983. In 2005, Tom was part of a small team who set up Compounding Specialists (Comspec) Ltd, a purpose built plastics recycling facility. To facilitate the retirement of his senior partner, Tom headed up a management buyout of all remaining EPL shareholders in 2006.

His passion for the industry has led to Tom serving as national president of Plastics New Zealand (1998-2000) and as President of the NZ Manufacturers & Exporters Association (2014-2016). He was elected the youngest ever life member of Plastics NZ in 2006 and awarded a prestigious fellowship of the NZ Institute of Management in October 2008.

He is married to Dennise Chapman, who also has a distinguished career as a colour and materials specialist in the plastics industry. Tom has three adult children and three grandchildren. He is an active sportsman with, among others, six Coast To Coast events under his belt. His love of scuba diving allows him to indulge in shell collecting and underwater photography. He is also a keen game fisherman.


40 years