Physical Properties Testing (PPT) is a multi-national holding company that designs and manufacturers physical property testing instrumentation focused on a wide range of end markets and applications. Each brand within PPT represents a category leader in their specific testing niche.

Established in 1872, James Heal has been serving the textile industry for more than 140 years. Specializing in the design and manufacturing of textile testing laboratory instruments, the company supplies testing equipment to textile and garment manufacturers and testing laboratories worldwide. Headquartered in Halifax, United Kingdom, the company has over 100 FTEs in addition to their network agents and distributors in over 50 countries. James Heal was acquired by PPT in September 2014.

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Don Templeman – Chairman

With over 20 years of global general management experience, Don brings a diverse background with broad applications across the industrial-technology industry.

Before PPT, Don was the President and CEO of Princeton Instruments Inc., a division of Roper Industries, Inc. There, Don managed a five-company, multi-national division of scientific instrument and software manufacturers. Earlier in his career at Roper Industries, Don held president and CEO positions for several affiliated companies—including Gatan, Inc. and Cornell Pump Company—as well as various roles spanning corporate development, information systems, investor relations, manufacturing, product management, and sales and marketing.

Don holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Amanda McLaren – Managing Director of James Heal

Amanda spent 10 years at James Heal as Operations Director beginning in 1999. She left in 2008 to spent time managing operations and supply chain at Optare, a +$100m business in the UK, and then Swift Leisure. In early 2014, the previous owner of James Heal persuaded Amanda to come back to improve the manufacturing facility and take over the day to day responsibilities.