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Date 18th February 2010 / www.procarton.com
Title Gold Medal for Mike Clark
Text Pro Carton was delighted to hear that its former President Mike Clark has been awarded the Paper Industry Gold medal for 2010. This is a well established award made each year by the British Paper Industry to one individual. The award is made to "People with foresight, a real understanding of the industry and, above all, a passion for their subject". Pro Carton is delighted that Mike’s contribution to the paper and board industry has been recognised in this way and join many other in offering their congratulations to him. Please click on the picture for download in print format.

The Award Committee met on the 25th January at Stationers' Hall under the independent chairmanship of the current Master of the Stationers' Company, Mr Richard Brewster. The medal will be presented to Mike Clark at the Charter Dinner of the Stationers' Company on 5th May 2010.

Mike retired from full time employment with M-real in 2008, but remained active in retirement as Chairman of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) until December 2009.
The award recognises Mike's contribution to the wider industry over many years. Although primarily concerned with the cartonboard market, Mike recognised that the industry needed to present a united front when faced with wider issues such as the introduction of Packaging Waste Regulations, the poor perception of the industry by NGOs and the wider public, or the need to embrace environmental issues such as forest certification proactively and whole-heartedly.

His contributions to PIMO (Paper Industry Materials Organisation), the CPI (Confederation of Paper Industries), Pro Carton, and PEFC have been positive and constructive. At the same time he was active within the PAA (Paper Agents Association) where he served on Council for a number of years and completed a two year term as President. He continued to support the Association's Environmental Committee after his retirement from M-real.

In nominating him, the PAA said "The Paper Agents Association believes that Mike's commitment to the establishment of meaningful industry bodies and fair representation for all branches of the industry in its relationships with Government, the EU and NGOs uniquely qualify him for consideration as a recipient of the Gold Medal."

The Paper Industry Gold Medal Association
5 Frecheville Court

Stéphane Thiollier, Präsident von Pro Carton

Mike Clark, former President of Pro Carton.


Richard Dalgleish +44 777 613 8510 dalgleish@procarton.com
Suzanne McEwen +43 1 218 6918 mcewen@procarton.com
Background Pro Carton is the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers. Its main purpose is to promote the use of cartons and cartonboard to brand owners, the trade as well as designers, the media and politicians as an economically and ecologically balanced packaging medium.