Packaging Scotland


Golding hands over the baton at TCL Packaging

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Mark Clayton

MARK Clayton has joined TCL Packaging as managing director designate.

The former managing director of Petlon Polymers has made the move following the news that current MD and majority shareholder Mike Golding is to stand down from a day-to-day role this summer and become chairman of the business.

Mr Golding said, “One of the key aspects to leadership is knowing when the time is right to hand over the baton. TCL Packaging is a dynamic and exciting packaging films business with a dedicated team and a fantastic future under Mark’s stewardship. In my new role as chairman, I can continue to support and guide the long-term future of the business but also free up time for family and other non-work pursuits.”

Clayton (38) was UK director for engineering thermoplastic business Teknor Apex for seven years before it was acquired by Petlon in 2015. Responsible for the integration process, he then became head of the new organisation but, after 18 months of commuting to Gloucestershire, he desired a better work/life balance. 

“My family are settled and happy in Staffordshire,” Mr Clayton said, “which made the TCL role serendipitous. 

“The printed film market is robust with huge potential and TCL has the production capacity to expand. Various market drivers are in our favour; packaging light-weighting, the development of higher-technology polymer films and inks and the high emphasis on shelf-life and high shelf impact from brand owners. The future for TCL Packaging is very bright indeed.”