MANCHESTER, UK – The British Coatings Federation (BCF) announced that John Falder, Chairman of HMG Paints, received the Silver Medal at the British Coatings Federation Awards Dinner held in Manchester, UK, on Oct. 14, 2021. The Silver Medal award was started by Leslie Silver upon his retirement in 1980, and recognizes those who provide outstanding service and an exceptional contribution to the industry’s growth and reputation.

Falder has been actively involved in the industry and with the BCF for over 40 years, taking a leading role in developing several industry initiatives, such as the apprenticeship-training scheme and Coatings Care, the industry’s health, safety and environmental program.

Through the years, Falder has held several influential roles, most notably BCF President between 2014 and 2016. He has chaired the Industrial and Powder Coatings Council and the Vehicle Refinish Committee, as well as being a member of the General Purpose and Finance Committee.

“John Falder exemplifies the commitment to the industry that the Silver Medal was developed to recognize,” said Tom Bowtell, Chief Executive of the British Coatings Federation. “He has been a prominent figure in the coatings industry and is a huge advocate of the BCF. We would like to thank John for his support and expertise throughout the years and congratulate him on this very much deserved accolade.”