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Former Enduro champion leads engineering team

14 October 2010

A former British Enduro champion is aiming to steer ingredients company Beacon Foods on a winning course after being appointed engineering co-ordinator

A former British Enduro champion is aiming to steer leading ingredients specialist Beacon Foods on a winning course after being appointed engineering co-ordinator.

Karl Raikes, 46, from Maesteg, leads a team of three, which is responsible for the smooth running of all machinery at the award-winning Brecon company.

"We are responsible for a water treatment plant, air generators, compressors, washers and all the production machinery, which keeps us very busy," said Karl. "My aim is to make the plant as reliable as possible by making improvements."

Karl did his engineering apprenticeship at British Tissues in Maesteg before working in the automotive and cosmetics industries.

During his Enduro racing career, he was the British Open Clubman champion in 1986, British 250cc Expert champion in 1999 and represented Wales in international competitions.

Nowadays, his spare time is devoted to family commitments and working on a barn conversion on their 28-acre smallholding, where they keep five horses.


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