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PPMA Show announces Ones to Watch finalists

16 August 2012

The organisers of the PPMA Show have announced three outstanding young professionals from the packaging and processing industry as the finalists for this year’s Ones to Watch awards, sponsored by Festo Training & Consulting

Going head-to-head for the top spot are Alex Hofmann from Schubert UK, Marcel Darroch-Davies from Axelent Ltd and Mark William Flintoft from Quasar Automation Ltd. They now face a public vote to decide who will take home the gold, silver and bronze awards at

Chris Buxton, CEO of the PPMA Group and one of the Ones to Watch judges said: “If the level of competition is anything to go by, the industry is set for a bright future with such outstanding young talent. Apprenticeship schemes have been so prosperous in recent years that our young professionals are reaching commendable heights much earlier in their careers. We have no doubt that each of our finalists will continue to be inspiring examples of the industry’s potential.”

Joining Chris Buxton on the judging panel are Graham Earl, Exhibition Manager for the PPMA Show and Ian Watson, Managing Director UK & Ireland of Videojet Technologies Ltd. Watson was a welcome addition to the panel after nominating last year’s winner, adding to the insight and expertise of the panel as a whole.

The awards recognise the contributions of processing and packaging professionals under the age of 35 who have worked in the industry for at least four years. All of the finalists have continuously demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurship, commitment and innovation in their careers.

As well as receiving management training from Festo Training & Consulting, all finalists will be exhibited in the Achievement Gallery at the exhibition. The winner will also receive a 50% discount on the first 50m of their company’s stand at the PPMA Show 2013, which will take place at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition on 4-6 June 2013.

The Ones to Watch finalists

Alex Hofmann (Schubert UK)

Alex joined Schubert UK in 2001 as an apprentice at the company’s German manufacturing site and since then and has risen through the ranks at the company to be appointed as Sales Account Manager in the UK office. Not only has he immersed himself in the language and culture, but he has also proven to be a highly successful team player and motivated salesman. His commitment and attention to detail should be a standard that all project managers aspire to.

Marcel Darroch-Davies (Axelent Ltd)

Marcel became MD of Axelent Ltd two years ago at the age of 26. During this time, he has been instrumental in making Axelent UK one of the top selling Axelent Distributors. He is personally involved in overseeing all the large and bespoke projects, which Axelent undertakes.

PICTURED: Mark William Flintoft (Quasar Automation Ltd)

Mark joined Quasar Automation in 2002 as a 16-year-old apprentice. He spent his first four years learning basic engineering and manufacturing skills but following a serious motorcycle accident, transferred to the design office to learn about CAD. He was instrumental in converting the company to using SolidWorks 3D CAD, which has transformed the way in which bespoke systems are designed. Mark now has full responsibility for product design at Quasar Automation and is always striving to integrate the most advanced and relevant technology into the company’s systems.

Who do you think should be crowned the One to Watch? Vote online at

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