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Flintoft scoops industry award at PPMA

27 September 2012

Engineer Mark Flintoft, from Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire, has been named as the brightest up-and-coming young talent in the processing and packaging industry after winning the PPMA’s annual Ones to Watch competition

Mark, 26, a Technical Manager at Quasar Automation, won after the judges singled out his versatility and commitment.

Mark said: "It feels great to be recognised for my work - especially from my peers in the industry. The other finalists were top professionals, so it's a special honour to be given the Gold Award. I'm also grateful that the industry is taking steps to recognise younger people. One of the biggest challenges in the processing and packaging sector is getting appropriately skilled people through, and it's great to feel that myself and my peer group are making a valued contribution."

Returning for the second time following last year’s success, the ‘Ones to Watch’ competition recognises the contributions of processing and packaging professionals under the age of 35 who have worked in the industry for at least four years.

Judge Graham Earl said: "The judges felt that Mark's achievements and qualifications were worthy of particular merit, combining excellent professional qualifications with an extremely impressive array of experience within the industry. During his time with Quasar he has worked at all levels from apprentice up to his current role as Technical Manager, where he oversees all aspects of the company's product design in order to integrate the most advanced technology into the business. This period also included a change in the focus of his career following a traffic accident from the shop floor to the design office. Meeting this challenge demonstrates considerable flexibility and determination - a fact which the panel felt gave him an edge when it came to the very competitive final three candidates."

Mark joined Quasar Automation as an engineering apprentice in 2002, where he spent his first four years learning basic engineering and manufacturing skills. Following a serious motorcycle accident, Mark’s role within the company changed dramatically, moving him from the shop floor to the design office, where he began to take an avid interest in Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

Bob Hinchcliffe, Managing Director at Quasar Automation, commented: ”Mark has not ceased to impress us with his skills, commitment and determination since he joined the company 10 years ago. Not only is he a hugely talented engineer but he has also shown a natural aptitude for product design, which has really enabled us to provide cutting-edge solutions to the food industry. Mark is happy to embrace – and rise to – every challenge – giving him a competence and experience way beyond his years.”

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