Q&A: Ben Watson Technical & design manager, Saxon Packaging

By Jo Francis, Monday 04 February 2019

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Ben is 38 and, having got into corrugated at a formative age, has already racked up 22 years in the industry. He’s married with two boys and something of a martial artist in his spare time.


What is your nickname?  

You’d have to ask my colleagues – but they probably wouldn’t be allowed to answer

Why did you get into printing? 

It just sort of happened

What would be your dream job? 

Property developer 

Who would play you in a movie about your life?  

Jason Statham

What is your dream bit of kit?

Six-colour oversized B1 with twin coating units

What is your favourite film?  

Apollo 13

What is your favourite TV programme?  

Red Dwarf (when it was good)

Sweet or savoury? 


Who or what do you hate the most? 

Lateness! Grr!

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

It ain’t rocket science

What is your favourite album? 

Currently The Greatest Showman

What is your favourite book? 

The Lord of the Rings 

Cat or dog, or…? 


What is your greatest luxury in life? 

Quality time with the family

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done? 

Making boxes for sex toys

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with? 

Jennifer Aniston 

What is your greatest ambition? 

To build my own house – literally

What’s your greatest fear?


Who or what makes you laugh?  

Idiots (for the wrong reasons) and stupid humour 

What piece of kit would you like to see invented? 

Six-colour litho press with twin coating units that runs straight into a film laminator and foil blocker

Where would you like to be right now?  


What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Probably my hair when younger

Where would you go if you could time-travel?  

200 years in the future to space

What was your childhood obsession? 

Donkey Kong

What is the worst kind of print? 

Potato printing 

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?  

Getting my dad to pay pocket money, the rest is easier

What advice would you give to your teenage self? 

Push yourself more and aim higher

How would you like to be remembered?  

A kind and friendly man who did his best for all he came in contact with

Life is…?

For living, work to live not live to work

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