Completed training as a precision engineer in 1976, then emigrated to South Africa for two years. Qualified as an engineer in product engineering in 1987 at Furtwangen University. In 1993 qualified as an environmental engineer NDS HTL at the Ingenieurschule beider Basel (now the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland).
Mr. Axthammer then became Technical Advisor for four years at the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI). Following this, he worked for five years as a management consultant for management systems in environmental areas (ISO, EMAS), as well as total quality management (ISO, EFQM) for investment management, controlling, mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He was also active in companies spanning various sectors in roles such as Project Manager, Head of Marketing and Managing Director.
Over another three years he took on the role of management consultant in network and cluster management, strategic management, innovation management and technology marketing primarily in the areas of new materials, CFRP, nanomaterials, surface technology and fuel cell technology.
Since 2008 he is Programme Manager for Special Markets at NOW GmbH and was also appointed as Managing Director of NOW GmbH in December 2012.