Under the motto “From old to new: plastics in the material cycle”, the workshop was all about sustainability. A topic that has particular relevance for ENGEL as a company in the plastics industry. “A modern, sustainable life is only possible with plastics,” Engleder makes clear. “To achieve this, however, we have to change the way we use it.” With its research and development work, ENGEL is making an important contribution to making processed plastic waste usable for a wide range of applications and expanding global recycling capacities. Introducing children and young people to the subject at an early age is crucial, because smart minds are needed to master the challenges of the future. “Our youth must realise that they have it in their hands to shape a better future with their career choice,” Engleder emphasises.
A special highlight was the miniature injection moulding machine that ENGEL apprentices had made especially for the workshop. The children crushed old plant pots and then fed them into the machine, where they were melted and pressed into a mould. In the end, a new plastic product was created. The machine was operated manually so that the children could observe the production process very closely. “Presenting complex processes in a simple yet correct way is crucial to arousing curiosity in children,” explains Werner Wurm, head of the global apprentice training programme at ENGEL. “Not only the students at the Children’s University had great fun today, but also our apprentices, who got to pass on the knowledge they had already learned.”
The normal machines were not neglected either during the three-hour programme. The children worked on real ENGEL injection moulding machines and were then allowed to take home the stacking boxes they had produced themselves. The tour of the production hall where the green machines are built rounded off the programme. The courses of the Upper Austrian Children’s University will continue until the beginning of September.
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