Polypipe demonstrates how plastic can be fantastic to Horncastle pupils
Thursday 20th July 2017
The summer holidays are nearly upon us, and another school year has come and gone. As you will remember from your own school days, the last weeks of the school year are often filled with activities such as sports days, annual award ceremonies, and of course, school trips!
This year has been no different, with Polypipe opening the doors of its Holmes Way manufacturing plant to 90 school children in Year 4, from Horncastle Primary School. As part of the visit, the Polypipe team taught the pupils about how the company sources and uses the materials and machinery necessary to make its wide range of plastic piping products. The children also learnt how Polypipe products are manufactured in the UK and exported both around the UK and the world through an activity workshop and factory tour.
To support the pupils in their recent studies, members of staff from Polypipe were on hand to explain the fundamentals of recycling, using their expert knowledge of plastic products. The team also undertook a factory tour to see some of Polypipe’s products being manufactured from high quality recycled plastic material.
Polypipe prides itself on its high standard of raw materials and where standards allow, the company manufacture many of its products to incorporate recycled content including its Ridgidrain surface water drainage range and Ridgiduct cable protection systems, which offer specifiers proven structured wall products with reduced virgin plastic content, without compromise in performance.
John Bush, Operations Director for Polypipe Civils, Horncastle,Said:“Polypipe takes great pleasure in having the children visit the site on an annual basis as it gives them an insight at a young age to see a manufacturing plant in operation, from raw material coming in to the site, to finished product being manufactured.
“At the same time it provides the children an understanding of where our machinery and raw materials are manufactured from around the world and where the product is delivered out too.”
Miss Fox, teacher at Horncastle Primary School said: “Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned a lot about trade for their Geography topic. They were fascinated by the factory’s machines and we would like to thank you all for letting us visit!”
Each pupil took away their very own Polypipe high-visibility vest as a memento of their visit and to improve their safety on the way to and from school.