NEW MACHINES BOOST TRAINING FOR PLASTICS|SA STUDENTS
Cape Town, 21 May 2019. Students being trained at the Western Cape regional office of Plastics|SA have the privilege of being trained on a brand-new, 100-tonne Tederic Injection Moulding Machine thanks to the generous donation by UServe Plastic Machinery, Tederic’s agent in South Africa. Userve also supplies, services and refurbishes all types of machinery used by plastic manufacturers, including injection moulders, blowmoulders, extrusion lines, bag makers, printers as well as all ancillary equipment.
“Tederic is one of the largest manufacturers of injection moulding machines in the world. We were privileged to have spent months at their main manufacturing plant in Xiasha Hangzhou, China, to ensure the quality, reliability and the serviceability of the machines that are brought into South Africa are up to standard,” says Umberto Favini of Userve.
Commenting on the reason for their donation, Favini explains that chances are high that the students being trained by Plastics|SA will one day be working on a Tederic machine when they enter the job market.
“We regard it as our privilege to make a meaningful contribution to the training and equipping of the plastics industry’s workforce by making sure they are confident working with these machines, using them to their full capabilities and avoiding costly mistakes,” he says.
The initial agreement between UServe and Plastics|SA was initiated by David Venter, the founder and Chief Operations Officer of Spicoly Plastics and a regular customer of Plastics|SA. “David recognised the benefits of allowing his workers to train on a proper machine, and agreed to buy the training model off our floor when the time came to replace the model every two to three years. This deal was signed at Chinaplas in 2016,” explains Isabelle Brettenny, Regional Training Manager for the Western Cape.
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She expressed her gratitude to Spicoly for their foresight in setting up the partnership, to Umberto for this generous donation and for volunteering his time and expertise, free of charge, to level the machine for them prior to use and Kevin Joubert of Absolute Rigging who sponsored the delivery and rigging of the machine.
Highlighting the importance of regularly updating their training facilities, Training Executive Kirtida Bhana added: “As with so many things in life, what you put into training is what you’re going to get out. It is vitally important for us to create inspiring learning environments where we can train our students on the latest and the best machines available in order to create a fully equipped, confident and skilled workforce. For this reason we also recently invested in purchasing a new injection stretch blow moulding machine for our Gauteng office, while Durban received a new blow moulder and an extruder. Collaborating with industry leaders such as Rothenberger (who also recently donated welding equipment to help us cope with the increasing training demand in thermoplastic welding training), UServe and Spicoly greatly bolsters our efforts and allows us to stretch our budgets as we strive to make a difference in the lives of our students by giving them the best training possible,” Kirtida concludes.