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Staff at one of the region’s leading manufacturers are getting a better understanding of their industry thanks to a new partnership with Teesside University.

The first cohort of 12 Nifco UK employees have completed an Understanding Polymer Processing course which was designed specifically for employees at the Stockton-on-Tees factory.

Earlier this year, Nifco UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Teesside University which committed the two organisations to working closely together on skills, innovation and research and development.

Nifco UK, which is a wholly owned company of Nifco Group of Japan, manufactures a range of injection-moulded plastic products and has several factories across the world.

The Understanding Polymer Processing course was designed so that employees had a greater knowledge of the technology and materials used within their industry.

Gavin Wilkinson, Design Engineer
‘I found it very interesting from both a personal and professional point of view. It was good to learn about different polymers and how they behave and how they meet particular customers’ requirements.’

Anna Donaldson, Production Engineering Apprentice
‘I studied chemistry at A-Level and so understood about the chemical structures of polymers but this helped me learn about how their properties changed which I’d not touched on before. The course helped me broaden my horizons and understand the subject a lot better and helped bring it into perspective about how we do things now and how we could do things better.’

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