On 16 February 2017 First Polymer Training Skillnet hosted a Medical Polymers and Processing Technology seminar at its training centre in Athlone. Over 40 companies attended on the day to hear about material selection for medical applications, medtech regulatory changes and increasing challenges in processing. This event showcased the importance of polymer technology to Ireland’s wider manufacturing base which is the second largest employer in Ireland with 220,000 people with €1.7 billion in turnover and €1.25 billion in exports.
First Polymer Training Skillnet Manager Catherine Collins said: “One of the key partners for the polymer sector, is the Irish medtech industry which is recognised as an international global hub with 450 companies, including 18 of the world’s top 25 having a base here. This seminar explored how important the polymer industry is for healthcare with key business leaders discussing R&D advances and how collaboration between the sector drives innovation”. Speakers on the day included
- Katie Heydon, the National Chemical Company;
- Carl Mendonca, Ultra Polymers;
- David Howard, IPC;Medical Polymers and Processing Technology Seminar 16th Feb 2017
- Chris Smith, JL Goor Materials;
- John Hanamy, Delta Q;
- Padraic Lunn, Precision Extrusion Technologies
- Trevor Thornton, Trend Technologies.
See here for the full brochure Medical Polymers and Processing Technology Seminar 16th Feb 2017
The First Polymer Training Skillnet Centre is a one-of-a-kind facility, which offers industry-led training with the machinery needed to help people up-skill and get the hands-on experience they need. Since First Polymer Training was set-up in 1999, it has trained 6,513 people and the new Plastics Ireland Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship will provide an entry to meaningful careers within the industry.
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