Learning about manufacturing was made a whole lot more interesting yesterday for the party of 18 local schoolchildren who visited plastic housewares supplier What More UK.
The year six pupils from Read St John CE Primary School were given a guided tour of the Padiham, Lancashire plant, and were shown all aspects of how raw materials are turned into colourful plastic products.
The children were shown how the machines heat the plastic, mix it with colouring agents and inject it into moulds, and how the finished product then comes off the production line.
Schoolteacher Mrs Galea said: “Our pupils found the whole experience really fascinating. Visiting a working factory is highly beneficial to the children and they thought the robotic machinery was amazing.”
What More was recognised recently for its overseas sales success, winning the Export Achievement Award at the regional Business & Innovations Awards 2011.
Said director Tony Grimshaw: “We’re the fifth largest manufacturer of plastic housewares products in Europe and we aim to be number one in the next couple of years. This award is recognition of our outstanding growth overseas – we now export to 36 countries.”