Omega Plastics, one of the UK’s leading rapid tooling and plastic injection moulding companies, hoped to inspire a new generation of talent when it invited the industrial designers of tomorrow to its North East facility in Blyth.
The firm welcomed 18 students from Gordonstoun School, all of whom are studying A-level product design, to its 10,000 sq ft premises for a day visit and tour.
Gordonstoun, an independent day and boarding school in Moray, Scotland, boasts some notable alumni, including the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
Those studying towards an A-level in product design there must, on completion of the course, demonstrate an understanding of the materials and manufacturing processes used to make commercial products.
Omega Plastics, therefore, recognised it could be of help through offering students the chance to observe and learn about a working industrial environment.
During their day visit, students were taken through various aspects of the design and manufacturing processes conducted at the site, under the guidance of Omega tooling manager Steve Fairbairn.
They also benefited from 90 minute sessions in fully operational tooling bays with experienced Omega engineers, and were introduced to the commercial aspect of running the business.
Group managing director Dave Crone said the day was a success and the company was keen for the students to return next year.